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Actor Dylan McDermott has had roles in films Steel Magnolias and In the Line of Fire, as well as TV's The Practice.
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McDermott swung from successes like Steel Magnolias to flops like Where Sleeping Dogs Lie. Highlights include In the Line of Fire with Clint Eastwood and Hamburger Hill. On TV, McDermott had more success, spending several seasons on David E. Kelley's The Practice.
Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues. His impressive portrayal of Wykowski Selridge got him noticed, then cast in director John Irvin's raw Vietnam drama Hamburger Hill, for which he had to undergo several months of rigorous military training to prepare. Unfortunately, Dylan followed up his effective performance with several lukewarm roles: the 1988 comedies The Blue Iguana and Twister, and TV's The Neon Empire and Into the Badlands were all duds. This would set the pattern of McDermott's roller-coaster ride of a career for the next few years-alternating successes with disappointments. Steel Magnolias, pushed McDermott into the spotlight as both the on-and-off-screen love interest of the comely Hollywood newcomer Julia Roberts. Their engagement following completion of the film ended abruptly when Roberts fell for co-star Keifer Sutherland on the set of her next film, Flatliners. Despite the incident, the movie's success made McDermott a recognizable Hollywood name. The actor subsequently weathered more flops with Hardware and Where Sleeping Dogs Lie to finally capture a small but exciting role alongside Clint Eastwood in the critically acclaimed action/drama, In the Line of Fire.
Unfortunately, the pendulum swung once again, and McDermott made yet more unfavorable career moves, appearing in a 1994 John Hughes remake of Miracle on 34th Street and alongside romantic foe Keifer Sutherland in the foolish comedy, The Cowboy Way.
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