Primary colours: The young Dillon first squared up to an audience in the fourth grade, when he won the role of American President Benjamin Franklin in a school play.
Looking good: If you think an acting career comes naturally to one as finely chiselled as our Matt, it's worth considering the fate of some his peers who vied for pin-up boy honours in the early Eighties - seen Rob Lowe or Ralph Macchio lately?
Matt finish: Dillon began to make the transition from teen-idol to respected actor when he fell under the guidance of young-adult fiction author, Susan Hinton. He had already quit high school and starred in a film adaptation of Hinton's Tex when the writer persuaded Francis Ford Coppola to cast Dillon in director's productions of Hinton's two other novels, The Outsider and Rumble Fish.
Table Matt: Now that he's established himself as a successful character actor, Dillon has found time to get into the restaurant business: a bar called Whiskey is his, as is an altogether classier joint, the Falls.Reuse content