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Happy Birthday To New Rochelle's Matt Dillon

Matt Dillon turns 53 on Saturday.
Matt Dillon turns 53 on Saturday. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to New Rochelle's Matt Dillon.

Matt Dillon, an actor and film director, turns 53 on Saturday.

Matthew Raymond "Matt" Dillon, , was born Feb. 18, 1964, in New Rochelle, the son of Mary Ellen, a homemaker, and Paul Dillon, a portrait painter and sales manager for Union Camp, a packing material manufacturer.

Matt Dillon made his feature film debut in "Over the Edge" (1979) and established himself as a teen idol by starring in films such as "My Bodyguard" (1980), "Tex" (1982), "Rumble Fish" (1983) and "The Outsiders" (1983).

From the late 1980s onward, Dillon achieved further success, starring in such films as "Drugstore Cowboy" (1989), "Singles" (1992), "The Saint of Fort Washington" (1993), "To Die For" (1995), "Beautiful Girls" (1996), "In & Out" (1997), "There's Something About Mary" (1998), and "Wild Things" (1998). In a 1991 article, famed movie critic Roger Ebert referred to him as the best actor within his age group, along with Sean Penn.

In the 2000s, he made his directing debut with "City of Ghosts" (2002) and went on to star in the films "Crash" (2004), "Factotum" (2005), "You, Me and Dupree" (2006), "Nothing but the Truth" (2008) and "Sunlight Jr." (2013).

He has earned many awards and nominations including Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for his performance in "Crash" and a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album nomination for narrating Jack Kerouac's "On the Road." In 2015, he starred in FOX mini-series "Wayward Pines."

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