Dermot Mulroney

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Dermot Mulroney
Dermot Mulroney 2013 TIFF (cropped).jpg
Born (1963-10-31) October 31, 1963 (age 54)
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Catherine Keener (m. 1990–2007)
Tharita Cesaroni-Catulle (m. 2008)
Children 3

Dermot Mulroney (born October 31, 1963) is an American actor and musician. Acting since the 1980s, he is known for his roles in the films Young Guns, Samantha, Where the Day Takes You, My Best Friend's Wedding, The Last Outlaw, About Schmidt, and August: Osage County. Mulroney played the main antagonist of NBC's Crisis, Francis Gibson.

Early life[edit]

Mulroney was born in Alexandria, Virginia, his mother, Ellen, was a homemaker and amateur actress originally from Manchester, Iowa, and his father, Michael Mulroney, was a law professor (and amateur racecar driver) at Villanova University School of Law, originally from Elkader, Iowa.[1][2][3] He has a sister, Moira, and three brothers, Conor, Kieran (who is also an actor), and Sean. Moira formerly worked in the Philadelphia DA's office as an assistant district attorney, and later at WXPN, an FM radio station in Philadelphia, but now works elsewhere in the non-profit industry, some of Mulroney's ancestors emigrated from County Donegal and County Mayo in Ireland during the Irish Potato Famine; he is seven eighths Irish and one eighth German ancestry.[4][5] Mulroney attended Maury Elementary School and played cello in school and city youth orchestras, as well as acted in children's community theater. Mulroney attended the Interlochen Arts Camp as a cellist, he later attended T. C. Williams High School (grad. 1981) as well as Northwestern University (grad. 1985) in Evanston, Illinois, where he was a member of the fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta.


Several of his lead performances have been in romantic comedy films. Mulroney has appeared in many movies, including as the male lead in My Best Friend's Wedding alongside Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz, he is probably best known for his western roles as either an outlaw or gunman. Mulroney co-starred in the 1988 western Young Guns, for which he is possibly best known, in which he played "Dirty Steve" alongside Emilio Estevez. In 1993 Mulroney played "J.P", the boyfriend of star "Maggie" (played by Bridget Fonda) in Point of No Return; in 1994 he starred with Mickey Rourke in The Last Outlaw, which has since become a cult classic among western genre fans. Mulroney also played the love interest of Madeleine Stowe in the western Bad Girls, he first gained critical acclaim in the film Longtime Companion, portraying a young man with HIV during the early days of the outbreak of the virus, who becomes the first of his group of friends to succumb to the disease. In 2005, he played a male escort alongside Debra Messing in The Wedding Date, and co-starred in the ensemble film The Family Stone, with Sarah Jessica Parker. He was also in the movie Abduction (2011) as Martin Price.

Mulroney played Gavin Mitchell on the TV series, Friends, his character dated Rachel for one episode but they broke up when it became too complicated between them because of Ross. In 1993, he wrote the song "Someone Else's Used Guitar" for Peter Bogdanovich's The Thing Called Love, in which he also starred. Mulroney also had a cameo in the Joaquin Phoenix–directed video "Tired of Being Sorry" for Balthazar Getty's band Ringside. Mulroney also is credited as a song performer on the movie and for four other tunes, as well as acting in the movie; in 2007, Mulroney voiced Green Lantern Hal Jordan in the animated series The Batman in the season 5 episode "Ring Toss". He occasionally reads stories on the WBEZ Chicago Public Radio; in 2012, Mulroney played the love interest of Zooey Deschanel, Russell, in the Fox series New Girl. In 2013, he portrayed the title starring role in the psychotronic horror film The Rambler, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, he also starred alongside Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, and Stefanie Scott in the 2015 horror sequel Insidious: Chapter 3.[6] He is the narrator of Legends & Lies (2015-2016) executive produced by Bill O'Reilly for Fox News Channel.

Personal life[edit]

Mulroney married actress Catherine Keener in 1990 after they met in 1987 when filming Survival Quest, they have a son named Clyde Keener Mulroney (born June 21, 1999). The couple separated in May 2005 and Mulroney filed for divorce June 11, 2007, citing irreconcilable differences, their divorce became final on December 19, 2007.[7][8]

Mulroney is an accomplished cellist and in 2005 appeared alongside Boyd Tinsley for Alanis Morissette's show at the House of Blues in Hollywood. He played the cello in the film Samantha, where he portrayed a college student studying music alongside Martha Plimpton, he played cello in the song "Place Your Hand" from Melissa Etheridge's 1992 album Never Enough, on the EP for Rain Phoenix's band Papercranes, and on the score to Mission: Impossible III (2006), Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011), and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).[9] Most recently, he portrayed a cello soloist in the second and third seasons of Mozart in the Jungle.



