Dermot Mulroney

Dermot Mulroney
Dermot Mulroney
Born October 31, 1963 (1963-10-31) (age 48)
Alexandria, Virginia
Spouse Tharita Catulle

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


Early life

Mulroney was born in Alexandria, Virginia, the son of Ellen, a housewife and amateur actress originally from Manchester, Iowa, and Michael Mulroney, a law professor (and amateur racecar driver) at Villanova University School of Law, originally from Elkader, Iowa.[1][2] 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[3] and is currently employed by WXPN, an FM radio station in Philadelphia.[4] Mulroney's ancestors immigrated from County Donegal and County Mayo in Ireland during the Irish Potato Famine; he is of mostly Irish descent, although one of his grandmothers was German American.[5] Mulroney attended Maury Elementary School and played cello in school and city youth orchestras, as well as acting in children's community theater. Mulroney attended the Interlochen Arts Camp as a cellist. He later attended T. C. Williams High School (grad. 1981), the high school portrayed in Remember the Titans, as well as Northwestern University (grad. 1985) in Evanston, Illinois, where he was a member of the fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta.


Most 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, and in 1994 he starred alongside 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. He was also in the ensemble film The Family Stone starring Sarah Jessica Parker. In 2005, he played a "date-for-hire" character alongside Debra Messing in The Wedding Date.

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 radio.

Personal life

Mulroney married actress Catherine Keener in 1990 after they met in 1987 when filming Survival Quest. The couple separated in May 2005 and filed for divorce June 11, 2007, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce was final on December 19, 2007.[6] They have a son named Clyde Keener Mulroney (born June 21, 1995). Mulroney is currently married to Tharita Catulle. They have two children: a girl, Mabel Ray Mulroney (born April 2008) and a second child (born late June or early July 2009).

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 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). Mulroney (cello and mandolin) and his brother Kieran (violin and accordion) were both members of the punk-folk band Low and Sweet Orchestra which included members of The Pogues and The Circle Jerks. He is now a member of Cranky George, together with his brother and James Fearnley of the Pogues.


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Shattered...If Your Kid's On Drugs
1986 Sin of Innocence Tim McGary
1987 Daddy Bobby
1987 Long Gone Jamie Weeks
1988 Sunset Michael Alperin
1988 Young Guns Dirty Steve Stephens
1989 Staying Together Kit McDermott
1989 Survival Quest Gray
1989 Unconquered Richmond Flowers Jr.
1989 Longtime Companion John
1990 Bright Angel George Won special jury prize for acting at Torino International Festival of Young Cinema[7]
1991 Career Opportunities Nestor Pyle
1991 High School and Pregnant
1992 Where the Day Takes You King
1992 Samantha Henry Mulroney is featured here playing the cello
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 (Roger's Dad)
1994 Last Outlaw, TheThe Last Outlaw Eustis
1995 Copycat Reuben Goetz
1995 How to Make an American Quilt
1995 Living in Oblivion Wolf
1996 Trigger Effect, TheThe Trigger Effect Joe
1996 Kansas City Johnny O'Hara
1996 Box of Moon Light Wik
1996 Bastard Out of Carolina Lyle Parsons
1997 My Best Friend's Wedding Michael O'Neal
1999 Goodbye Lover Jake Dunmore
2000 Trixie Dex Lang
2000 Where the Money Is Wayne
2001 Safety of Objects, TheThe Safety of Objects Jim Train
2001 Investigating Sex Edgar
2001 Lovely & Amazing Kevin McCabe
2002 About Schmidt Randall Hertzel
2002 Friends Gavin Mitchell
2004 Undertow John Munn
2004 Hair High Rod
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
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 Memory Keeper's Daughter, TheThe Memory Keeper's Daughter Dr. David Henry
2008 Flash of Genius Gil Previck
2010 Inhale Paul Stanton Also known as Run for Her Life
2011 Abduction Martin Price
2012 Struck by Lightning Neal Phillips
2012 Stoker Richard Stoker Filming


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