An American actor who began his career on Broadway but later began pursuing film and television roles, Garret Dillahunt first came to eminence for his roles as Jack McCall and Francis Wolcott on the television series “Deadwood” (2004-2005). Since then, he has played roles in such series as “ER” (2005-2006), “The 4400” (2005-2006) and “The Book of Daniel” (2006). Currently, he portrays Dr. Smith in the drama series “John from Cincinnati” (2007-?). The 6-foot-2-inch Dillahunt also has acted in many films, including Last Call (1999), The Believer (2001), Mr. Ed. (2004, TV), The Line-Up (2007), The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), No Country for Old Men (2007).
From Journalism to Acting
Childhood and Family:
On November 24, 1964, Garret Dillahunt was born in Alameda, California. Along with his brothers, Eric (deceased) and Brett, he was raised in Washington State. Garret studied journalism at the University of Washington and then studied acting at New York University’s graduate acting program.
Garret Dillahunt started his career on the stage by appearing extensively on and off Broadway and around the country before making the leap into a career in television and film. His first TV role came along during 1995-1996 in the daytime soap opera “One Life to Live,” playing Charlemagne Moody. Guest spots in “NYPD Blue,” “The X Files” and “Maximum Bob” followed, before he made his TV film debut in Remembering Sex (1998), which screened at the Garden State Film Festival. After guest starring in “Seven Days” and “Millennium” (both 1998), the actor debuted on the big screen as Curtis in the Peter Coyote vehicle Last Call (1999).
Entering the new millennium, Dillahunt starred in the 13-minute short By Courier (2000), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Film, and had a supporting role in the drama feature The Believer (2001), starring Ryan Gosling and Summer Phoenix. He returned to television for 2001’s series “Leap Years,” playing Gregory Paget, and in 2003, he had a recurring role in “A Minute with Stan Hooper,” as Lou Peterson, as well as a guest role in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”
2004 saw Dillahunt costar with David Alan Basche in the made-for-TV film Mr. Ed. But, it was his portrayal of two distinct characters, Jack McCall and Francis Wolcott, across the first two seasons in the HBO series “Deadwood” (2004-2005) that made the actor popular. He received further notice as Steve Curtis, the alienated husband of Samantha Taggart, in the NBC hit series “ER,” a role he played from 2005 to 2006. Concurrently, he starred as Matthew Ross on the sci-fi series “The 4400” (2005-2006), starring Joel Gretsch. In early 2006, he could be seen as Jesus Christ “The Book of Daniel,” opposite Aidan Quinn, Susanna Thompson and Christian Campbell.
The 43-year-old actor is schedule to return to filmmaking in Western feature The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck in the title roles. Directed by Andrew Dominik, the movie will be released in America in September this year. He also teams up with the filmmaker Ethan and Joel Coen and actors such as Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson and James Brolin for 2007’s adventure/war film No Country for Old Men. On the small screen, Dillahunt now plays Dr. Smith in the drama series “John from Cincinnati” (2007-?). He will play the role of Theo Harrison in the John Dahl-directed crime/drama film The Line-Up.