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Sunset Michael Alperin
Young Guns Dirty Steve Stephens
1989 Staying Together Kit McDermott
Survival Quest Gray Atkinson
Longtime Companion John
1990 Bright Angel George Russell
1991 Career Opportunities Nestor Pyle
1992 Where the Day Takes You King
Samantha Henry
1993 Point of No Return J. P.
Thing Called Love, TheThe Thing Called Love Kyle Davidson
1994 Silent Tongue Reeves McCree
Bad Girls Josh McCoy
There Goes My Baby Pirate
Angels in the Outfield Mr. Bomman
Last Outlaw, TheThe Last Outlaw Eustis
1995 Copycat Reuben Goetz
How to Make an American Quilt Sam Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Winona Ryder)
Living in Oblivion Wolf Überman Also associate producer
1996 Trigger Effect, TheThe Trigger Effect Joe
Kansas City Johnny O'Hara
Box of Moonlight Wick
Bastard Out of Carolina Lyle Parsons
1997 My Best Friend's Wedding Michael O'Neal
1999 Goodbye Lover Jake Dunmore
2000 Trixie Dexter "Dex" Lang
Where the Money Is Wayne MacKay
2001 Safety of Objects, TheThe Safety of Objects Jim Train
Investigating Sex Edgar Faldo
Lovely & Amazing Kevin McCabe
2002 About Schmidt Randall Hertzel
2004 Undertow John Munn
Hair High Rod Voice only
2005 Wedding Date, TheThe Wedding Date Nick Mercer
Must Love Dogs Bob Connor
Family Stone, TheThe Family Stone Everett Stone
2006 Griffin & Phoenix Henry Griffin
2007 Dante's Inferno Dante Alighieri Voice only
Zodiac Captain Marty Lee
Georgia Rule Dr. Simon Ward
Gracie Bryan Bowen
2008 Jolene Uncle Phil
Burn After Reading Star of "Coming Up Daisy"
Flash of Genius Gil Previck
2010 Inhale Paul Stanton
2011 Abduction Martin Price
J. Edgar Colonel Schwarzkopf
The Family Tree Jack Burnett
2012 Struck by Lightning Neal Phillips
The Grey Jerome Talget
Big Miracle Colonel Scott Boyer
Trade of Innocents Alex Becker
2013 Space Warriors Andy Hawkins
Stoker Richard Stoker
The Rambler The Rambler
Jobs Mike Markkula
August: Osage County Steve Heidebrecht Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2015 Careful What You Wish For Elliott Harper
Truth Lawrence Lanpher
Insidious: Chapter 3 Sean Brenner
Northpole: Open for Christmas Ian Hanover
The D Train Himself
2016 Dirty Grandpa David Kelly
Lavender Patrick
2017 Sleepless Stanley Rubino
The Mountain Between Us Mark
2018 The Gettysburg Address Andrew Gregg Curtin Voice only; post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Fame Max Episode: "Losin' It"
CBS Schoolbreak Special Doug Dawson Episode: "The Drug Knot"
Sin of Innocence Tim McGary Television film (CBS)
1987 Daddy Bobby Television film (ABC)
Long Gone Jamie Weeks Television film
Nominated—CableACE Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
1989 Unconquered Richmond Flowers Jr. Television film (CBS)
1992 The Heart of Justice Elliot Burgess Television film (TNT)
1993 Family Pictures Mack Eberlin Television film (ABC)
2003 Friends Gavin Mitchell 3 episodes
2007–2008 The Batman Green Lantern / Hal Jordan 3 episodes
2008 Memory Keeper's Daughter, TheThe Memory Keeper's Daughter Dr. David Henry Television film (Lifetime)
2011 Silent Witness Tony Lord Television film
2012–2013 New Girl Russell Shiller 5 episodes
2012 Saturday Night Live Himself Episode: "Jamie Foxx/Ne-Yo"
2013 Enlightened Jeff Flender 6 episodes
2014 Crisis Francis Gibson 13 episodes
2015–17 Shameless Sean Pierce 23 episodes
2015 Mozart in the Jungle Andrew Walsh 3 episodes
Northpole: Open for Christmas Ian Hanover Television film (Hallmark)
2016–2017 Pure Genius Dr. Walter Wallace Main cast
2016 SoundBreaking Narrator 8 episodes
2017 American Horror Story: Cult Bob Thompson 3 episodes
The Christmas Train Tom Langdon Television film (Hallmark Hall of Fame)
2018 LA to Vegas Captain Steve Jasser 2 episodes[10]


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