Matthew Modine was recently seen in in the theatrical bio-pic, jOBS portraying John Sculley, the man who fired Steve Jobs (Ashton Kutcher) from the company he founded. Earlier this year Modine starred in the fact-based science fiction/action/adventure film, Cat 8. Modine portrayed Deputy Police Commissioner Peter Foley in the final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s epic Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises – one of the top grossing films of all time.
Matthew has developed and released several new media projects. His award-winning limited edition book, Full Metal Jacket Diary has become the Full Metal Jacket Diary iPad App, a unique combination of narration, audio effects, original music, never-before-seen photos, personal letters, and more into a deeply immersive iPad app. Matthew also collaborated on the Punky Dunk Project a fun, interactive, bilingual, children's learning app.
The Full Metal Jacket Diary and Punky Dunk Project applications are both available on iTunes.
MATTHEW MODINE has worked with many of the film industry’s most respected directors, including, in no particular order, Christopher Nolan, Oliver Stone, Sir Alan Parker, Curtis Hanson, Robert Altman, Alan J. Pakula, John Schlesinger, Robert Falls, Sir Peter Hall, Abel Ferrara, Spike Lee, Tom DiCillo, Mike Figgis, Jonathan Demme, John Sayles, and Stanley Kubrick, to name but a few.
Modine has been nominated (And The Band Played On, What The Deaf Man Heard) for three Golden Globe Awards and received a Best Ensemble Golden Globe for Robert Altman’s Short Cuts. Modine played the title character in Alan Parker’s Birdy which won the Cannes Film Festival’s Gran Prix Award. Alan Rudolph’s Equinox received four Independent Spirit Award nominations including Best Actor for Modine and Best Film. He is the recipient of a Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup (Short Cuts) and the Best Actor Golden Lion Award (Streamers).
Over the past few years, Modine has directed several distinguished short films. His latest award winning short film, Jesus Was a Commie, intelligently captures an audience desperate to understand what is happening throughout the world. Modine's words are as plain and simple as a parable from his film's title character. Jesus Was a Commie has won five film festival awards, including the Founders Prize for Best Short Film at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival. Jesus Was a Commie is currently playing at film festivals all over the world.
His other films include, To Kill An American, Cowboy, I Think I Thought, When I Was a Boy, Smoking, and Ecce Pirate. Each of his short films have premiered at prestigious festivals including Sundance, Museum of Modern Art's New Directors/New Films, and the Tribeca Film Festival.
Matthew is the youngest of seven children. He was born in Loma Linda, California, the son of a bookkeeper and drive-in theater manager. His first film role was in John Sayles' Baby It's You. His performance caught the eye of director Harold Becker who cast him in Vision Quest (Crazy for You). He also appeared in the classic teenage comedy, Private School, opposite Phoebe Cates. He played Mel Gibson's brother in Mrs. Soffel and starred with Nicolas Cage in Birdy. It was director Robert Altman who propelled Modine to international stardom with his film adaptation of David Rabe's play, Streamers. He and his fellow cast mates won an unprecedented Best Actor prize from the Venice Film Festival for the tragic story of young American soldiers about to be shipped off to Vietnam.
Of all his great films, Modine might best be known for his role as Private Joker, the central character of Stanley Kubrick's 1987 critically acclaimed Vietnam War film, Full Metal Jacket. The Chicago Reader labeled it "the most tightly crafted Kubrick film since Dr. Strangelove. Variety referred to the film as an "intense, schematic, superbly made" drama, while Vincent Canby of the New York Times called it "harrowing" and "beautiful.” The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and is often found on lists as one of the greatest movies of all time.
He played the dangerous young criminal Treat in Alan Pakula's film version of the hugely successful Lyle Kessler stage play, Orphans, and the goofy, earnest FBI agent Mike Downey in Jonathan Demme's screwball comedy, Married to the Mob opposite Michelle Pfeiffer. In 1990, he led the cast of Memphis Belle, a fictionalized account of the famous B-17 Flying Fortress. Modine was nominated for an Emmy Award for his performances in And the Band Played On (an HBO TV movie about the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic) and the dark comedy, What the Deaf Man Heard.
In 2005, Abel Ferrara's Mary won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. In the film, Modine portrayed an actor/director recounting the story of Mary Magdalene (Juliette Binoche).
Modine played a corrupt Majestic City developer named "Sullivan Groff" throughout Season 3 on Showtime’s Weeds. Modine appeared in Arthur Miller's Finishing the Picture at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, and Miller's Resurrection Blues at London's Old Vic. He played Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird at Connecticut's Hartford Stage. This production became the most successful play in the theatre's 45-year history. In 2010, he starred with Abigail Breslin in the 50th anniversary Broadway revival of The Miracle Worker at the Circle in the Square theatre.