Matthew Modine Biography


Birthday: March 22, 1959 (Aries)

Born In: Loma Linda, California

Matthew Modine is an American actor and filmmaker, who is best known for his role as United States Marine Corps Private Joker in legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick’s Vietnam war epic ‘Full Metal Jacket’. He is also known for his other roles such as the title character in Alan Parker’s ‘Birdy’, high school wrestler ‘Louden Swain’ in ‘Vision Quest’, ‘Drake Goodman’ in ‘Pacific Heights’ as well as ‘Dr. Ralph Wyman’ in the movie ‘Short Cuts’. Modine has also played some high-profile characters on television such as ‘Sullivan Groff’ on ‘Weeds’, ‘Dr. Don Francis’ in ‘And the Band Played On’, ‘Ivan Turing’ in ‘Proof’ and most recently ‘Dr. Martin Brenner’ in the highly acclaimed Netflix Original series ‘Stranger Things’. Modine has received numerous nominations for his various film, television and stage roles throughout his career. Most notably he has received two Golden Globe nominations 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’. Modine is also an environmentalist who advocates the use of cycles to mitigate air pollution.
Quick Facts

Also Known As: Matthew Avery Modine

Age: 65 Years, 65 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Caridad Rivera (m. 1980)

father: Mark Alexander Modine

mother: Dolores Modine

children: Boman Mark Rivera Modine, Ruby Modine

Actors American Men

Height: 6'4" (193 cm), 6'4" Males

U.S. State: California

More Facts

education: Mar Vista High School

Childhood & Early Life
Matthew Avery Modine was born on 22 March 1959, in Loma Linda, California, to Dolores Modine, a bookkeeper, and Mark Alexander Modine, who managed drive-in theatres.
He is the youngest of seven children of his parents. He has four brothers, Mark Modine, Maury Modine, Michael Modine and Russell Modine as well as two sisters Elizabeth Modine and Marica Modine. He is also the nephew of stage actress Nola Modine Fairbanks and the great-grandson of the prospector and pioneer Ralph Jacobus Fairbanks.
He lived in Utah for a long time, moving within the state every year or two until the Modine family eventually returned to Imperial Beach, California where Matthew graduated from Mar Vista High School in 1977. Matthew moved to New York City after his graduation to pursue his interests in art and theatre. He graduated from Brigham Young University.
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In 1983, Matthew Modine made his debut in the John Sayles film ‘Baby It’s You’. He also starred in the sex comedy ‘Private School’ alongside Phoebe Cates and Betsy Russell in the same year. It was the director Robert Altman who propelled Modine to international stardom by casting him in his film adaption of David Rabe’s play ‘Streamers’.
In 1984, he played the character of Mel Gibson’s brother in ‘Mrs.Soffel’ and also starred with Nicolas Cage in Alan Parker’s ‘Birdy’. The movie was awarded ‘Gran Prix’ at the Cannes Film Festival.
His exceptional performance in ‘Baby It’s You’ impressed director Harold Becker who cast him in ‘Vision Quest’ in 1985. Shortly after, he played the dangerous young criminal, Treat, in Alan Pakula’s film adaption of Lyle Kessler’s stage play ‘Orphans’.
In 1988, he played the goofy, earnest FBI agent Mike Downey opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in Jonathan Demme’s screwball comedy ‘Married to the Mob’.
In 1990, he acted in the film ‘Memphis Belle’, a fictionalized account of the famous ‘B-17 Flying Fortress’.
In 1995, he appeared in the romantic action-adventure film ‘Cutthroat Island’ opposite Geena Davis.
In 1999, he made his feature directorial debut with ‘If… Dog… Rabbit…’. This was preceded by the success of three of his short films at the Sundance Film Festival, ‘When I Was a Boy’, ‘Smoking’ and ‘Ecce Pirate’.
In 2003, he guest-starred in an episode of ‘The West Wing’ in which he played ‘Marco’, a character who went to high school with Allison Janney’s character ‘C.J. Cregg’. In the same year, he also appeared as ‘Fritz Gerlich’ in the CBS miniseries ‘Hitler: The Rise of Evil’.
In October 2004, he appeared in Arthur Miller’s play ‘Finishing the Picture’ at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. He appeared as ex-football star turned spy Alec McCall in the 2004 film ‘Funky Monkey’. Although the film did not receive good reviews, it has gained a cult-status in American cinema.
