Matt Dillon’s successful film career has spanned over three decades and has showcased his wide range of dramatic and comedic talents. Dillon displayed his versatility with an arresting performance co-starring as a racist cop in the critically acclaimed Paul Haggis film “Crash,” which earned him nominations for an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Critics Choice Award, BAFTA Award and won him an Independent Spirit Award. In addition, the film earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Critics Choice Award for Best Ensemble.
As the New York Times’ Film Critic A.O. Scott put it, “He seems to be getting better with every film.” He starred in “Nothing but the Truth,” opposite Kate Beckinsale and Vera Farmiga; Disney’s “Old Dogs,” opposite John Travolta, Robin Williams and Kelly Preston; and the Screen Gems films “Armored” and “Takes.”
He starred opposite Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson in Universal Pictures’ comedy, “You, Me, Dupree,” and “Factotum,” for which he received glowing reviews for portraying Charles Bukowski’s alter ego at the film premier at the Cannes Film Festival.
From his breakthrough performance in “The Outsiders” to his hilarious turn as an obsessed private investigator in “There’s Something About Mary,” he has proven himself to be one of the most diverse actors of his generation.
In 1990 Dillon won an IFP Spirit Award for his gritty performance as a drug addict in Gus Van Sant’s “Drugstore Cowboy.” From there he went on to star in such films as Ted Demme’s “Beautiful Girls” opposite Uma Thurman and Natalie Portman; Cameron Crowe’s “Singles;” “In & Out” with Kevin Kline; Kevin Spacey’s “Albino Alligator;” Francis Ford Coppola’s “Rumble Fish;” Garry Marshall’s “Flamingo Kid;” Van Sant’s “To Die For” with Nicole Kidman; and John McNaughton’s “Wild Things.”
Aside from being an accomplished actor, Dillon wrote, and made his feature film directorial debut with “City of Ghosts,” in which he also starred with Gérard Depardieu, Stellan Skarsgård, and James Caan. Prior to “City of Ghosts” Dillon made his television directorial debut in 1997 with an episode of HBO’s gritty prison drama “Oz.”
Dillon’s achievements continue with television appearances in an HBO adaptation of Irwin Shaw’s “Return to Kansas City,” and a part co-narrating the documentary “Dear America: Letters from Home.”
Dillon’s multi-talents have also landed him on stage starring on Broadway in “The Boys of Winter” as well as the PBS/American Playhouse production of “The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters.”
His recent film credits include the comedy “Girl Most Likely” opposite Annette Bening and Kristen Wiig; the drama “Sunlight, Jr.” opposite Naomi Watts; and the heist comedy “The Art of the Steal” opposite Kurt Russell. Dillon also starred in season one of M. Night Shyamalan’s hit television event series “Wayward Pines” for FOX. Dillon’s voice will be heard in the upcoming animated feature film “Rock Dog,” which Lionsgate will release on February 24, 2017. Dillon is currently in post-production on a documentary he directed about Cuban soul singer El Gran Fellove.
Dillon resides in New York.