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Dylan McDermott is an American actor known for such films as Steel Magnolias and In the Line of Fire, and for TV's The Practice.
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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. A well-received turn as Holly Hunter's romantic interest in Jodie Foster's Home for the Holidays was notable among such box-office disasters as Destiny Turns on the Radio, 'Til There was You, and Three to Tango with Neve Campbell and Matthew Perry.
However in 1997, fortune finally smiled on Dylan McDermott in the form of a role on the hit TV drama The Practice. Playing defense lawyer Bobby Donnell, the head of a small Boston law firm, McDermott immediately attracted favorable attention and garnered a Golden Globe award and an Emmy nomination. The show, produced by David E. Kelley, has become increasingly popular and survived several seasons despite fierce competition, winning an Emmy and a Golden Globe in 1999 for best drama series. However, in 2003, McDermott and five other cast members of The Practice left the series after Kelley decided not to pick up their options in an effort to reduce the show's budget.
In 1995, McDermott married theatre actress Shiva Afshar, whom he met in a Santa Monica coffee shop. He claims that he immediately knew she was "the one." Two children later, McDermott and Ashfar were separated in 2007.
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