He attends a lot of film festivals, particularly for his own movies--the 2006 San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain, the Oct. 10th. She Hate Me special screening and dinner party in Rome, Italy, the 2006 Orange British Academy Film Awards in London, England, the 2002 Deauville Film Festival in France to promote City of Ghosts, the The Irish Film & Television Awards in Dublin, Ireland, the 10th Annual Marrakech Film Festival in Marrakech, Morocco, the 2009 3rd Annual amfAR Cinema Against AIDS in Dubai, UAE, the 2005 Cannes Film Festival in France, the 1998 Cannes Film Festival in France, the 2010 Orange British Academy Film Awards in London, England, the 2008 Ischia Global Film & Music Fest in Italy.
Matt was chosen as one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive for 2007.
His family is a tight-knit, Irish Catholic family.
Vic Ramos is Matt's long-time manager.
He is the co-owner of a bar and a restaurant in New York.
He was the second oldest of five boys and a girl.
While working on The Outsiders he worked with several rising stars including Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, and Patrick Swayze, and he became really good friends with them.
Casting director Vic Ramos saw Matt while he was cutting math class and decided to cast him in Over the Edge in 1979.
He attended Hommocks School in Larchmont, New York, but he dropped out during his junior year.
He loves to run and he regularly runs through Central Park in New York City.
He has frequently traveled in Southeast Asia.
He has a large vinyl record collection.
His grandmother Bea Dillon is the sister of famous artists Alex Raymond and Jim Raymond.
Before shooting The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton actually recommended Matt for the role of Dallas Winston to Francis Ford Coppola, the director of the movie.
He starred in three movies that were based upon the novels by S.E. Hinton.
His first film role was in Over the Edge in 1979.
Matt is a fan of Cuban music.
Matt was wanted for the role of Frank Sangster in Novocaine and for the role of Butch Coolidge in Pulp Fiction. He turned both roles down.
Matt thinks that comedy is the hardest thing for him.
Matt is a big New York Mets fan. He collects Mookie Wilson baseball cards.
Matt loves to go to flea markets.
Matt resides in the Upper West Side of New York City.
Matt wrote the script for City Of Ghosts.
Matt's mother's name is Mary Ellen, and she's a homemaker.
Matt's father, Paul, is an investment manager and a portrait painter.
Matt was in a relationship with Cameron Diaz and they were engaged (1996-1998).
Matt's favorite filmmakers include Carol Reed.
Matt tried out his cameraman skills by directing an episode of Oz in 1997.
Matt is good friends with pulp novelist Barry Gifford.
Matt's filmmaking debut was City of Ghosts.
Matt owns the movie rights to Ian Stewart's book Ambushed.
Matt received the "Gotham Awards Feature Tribute" award.
Matt appears in the independent film Loverboy.
Matt's celebrity influence is Gene Hackman.
Matt was the original choice for the role of "Richard" in The Blue Lagoon (1980), but turned down the role because there was nudity.
Matt is 6'0" (1.83m) tall.
Matt was nominated for an Oscar for "Best Actor in a Supporting Role" for Crash.
Matt won an award for his role in Drugstore Cowboy. Matt also won various awards for his role in There's Something about Mary.
Matt's brother is Kevin Dillon.
Matt Dillon: Sunsets are great. Sunrises are a mixed bag. You either got up way too early or you went to bed way too late.
Matt Dillon: New York is a vibrant city. There is so much to do here. It's so diverse. But in L.A., the whole town seems to revolve around the industry. That's a good thing when you need to go for work and stuff like that, and I have a lot of friends out there -- a lot of longtime friends -- but I don't want to live there. I just don't like it. In L.A. you can spend days without seeing another person. You see other people in your car, but without really making contact with them. I mean you really exist that way!
Matt Dillon: There were certain perceptions that people had of me, you know...'He's dumb,' or 'he's just got a pretty face,' or 'he's a thug,' or 'he can only do one thing.' I'm not so concerned with that now. Longevity's what it's about.
Matt Dillon: I grew up with the white picket fence. My dad went to work nine to five, and he had a station wagon. Sometimes I catch myself thinking, 'Oh, I'll be married with kids and I'll kiss my wife before I go to work.' But that's not the way it's gonna be for me. I have a very different life than my father had -maybe I'm gonna kiss my wife and kids goodbye before I go on location.
Matt Dillon: I don't think I've been anywhere in Ohio. I need to get down there...I understand there's organized crime up there in Cleveland.
Matt Dillon: Some people seemed to be searching for something. Some people seemed lost. I was interested in these people, and I was interested in an American cut off from America. I was interested in these characters, these ideas, and that's in the spirit of [City of Ghosts].
Matt Dillon: (about why he didn't have a date for the Oscars) I'd hate to be sitting next to a girl and forget her name.
Matt Dillon: I think there are parallels between being good on the dance floor and being good in bed.