Dermot Mulroney is an eminent American actor, film director, and musician. He was born on October 31, 1963, in Alexandria, Virginia in the USA to Ellen, a non-professional actress and Michael Mulroney, a teacher of law and racecar driver. He has four siblings namely Moira, Conor, Sean, and Kieran, who is also an actor. He studied at Maury Elementary School, where he played cello and acted at a theater for children. Later, he became a cellist after attending Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. Mulroney also attended T.C. Williams High School and graduated in the year 1981 and graduated from the Northwestern University in Illinois in the year 1985, where he became a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He started acting during the 80s, and his first film appearance was from Blake Edwards’ 1988 action comedy film, Sunset. He is popular for doing western roles such as a gunman or an outlaw. He earned popularity as the Dirty Steve in the Western action film, Young Guns in 1988, where he acted in the lead role together with
Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips and Casey Siemaszko. He was critically acclaimed in Norman Rene’s Longtime Companion; a film that deals with AIDS. Mulroney played as John, a young man with HIV, who became the first among his friends to die with the disease. In 1993, he played as Bridget Fonda’s boyfriend in John Badham’s Point of No Return. In the very same year, he was cast in the western cult classic film, The Last Outlaw. He portrayed the role of Josh McCoy, opposite
Madeleine Stowe in another western film entitled Bad Girls in 1994. Mulroney mostly appeared in the lead roles in several romantic-comedy films. He became the male lead in Julia Robert-starrer entitled My Best Friend’s Wedding, alongside
Cameron Diaz in 1997.
He was also seen as a male escort in Claire Kilner’s The Wedding Date and a successful executive in Manhattan in the comedy-drama film, Family Stone, together with
Sarah Jessica Parker in 2005. He played as Martin Price in the psychological action thriller film, Abduction in 2011 and was seen in more films like The Family Tress, Struck by Lightning,
The Grey, Careful What You Wish For, Insidious: Chapter 3 and more. In 2013, he earned nominations at the Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for his brilliant performance as Steve Heidebrecht in
John Wells’ drama film, August: Osage County. In the same year, he was starred in the independent psychotronic horror film, The Rambler. This 2016, he played as Zac Efron’s father in the comedy film,
Dirty Grandpa, along with
Robert De Niro and currently filming the upcoming drama thriller film, Sleepless Nights, together with
Jamie Foxx. Besides doing films, Mulroney was seen in several television appearances such as Friends, Enlightened, Shameless, Mozart in the Jungle and many more. Mulroney penned the song, Someone Else’s Used Guitar for the 1993 comedy-drama film, The Thing Called Love. He made a cameo appearance in a video entitled Tired of Being Sorry for the indie rock band called Ringside. Later, he voiced the character of
Green Lantern/ Hal Jordan the season 5 of the animated series,
The Batman. In 1987, while filming Survival Quest, he met the actress,
Catherine Keener. They got married in the year 1990 and had a son named Clyde Keener Mulroney. They got separated in 2005 and filed a divorce in June 2007, which has been finalized on December 19, 2007. As a successful cellist, he appeared in Alanis Morissette’s show in 2005. He also played as a cellist in Martha Plimpton’s Samantha and played cello in Melissa Etheridge’s album, Never Enough, in 1992.