Matthew Modine is an American actor, activist, and filmmaker best known for his role in the film Full Metal Jacket as US Marine Private/Sergeant J.T. “Joker” Davis. Other film roles include Birdy’s title character, Vision Quest’s high school wrestler Louden Swain, Married to the Mob’s FBI agent Mike Downey, Gross Anatomy’s Joe Slovak, Cutthroat Island’s William Shaw, Pacific Heights’ Drake Goodman, Peter Foley in The Dark Knight Rises, and Short Cuts’ Dr. Ralph Wyman.
Modine has portrayed the malevolent Dr. Martin Brenner in Stranger Things, the overly sexualized Sullivan Groff in Weeds, Dr. Don Francis in And the Band Played On, and Ivan Turing in Proof on television.
Modine has been nominated twice for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for his roles in And the Band Played On and What the Deaf Man Heard, and he and the rest of the ensemble in Short Cuts earned a special Golden Globe.
And the Band Played On earned him a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special.
Matthew Modine siblings
Elizabeth, Modine, Maury Modine, Marcia Modine, Russell Modine, Mark Modine, and Michael Modine are Matthew Modine’s siblings.
Modine, the youngest of seven children, was born in Loma Linda, California, the son of Dolores (née Warner), a bookkeeper, and Mark Alexander Modine, who managed drive-in theaters. He is the nephew of the stage actress Nola Modine Fairbanks, and the great-grandson of the prospector and pioneer Ralph Jacobus Fairbanks. Modine lived in Utah for several years, moving every year or two. The drive-in theaters his father managed were being torn down because the land beneath them exceeded the value of the theaters. The Modine family returned to Imperial Beach, California where Matthew attended and graduated from Mar Vista High School in 1977.