Hugh Dillon

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Hugh Dillon
Born (1963-05-31) May 31, 1963 (age 53)
Origin Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Genres Hard rock, Rock'n'roll, Indie rock, Soft rock
Occupation(s) Singer, actor, record producer
Instruments Vocals, Harmonica
Years active 1987–present
Associated acts The Headstones
Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir

Hugh Dillon (born May 31, 1963 ) is a Canadian musician and actor. Dillon was the lead singer of the Headstones during the 1990s. He has also been a film and television actor, some of his notable roles including Mike Sweeney in Durham County and Ed Lane in Flashpoint.


Dillon was born and grew up in Kingston, Ontario.[1] to

Music career[edit]

Dillon was the lead singer for the Kingston hard rock band The Headstones from 1987 until 2003. The Headstones were commercially successful in the 1990s, and have released nine albums and a number of charting singles.[2]

After The Headstones broke up in 2003, Dillon formed the band Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir, an indie rock band whose style draws from country, pop, punk and new wave influences. Band members were guitarist J.P. Polsoni, Chris Osti on bass, keyboardist Ben Kobayashi, and percussionist Derek Downham.[3] The band released an album, The High Co$t of Low Living, in 2005 through the Ching Music label.[4] Dillon also released an album entitled Works Well with Others in 2009 through Paul Langois' Bathouse Studio; although billed as a solo album, the same musicians performed as sidemen,[3] with the addition of Rob Baker on one track.[5]

Dillon was the record producer for an album by Canadian rockers The Rubbers, and he has scored and written compositions for various television productions.

Dillon and the rest of the Headstones reformed the band in 2011. In 2013 they crowdfunded an album, Love + Fury.[6][7]

Acting career[edit]

Dillon's first large screen acting role was in director Bruce McDonald's 1995 film Dance Me Outside.[8] Next came a leading role as Joe Dick in McDonald's 1996 feature film, Hard Core Logo.[9] [10] The film was distributed internationally by Rolling Thunder Pictures.

Dillon appeared in a number of further feature films, including Lone Hero, 2005's Assault on Precinct 13, and Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning.[11] In 2007 he was nominated for a 2007 Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Trailer Park Boys: The Movie.[citation needed] He starred opposite Vera Farmiga in the Sundance Film Festival award-winning movie, Down to the Bone. Dillon has guest-starred on various television programs, including The Eleventh Hour, ReGenesis, Degrassi: The Next Generation. He also does the voice-overs for Canadian Chevrolet ads, both on TV and radio, and for Manulife One financial services.

Dillon starred as Mike Sweeney in the Canadian dramatic series Durham County.[12] His performance earned him a Gemini nomination for Best Actor in 2008;[13] the show itself won five Gemini awards and its second season was aired on TMN and Movie Central.

Dillon starred as Sergeant Ed Lane in the CTV/CBS co-production one-hour police drama series Flashpoint, set in Toronto, which ran for five seasons between 2008 and 2012.[14] The series was picked up by CBS for broadcast later in 2008 in the United States. He has most recently voiced Nick in Left 4 Dead 2, a video game developed by Valve. Dillon also played the role of Francis Becker on the third season of the American crime drama series, The Killing.[15]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Dillon won the "Shaw Media Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role" given by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television at the Canadian Screen Awards in 2014, for his performance in the episode "Fit for Duty" on Flashpoint.[16]


