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      Dylan McDermott

      Dylan McDermott

      Highest Rated: 100% Hamburger Hill (1987)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Oct 26, 1961

      Birthplace: Waterbury, Connecticut, USA

      Born Mark Anthony McDermott in Waterbury, CT on Oct. 26, 1961, McDermott's childhood was rocky from the start. McDermott's parents were young when they had their son. Nevertheless, the couple stayed married long enough to have a second child, a daughter, Robin McDermott. By early 1967, the young couple separated, leaving his mother to raise her two children, with the help of her mother, Avis. Things took a tragic turn in February 1967 when Diane McDermott was shot and killed at the age of 20. It was ruled a suicide, but her death still remained shrouded in mystery with no clear answers. McDermott was just five years old at the time and his sister, Robin, six months old. The responsibility of raising two children was too much for McDermott's 22-year-old father. Fortunately maternal grandmother, Avis Marino stepped in and raised her grandchildren. Losing his mother at such a young age made McDermott a lonely and isolated child. When he was 15, his father married playwright Eve Ensler, the writer behind the hit play "Vagina Monologues" (1996-2001) Though she was only nine years older than her new stepson, Ensler took young Mark under her wing, eventually adopting him when he was 19. McDermott took the name Dylan, as it held a special meaning to Ensler. Ensler saw potential in McDermott's talent, giving him his first acting role in her play "Believe It, See It." Although Ensler's marriage to his father did not survive, she and the young actor formed a lasting bond. With a newfound ambition, McDermott enrolled at New York City's Fordham University to study drama and to immerse himself in the theater world. In 1985, he appeared in Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues." During one of his stage performances, an agent spotted the actor and sent McDermott packing for Hollywood. He was off to a solid start, making his feature film debut in the Vietnam drama "Hamburger Hill" (1987) as Sergeant Frantz, following that up with "The Blue Iguana" (1988) and "Twister" (1989). Fortunately, his next film was a major hit. In the Southern tearjerker "Steel Magnolias" (1989), he portrayed Julia Roberts' supportive husband alongside an all-star cast that included Sally Field, Daryl Hannah and Shirley MacLaine . McDermott was also in "Hardware" (1990), and "Jersey Girl" (1992) before starring as a secret service agent opposite Clint Eastwood in the critically praised hit "In the Line of Fire" (1993). Continuing to rack up impressive credits - as well as being constantly mistaken for fellow up-and-coming actor, Dermot Mulroney - McDermott co-starred as the dashing love interest to Elizabeth Perkins in a misguided remake of the classic film "Miracle on 34th Street" (1994). McDermott's association with Clint Eastwood benefited him yet again when while attending a dinner to honor the screen legend, he met Jeffrey Kramer, president of David E. Kelly productions, who asked McDermott to audition for a new series called "The Practice" ( ABC, 1997- 2004). A perfect fit for the role of Bobby Donnell, McDermott helped turn "The Practice" into a ratings hit and paved the way for McDermott's 1998 Golden Globe win for Best Actor in a Drama. That same year, People magazine named him as one of its "50 Most Beautiful People." The following year, he spent his "Practice" hiatus filming the bland romantic comedy "Three to Tango" (1999) also starring Matthew Perry and Neve Campbell. By 2003, "The Practice" was suffering from dwindling ratings and was canceled in 2004. With his steady gig over, McDermott went back to the unpredictable world of feature films. In 2003, he was cast in the feature "Wonderland" (2003), based on the real-life 1981 drug murders on Wonderland Avenue in Los Angeles. In 2005, he starred as the romantic hero opposite Aishwarya Rai in the mystical drama "The Mistress of Spices" (2005). Next, he tried his hand at the horror genre, starring in "The Messengers" (2007) as a city slicker who moves his family away from the dangers of urban living to a haunted house in the country. In 2007, McDermott returned to television starring on the dramedy "Big Shots" (ABC , 2007-08), but it was canceled after less than a dozen episodes. While he looked for his next long-term project, he rolled the dice on another series with "Dark Blue" ( TNT , 2009-2010), a gritty police drama in which he played the head of a crack undercover team in the LAPD. Despite the backing of producer Jerry Bruckheimer and a solid supporting cast, critics and audiences found the action far from arresting, resulting in yet another cancellation for McDermott after the second season. Throwing every horror movie trope imaginable at the screen from its premiere episode, "American Horror Story'' ( FX , 2011- ) starred McDermott and Connie Britton. The series drew rave reviews for its cast and impressive ratings throughout its first season. Despite finally landing a hit series, McDermott would not return for season two, as "American Horror Story" had been conceived as an anthology series, telling entirely new tales each season. McDermott's return to television came with a thriller called "Hostages" ( CBS 2013-14), in which he played a terrorist leader tormenting a Washington D.C. doctor played by Toni Collette. A co-starring role in the thriller "Olympus Has Fallen" (2013) was followed by the race against time action thriller "Freezer" (2014). McDermott returned to television opposite Maggie Q in the procedural drama " Stalker " ( CBS 2014-15). Since then, McDermott has earned a regular role as Richard Wheatley in "Law & Order: Organized Crime" (NBC, 2020- ).

