Matthew Modine

The youngest of seven, Matthew was born in Loma Linda, Ca, to Dolores (Warner), a bookkeeper, and Mark Alexander Modine, a drive-in theater manager. After graduating high school in Imperial Beach, Ca. Modine moved to NYC (1979). Matthew studied with Stella Adler at her Conservatory of Acting. Whi...

Born on March 22, 1959

Loma Linda, California, USA

Height 1.92m / 6' 4"

Biography

The youngest of seven, Matthew was born in Loma Linda, Ca, to Dolores (Warner), a bookkeeper, and Mark Alexander Modine, a drive-in theater manager. After graduating high school in Imperial Beach, Ca. Modine moved to NYC (1979). Matthew studied with Stella Adler at her Conservatory of Acting. While still a student of hers, he began landing starring roles in film, and later theatre and television. Matthew has worked with many of the most highly regarded directors including, Christopher Nolan, Oliver Stone, Sir Alan Parker, Stanley Kubrick, Robert Altman, Abel Ferrara, Alan J. Pakula, John Schlesinger, Tony Richardson, Robert Falls, Sir Peter Hall, Spike Lee, Tom DiCillo, Mike Figgis, Jonathan Demme and John Sayles. A partial list of his films include: The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Birdy (1984), Vision Quest (1985), Full Metal Jacket (1987), Married to the Mob (1988), Gross Anatomy (1989), Memphis Belle (1990), Pacific Heights (1990), Short Cuts (1993), The Browning Version (1994) and Any Given Sunday (1999).Matthew is the recipient of a Golden Globe Award, Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup and Golden Lion. Maria (2005), directed by Abel Ferrara, co-starring Juliette Binoche and Forest Whitaker, won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. Birdy won the Cannes Film Festival Gran Prix. Equinox (1992), directed by Alan Rudolph, received four Independent Spirit Award nominations including Best Actor and Best Film. For his work in television, Matthew was part of the Emmy winning Showtime series Weeds (2005). He has received Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations for the M.O.W. What the Deaf Man Heard (1997) and HBO's Emmy winning And the Band Played On (1993). Modine has directed several distinguished short films: When I Was a Boy (1993), Smoking (1994), Ecce Pirate (1997), I Think I Thought (2008) and To Kill an American (2008).Read More

Known For

TradeMarks

Towering height and slender frame

Matthew is an actor's actor.

Trivia

Good friends with Eric Stoltz.

Studied acting with Stella Adler.

Loves to paint.

Is a horticulturist and a carpenter.

Learning to fly-fish; his teacher is Liam Neeson.

Is a neighbor of Liam Neeson.

Does not own a television set.

Loves the New York Knicks.

Was originally offered Tom Cruise's role in Top Gun (1986). Turned down the part because he disagreed with the film's cold-war politics.

Has a son Boman Modine (b. 8 November 1985) and a daughter Ruby Modine (b. 31 July 1990).

Quotes

Vision Quest was maybe the hardest film I've ever done, because I never wrestled before in my life. I was a struggling actor that wasn't really fast. I was in drama school smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee and trying to like every young actor at a drama school, trying to be James Dean and be posing. So when I met Harold Becker, he said, "Can you do five push-ups?" I was pretty skinny, so I had to get in shape to do Vision Quest, and that was really, really, really hard and a real pleasure to work with that girl Linda Fiorentino. She's a tough New Jersey broad, very much like her role in the film. It was just fun and a very, very, very hard film to make.

Val Kilmer might be responsible for how I got the part in Full Metal Jacket, because I didn't know anything about it. You had to audition. You had to send a videotape to Stanley Kubrick to audition for the film. That was back when people didn't have cameras and stuff like that. That was a brand-new technology. Clearly Val had auditioned for the film and sent his tape, and he was pissed-off at me and wanted to get into a fight with me, because not only had I done Vision Quest and Mrs. Soffel, which were two films he had maybe auditioned for, but now I was doing Kubrick's film, and he was pissed off and wanted to get into a fight. I told him I wasn't going to apologize, and if he wanted to take it outside, I was happy to do that, and I was in shape from Vision Quest. I would have kicked his ass. So I ran out of the restaurant that we were at in Los Angeles and called my manager and asked if he knew anything about my getting the role in Full Metal Jacket, and he didn't know anything about it. Alan Parker was editing Birdy in London and Vision Quest was a Warner Bros. picture and Stanley Kubrick made his pictures with Warner Bros., so I said "Let's call Warner Bros and get them to send Vision Quest, get Alan Parker to send some footage over to Kubrick in London," and I got the part. So had Val Kilmer not sort of gotten pissed-off and challenged me in a restaurant and been angry at me for getting Full Metal Jacket, I would have never known about it.

