From teen star to Oscar nominee, there's just something about Matt Dillon that keeps audiences heading to the multiplex. Matt was born on February 18, 1964 in New Rochelle, New York and got his big break in 1979, when he was spotted by a casting director and starred in the small budget film Over the Edge. Matt's rugged, handsome looks and bad boy demeanor led him to roles the next year in the comedy Little Darlings with Kristy McNichol and the drama My Bodyguard. Matt achieved teen idol status when he starred in three films which were adapted from novels by popular author S.E. Hinton, Tex in 1982 and The Outsiders and Rumble Fish in 1983. The Outsiders teamed Matt with just about every up-and-coming actor in Hollywood at the time including Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, Emilio Estevez and Tom Cruise. After laying low in small films for a few years, Matt received critical acclaim for his role as a drug addict in director Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy in 1989. He again made a comeback in 1995 in the dark comedy To Die For with Nicole Kidman and went on to star in the cult favorites Wild Things and There's Something About Mary. His role as a prejudiced cop in the 2004 film Crash earned Matt his first Oscar nomination. Matt's next projects are the comedy Old Dogs with Robin Williams and John Travolta and the drama Armored with Laurence Fishburne. From The Flamingo Kid to comeback kid, Matt's career has had its share of ups and downs, but he always manages to land on his feet.
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