Who is Garret Dillahunt?
Garret Lee Dillahunt was born in Castro Valley, California USA, on 24 November 1964 – his zodiac sign is Sagittarius and he holds American nationality. He’s an actor and a film director, who’s probably known best for his portrayal of Simon Escher in the action crime series “Burn Notice”, created by Matt Nix, and which starred Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar and Bruce Campbell. It follows a spy who has quit working for the US government, and is now helping people in trouble. The series aired from 2007 to 2013, and won six of the 23 awards for which it was nominated, including four Primetime Emmy nominations.
Early life and education
Garret was raised in Yakima, Washington State, alongside his brothers Eric and Brett by their parents David Dillahunt and mother Jeanne Dillahunt, who prefer to be left out of media.
His brother Brett’s a teacher, but Eric died in a car crush in 1981.
Garret grew up being interested in journalism, and wrote for his high school’s newspapers. He was also physically active, as he played various sports including football and soccer. Upon matriculating in 1982, he enrolled at the University of Washington from which he graduated his Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in 1986. Garret continued his education at New York University’s Graduate Acting Program, from which he obtained his Master of Fine Arts degree in acting in 1988.
In the following five years, Garret appeared in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway plays before launching his career on TV.
Roles in TV series
Garret has been credited with appearing in close to 90 movies and TV series, and we’re about to mention more of his most notable performances in this article.
He made his debut TV series appearance in 1993, with his portrayal of Charlemagne Moody in seven episodes of the long-running romantic drama “One Life to Live”. Some of his following roles were in the 1998 comedy drama “Maximum Bob”, the 2001 drama “Leap Years” in which he starred as Gregory Paget, and the 2005 historical drama “Deadwood” which was a hit, winning 28 awards including a Golden Globe while it was nominated for 85 other awards. The same year saw Garret portray Matthew Ross, one of the supporting characters in 11 episodes of the mystery science fiction drama “The 4400” which starred Jacqueline McKenzie, Joel Gretsch and Patrick John Flueger, and follows 4,400 people who have returned as mysteriously as they had previously disappeared. The series won one of the 14 awards for which it was nominated, including three Primetime Emmy nominations.
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In 2008, he was cast to play John Henry and various other characters in the popular action fantasy drama “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”, and a couple of Garret’s following notable performances were in the 2011 episode “Body of Evidence” of the crime comedy drama “Memphis Beat”, the 2013 episode “CCSI: Boston” of the news comedy “Newsreaders” and eight episodes of the action crime drama “Justified” in 2015.
Between 2014 and 2017, he played the lead character KD in the crime drama “Hand of God”, created by Ben Watkins and which also starred Emayatzy Corinealdi and Julian Acosta. It follows a corrupt judge who starts to believe that God is urging him to become a true man of justice. Garret was then cast to play supporting characters in several hit series, such as the western “Arkansas Traveler”, the comedy “The Mindy Project”, and the action fantasy drama “The Gifted”.
Two of his most recent roles in TV series have been his portrayal of Dr. Andrew Brown in 11 episodes of the comedy “The Guest Book” in 2018, and as John Dorie in 41 episodes of the critically acclaimed science fiction horror drama “Fear the Walking Dead”, from 2018 to 2021.
Roles in movies
Garret made his debut film appearance in 1998, with his portrayal of Chris Goodman in the drama “Remembering Sex”, which failed to attract a lot of attention, then a couple of the first popular movies in which he has appeared were the 2001 drama “The Believer” which starred Ryan Gosling, the 2007 crime thriller drama “No Country for Old Men”, written and directed by the Coen brothers and which starred Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem, and the 2007 biographical crime drama “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”, which starred Brad Pitt.
The year 2009 saw him play Krug, the main character in the horror thriller “The Last House on the Left”, directed by Dennis Iliadis, and which also starred Monica Potter and Tony Goldwyn. It follows a gang who has found refuge at a house of a man who’s the father of a girl whom they have just kidnapped and brutally assaulted; it won one of the nine awards for which it was nominated.
The same year saw Garret appear in the drama “The Road” which starred Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron, and in 2010 he played Sheriff Baskin, one of the lead characters in the mystery drama “Winter’s Bone”, written and directed by Debra Granik, and which also starred Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawkes. It follows a woman who’s searching for her drug-dealing father in the Ozark Mountains, and which won 63 of the 194 awards for which it was nominated, including four Oscar nominations.
Garret continued appearing in hit movies such as the 2012 drama “Any Day Now”, the 2013 biographical historical drama “12 Years a Slave” which won three Oscars, and the 2014 comedy “Just Before I Go”. Three of his most recent roles in movies have been in the 2018 crime thriller drama “Widows”, the 2019 western drama “Deadwood: The Movie”, and the 2020 biographical historical drama “Sergio”.
Garret’s currently shooting for five upcoming movies, including the action crime horror “Army of the Dead”, the biographical family drama “Blonde”, and the mystery drama “Where the Crawdads Sing”.
Garret directed the 2014 episode “Baby Phat” of the series “Raising Hope”.
He has received special thanks for the 2008 short documentary movie “The Making of ‘No Country for Old Men’”, the 2012 crime thriller movie “Killing Them Softly”, and the 2019 documentary movie “LA Woman Rising”.
Garret has been featured in several documentaries, including the 2005 short film “Making ‘Deadwood’: Season Two”, and the 2012 series “Marie”. He has made a guest appearance in numerous talk-shows, such as “Kevin Pollak’s Chat Now”, “Up Close with Carrie Keagan” and “Entertainment Tonight”.
Awards and nominations
Garret has been nominated for 19 awards winning six, which include a 2010 Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance for “Winter’s Bone” (shared with colleagues), a 2013 Black Film Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble for his performance in the movie “12 Years a Slave” (shared with colleagues), and a 2014 Fantasporto Directors’ Week Award for Best Actor for his performance in the drama movie “Houston”.
Some of the other awards he has been nominated for include three Gold Derby Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Seattle Film Critics Award.
Wife and children
Garret’s very secretive when it comes to his love life, and hasn’t shared any details concerning his marriage with the popular American actress Michelle Hurd. The two apparently met sometime in the mid-2000s while working on a movie together, and in 2007 they exchanged vows in front of their closest friends and family members.
Garret and Michelle don’t have any children together, and it’s widely believed that they have decided not to have children because they want to remain focused on their careers, however, there are also those who claim that one (or both) is perhaps infertile. Neither of the two has spoken of any other people they have perhaps been with, so as of April 2021, Garret’s married to Michelle Hurd and doesn’t have children.
Michelle holds a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University, while she obtained her Master’s degree from the London’s National Theatre. She has appeared in around 70 movies and TV series, but is probably still known best for her portrayal of Monique Jeffries in the mystery crime drama series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”.
Hobbies and other interests
Garret loves to read books – his favorite writer is Cormac McCarthy, while his favorite novel is “No Country for Old Men”, which he’s read seven times.
He’s a supporter of the LGBT community, and hopes that same-sex marriage will soon be allowed in all US states. As he’s stated: ‘But the fact that same-sex marriage is still an issue is insane. Thinking love knows a sex is ridiculous.’
Garret’s interested in music, and was once offered a scholarship to study singing, however, he instead chose to focus on acting.
He’s keen on travelling, and has been all around the US to shoot for his movies and TV series.
Garret has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Jim Carrey, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and some of his favorite movies include “Bruce Almighty”, “Meet Joe Black” and “Mr. and Mrs Smith”.
Age, height and net worth
Garret’s age is 56. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 6ft 1ins (1.86m) and he weighs around 178lbs (81kgs).
As of April 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $4 million.