      Highest rated movies

      Hamburger Hill
      In the Line of Fire King Richard
      The Perks of Being a Wallflower
      The Clovehitch Killer Steel Magnolias
      The Campaign
      Home for the Holidays

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      'TIL THERE WAS YOU, Dylan McDermott, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jeanne Tripplehorn, 1997. ©Paramount 'TIL THERE WAS YOU, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dylan McDermott, 1997, (c)Paramount Under the Dome, Mariana Klaveno (L), Dylan McDermott (R), 'Under the Dome - Behind the Scenes: Season Premiere (streaming only)', Season 2, Ep. #14, ©KSITE Stalker, Dylan McDermott, 10/01/2014, ©CBS Hostages, Lola Cook (L), Dylan McDermott (R), 'The Cost of Living', Season 1, Ep. #12, 12/09/2013, ©CBS Hostages, Dylan McDermott (L), Rhys Coiro (R), 'Hail Mary', Season 1, Ep. #7, 11/04/2013, ©CBS Hostages, Dylan McDermott, 'The Cost of Living', Season 1, Ep. #12, 12/09/2013, ©CBS Hostages, Dylan McDermott, 'The Cost of Living', Season 1, Ep. #12, 12/09/2013, ©CBS Hostages, Dylan McDermott, 'The Good Reason', Season 1, Ep. #8, 11/11/2013, ©CBS THREE TO TANGO, Dylan McDermott, 1999. ©Warner Bros THREE TO TANGO, Matthew Perry, Neve Campbell, Dylan McDermott, 1999. ©Warner Bros 'TIL THERE WAS YOU, Dylan McDermott, Jeanne Tripplehorn, 1997, (c)Paramount Hostages, Dylan McDermott, 'Power of Persuasion', Season 1, Ep. #3, 10/07/2013, ©CBS Supergirl, Dylan McDermott, ©KSITE Hostages, Dylan McDermott, 'Burden of Truth', Season 1, Ep. #10, 11/25/2013, ©CBS HARDWARE, Dylan McDermott, 1990. HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, Dylan McDermott, Holly Hunter, 1995 WONDERLAND, Josh Lucas, Dylan McDermott, 2003, (c) Lions Gate DESTINY TURNS ON THE RADIO, James LeGros, Dylan McDermott, 1995, (c)Savoy Pictures HARDWARE, from left: Stacey Travis, Dylan McDermott, 1990, ©Millimeter Films

