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Matthew Modine

Matthew Modine
Matthew Modine by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Modine in 2017
Born
Matthew Avery Modine

(1959-03-22) March 22, 1959 (age 61)
EducationMar Vista High School
Occupation
  • Actor
  • film producer
  • film director
  • screenwriter
  • activist
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)
Caridad Rivera (m. 1980)
Children2, including Ruby Modine
Websitewww.matthewmodine.com

Matthew Avery Modine (born March 22, 1959)[1] is an American actor, activist and filmmaker, who rose to prominence through his role as United States Marine Corps Private Joker in Full Metal Jacket. His other film roles include the title character in Birdy, the high school wrestler Louden Swain in Vision Quest, Drake Goodman in Pacific Heights and Dr. Ralph Wyman in Short Cuts. On television, Modine portrayed Dr. Martin Brenner in Stranger Things, the oversexed Sullivan Groff on Weeds, Dr. Don Francis in And the Band Played On and Ivan Turing in Proof.

Modine has been nominated twice for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for his work in And the Band Played On and What the Deaf Man Heard and won a Special Golden Globe for him and the rest of the ensemble in Short Cuts.[2] He was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special for And the Band Played On.

Early life

Modine, the youngest of seven[3] children, was born in Loma Linda, California, the son of Dolores (née Warner), a bookkeeper, and Mark Alexander Modine, who managed drive-in theaters. He is the nephew of the stage actress Nola Modine Fairbanks, and the great-grandson of the prospector and pioneer Ralph Jacobus Fairbanks.[4][5] Modine lived in Utah for several years, moving every year or two. The drive-in theaters his father managed were being torn down because the land beneath them exceeded the value of the theaters. The Modine family returned to Imperial Beach, California where Matthew attended and graduated from Mar Vista High School in 1977.[6]

Career

Modine's first film role was in John Sayles' film Baby It's You. His performance caught the eye of director Harold Becker, who cast him in Vision Quest, based on Terry Davis's novel. Modine appeared in the sex comedy Private School, co-starring Phoebe Cates and Betsy Russell.

The director Robert Altman propelled Modine to international stardom with his film adaptation of David Rabe's play Streamers. Modine played Mel Gibson's brother in Mrs. Soffel and starred with Nicolas Cage in Alan Parker's Birdy; the film was awarded Gran Prix at the Cannes Film Festival. The actor also famously turned down the role of LT Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in Top Gun (the role that Tom Cruise made famous), because he felt the film's pro-military stance went against his politics.[7]

Modine in April 2006

Modine may be best known for his role as Private Joker, the central character of Stanley Kubrick's Vietnam War movie Full Metal Jacket (1987). Subsequently, Modine played the dangerous young criminal Treat in Alan Pakula's film adaptation of Lyle Kessler's stageplay Orphans. Modine played the goofy, earnest FBI agent Mike Downey in Jonathan Demme's screwball comedy Married to the Mob opposite Michelle Pfeiffer. In 1990, he led the cast of Memphis Belle, a fictionalized account of the famous B-17 Flying Fortress.

Modine and his castmates won an unprecedented Best Actor prize from the Venice Film Festival for the tragic story of young American soldiers about to be shipped to Vietnam in Streamers. Modine has twice been nominated for an Emmy Award: first, for his performance in And the Band Played On (an HBO Emmy award-winning film about the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic), and then for the highly acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame film, What the Deaf Man Heard. In 2017, he and his Stranger Things castmates won the prestigious Screen Actors Guild Best Ensemble Award.

In 1995, he appeared opposite Geena Davis in the romantic action-adventure film Cutthroat Island. Modine made his feature directorial debut with If... Dog... Rabbit..., which came after the success of three short films debuting at the Sundance Film Festival: When I Was a Boy (co-directed with Todd Field), Smoking written by David Sedaris, and Ecce Pirate written by Modine.

His dark comedy, I Think I Thought, debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film tells the story of a Thinker (Modine) who ends up in Thinkers Anonymous.

Other short films include To Kill an American, Cowboy, and The Love Film. In 2011, he completed Jesus Was a Commie, an avant garde-dialectical conversation about the world and the prominent issues of modern society. Modine co-directed the short film with Terence Ziegler, the editor of I Think I Thought. Modine's short films have played internationally.[8]

In 2003, he guest starred in The West Wing episode "The Long Goodbye". He portrayed the character Marco, who went to high school with C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney) and who helped her deal with her father's steady mental decline due to Alzheimer's disease. Modine agreed to take the role because he is a longtime friend of Janney's. (The two appeared together in a theatrical production of the play Breaking Up directed by Stuart Ross). That same year, he played Fritz Gerlich in the CBS miniseries Hitler: The Rise of Evil.

