Matthew Avery Modine (born March 22, 1959) is an American actor, perhaps most famous for playing Private Joker in Stanley Kubrick's 1987 film Full Metal Jacket and high school wrestler Louden Swain in Vision Quest.
In 1979, Modine moved to Greenwich, Connecticut where he lived with his aunt, former Broadway actress, Nola Fairbanks. Modine then moved to New York City where he studied acting. It was there that he began working with the legendary acting teacher Stella Adler.
Modine might be best known for his role as "Private Joker," the main character of Stanley Kubrick's 1987 war movie Full Metal Jacket. Afterward, he played the dangerous young criminal, Treat, in Alan Pakula's film version of the hugely successful play Orphans by writer Lyle Kessler and the goofy, earnest FBI agent Mike Downey in Jonathan Demme's screwball comedy Married to the Mob opposite Michelle Pfeiffer. Modine was nominated for an Emmy Award for his performances in And the Band Played On and What the Deaf Man Heard.
In 1995, he worked opposite Geena Davis in Cutthroat Island. He made his feature directorial debut with If... