Dylan McDermott

. 26 October_
Dylan McDermott
(54th anniversary)
26 October 1961 
Waterbury, Connecticut, USA 
6' (1,83 m)

He was born Mark Anthony McDermott in Waterbury, Connecticut, to Diane (Marino) and Richard McDermott. Diane was 15 and Richard was 17 when Dylan was born. Richard earned money by hustling pool. Dylan is of Italian (from his maternal grandfather), Irish, English and French descent. During Dylan's early years, his parents separated. In 1967, when Dylan was five, his mother was murdered by her live-in boyfriend. The murder was initially ruled an accidental shooting occurring while her boyfriend cleaned his gun, but police reopened the case in 2012 and revealed evidence showing it was impossible for her death to be have been accidental. Dylan and his sister Robin, who was then six months old, were taken in by their grandmother, Avis (Rogers) Marino.

When Dylan was 15, his father met and married playwright/activist Eve Ensler. Eve adopted Dylan. Eve encouraged him to go to acting school and Fordham University in New York City. He met his now ex-wife, Shiva Rose, at a coffee shop in Venice, California, on the same day he got a big acting break by being cast in the film En la línea de fuego(1993) with Clint Eastwood. As a result of his connection with Eastwood, Dylan attended a dinner honoring Clint. There, he met Jeffrey Kramer, a man who used to frequent a bar where Dylan had earlier worked. Kramer was, at that time, the president of David E. Kelley Productions. He asked Dylan to meet David E. Kelley for a then-upcoming series about lawyers, El abogado (1997), and the rest was history. Another mentor of Dylan is Joanne Woodward, who discovered him while he was doing workshops at the Neighborhood Playhouse. The series earned him a Golden Globe in 1999 and nominations in 2000 and 2001, as well as an Emmy nomination in 1999.

His film credits include The Pang Brother's The Messengers (2007); Wonderland (2003); A casa por vacaciones (1995); Magnolias de acero (1989); La colina de la hamburguesa(1987); Milagro en la ciudad (1994); En la línea de fuego (1993) and Burning Palms(2010). McDermott's television credits include the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced TNT drama, Dark Blue (2009); and TNT's dramatic limited series, Redes (2004), opposite Julianna Margulies.

In 2008, McDermott starred in Nicky Silver's "Three Changes" at Playwrights Horizons. Starring opposite Maura Tierney, the play follows an uncomfortably married Upper West Side couple. Additionally, in September 2006, McDermott was on stage in Eve Ensler's new play, "The Treatment". Ensler's play explored the relationship between a traumatized former military interrogator (McDermott) and his psychologist Colonel, who is assigned to give him routine treatment. The play opened the Impact Festival 2006, a New York City-wide arts festival as part of the Culture Project. McDermott was nominated for a Drama League Award for his performance.

McDermott appeared on television in the first season of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's FX drama, American Horror Story (2011), opposite Connie Britton and Jessica Lange.

McDermott co-starred in Jay Roach's comedy, En campaña todo vale (2012), opposite Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. McDermott played "Tim Wattley", a political consultant who runs the campaign of a candidate from North Carolina. The Warner Bros. film was released on August 10, 2012. That year, McDermott was also seen in the indie coming-of-age drama, Las ventajas de ser un marginado (2012), alongside Logan Lerman (playing Lerman's character's father), Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Ezra Miller and Mae Whitman.

In 2013, McDermott had a supporting role in Antoine Fuqua's Objetivo: La Casa Blanca(2013), alongside Aaron Eckhart and Gerard Butler. The film followed a former Secret Service agent who becomes America's only hope when the President is taken hostage by terrorists.

McDermott's additional theatre credits include Neil Simon's production of "Biloxi Blues" on Broadway and "Golden Boy", directed by Joanne Woodward at the Williamstown Theater Festival. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Cari Ross <balance@balanceincpr.com> and John Sacksteder <jsack@ka.net>

Shiva Rose (19 November 1995 - 2010) (divorced) (2 children)

Majored in drama at Fordham University and studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC under Sanford Meisner.

Dylan's mother died when he was 5. Fourteen years later, his dad, Richard, owner of Manhattan's West 4th St Saloon, married Eve Ensler.

Chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.

Favorite Television Show- Mi bella genio (1965).

2000 - Dylan and now ex-wife, Shiva Rose, bought a Los Angeles' home from Antonio Banderas & Melanie Griffith for $4 million.

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#67).

Changed his name from Mark to Dylan in tribute to his ex-stepmother, Eve Ensler, who suffered a miscarriage and who would have given her own child that name. Dylan and Eve have an extremely close and caring relationship.

His former stepmother, Eve Ensler, isn't only an actress. She is also a playwright and women's rights activist, as well. She wrote the famed play The Vagina Monologues.

He took the name Dylan out of respect to his stepmother, who miscarried a boy she had been planning to name "Dylan.".

Hosted VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Rock and Roll.

He jokes about the fact that he is often confused with actor/musician Dermot Mulroney.

Two daughters with his now ex-wife, Shiva Rose: Colette Rose McDermott, born in May, 1996, and Charlotte Rose McDermott, born on September 8, 2005.

Studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC under Sanford Meisner.

Attended the 2005 Dubai International Film Festival in the United Arab Emirates. Other attendees included Albert Brooks, Morgan Freeman and Jon Tenney.

Ex-son-in-law of Parviz Gharib-Afshar.

His ex-wife, Shiva Rose, is Iranian/French.

Often dines at Japanese eatery Daichan in Studio City. Also frequented by Amy Lyndon.

Has a younger sister, Robin McDermott.

Auditioned for Mandy Patinkin's role in La princesa prometida (1987).

He has Irish ancestry on his father's side. His maternal grandfather was of Italian descent, while his maternal grandmother had Irish, English, and French ancestry.

McDermott told an interviewer in 1987 that Bogart, Brando, Nicholson, and De Niro were his acting role models.

Engaged to his Stalker (2014) co-star, Maggie Q [January 2015].

Personal Quotes 
My theory about actors is we're all walking milk cartons. Expirations dates everywhere.

I can't really say that I ever believed in any of that business about fate and soul mates and the one really perfect person until I met my wife... As corny as it seems, it was really love at first sight. It was like, 'Boom!' There it is, you know it, and everything else fades away.

[on his stepmother, Eve Ensler] She was that one person who changes your life. I didn't even know who I was, but she got me, and we got each other. I'm totally grateful to her, because I feel like I'm her Frankenstein.
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