In 2004, Modine appeared in Funky Monkey as ex-football star turned spy Alec McCall, who teams up with super-chimp Clemens and his friend Michael Dean (Seth Adkins) to take down the villainous Flick (Taylor Negron). The film was critically panned, yet has gained a cult status.[9]

In 2005, Abel Ferrara's Mary won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. In the film, Modine portrays a director recounting the story of Mary Magdalene (Juliette Binoche). The following year, he guest-starred in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Rage" as a serial killer of young girls.

In 2010, Modine appeared in The Trial, which was awarded the Parents Television Council's Seal of Approval™. The PTC said: "'The Trial' combines the best features of courtroom drama, murder mystery and character story. 'The Trial' is a powerful drama which shows the power of healing and hope."

Modine played a corrupt Majestic City developer named "Sullivan Groff" throughout Season 3 on Weeds. Groff has affairs with Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) and Celia Hodes (Elizabeth Perkins).

In 2010, Modine appeared in HBO's Too Big to Fail, a film about the Wall Street financial crisis. In it, Modine stars as John Thain, former Chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch, who famously spent millions decorating his office.

In 2011, Modine completed two independent films, Family Weekend and Girl in Progress, opposite Eva Mendes.[10]

In 2012, he appeared in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises as Deputy Commissioner Peter Foley, a Gotham City police officer and peer to Gary Oldman's Commissioner James Gordon.

In February 2013, Modine was cast in Ralph Bakshi's animated film Last Days of Coney Island after coming across the film's Kickstarter campaign online.[11][12]

In 2014, he co-starred with Olivia Williams, Richard Dillane, and Steve Oram in the horror mystery film Altar.[13]

In 2016, Modine played Dr. Martin Brenner in the Netflix original series Stranger Things.

In 2017, Matthew Modine was featured in the music video for "1-800-273-8255", a song by American hip hop artist Logic.

Modine was part of Speed Kills released in November 2018[14] as well as several upcoming films such as Foster Boy, Miss Virginia, and The Martini Shot.[15]

Theatre

Modine appeared in Arthur Miller's Finishing the Picture at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, in Miller's Resurrection Blues at London's Old Vic, and in a stage adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird (as Atticus Finch) at Connecticut's Hartford Stage. This production of To Kill a Mockingbird became the most successful play in the theatre's 45-year history.[16] In 2010, he starred with Abigail Breslin in the 50th Anniversary Broadway revival of The Miracle Worker[17] at the Circle in the Square theatre.

In fall 2013, Modine starred in a self-parodying comedy, Matthew Modine Saves the Alpacas,[7] at Los Angeles' Geffen Theatre.

Activism

Modine participating in a bike sharing event during the 2008 Democratic National Convention

Cycling has been Modine's main mode of transportation since moving to New York City from Utah in 1980. He heads a pro-bike organization called "Bicycle for a Day" and was honored for his work on June 2, 2009, by the environmental arts and education center on the East River, Solar 1.[7]

Tributes

Modine is the subject of the 2005 song "Matthew Modine" by Pony Up.[18][19]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1983 Baby It's You Steve
Private School Jim Green
Streamers Billy
1984 The Hotel New Hampshire Chip Dove / Ernst
Birdy Birdy
Mrs. Soffel Jack Biddle
1985 Vision Quest Louden Swain
1987 Full Metal Jacket Private/Sergeant J.T. "Joker" Davis
Orphans Treat
1988 Married to the Mob Mike Downey
The Gamble Francesco Sacredo
1989 Gross Anatomy Joe Slovak
1990 Memphis Belle Captain Dennis Dearborn
Pacific Heights Drake Goodman
1992 Equinox Henry Petosa / Freddy Ace
Wind Will Parker
1993 When I Was a Boy None Short film

Co-writer, co-director and co-producer

The Tree Boy as Middle-Aged Man / Boy as Old Man Short film
Short Cuts Dr. Ralph Wyman
1994 The Browning Version Frank Hunter
Smoking None Short film

Director and producer

1995 Bye Bye Love Dave Goldman
Fluke Thomas P. Johnson / Voice of Fluke
Cutthroat Island William Shaw
1997 Ecce Pirate None Short film

