21 Facts About Matthew Modine


On television, Modine portrays the villainous Dr Martin Brenner in Netflix's Stranger Things, the oversexed Sullivan Groff on Weeds, Dr Don Francis in And the Band Played On and Ivan Turing in Proof.


Matthew Modine has been nominated twice for a Golden Globe Award 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 and received a special Golden Globe for him and the rest of the ensemble in Short Cuts.


Matthew Modine was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special for And the Band Played On.


Matthew Modine, the youngest of seven children, was born in Loma Linda, California, the son of Dolores, a bookkeeper, and Mark Alexander Matthew Modine, who managed drive-in theaters.


Matthew Modine is the nephew of the stage actress Nola Modine Fairbanks, and the great-grandson of the prospector and pioneer Ralph Jacobus Fairbanks.


Matthew Modine lived in Utah for several years, moving every year or two.


The Modine family returned to Imperial Beach, California where Matthew attended and graduated from Mar Vista High School in 1977.


Matthew Modine's performances caught the eye of director Harold Becker, who cast him in Vision Quest, based on Terry Davis's novel.


Matthew Modine played Mel Gibson's brother in Mrs Soffel and starred with Nicolas Cage in Alan Parker's Birdy; the film was awarded Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival.


Subsequently, Matthew Modine played the dangerous young criminal Treat in Alan Pakula's film adaptation of Lyle Kessler's stageplay Orphans.


Matthew Modine played the goofy, earnest FBI agent Mike Downey in Jonathan Demme's screwball comedy Married to the Mob opposite Michelle Pfeiffer.


Matthew Modine co-directed the short film with Terence Ziegler, the editor of I Think I Thought.


Matthew Modine agreed to take the role because he is a longtime friend of Janney.


In 2004, Matthew Modine appeared in Funky Monkey as ex-football star turned spy Alec McCall, who teams up with super-chimp Clemens and his friend Michael Dean to take down the villainous Flick.


Also in 2010, Matthew Modine appeared in HBO's Too Big to Fail, a film about the Wall Street financial crisis.


In 2011, Matthew Modine completed two independent films, Family Weekend and Girl in Progress, opposite Eva Mendes.


In February 2013, Matthew Modine was cast in Ralph Bakshi's animated film Last Days of Coney Island after coming across the film's Kickstarter campaign online.


In 2016, Matthew Modine played Dr Martin Brenner in the Netflix original series Stranger Things.


Matthew Modine was part of Speed Kills released in November 2018 as well as several upcoming films such as Foster Boy, Miss Virginia, and The Martini Shot.


In fall 2013, Modine starred in a self-parodying comedy, Matthew Modine Saves the Alpacas at Los Angeles' Geffen Theatre.


Matthew Modine married Caridad Rivera, a makeup and wardrobe stylist, in 1980.