(On filming Full Metal Jacket) It was hard. Stanley Kubrick was, in every sense of the word, an artist. He knew everything there was to know about film production, about cameras, editing, music. He was just extraordinary, his depth of knowledge. He'd clearly read books about acting, but I think he didn't trust emotions. One of the movies he always wanted to make was a film about Napoleon. Emotions were the downfall for Napoleon, in that he was such a strategic, amazing general in the way that his mind functioned, but the frailty of human beings is emotions, and what do actors work with but emotions? Drudging up memories of happiness and sadness. That was the complicated thing about working with Kubrick, was to be a technical actor and a well-oiled machine, and knowing all the aspects of what your character would be doing or what your lines are, but then there was emotion... human emotion. That was always a frustrating thing about working on a film, just the emotional aspect of the film...In every sense, I'm a better person emotionally, mentally. I'm just a better person having gone through that experience of working with Stanley Kubrick.

(2008 quote) Orphans was right after Full Metal Jacket, and it was so cleansing. It was the Nestea Iced Tea after Full Metal Jacket. It was really tight; it was, I think, 25 or 30 days of shooting. It was a play, so it was a movie about language. It was wonderful working with Albert Finney and Kevin Anderson and Alan J. Pakula, who had directed Klute and All The President's Men and Sophie's Choice. It was just maybe my favorite movie that I've ever worked on.

(On making Married to the Mob) Married To The Mob, uh. I was still kind of... Emotionally, that's when I started to realize that the experience of working on Full Metal Jacket had taken a rather painful toll on me that I really hadn't recovered from yet. While I was working on the film, I appreciated the opportunity to work with Jonathan Demme, one of the great American directors, and Michelle Pfeiffer, who is a great actor, but also an extraordinary beauty. I just wasn't ready. I didn't realize how emotionally upset I was still from having that experience of working on Full Metal Jacket. I don't think it shows in my performance, but it certainly... I understood what it meant to be in the grip of depression. The people that really truly suffer from depression, it's not something that you can go, like, "Hey! Snap out of it, man. Have a good time." When you are in the grips of depression, there isn't anything. You're inconsolable. There isn't anything anyone can do to help you. It's really, really scary. A scary place to be. I was really suffering with depression when I was working on that film, but it was great to be working on something that was so light and good-natured. Because contrasts are always good, like a yin and a yang thing. That was where I was emotionally in my life, so it was interesting to be working on something that was the opposite. You know, in many ways, it saved my life.

(On making Gross Anatomy) That was fun. I got to learn all about life and death. The story was about a student going to medical school, and for me, it was about learning about the fragility of life. Life really is very brief. When I was studying to prepare for the film, I went to a gross anatomy lab-a real one. It was at the University Of Southern California, and it was a room filled with 40 cadavers-people who donated their bodies to science for the benefit of these medical students to learn about the human body, the human anatomy. What you realize when you walk into a room of 40 people who are dead is that there's got to be something else. I'm not talking about God. I'm talking about energy, just pure, simple, the energy of life. We can't go from being animate objects to inanimate objects without something kind of... that energy just has to go someplace. It's got to do something. Who knows what it is? Maybe that's the great big collective consciousness. Maybe we go back into that kind of pool of energy. But that was the really valuable thing. You know, it's not talking about actors or what the experience was of working on movies, but if you are to ask me about it today, that's what I learned. I learned a lot about life and death on that movie.

(On Baby It's You) This was a great opportunity to work with one of America's really interesting independent film directors, John Sayles, who had given so many young actors an opportunity to work when they were struggling to get their foot in the door. Robert Downey Jr., Fisher Stevens, Meg Ryan, Rosanna Arquette, they sort of had the leads. There were all these other people where this was their first film. Their entrée into the world of film. Vincent Spano and Rosanna Arquette and Tracy Pollan, Michael J. Fox's wife. It was just really fun to be working with people that you met in the acting community of New York, everyone that you would meet on auditions. All of a sudden, all of us had jobs on a film.