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      90% 98% King Richard Unknown (Character) $15.1M 2021
      79% 67% The Clovehitch Killer Don (Character) $8.2K 2018
      13% 32% Huntsville Hank (Character) - 2017
      19% 44% Blind Mark Dutchman (Character) $12.5K 2017
      8% 32% Survivor Sam Parker (Character) - 2015
      31% 30% Automata Wallace (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 27% Mercy Jim Swann (Character) - 2014
      0% 29% Behaving Badly Jimmy Leach (Character) - 2014
      33% 27% Freezer Robert (Character) - 2014
      50% 66% Olympus Has Fallen Agent Forbes (Character) $98.9M 2013
      41% 23% Nobody Walks Leroy (Character) - 2012
      85% 89% The Perks of Being a Wallflower Father (Character) $17.7M 2012
      66% 51% The Campaign Tim Wattley (Character) $86.9M 2012
      38% 35% Burning Palms Dennis Marx (Character) - 2010
      43% 56% Mercy Jake (Character) $5.1K 2009
      11% 44% The Messengers Roy (Character) $35.4M 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Dreams, Will Travel Uncle (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Unbeatable Harold Jake Salamander (Character) - 2006
      32% 30% The Tenants Harry Lesser (Character) $2.0K 2006
      11% 42% The Mistress of Spices Doug (Character) - 2005
      11% 36% Edison Lazerov (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 100% The Grid Unknown (Character) - 2004
      34% 65% Wonderland David Lind (Character) $1.1M 2003
      29% 75% Party Monster Peter Gatien (Character) $668.1K 2003
      2% 29% Texas Rangers Leander McNelly (Character) $623.4K 2001
      29% 48% Three to Tango Charles Newman (Character) $10.5M 1999
      5% 35% 'Til There Was You Nick (Character) $3.5M 1997
      16% 21% Destiny Turns On the Radio Julian Goddard (Character) $1.1M 1995
      64% 71% Home for the Holidays Leo Fish (Character) $17.0M 1995
      60% 62% Miracle on 34th Street Bryan Bedford (Character) $17.2M 1994
      20% 59% The Cowboy Way John Stark (Character) $19.6M 1994
      96% 79% In the Line of Fire Al D'Andrea (Character) $102.2M 1993
      No Score Yet 59% Jersey Girl Sal (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 19% Where Sleeping Dogs Lie Bruce Simmons (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 44% The Fear Inside Pete Caswell (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 63% Into the Badlands McComas (Character) - 1991
      46% 52% Hardware Moses Baxter (Character) $5.1M 1990
      67% 89% Steel Magnolias Jackson Latcherie (Character) $79.4M 1989
      No Score Yet 45% Twister Chris (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Neon Empire Vic (Character) - 1989
      0% 38% The Blue Iguana Vince Holloway (Character) $114.9K 1988
      100% 72% Hamburger Hill Sgt. Adam Frantz (Character) $11.4M 1987

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 49% FBI: Most Wanted Supervisory Special Agent Remy Scott (Character) 2022-2024
      No Score Yet 78% Law & Order: Organized Crime Richard Wheatley (Character) 2021-2024
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2013 2019 2024
      No Score Yet 65% FBI Supervisory Special Agent Remy Scott (Guest Star) 2023
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2023
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2020 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Grid Unknown (Character) 2004 2022
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Richard Wheatley (Guest Star) 2021
      66% 48% American Horror Stories Dr. Ben Harmon (Character) 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2011 2014 2017-2018 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ride With Norman Reedus Guest 2021
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2020
      59% 75% Hollywood Ernie (Character) 2020
      No Score Yet 81% No Activity Clint (Guest Star) 2019
      50% 85% LA to Vegas Captain Dave (Character) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2018
      20% 81% Stalker Detective Jack Larsen (Character) 2014-2015
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2007 2009-2010 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2011 2014
      56% 65% Hostages Duncan Carlisle (Character) 2013-2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2009-2011 2013
      77% 68% American Horror Story Ben Harmon (Character) 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Vietnam in HD James Anderson (Guest Voice),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2011
      38% No Score Yet Dark Blue Carter Shaw (Character) 2009-2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Guest 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show Guest 2009
      6% No Score Yet Big Shots Duncan Collinsworth (Character) 2007-2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Bobby Donnell (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      1997-2004
      No Score Yet 88% Will & Grace Tom (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Host 1999
      61% 74% Ally McBeal Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      82% 99% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1992