Matthew Raymond “Matt” Dillon (born February 18, 1964) is an American actor and film director.
Matt Dillon made his feature film debut in Over the Edge (1979) and established himself as a teen idol by starring in films such as My Bodyguard (1980), Tex (1982), Rumble Fish (1983) and The Outsiders (1983). From the late 1980s onward, Dillon achieved further success, starring in such films as Drugstore Cowboy (1989), Singles (1992), The Saint of Fort Washington (1993), To Die For (1995), Beautiful Girls (1996), In & Out (1997), There’s Something About Mary (1998), and Wild Things (1998). In a 1991 article, famed movie critic Roger Ebert referred to him as the best actor within his age group, along with Sean Penn.
In the 2000s, he made his directing debut with City of Ghosts (2002) and went on to star in the films Crash (2004), Factotum (2005), You, Me and Dupree (2006), Nothing but the Truth (2008) and Sunlight Jr. (2013). During his career, he earned many awards and nominations including Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for his performance in Crash and a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album nomination for narrating Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. In 2015, he starred in FOX mini-series Wayward Pines.
Matthew Raymond Dillon was born in New Rochelle, New York, the son of Mary Ellen, a homemaker, and Paul Dillon, a portrait painter and sales manager for Union Camp, a packing material manufacturer. His paternal grandmother was the sister of comic strip artist Alex Raymond, the creator of Flash Gordon. Dillon is the second of six children; he has one sister and four brothers, one of whom, Kevin Dillon, is also an actor. He has Irish, and some Scottish and German, ancestry. Dillon was raised in a close-knit Roman Catholic family. He grew up in Mamaroneck, New York.
Dillon had a three-year relationship with actress Cameron Diaz in the late 1990s.
On December 30, 2008, he was arrested by the Vermont State Police after he was clocked traveling at 106 miles per hour northbound on Interstate 91 near Newbury, Vermont. He was charged with negligent operation of a vehicle. His attorney, Mark Kaplan, entered a plea of not guilty on Dillon’s behalf in a January appearance in Orange County Court in Chelsea, and also appeared in court on February 25, 2009. He faced a maximum of one year in jail, and a fine of $1,000. He pleaded guilty to speeding and paid a $828 fine on March 30, 2009; in return, the negligence charge was dismissed by prosecutors.
Dillon collects pre-war blues records and has amassed a large personal collection.