(On Streamers) That was a tremendous opportunity to meet a legend, Robert Altman. Just the whole rehearsal process, the casting process, and then going down to Texas to work in his brand-new studio that had been built in Las Colinas. It was a really, really, intense experience. It was a bunch of guys who didn't have their girlfriends or their wives and who all went down, and it was a very drunken... You know... working with Robert Altman. It was a great experience. It was a lot of drinking that went on down in Texas. There was a lot of partying that went on down in Texas. Then we won the prize at the Venice Film Festival. It was an unprecedented award that gave the Best Actor award to the cast. It was an ensemble.

The Hotel New Hampshire was the first time I played a real scumbag. I was working in Toronto with Mel Gibson and Diane Keaton on a movie called Mrs. Soffel, and I went to see the movie open up there in a theater in Toronto. And I remember the people sitting behind not recognizing me and going, "I hate that guy. What a prick." And I thought "I'm never going to play another bad guy again, because people don't like you." The Hotel New Hampshire was fun because it was Tony Richardson, who had directed Tom Jones, and he in his own way is a legendary filmmaker. I was working with Nastassja Kinski and Jodie Foster, so that was real pleasurable.

Birdy was the movie that every actor of my generation wanted. The interesting thing about Birdy is that I auditioned for the role of Al Columbato [the part eventually played by Nicolas Cage.] I didn't audition for Birdy. I imagined somebody very, very different playing Birdy. I was up in Toronto working with Mel [Gibson]. We were living together, we were sharing a house together, and Alan Parker called and said, "Congratulations, I want you to be in my film." I was like, "Are you going to change the name of Columbato, or am I going to play an Italian-American?" And he goes, "You're not playing Al. You're playing Birdy." I was like, "What?" I had to get my head around playing Birdy. I never read one line for Birdy, and he cast me as Birdy. Later that day, it was really weird. We were at Mel's house, and it was kind of a weird snowy day, and this big red robin came into the house and crashed into the glass. It was like a scene out of Birdy. I picked up the robin and kind of held it for a minute. It was clearly dead. I held the bird for a little while and stroked it, and in fact, it wasn't dead, and it hopped up on my finger and just sat there. I have a great photo of Mel and I standing there that my wife took. He's laughing and going, "This is a sign! This is a sign! You were meant to play Birdy. Look at this, man." So a wonderful omen. One of my favorite films I've worked on was Birdy.