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In 2005, Modine portrayed a director recounting the story of Mary Magdalene in Abel Ferrara's ‘Mary’ which won the ‘Special Jury Prize’ at the Venice Film Festival that year.
In 2006, he guest-starred as a serial killer in an episode of ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ entitled ‘Rage’.
In 2007, he appeared as a corrupt Majestic City developer named ‘Sullivan Groff’ throughout the third season of ‘Weeds’. Modine’s dark comedy ‘I Think I Thought’ debuted at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. The movie is about a ‘Thinker’ played by Modine, who ends up in ‘Thinkers Anonymous’.
He appeared in the movie ‘The Trial’ in 2010. The drama was awarded the Parents Television Council’s ‘Seal of Approval’ for its combination of the best features of courtroom drama, murder mystery, and character story.
He also played former chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch, John Thain, in HBO’s ‘Too Big to Fail’ in 2010. The film is based on the Wall Street Financial crisis that occurred in 2007–2008.
In 2010, he starred alongside Abigail Breslin in the 50th Anniversary Broadway revival of ‘The Miracle Worker’ at the 'Circle in the Square' theatre.
In 2011, he made ‘Jesus Was a Commie’, an avant-garde film highlighting prominent issues faced by modern society. The film was co-directed by Terrence Ziegler. He also completed two independent films ‘Family Weekend’ and ‘Girl in Progress’ opposite Eva Mendes in 2011.
He appeared as Deputy Commissioner, Peter Foley, in Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in 2012.
In February 2013, he was cast in Ralph Bakshi’s animated movie ‘Last Days of Coney Island’.
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In 2014, he starred in the horror mystery film ‘Alter’ alongside Olivia Williams, Richard Dillane and Steve Oram.
In 2016, he was cast to play the role of Dr.Martin Brenner in the Netflix original series ‘Stranger Things’.
He was featured in the 2017 music video for ‘1-800-273-8255’ by hip-hop artist ‘Logic’.
In fall 2013, Modine starred in a self-parodying comedy, 'Matthew Modine Saves the Alpacas' at Los Angeles' Geffen Theatre.
Major Works
Matthew Modine is best known for his role in Stanley Kubrick’s Vietnam war movie ‘Full Metal Jacket’ (1987). Modine who played Private Joker was highly praised for his performance.
He has been nominated for an Emmy award twice. The first nomination was for his performance in ‘And the Band Played On’, a film about the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the second for his role in the dark comedy ‘What the Deaf Man Heard’.
His portrayal of Atticus Finch in a stage adaptation of Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' at Connecticut's Hartford Stage. Was highly admired. This production of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ became the most successful play in the theatre's 45-year history.
Personal Life & Legacy
In 1980, Matthew Modine married Caridad Rivera. They have two children Boman Mark Rivera Modine and Ruby Modine.
He famously turned down the role of ‘LT Pete “Maverick” Mitchell’ in ‘Top Gun’ because he felt the film’s pro-military stance went against his politics. The role eventually went to Tom Cruise and helped him make his breakthrough into Hollywood.
Since moving to New York City from Utah in 1980, cycling has been Modine’s main mode of transportation while traveling around the city.

Matthew Modine Movies

1. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

  (Action, Thriller)

2. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

  (War, Drama)

3. Birdy (1984)

  (Drama, War)

4. Short Cuts (1993)

  (Drama, Comedy)

5. A West Texas Children's Story (2007)

  (Romance, Drama)

6. The Browning Version (1994)


7. Notting Hill (1999)

  (Comedy, Romance, Drama)

8. Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)

  (Thriller, Drama, Crime, Action)

9. Streamers (1983)

  (Crime, War, Drama)

10. Memphis Belle (1990)

  (Action, War, Drama)


Golden Globe Awards
1994 Short Cuts (1993) Winner

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