• Matthew Modine Biography

    Born: March 22, 1959 in Loma Linda, California, USA

    A veteran of over 50 films, Matthew has starred in Alan Parker's “Birdy,” Jonathan Demme's “Married to the Mob,” Harold Becker's “Vision Quest,” Stanley Kubrick's “Full Metal Jacket,” Alan J. Pakula's “Orphans,” John Schlesinger's “Pacific Heights” and Oliver Stone's “On Any Given Sunday” to name but a few.

     In 1984, Matthew was recognized by the Venice Film Festival for his work in Robert Altman's “Streamers.” He and his fellow cast mates were given an unprecedented Best Actor Golden Lion Award. In 1993 he received a second award from the Venice Film Festival. A Volpi Cup for Best Ensemble Cast in Robert Altman's Golden Lion Award winning “Shortcuts.” The cast of “Shortcuts” went on to win a Golden Globe for Best Ensemble. Matthew also earned Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations for his performance in HBO's critically acclaimed, Emmy Award winning drama “And the Band Played On.” Modine received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in the 1998 Hallmark Entertainment production “What the Deaf Man Heard (CBS),” the highest rated television movie at that time, on any network, since 1991. Matthew also appeared in the Emmy nominated CBS Mini-Series “Hitler: The Rise of Evil.”

    Three of his short films, “When I was a Boy” (co-dir with Todd Field) “Smoking” and “Ecce Pirate” debuted at the Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim. “When I Was a Boy” also premiered at the prestigious New Directors/New Films at New York's Museum of Modern Art. “I Think I Thought” had its North American premier at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. “Cowboy” premiered at the 2008 Los Angeles United Film Fest. Each of these short films have gone on to play in major film festivals throughout the world.

    Matthew's first feature, “If…Dog…Rabbit” starred John Hurt, Kevin J. O'Connor, Bruce Dern, Lisa Marie and David Keith. Modine directed the play “12 Angry Men,” starring F. Murray Abraham, Wallace Shawn and Seymour Cassel at the New Mercury Theater co-founded by Matthew and Todd Field in Beverly Hills, California.  Onstage, Matthew starred in the world premiere of “Matthew Modine Saves the Alpacas” at the Geffen Playhouse; a very funny satire about the film industry.  He also starred in the critically acclaimed Hartford Stage production of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” “The Miracle Worker” marked Modine’s Broadway debut.

    This year, he starred in HBO Film “Too Big to Fail” that was directed by Curtis Hanson.  He will next be seen in Ed Zwick produced “Family Weekend” and Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” (the 3rd installment of the BATMAN franchise).  

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