Dylan McDermott

Dylan McDermott

His role as attorney Bobby Donnell on ABC's The Practice


American television star Dylan McDermott became famous and gained acclaimed
while portraying hardheaded defense attorney Bobby Donnell in the television hit
"The Practice" (1997-2003). Due to his significant performance, he won a Golden
Globe Award, and nabbed an Emmy nomination. On the wide screen, McDermott was
widely known for his notable roles in such films as the 1989's Steel Magnolias
(with Julia Roberts), Clint Eastwood's critically acclaimed action/drama In the
Line of Fire (1993), Miracle on 34th Street (1994, opposite Elizabeth Perkins),
Jodie Foster's Home for the Holidays (1995, alongside Holly Hunter) and the
1999's romantic comedy Three to Tango, starring with Matthew Perry and Neve

Off screen, Dylan McDermott was ranked the 67th of Empire magazine's 100 Sexiest
Stars in film history (1995) and was listed as one of People magazine's 50 most
beautiful people (1998). Of Italian and Irish origin, McDermott lives outside
the limelight with his wife of ten years, Shiva Rose, whom she married in the
year of 1995. He is now the father of two daughters, Colette McDermott (born on
May 1996) and Charlotte Rose (born on September 8, 2005). In the late 1980s,
McDermott had a high profile relationship and briefly engaged with Steal
Magnolias costar Julia Roberts. However, their engagement hastily ended up when
Roberts became involved with actor Keifer Sutherland while on the set of her
next film.

McDermott's admirer can catch the actor in the recent and upcoming films, Texas
Rangers (2001), crime/drama Party Monster (2003), James Cox's thriller
Wonderland (2003), the romantic Unbeatable Harold (2005), the mystery The
Tenants (2005), drama/thriller Edison (2005), Paul Mayeda Berges' drama romantic
Mistress of Spices (2005), horror movie The Mesengers (2006) and Michael
Cristofer's thriller Fade Out (2005).


Childhood and Family:

Born on October 26, 1962, in Waterbury, Connecticut, Mark McDermott, who would
later changed his first name to Dylan to honor her step mother after she
suffered a miscarriage, had a turbulent childhood. His father, Richard
McDermott, divorced Dylan's mother, Diane McDermott, when he was only a toddler.
A funeral also marked the sixth birthday of Dylan after his mother was
accidentally shot by her live-in lover. Following the death of his mother, the
little boy and his sixth-month-old sister, Robin McDermott, was raised under the
guidance of his grandmother, Avis Marino.

Entering his teenage year, Dylan earned a living by working as a busboy in bars
before deciding to live with his father and his step mom, playwright Eve Ensler,
in New York City. During this time, Dylan received a reputation as a hard
drinker and was frequently in fights. His aberrant life began to turn around
when he discovered acting. Encouraged by his step mother, who formally adopted
him when he was 19, Dylan then attended Fordham University in New York to study
drama and went on to hone his acting with Sanford Meisner at Neighborhood
Playhouse in New York.

In 1993, Dylan McDermott met theatre actress Shiva Afshar while she was hanging
out at a Santa Monica coffee shop and Dylan subsequently knew that she was "the
one." Two years later, on November 19, 1995, he decided to marry her. The couple
welcomed their first daughter, Colette McDermott, in May 1996 and their second
daughter, Charlotte Rose, was born on September 8, 2005. The couple currently
lives in Los Angeles in their $4 M home that they bought from Antonio Banderas &
Melanie Griffith in 2000.

Steel Magnolias


Turning around an offending life to a more positive side, Dylan McDermott found
out acting was his calling as a teenager. At age 15, McDermott appeared on stage
for the first time when her stepmother, Eve Ensler, wrote him a part in her
play, "Believe It, See It, Survival." Eight years later, the actor returned to
theater after finishing his study, making his Broadway debut as Wykowski
Selridge in the production of Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues"(1985) at the New York

His notable portrayal in the play put him on the radar of John Irvin who was
casting for his Vietnam drama Hamburger Hill (1987). McDermott quickly made a
big move to the wide screen when he landed the role of squad leader Sgt. Franz
in the film.
Following his debut, the young actor appeared in his second film, the comedy The
Blue Iguana (1988), and made his television movie debut in The Neon Empire
(1989). Unfortunately, the two films were considered a flop. In 1989, however,
his career was given a boots by his on-and-off-screen romance with Julia Robert
after he portrayed the jovial husband of Roberts' ailing character in Steel

I've tried like hell to make bad movies good, and I can't. Maybe Marlon Brando
has been able to do that at times. But even he has a hard time making The
Appaloosa a good movie." Dylan McDermott

In the early 1990s, McDermott again struggled with several disappointing
projects, including the sci-fi thriller Hardware (1990), Michael Almereyda's
Twister (1990), Western Into the Badlands (1991, TV), Where Sleeping Dogs Lie
(1992) and the romantic comedy Jersey Girl (1992, opposite Jami Gertz). His
chance to crack Hollywood film was slightly opened up with his breakthrough role
of Clint Eastwood's hopeless partner Secret Service Agent Al D'Andrea in the
1993's critically acclaimed action/drama In the Line of Fire.

The following years, McDermott costarred with Keifer Sutherland in the
ill-received Woody Harrelson vehicle The Cowboy Way (1994), portrayed Elizabeth
Perkins' attorney sweetheart in the remake of Miracle on 34th Street (1994) and
appeared in the box-office flop Destiny Turns on the Radio (1995). In Jodie
Foster's Home for the Holidays (1995), McDermott delivered an impressive turn as
Holly Hunter's love interest, Leo Fish. In 1995, he also made his way back to
his theatrical roots to star in his stepmother's play, "Floating Rhoda and the
Glue Man."

The pendulum swung once again, after pairing with Jeanne Tripplehorn to portray
a couple in the romantic comedy 'Til There Was You (1997), McDermott's career
gained real momentum in 1997 when he was cast as regular pigheaded defense
lawyer Bobby Donnell in the Emmy-winning series "The Practice" (1997). His
bright performance wooed audiences and critics alike. As a result, he took home
a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Drama, as well
as received an Emmy nomination. Though McDermott found his true success with the
show, he decided to depart The Practice in 2003 due to the different opinion
with the producer of the show.

During his six-year stint in the series, McDermott still provided time to pursue
his film career. He had a starring role opposite Matthew Perry and Neve Campbell
in the romantic comedy Three to Tango (1999) and found himself acting with James
Van Der Beek, Rachael Leigh Cook and Ashton Kutcher in Steve Miner's 1875-set
adventure Texas Rangers (2001). After leaving The Practice, the Golden-Globe
winning actor continued to take on roles in the silver screen films like
crime/drama Party Monster (2003), James Cox's thriller Wonderland (2003) and
made a cameo in Runaway Jury (2003). He also starred as FBI Agent Max Canary,
alongside Julianna Margulies and Bernard Hill in the television miniseries crime
"The Grid" (2004).

Recently, McDermott added four films in his resume. He first shared the screen
with Gordon Michaels and Nicole DeHuff in the romantic Unbeatable Harold (2005),
then starred as Harry Lesser in director Danny Green's mystery The Tenants
(2005), appeared as Lazerov in drama/thriller Edison (2005) and teamed up with
Indian actress Aishwarya Ray for Paul Mayeda Berges' drama romantic Mistress of
Spices (2005). He will also portrayed Roy, opposite John Corbett, in the horror
movie The Mesengers (2006) and is set to play a role in director Michael
Cristofer's thriller Fade Out (2005).


Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Drama, The
Practice, 1999
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