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Dermot Mulroney (born October 31, 1963) is an Americanmarker actor.

Early life

Mulroney was born in Alexandria, Virginiamarker, the son of Ellen, a housewife and amateur actress originally from Manchester, Iowamarker, and Michael Mulroney, a law professor (and amateur racecar driver) at Villanova Universitymarker School of Law, originally from Elkader, Iowamarker. He has a sister, Moira, and three brothers, Conor, Kieran (who is also an actor), and Sean. Moira formerly worked in the Philadelphia DA's office as an assistant district attorney and is currently employed by WXPN, an FM radio station in Philadelphia. Mulroney's ancestors immigrated from County Donegalmarker and County Mayomarker in Irelandmarker during the Irish Potato Famine; he is of mostly Irish descent, although one of his grandmothers was German American. Mulroney attended Maury Elementary School and played cello in school and city youth orchestras, as well as acting in children's community theater. He later attended T. C. Williams High School (grad. 1981), the high school portrayed in Remember the Titans, as well as Northwestern Universitymarker (grad. 1985) in Evanstonmarker, Illinoismarker, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.


Most of his lead performances have been in romantic comedy films. Mulroney has appeared in many movies, including as the male lead in My Best Friend's Wedding alongside Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz. He is probably best known for his western roles as either an outlaw or gunman. Mulroney co-starred in the 1988 western Young Guns, for which he is possibly best known, in which he played "Dirty Steve" alongside Emilio Estevez, and in 1994 he starred alongside Mickey Rourke in The Last Outlaw, which has since become a cult classic among western genre fans. Mulroney also played the love interest of Madeleine Stowe in the western Bad Girls. He first gained critical acclaim in the film Longtime Companion, portraying a young man with HIV during the early days of the outbreak of the virus, who becomes the first of his group of friends to succumb to the disease. He was also in the ensemble film The Family Stone starring Sarah Jessica Parker. In 2005, he played a "date-for-hire" character alongside Debra Messing in The Wedding Date.

Mulroney played Gavin Mitchell on the TV series, Friends. His character dated Rachel for one episode but they broke up when it became too complicated between them because of Ross. In 1993, he wrote the song 'Someone Else's Used Guitar' for Peter Bogdanovich's The Thing Called Love. Mulroney also had a cameo in the Joaquin Phoenix directed video "Tired of Being Sorry" for Balthazar Getty's band Ringside. Mulroney also is credited as a song performer on the movie and for four other tunes, as well as acting in the movie. In 2007, Mulroney voiced Green Lantern Hal Jordan in the animated series The Batman in the season 5 episode "Ring Toss". He occasionally reads stories on the WBEZ Chicago Public Radio radio show "This American Life".

Personal life

Mulroney married actress Catherine Keener in 1990 after they met in 1987 when filming Survival Quest. The couple separated in May 2005 and filed for divorce June 11, 2007, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce was final on December 19, 2007. They have a son named Clyde Keener Mulroney (born June 21, 1999). Mulroney and Tharita Catulle have two children: a girl, Mabel Ray Mulroney (born April 2008) and a second child (born late June or early July 2009) together.

Mulroney is an accomplished cellist, and in 2005 appeared alongside Boyd Tinsley for Alanis Morissette's show at the House of Blues in Hollywood. He also plays in a band called Cranky George. He played cello in the song 'Place Your Hand' from Melissa Etheridge's 1992 album Never Enough, on the EP for Rain Phoenix's band papercranes, and on the score to Mission: Impossible III (2006). Mulroney (cello and mandolin) and his brother Kieran (violin and accordion) were both members of the punk-folk band Low and Sweet Orchestra which included members of The Pogues and The Circle Jerks. He is now a member of Cranky George, together with his brother and James Fearnley of the Pogues.



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