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Dance Me Outside Clarence Gaskill
1995 Curtis's Charm Spitting White Trash Thug
1996 Hard Core Logo Joe Dick / Joseph Mulgrew
1999 Johnny Dell and Alice's Dad
2002 Lone Hero King
2004 Down to the Bone Bob
2004 Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning Rev. Gilbert
2005 Assault on Precinct 13 Tony
2006 Hope and a Little Sugar Bar Construction Worker
2006 Trailer Park Boys: The Movie Sonny
2008 Surveillance Dad (Steven)
2008 About Face The Agent
2008 Down to the Dirt Renny
2011 Issues Bobby Short film
2012 Cosmology Short film, post-production
2016 The Last Crop Vincent
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Prince for a Day (uncredited) TV movie
2000 Twitch City Howard the Cannibal
Guy in Convenience Store
Episode: "The Return of the Cat Food Killer"
Episode: "I'm Fat and I'm Proud"
2002 Degrassi: The Next Generation Albert Manning Episode: "When Doves Cry: Part 1"
Episode: "When Doves Cry: Part 2"
2003 Degrassi: The Next Generation Albert Manning Episode: "Tears Are Not Enough: Part 1"
2003 Blue Murder Kevin Marshall Episode: "Necklace"
2003 Starhunter Gus Episode: "Biocrime"
2004 Eleventh Hour, TheThe Eleventh Hour Eddie Episode: "Hard Seven"
2004 Love Crimes of Gillian Guess, TheThe Love Crimes of Gillian Guess Bobby Tomahawk TV movie
2004 Wool Cap, TheThe Wool Cap Leather Jacket TV movie
2004 ReGenesis Danny Dexter Episode: "Prions"
Episode: "The Oldest Virus"
2005 ReGenesis Danny Dexter Episode: "Resurrection"
2005 Our Fathers Johnny DeFranco TV movie
2007 Gathering, TheThe Gathering Det. Gamble TV miniseries
2007-2010 Durham County Mike Sweeney Lead Role, 18 episodes/3 seasons
2008 Quality of Life, TheThe Quality of Life Jean Tellier TV movie
2008 Of Murder and Memory Vincent Nichol TV movie
2008 Ink: Alter Egos Exposed Narrator (Himself) TV movie
2008-2012 Flashpoint Ed Lane Lead Role, 75 episodes/5 seasons
2013 The Killing Francis Becker
2013 Continuum Mr. Escher Recurring
2015 X Company Duncan Sinclair Main role
2017 The Expanse Lt. Sutton Recurring
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Left 4 Dead 2 Nick Valve Software
2012 Dishonored City Watch Bethesda
2013 Resident Evil 6 Nick Capcom X Valve Crossover DLC



Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir[edit]

Hugh Dillon[edit]

Works Well With Others is the first solo album released by Hugh Dillon. It was released October 13, 2009. Many of the songs are featured on the television show Flashpoint.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Friends of Mine"
  2. "Sentimental Me"
  3. "Well On Your Way"
  4. "Ten Feet Tall"
  5. "Surface of the Sun"
  6. "Reel to Reel"
  7. "Lucky"
  8. "Lost At Sea"
  9. "Radio Plays"
  10. "Bottom of a Dream"
  11. "My Mistakes"
  12. "Ignore That Call"
  13. "Puzzle I Am"
  14. "Don't Be Fooled"


  1. ^ "The Hour: Hugh Dillon". CBC Television. Season 6, Episode 25, October 28, 2009
  2. ^ "Straight man". Canoe: Showbiz, DARRYL STERDAN. Nov 30, 2004
  3. ^ a b "Hugh Dillon covers a lot of ground on Works Well With Others". The Georgia Strait, by Steve Newton, November 13th, 2009
  4. ^ Steve McLean (June 2006). Hot Canadian Bands. Lone Pine Pub. p. 62. ISBN 978-1-894864-53-4. 
  5. ^ "Hugh Dillon Preaches With The Choir Again On New Studio Album". Chart Attack - Jan 22, 2007
  6. ^ "Fans Fund New Album for The Headstones". Kingston Herald, 2013/02/20 in Entertainment/Featured by Merideth Smith
  7. ^ "'Gasoline and fire'". By Greg Burliuk, Kingston Whig-Standard, December 20, 2013
  8. ^ " Hard-rocking Headstones driven by soft spot". Barrie Advance, Nov 13, 2015. By Laurie Watt
  9. ^ "Hugh Dillon changes direction". MIKE ROSS, Edmonton Sun, Sep 9, 2005
  10. ^ Pike, David L. (2012). Canadian Cinema Since the 1980s: At the Heart of the World. University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division. ISBN 1442612401. 
  11. ^ "Headstones' Hugh is acting up again". Canoe Showbiz, STEVE TILLEY, Nov 30, 2004
  12. ^ "Durham County: Season 1". By Sam Sutherland", Exclaim!, Aug 22, 2008
  13. ^ "No more Mr. Tough Guy". CBC News, Sarah Liss , Oct 26, 2009
  14. ^ " Television ripped from the headlines". GAYLE MacDONALD, Globe and Mail, Jul. 09, 2008
  15. ^ "'Flashpoint's Hugh Dillon joins 'The Killing'". The Loop. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  16. ^ "Flashpoint ‐ Fit for Duty CTV (Bell Media) Hugh Dillon". Shaw Media Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role. 2014. Archived from the original on 24 December 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 

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