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Matthew Modine

Grew up in Utah, the youngest of seven children in a Mormon family. Decided on an acting career after seeing a documentary about the making of the 1968 Oscar winner Oliver!   Dropped out of college and moved to New York at 18; worked as a chef at a Manhattan restaurant; took another employee's advice and studied acting with Stella Adler. Movie debut was in Baby, It's You  (1983); breakthrough role was in 1984's Birdy . Turned down the Tom Cruise role in Top Gun (1986) . In 2004, he was cast… Show more

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