Dermot Mulroney

Dermot Mulroney

Mulroney at the premiere of August: Osage County, Toronto Film Festival, September 9, 2013
Born (1963-10-31) October 31, 1963
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Catherine Keener (m. 1990–2007)
Tharita Catulle (m. 2008)
Children 3

Dermot Mulroney (born October 31, 1963) is an American actor. 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

Mulroney was born in Alexandria, Virginia. His mother, Ellen, was a housewife 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 immigrated from County Donegal and County Mayo in Ireland during the Irish Potato Famine; he is of 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. 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]

Personal life

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 filed for divorce June 11, 2007, citing irreconcilable differences. Their divorce became final on October 31, 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 (film), 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, and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).[9] Most recently, he portrayed a cello soloist in the second season of Mozart in the Jungle.



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Sunset Michael Alperin
1988 Young Guns Dirty Steve Stephens
1989 Staying Together Kit McDermott
1989 Survival Quest Gray Atkinson
1989 Longtime Companion John
1990 Bright Angel George Russell
1991 Career Opportunities Nestor Pyle
1992 Where the Day Takes You King
1992 Samantha Henry
1993 Point of No Return J. P.
1993 Thing Called Love, TheThe Thing Called Love Kyle Davidson
1994 Silent Tongue Reeves McCree
1994 Bad Girls Josh McCoy
1994 There Goes My Baby Pirate
1994 Angels in the Outfield Mr. Bomman
1994 Last Outlaw, TheThe Last Outlaw Eustis
1995 Copycat Reuben Goetz
1995 How to Make an American Quilt Sam Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Winona Ryder)
1995 Living in Oblivion Wolf Überman Also associate producer
1996 Trigger Effect, TheThe Trigger Effect Joe
1996 Kansas City Johnny O'Hara
1996 Box of Moonlight Wick
1996 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
2000 Where the Money Is Wayne MacKay
2001 Safety of Objects, TheThe Safety of Objects Jim Train
2001 Investigating Sex Edgar Faldo
2001 Lovely & Amazing Kevin McCabe
2002 About Schmidt Randall Hertzel
2004 Undertow John Munn
2004 Hair High Rod Voice only
2005 Wedding Date, TheThe Wedding Date Nick Mercer
2005 Must Love Dogs Bob Connor
2005 Family Stone, TheThe Family Stone Everett Stone
2006 Griffin & Phoenix Henry Griffin
2007 Dante's Inferno Dante Alighieri Voice only
2007 Zodiac Captain Marty Lee
2007 Georgia Rule Dr. Simon Ward
2007 Gracie Bryan Bowen
2008 Jolene Uncle Phil
2008 Burn After Reading Star of "Coming Up Daisy"
2008 Flash of Genius Gil Previck
2010 Inhale Paul Stanton
2011 Abduction Martin Price
2011 J. Edgar Colonel Schwarzkopf
2011 The Family Tree Jack Burnett
2012 Struck by Lightning Neal Phillips
2012 The Grey Jerome Talget
2012 Big Miracle Colonel Scott Boyer
2012 Trade of Innocents Alex Becker
2013 Space Warriors Andy Hawkins
2013 Stoker Richard Stoker
2013 The Rambler The Rambler
2013 Jobs Mike Markkula
2013 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
2015 Truth Lawrence Lanpher
2015 Insidious: Chapter 3 Sean Brenner
2016 Dirty Grandpa David Kelly
2016 Lavender Patrick
2016 Sleepless Night Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Fame Max Episode: "Losin' It"
1986 CBS Schoolbreak Special Doug Dawson Episode: "The Drug Knot"
1986 The Drug Knot Doug Dawson Television movie
1986 Sin of Innocence Tim McGary Television movie
1987 Daddy Bobby Television movie
1987 Long Gone Jamie Weeks Television movie
Nominated—CableACE Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
1989 Unconquered Richmond Flowers Jr. Television movie
1992 The Heart of Justice Elliot Burgess Television movie
1993 Family Pictures Mack Eberlin Television movie
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 movie
2011 Silent Witness Tony Lord Television movie
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
2015–2016 Shameless Sean Pierce 22 episodes
2015 Mozart in the Jungle Andrew Walsh 2 episodes
2016 Pure Genius Dr. Walter Wallace
2016 SoundBreaking Narrator 8 episodes


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