Real name: Matt Dillon
Birthdate: February 18, 1964
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Dillon was born in New York to second-generation Irish American Catholic parents Paul Dillon (a painter and sales manager for Union Camp, a packing material manufacturer) and Mary Ellen (a homemaker). He has one sister and four brothers, one of whom, Kevin, is also an actor. Dillon grew up in Mamaroneck, New York and attended (dropped out) Hommocks School in Larchmont, New York.
One of his best early roles was in the Jean Shephard PBS special "The Great American Fourth of July." The only available copies of this film are stored at UCLA where a legal dispute makes it unavailable to the public.
Dillon's most recent role is in the comedy You, Me and Dupree, opposite Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson. The film opened on July 14, 2006.
On September 29, 2006 the actor was honored with the price Premio Donostia in the San Sebastian International Film Festival.
Dillon is mentioned on Jeff Buckley's Live at Sin-é: Legacy Edition CD. On the fifth track Buckley mentions that he cut his hair because people thought he looked like Matt Dillon.
Dillon also contributed his voice as Sal Paradise in Jack Kerouac's famous novel On the Road. In 2006, he narrated Once in a Lifetime.
As of 2007 the band Dinosaur Jr. hired Dillon to direct their new video and single "Been There All The Time," off of their pcoming album Beyond.