Writer, director and producer

The Blackout Matty
The Maker Walter Schmeiss
The Real Blonde Joe
1999 Notting Hill Movie-Within-Movie Actor Uncredited
If... Dog... Rabbit... Johnnie Cooper Also writer and director
Any Given Sunday Dr. Ollie Powers
2000 Very Mean Men Bartender
Bamboozled Himself
2001 Nobody's Baby Sonny
In the Shadows Eric O'Byrne
The Shipment Mitch Garrett
2003 Overnight Himself
Le Divorce Tellman
Hollywood North Bobby Myers
2004 Funky Monkey Alec McCall
2005 Transporter 2 Jefferson Billings
Mary Tony Childress / Jesus
Opa! Eric
2006 Kettle of Fish Mel Also executive producer
2007 Go Go Tales Johnie Ruby
Have Dreams, Will Travel Ben's Father
The Neighbor Jeff
2008 I Think I Thought Joe Short film

Also writer, director and producer

To Kill an American None Writer, director and producer
Cowboy Cowboy Short film

Also writer and director

Mia and the Migoo Mr. Houston / Godfrey Voice in English version
The Garden of Eden David's Father
Santa, the Fascist Years Narrator Short film

Voice

2009 Little Fish, Strange Pond Mr. Jack Also executive producer
2010 The Trail Mac Also producer
A Cat in Paris Lucas Voice in English version
2011 Jesus Was a Commie John Doe Short film[20]Also writer, director and producer
Sunchasers None Producer
Wrinkles Juan Voice in English version
The Flying House Bertie Short film

Also executive producer

2012 Somebody None Short film

Writer, director and producer

Plastic Jesus
Girl in Progress Dr. Harford
The Dark Knight Rises Peter Foley
2013 Jobs John Sculley
Family Weekend Duncan Dungy
Cheatin' None Executive producer
2014 Hyperion Short film

Associate producer

Altar Alec Hamilton
Guests Theodore Foster Short film
2015 The Brainwashing of My Dad Narrator Documentary film

Also producer

The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards Theodore Foster
Last Days of Coney Island None Short film

Executive producer

Merry Xmas Abe Also writer and producer
Unity Narrator
2016 The Confirmation Kyle
How to Grow Up Despite Your Parents Bob Riley
Revengeance Sid Uncredited

Also executive producer

Super Sex None Short film

Writer, director and producer

Army of One Dr. Ross
Stars in Shorts: No Ordinary Love Abe Also co-writer, co-director and co-producer
2017 The Hippopotamus Michael Logan
47 Meters Down Captain Taylor
2018 Sicario: Day of the Soldado James Riley
Speed Kills George Bush
An Actor Prepares Charlie
Backtrace MacDonald
2019 Keepers of the Wild None Short documentary film

Executive producer

Foster Boy Michael Trainer
Miss Virginia Congressman Cliff Williams
2020 Guardians of Life Senior Physician[21] Short film
Chance Mike Completed
The Martini Shot Steve Post-production
Breaking News in Yuba County Carl Buttons
TBA Wrong Turn Scott
My Love Affair with Marriage Bo Voice

Also executive producer

Filming

The Rocking Horsemen None Writer and director

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1982 ABC Afterschool Special Randy Episode: "Amy & the Angel"
1988 American Playhouse Eugene O'Neill Episode: "Journey Into Genius"
1993 And the Band Played On Dr. Don Francis Television film
1994 Jacob Jacob
1997 What the Deaf Man Heard Sammy Ayers
1998 American Experience Lawrence Svobida Episode: "Surviving the Dust Bowl"
The American Christopher Newman Television film
2000 Flowers for Algernon Charlie Gordon
2001 Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story Jack Robinson 2 episodes
2002 Redeemer Paul Freeman Television film
2003 The West Wing Marco Arlens Episode: "The Long Goodbye"
Hitler: The Rise of Evil Fritz Gerlich 2 episodes
Expert Witness Television film
2004 The Winning Season Honus Wagner
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Gordon Rickett Episode: "Rage"
Into the West Samson Wheeler Episode: "Dreams and Schemes"
2006 The Bedford Diaries Professor Jake Macklin 8 episodes
2007 Weeds Sullivan Groff 12 episodes
Good Morning Agrestic Short television series

Episode: "Majestic: Gates of Hell"

2008 Sex and Lies in Sin City Ted Binion Television film
2011 Too Big to Fail John Thain
2013 CAT. 8 Dr. Michael Ranger 2 episodes
Anatomy of Violence Convict #3 Television film
2015 Proof Ivan Turing 10 episodes
2016–2017 Stranger Things Dr. Martin Brenner 12 episodes
2017 Idiotsitter Dr. J. Lowe 3 episodes
2019 Sanctuary Dr. Fisher 8 episodes
Surveillance The Man in the Red Tie Television film

