The younger brother of actor Matt Dillon, Kevin Dillon was a movie leading man by age 20. Originally planning to study art, Dillon became an actor when he was spotted by an agent at the premiere of older brother Matt's Tex (1985). Often cast in lightweight roles (Heaven Help Us , The Blob ), Dillon has distinguished himself in the films of director Oliver Stone with a brace of powerful characterizations: the baby-faced but homicidal teenage soldier Bunny in Platoon (1986), and real-life rock musician John Densmore in The Doors (1991). He would continue to take on a variety of projects over the coming decades, most notably titles like Criminal Hearts, and Poseidon. Dillon has also enjoyed a successful TV career, on shows like Entourage and How to Be a Gentleman.
Biography by Hal Erickson
- Discovered by an agent at the opening of brother Matt's 1982 film Tex.
- Tutored by session drummer Allan Schwartzberg for the John Densmore role in 1991's The Doors.
- Studied for his role as the gung-ho Bunny in 1986's Oscar-winning Platoon by reading Run Through the Raindrops, a novel by technical advisor and retired Marine captain Dale Dye.
- Read for the NYPD Blue role of Danny Sorenson, which went to Rick Schroder, before landing a recurring role as Officer Neil Baker.
- An avid golfer himself, his father Paul is golf coach at Fordham University and an artist whose portraits of Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer and others hang in the famed Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, NY.