Matthew Modine

Biography: After high school, he moved to New York and while pursuing an acting career, he worked as a chef at a Manhattan restaurant and studied acting with Stella Adler. In the '80s, his film career took off after he made his debut in the John Sayles's Baby, It's You. Next, he played a high school wrestler in Vision Quest and turned more serious to potray a soldier in Robert Altman's drama about young men going to Vietnam in Streamers. His breakthrough movie role came in 1984's Birdy as an emotionally disturbed Vietnam veteran, and another top-notch performance quickly followed in Stanley Kubrick's brutal war-is-hell film Full Metal Jacket (1987). Into the '90s, his film career continued as he appeared in both modest hits (the comedy Married to the Mob) and flops (the medical drama Gross Anatomy, the sailing movie Wind). He ventured into theater, making his professional stage debut opposite Allison Janney in the American Stage Company production of Breaking Up. He also found success onAfter high school, he moved to New York and while pursuing an acting career, he worked as a chef at a Manhattan restaurant and studied acting with Stella Adler. In the '80s, his film career took off after he made his debut in the John Sayles's Baby, It's You. Next, he played a high school wrestler in Vision Quest and turned more serious to potray a soldier in Robert Altman's drama about young men going to Vietnam in Streamers. His breakthrough movie role came in 1984's Birdy as an emotionally disturbed Vietnam veteran, and another top-notch performance quickly followed in Stanley Kubrick's brutal war-is-hell film Full Metal Jacket (1987). Into the '90s, his film career continued as he appeared in both modest hits (the comedy Married to the Mob) and flops (the medical drama Gross Anatomy, the sailing movie Wind). He ventured into theater, making his professional stage debut opposite Allison Janney in the American Stage Company production of Breaking Up. He also found success on the small screen, earning Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for his lead performance as a doctor fighting AIDS in HBO's acclaimed And the Band Played On (1993). He again grabbed praise from audiences for his title role in the biblical made-for-TV movie Jacob and for the CBS charmer What the Deaf Man Heard. Modine aged gracefully as the '90s wore on and he became a busy character actor. In the '00s, he appeared in both indie and mainstream films (Mary, Le Divorce, Transporter 2), and on made-for-TV movies (Flowers for Algernon, The Winning Season). After an impactful guest appearance on the NBC political drama The West Wing, he headlined the short-lived drama Bedford Diaries and then joined the third season of the Showtime series Weeds for a brief arc as a scheming real estate developer. In 2009, he took to the stage in diverse productions, first playing Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird and then playing himself in the satirical Matthew Modine Saves the Alpacas. A year later, he made his Broadway debut in The Miracle Worker. In his downtime, he enjoys a quiet domestic life with his wife and kids, and supports causes that are deeply important to him including pancreatic cancer research and environmentalism. Expand

Matthew Modine's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 51
Highest Metascore: 79 Short Cuts
Lowest Metascore: 19 Speed Kills
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 33
  2. Negative: 10 out of 33
33 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
70 Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal Mar 17, 2021 Principal Cast / Principal Cast tbd
24 Breaking News in Yuba County Feb 12, 2021 Karl Buttons 4.7
46 Wrong Turn Jan 26, 2021 Scott 4.3
tbd Foster Boy Sep 25, 2020 Michael Trainer tbd
tbd Miss Virginia Oct 18, 2019 Congressman Cliff Williams tbd
34 Backtrace Dec 14, 2018 Macdonald tbd
19 Speed Kills Nov 16, 2018 George Bush / George Bush tbd
tbd An Actor Prepares Aug 31, 2018 Charlie tbd
tbd Revengeance Aug 3, 2018 Executive Producer tbd
61 Sicario: Day of the Soldado Jun 29, 2018 James Ridley / James Ridley / James Riley / James Riley 5.6
73 Filmworker May 11, 2018 Himself / Himself 7.7
tbd The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards Oct 27, 2017 Theodore Foster tbd
52 47 Meters Down Jun 16, 2017 Taylor / Captain Taylor / Taylor 5.2
46 The Hippopotamus Jun 15, 2017 Michael Logan 6.2
43 Army of One Nov 4, 2016 Dr. Rose / Dr. Ross 5.1
65 The Confirmation Mar 18, 2016 Kyle / Kyle 7.8
tbd The Brainwashing of My Dad Mar 18, 2016 Producer / Narrator tbd
74 Cheatin' Aug 15, 2014 Executive Producer 5.3
44 Jobs Aug 16, 2013 John Sculley / John Sculley 5.2
35 Family Weekend Mar 29, 2013 Duncan Dungy / Duncan Dungy tbd
78 The Dark Knight Rises Jul 20, 2012 Deputy Commissioner Foley / Deputy Commissioner Foley / Foley / Foley tbd
45 Girl in Progress May 11, 2012 Dr. Harford / Dr. Harford 6.0
61 Go Go Tales Jan 7, 2011 Johnie Ruby tbd
28 Hemingway's Garden of Eden Dec 10, 2010 David's Father 4.8
tbd Mary Oct 17, 2008 Tony Childress/Jesus tbd
38 Kettle of Fish Oct 6, 2006 Mel / Mel 7.0
56 Transporter 2 Sep 2, 2005 Jefferson Billings 4.0
37 The Blackout Aug 3, 2001 Matty tbd
52 Any Given Sunday Dec 22, 1999 Dr. Ollie Powers 8.0
48 The Real Blonde Feb 27, 1998 Joe tbd