Produced on March 22, 1959, in Loma Linda, California, Matthew Modine moved to Nyc as a teen to pursue an acting career. Modine stays active using various movie, television and theatre parts, and is an enthusiastic environmentalist.
His dad, Mark, managed a chain of drive-in movie theatres, a company that exposed his seven kids to the film but also compelled him to uproot the family repeatedly. Modine was inspired to eventually become an actor after seeing a documentary concerning the making of Oliver, as he loved the musical aspect but also empathized with all the outsider orphan in the story’s centre. After high school, Modine moved to Nyc, where he was employed as a chef and studied in the Stella Adler Studio of Acting.
The first was Robert Altman’s Streamers (1983), where he played a soldier preparing for decampment to conflict, followed by a starring turn as the emotionally unsound titular character of Alan Parker’s Birdy (1984). In possibly the most identifiable part of his livelihood, he narrated the horrors of war as the independent-minded Private Joker in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket (1987). In this time, Modine also starred as a high school wrestler in Vision Quest (1985), so when an FBI agent in Married to the Mob (1988).
Modine found his big screen success more difficult to reproduce in the 1990s, as his leading characters in features including Memphis Belle (1990), Wind (1992) and the roundly panned Cutthroat Island (1995) failed to create an impact with crowds. Nonetheless, he flourished in more diverse characters that appeared better suited to his serious onscreen character.
Modine made his feature directorial debut with all the offense drama If … Dog … He also became more lively on the stage, portraying celebrated playwright Arthur Miller in Finishing the Picture through the Goodman Theater’s 2004-05 season, and handling the iconic character of Atticus Finch in a Hartford Stage production of To Kill a Mockingbird in 2009. He made his Broadway debut in the resurrection of The Miracle Worker in 2010, and with his supporting characters in The Dark Knight Rises (2012) as well as the Sundance dear Jobs (2013), the veteran performer apparently had struck a balance between parts in high-exposure hits and critically acclaimed fare.
Modine met celebrity Caridad Rivera during his early years in Nyc. They married in 1980 and have two kids.
An avid environmentalist, Modine has encouraged using double-sided scripts to save paper, and created the Bike For a Day effort to aid scale back carbon emissions. He also is a supporter of The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, after losing his dad as well as a brother to the disorder.