McDermott, Dylan

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McDermott, Dylan Gender: M
Mark Anthony McDermott
born on 26 October 1961 at 13:54 (= 1:54 PM )
Place Waterbury, Connecticut, 41n33, 73w03
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 03°05' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 09°50 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 28°58'

Dylan McDermott
photo: Rebecca Dru, license cc-by-2.0


American actor best known for his performance on the hit TV show "The Practice," a legal drama and McDermott’s first starring role in a series. McDermott’s success on the small screen has not led to movie stardom by 2001 but his presence is increasingly visible.

The son of teenage parents, Richard "Mac" and Diane, his father earned money to support the family by hustling pool, and the marriage ultimately ended in divorce. In 1967, his mother was accidentally shot and killed by her boyfriend while he was reportedly cleaning his gun. Dylan and his younger sister Robin, only six months old, went to live with their grandmother, Avis Marino. His father, by this time a bar owner, and his third wife Eve Ensler, an actress and playwright, asked 15-year old Dylan to live with them in Greenwich Village. Dylan’s troubled childhood had taken its toll, and he was fighting and drinking heavily. His stepmother, who later adopted him, changed his life by encouraging his interest in the theater. She gave him a part in her play, "Believe It, See It, Survival," and he soon decided to attend Fordham University, where he majored in drama. He continued his studies at the Neighborhood Playhouse, studying with famed acting coach Sanford Meisner, and then perfected his skills on the stage.

His Broadway debut in "Biloxi Blues," 1985, led directly to a role in his first feature film, "Hamburger Hill," 1987, a Vietnam drama for which McDermott underwent grueling military training. Although it was an auspicious beginning to his career, his next few films were failures, and it wasn’t until 1989’s "Steel Magnolias" that again he received favorable notice from Hollywood. A part in the asinine flop "The Cowboy Way," 1994 proved to be the final straw, prompting McDermott to take a break from acting to direct his first stage production, "Short Eyes."

Over the years, McDermott was romantically linked with several actresses, including Julia Roberts. They met during filming of "Steel Magnolias," in 1988-89, and their on-screen romance turned into an off-screen relationship and brief engagement. Roberts broke off their engagement when she began a new relationship, in the process earning herself a reputation as "career heartbreaker." He later married to Shiva Afshar, an actress. The actor and his wife Shiva Rose had their second child on September 8, 2005. Their daughter, named Charlotte Rose, joins their older daughter Colette, age 9 at the time of her sister's birth.

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  • Work : New Career 1985 (Broadway debut)
  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 1988 (Relationship with Julia Roberts, one year)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 15 November 1989 (Appeared in noted film "Steel Magnolias")
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1996 (Daughter Collette born)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 8 September 2005 (Birth of Charlotte, 2nd child and 2nd daughter)
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  • Relationship : End significant relationship September 2007 (Separated from wife Shiva Rose)
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Source Notes

Marc Penfield quotes a letter from the Waterbury City Hall, in hand 8/2001, LMR


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol (In youth)
  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Age six when mom was killed)
  • Family : Childhood : Memories Bad (Disrupted childhood)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (First of two)
  • Family : Childhood : Parent, Single or Step (Raised by grandmom, stepmom)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Film and TV)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Legitimate stage, Broadway)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star (The Practice)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director (Stage, secondary)