Dylan McDermott

Whether a gunslinger, army grunt, murderous villian, obsessed writer or romantic leading man, Dylan McDermott brings a recognizable presence and quiet intensity to his body of work.  McDermott currently stars in the critically acclaimed television series, "The Practice", created by David E. Kelley, which airs on ABC.  He spent his summer of '98 hiatus filming the Warner Bros. romantic comedy, "Three to Tango", with Matthew Perry and Neve Campbell.  In the film, McDermott stars as a rich and successful two-timing businessman.

McDermott's other film credits include Paramount Pictures' "Home For the Holidays", directed by Jodie Foster and co-starring Holly Hunter and Robert Downey, Jr.  Also, in 1995, he starred in Rysher Entertainment's "Destiny Turns On the Radio", opposite Nancy Travis and Quentin Tarantino.  McDermott starred alongside renowned director Richard Attenborough and Elizabeth Perkins in John Hugh's 1994 remake of "Miracle on 34th Street".  In early 1994, McDermott portrayed the villainous John Stark in Imagine/Universal's "The Cowboy Way", opposite Woody Harrelson and Keifer Sutherland.

In 1993, McDermott recieved numerous accolades for his role as Clint Eastwood's secret service partner in director Wolfgang Peterson's "In The Line Of Fire".  Having leapt the crucial $100,000,000 hurdle in domestic box office receipts, the film propelled McDermott to the vanguard of Hollywood's leading men.

Born in Connecticut and raised in New York City, Dylan McDermott first developed an interest in acting in high school, due in part to the encouragement of his stepmother, playwrite Eve Ensler.  In fact, one of his first appearances on stage was in the production of Ensler's original play, "Scooncat".  Earning his drama degree at Fordham University, McDermott joined the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, where he seized the chance to study under acting legend Sanford Meisner.  His first professional role came as Wykowski Selridge in Neil Simon's Broadway production of "Biloxi Blues".

He premiered on the big screen in "Hamburger Hill", followed by "Steel Magnolias", with Julia Roberts.  His television credits include the critically acclaimed Showtime film, "The Fear Inside", with Christine Lahti.  
McDermott currently maintains residence in both New York and Los Angeles.

Information taken from ABC's "The Practice" site

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