Filmography

Today Today Himself-Guest/...(3episodes,2012-2016)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Himself-Guest(1episode,1990)
Saturday Night Live Saturday Night Live Himself-Host/...(1episode,1988)
Nature Nature Himself(1episode,2001)
Baby It's You  Baby It's You  Steve
Private School  Private School  Jim
Streamers  Streamers  Billy
Vision Quest  Vision Quest  LoudenSwain
Full Metal Jacket  Full Metal Jacket  Pvt.J.T.'Joker'Davis
Orphans  Orphans  Treat
American Experience American Experience LawrenceSvobida(1episode,1998)
Sidewalks Entertainment Sidewalks Entertainment Himself-Guest(1episode,2013)
Married to the Mob  Married to the Mob  MikeDowney
The Gamble  The Gamble  FrancescoSacredo
The Big Breakfast The Big Breakfast Himself(1episode,2001)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Himself-Guest(3episodes,1992-1995)
Equinox  Equinox  HenryPetosa/FreddyAce
Wind  Wind  WillParker
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Late Night with Conan O'Brien Himself-Guest(3episodes,1998-2001)
And the Band Played On  And the Band Played On  Dr.DonFrancis
Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country  Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country  Himself
When I Was a Boy  When I Was a Boy 
When I Was a Boy  When I Was a Boy 
When I Was a Boy  When I Was a Boy 
When I Was a Boy  When I Was a Boy 
When I Was a Boy  When I Was a Boy 
When I Was a Boy  When I Was a Boy 
When I Was a Boy  When I Was a Boy 
Jacob  Jacob  Jacob
Smoking  Smoking 
Smoking  Smoking 
Smoking  Smoking 
Smoking  Smoking 
Smoking  Smoking 
Smoking  Smoking 
Smoking  Smoking 
Smoking  Smoking 
Smoking  Smoking 
Cutthroat Island  Cutthroat Island  Shaw
The Daily Show The Daily Show Himself-Guest(1episode,1998)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show The Rosie O'Donnell Show Himself-Guest(1episode,2001)
Light Lunch Light Lunch Himself(1episode,1998)
The Blackout  The Blackout  Matty
Ecce Pirate  Ecce Pirate 
Ecce Pirate  Ecce Pirate 
Ecce Pirate  Ecce Pirate 
Ecce Pirate  Ecce Pirate 
Ecce Pirate  Ecce Pirate 
Ecce Pirate  Ecce Pirate 
Ecce Pirate  Ecce Pirate 
Ecce Pirate  Ecce Pirate 
Ecce Pirate  Ecce Pirate 
Ecce Pirate  Ecce Pirate 
Ecce Pirate  Ecce Pirate 
Ecce Pirate  Ecce Pirate 
The Maker  The Maker  WalterSchmeiss
Notting Hill  Notting Hill  Movie-Within-MovieActor(uncredited)
Any Given Sunday  Any Given Sunday  Dr.OlliePowers
Journey Into Genius Journey Into Genius EugeneO'Neill
American Playhouse American Playhouse EugeneO'Neill(1episode,1988)
So Graham Norton So Graham Norton Himself-Guest(1episode,2001)
Good Day L.A. Good Day L.A. Himself(1episode,2013)
The West Wing The West Wing MarcoArlens(1episode,2003)
ABC Afterschool Specials ABC Afterschool Specials Randy(1episode,1982)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Law & Order: Special Victims Unit GordonRickett(1episode,2005)
Bamboozled  Bamboozled  Himself
The Directors The Directors Himself(2episodes)
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story JackRobinson(JohnathanWilliamDuncanRobinson)(2episodes,2001)
The Shipment  The Shipment  MitchGarrett
The O'Reilly Factor The O'Reilly Factor Himself-Guest(2episodes,2008)
The British Comedy Awards 2001  The British Comedy Awards 2001  Himself(awardpresenter)
The Divorce  The Divorce  Tellman
V Graham Norton V Graham Norton Himself-Guest(1episode,2003)
Funky Monkey  Funky Monkey  AlecMcCall
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards  The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards  Himself-AudienceMember
Hitler: The Rise of Evil Hitler: The Rise of Evil FritzGerlich(2episodes,2003)
Real Time with Bill Maher Real Time with Bill Maher Himself(uncredited)(1episode,2008)
Corazón, corazón Corazón, corazón Himself(1episode,1996)
Lo + plus Lo + plus Himself-Guest(2episodes,1996-1997)
The Winning Season  The Winning Season  HonusWagner
Overnight  Overnight  Himself
Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker Himself(1episode,2005)
This Week This Week Himself-Guest(1episode,2014)
Into the West Into the West SamsonWheeler(1episode,2005)
The Tony Danza Show The Tony Danza Show Himself-Guest(1episode,2005)
Мария  Мария  TonyChildress/Jesus
Weeds Weeds SullivanGroff(12episodes,2007)
The Bedford Diaries The Bedford Diaries ProfessorJakeMacklin/...(8episodes,2006)
The 100 Greatest War Films  The 100 Greatest War Films  Himself
Hollywood Vietnam  Hollywood Vietnam  Himself
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Phil Hartman  Saturday Night Live: The Best of Phil Hartman  Himself(archivefootage)(uncredited)
The Truth About Sex The Truth About Sex ProfessorJakeMacklin
Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder ProfessorJakeMacklin
I'm Gonna Love College I'm Gonna Love College ProfessorJakeMacklin
Tell Me No Secrets Tell Me No Secrets ProfessorJakeMacklin
The Passion of the Beaver The Passion of the Beaver ProfessorJakeMacklin
The Films of James Ivory The Films of James Ivory Himself
The Films of Jonathan Demme The Films of Jonathan Demme Himself
Episode dated 11 September 1997 Episode dated 11 September 1997 Himself-Guest
Episode #5.7 Episode #5.7 Himself-Guest
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