About Matt Dillon

Matt Dillon is a famous actor of his generation known for his numerous hit films like Crash, Nothing but the Truth, and others. He is also known for his film City of Ghosts, which he directed himself.

Quick Info
Full NameMatthew Raymond Dillon
Date of BirthFebruary 18, 1964
Birth PlaceNew Rochelle, New York, U.S.
Parent(s)Mary Ellen and Paul Dillon
OccupationActor, Director
Net worthUS $40 million

Early life

Dillon was born on 18th February of 1946 in New Rochelle of New York states in the United States. Thus, he belongs to American nationality. His full name is Matthew Raymond Dillon, and he is the son of Mary Ellen and Paul Dillon. His mother used to be a homemaker, as for his father, he used to work as a sales manager in a toy manufacturing company and a portrait painter. He also has a sister named Alex Raymond, famous for her work as a comic strip.

Matt Dillon grew up in a middle-class family, and his parents were of German and Scottish ancestry. His parents are Roman Catholic, and he, too, was raised in that belief. He joined the Hommocks Middle School for his schooling, and he never imagined being an actor. The American writer, Jane Bernstein, was just found, helping them to see the cast for the film Over the Edge.

Matt Dillon then auditioned for the film and eventually received the role and successfully made his film debut in 1978. He received quite praise and recognition for his first film, and it opened the door to more opportunities in his acting career.

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After making his film debut from Over the Edge as Ritchie White and receiving success, he appeared in 2 more films in the following year. The teen audiences of his age well perceived him. The next year, he starred in the American teen drama-comedy film, My Bodyguard portraying the character of Melvin Moody. For his performance, he won his first Young Artist Award nomination for Best Young Actor in a Major Motion Picture in 1981. The same year, he also starred in the film, Little Darlings as Randy Adams, and both of his films received success at the box office.

In 1982, Matt Dillon starred in the film, Liar’s Moon as jack Duncan alongside co-star Cindy Fisher and another TV film named eThe Greta American Fourth of July and Other Disasters as Ralph. The same year, he also starred in the American drama film, Tex portraying the main character Tex McCormick. He received his second nomination for Young Artist Award for Best Young Motion Picture Actor.

He made his appearances in different films in the following years, namely The Outsiders as Dallas Winston, Rumble Fish as Rusty James in 1983. In 1985, he appeared in the film Target as Chris Lloyd and Rebel as Sergeant Harry Rebel and following years in Native Son, The Big Town, Kansas. He made his breakthrough from the film Drugstore Cowboy as Bob Hughes. His performance earned him his first-ever award, Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead in 1990.

After appearing in countless other films, Matt Dillon made his next breakthrough from the film; There’s Something About Mary, where he starred as Patrick Healy alongside Cameron Diaz and another breakthrough film, Wild Things, in 1998. For his performance as Patrick, he took home three awards, namely Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, MTV Movie Award, and Teen Choice Award in 1999.

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In 2002, Matt Dillon starred in the crime drama film City of Ghosts, as Jimmy Cramming, written and directed by Dillon himself. In 2004, he made another breakthrough from the film, Crash, where he portrayed the character of Officer John Ryan. The film earned him a total of 12 awards, namely Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards, Hollywood Film Festival Ensemble of the Year, Satellite Award for Best Cast, Phoenix Film Critics Society Award Best Cast, and Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor all in 2005. In 2006, he won Broadcast Film Critics Association Award and Independent Spirit Award. He also won Cairo International Film Festival Special Award, Special Tomislav Pinter Award in 2007 and 2016.

Besides acting, he has also voiced the character Louie, n the animated TV series, The Simpsons in 2007, and in another animated film, Rock Dog, as Trey, in 2017. In 2020, he made his appearance in the biographical movie Capone as Johnny.


Personal life

Dating History:

Matt Dillon is still single as of 2020 and unmarried. But he had dated at least 12 girls before, or at least there were rumors about him hooking up, although he hasn’t confirmed all his relationship to the public. He was first seen dating American actresses Carole Mallory, Ellen Barkin, and Karen Campbell. He established his relationship with Brooke Shields in 1980, which lasted only for a year. Then he dated Heather Graham from 1988 till 1989 and later was seen with actress Cameron Diaz. Their relationship lasted for like three years ended in 1998. In 2014, he was seen with actress Roberta Mastromichele; after that, there are no rumors of his love life.

Social media:

Matt Dillon is active on both Instagram and Twitter. He has over 167 thousand followers on Instagram and over 30.3 thousand followers on Twitter. His posts are all related to the works he is doing and projects he is working on. It is quite hard to know about his personal life from the social media account as he prefers to keep it private.

Talking about his interests and hobbies, he loves to collect Latin music and has his collection library.

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Physical statistics

Matt Dillon turned 56 as of 2020, but he is as active and handsome as before. He is physically strong and possesses a slim body build. He has a height of 6 feet and 0 inches with a bodyweight of about 80 kg. His body measurements are 32-26-32 inches.

He has an oval face and brown eyes. He prefers to keep his dark brown hair and his beard short.

Dillon’s zodiac sign is Aquarius, and he belongs to white ethnicity. His sexual orientation is straight.


Net worth

Matt Dillon’s net worth as of 2020 is estimated to be around 40 million dollars. His earnings mostly come from the films he directs and appears in and brand endorsements and modeling.