Music videos

Year Title Artist Notes Ref.
1985 "Crazy for You" Madonna From the film Vision Quest
"Gambler"
2017 "1-800-273-8255" Logic [22]
2020 "What a Man Gotta Do" Jonas Brothers [23]

Theatre

Year Play Role Venue Ref.
2004 Finishing the Picture Paul Goodman Theatre, Chicago [24]
2006 Resurrection Blues Skip The Old Vic, London [25]
2009 To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus Finch Hartford Stage, Hartford [26]
2010 The Miracle Worker Captain Keller Broadway, New York [17]
2013 Matthew Modine Saves the Alpacas Himself Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles [27]

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result
1983 Venice Film Festival Best Actor Streamers Won
1993 Best Ensemble Cast Short Cuts Won
1994 Golden Globe Awards Best Ensemble Cast Won
Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television And the Band Played On Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Lead Equinox Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie And the Band Played On Nominated
1997 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television What the Deaf Man Heard Nominated
2000 Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Flowers for Algernon Nominated
2008 Tribeca Film Festival Best Narrative Short I Think I Thought Nominated
2011 Traverse City Film Festival Founders Prize for Best Short Film Jesus Was a Commie Won
Oldenburg International Film Festival Best Short Film Nominated
Walk of Fame N/A Won
2012 New Media Film Festival Best Short Jesus Was a Commie Nominated
2016 Tribeca Film Festival Best Narrative Short Film Super Sex Nominated
New Media Film Festival Best Short Won
2017 Coronado Island Film Festival Audience Favorite Award – Favourite Short Film Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Stranger Things Won
Dublin International Film Festival Special Mention for International Short Super Sex Won

References

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  2. ^ "Golden Globes 1994 "Shortcuts" Special Award". Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  3. ^ The Hollywood Interview.com (October 31, 2009). "The Hollywood Interview (2009)". Thehollywoodinterview.blogspot.com. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  4. ^ "Matthew Modine Biography (1959–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  5. ^ "Matthew Modine Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  6. ^ "Dark Knight Rises Features Former IB Actor Matthew Modine". patch.com/california/imperialbeach (Imperial Beach Patch). May 31, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
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  8. ^ insidemovies.ew.com (June 3, 2013). "Matthew Modine on his short-films collection and how making 'Cutthroat Island' felt like being kidnapped". ew.com. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  9. ^ "An Essay on the Brilliance of "Funky Monkey" |". Indiebum.wordpress.com. May 18, 2011. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  10. ^ Gingold, Michael (February 19, 2015). "Q&A: Matthew Modine Talks His First Horror Experience in "ALTAR"". Fangoria.
  11. ^ Jen Yamato (February 16, 2013). "Matthew Modine Joins Ralph Bakshi's Crowdsourced 'Last Days Of Coney Island'". Deadline Hollywood.
  12. ^ Jeff Labrecque (February 28, 2013). "Still Bakshi after all these years: Iconoclastic 'Fritz the Cat' director has another tale to tell". Entertainment Weekly.
  13. ^ Gingold, Michael (February 19, 2015). ""ALTAR"". Fangoria.
  14. ^ Harvey, Dennis (November 17, 2018). "Film Review: 'Speed Kills'". Variety. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
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  16. ^ Modine Flies to Mockingbird Variety, January 12, 2009
  17. ^ a b The Miracle Worker on Broadway Official Web Site
  18. ^ Songs About Going Down on Celebrities Not So Simple, by Jessica Grose, in the Village Voice; published April 12, 2005; retrieved January 22, 2020
  19. ^ Pony Up! Montreal-based indie poppers issue their lo-fi debut., at Pitchfork; by Peter Macia; published March 21, 2005; retrieved January 22, 2020
  20. ^ "Jesus Was A Commie - A Short Film by Matthew Modine Official Site".
  21. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (February 6, 2020). "Guardians of Life review – Joaquin Phoenix's climate call goes down in flames". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
  22. ^ "Inside Logic's Grammy-nominated suicide prevention video, with Don Cheadle, Matthew Modine and a mission". Los Angeles Times. January 26, 2018. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
  23. ^ Singh, Olivia. "The Jonas Brothers' 'What a Man Gotta Do' music video is packed with hidden references. Here's every detail you may have missed". Insider. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
  24. ^ "Finishing the Picture | Goodman Theatre". www.goodmantheatre.org. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
  25. ^ Nathan, John (January 3, 2006). "Modine Joins Cast of London's Resurrection Blues". Playbill. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
  26. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Matthew Modine Stars as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird at Hartford Stage". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
  27. ^ Verini, Bob; Verini, Bob (September 17, 2009). "Matthew Modine Saves the Alpacas". Variety. Retrieved February 12, 2020.

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