- 08:56 AM, Feb 16
Unlike some actors who would rather stick to the film genre they master at, Dermot Mulroney has taken an eclectic career path which contains diverse characters he brilliantly portrayed, certainly making him an exceptional thespian of his generation. An American of predominantly Irish descent, Dermot grew up in Alexandria, Virginia along with his four siblings from the day he was born on October 31, 1963. Already developed a fondness for acting at such a young age, he afterwards joined children's community theater which was later followed by a stage performance in "Are Teachers Human" when he was still a student of George Washington Junior High. Right after his graduation from T.C. Williams High School in 1981, he headed for Chicago, Illinois to enroll in Northwestern University where he later obtained a BFA degree by 1985.
Putting full concentration to pursue an acting career, he quickly encountered his screen debut through a CBS TV movie, "Sin of Innocence," which was aired in 1986. After playing a troubled teenager in two other TV productions of "The Drug Knot" (1986) and "Daddy" (1987), he successfully landed a major part in "Young Guns" (1988) which was also starred by the brat-pack group of Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, and Kiefer Sutherland. This western flick surprisingly became a box-office hit with domestic income of more than 45 million U.S. dollar, thus automatically propelled him to earn more notice from the public plus opened his way to find better opportunity in Hollywood film industry.
Carefully selected the offers that addressed to him, Dermot wisely chose to explore various film genre rather than aimed for commercial success as seen in his 1989 projects which included a touching drama of "Unconquered", a dramatic comedy flick "Staying Together", and the adventurous "Survival Quest." It was in this latter movie that this attractive actor met and then gave his heart to actress Catherine Keener whom he finally married in 1990, the year his next film, "Longtime Companion," saw its theatrical release. From this point, he managed to maintain his career steadily with playing different characters, like a leader of a ragtag group in "Where the Day Takes You" (1992), a clueless boyfriend in "Point of No Return" (1993), and a cop tracking vicious serial killer in "Copycat" (1995). Also taking part as Winona Ryder's beau in "How to Make an American Quilt" (1995), he satisfyingly scored a Best Kiss nomination together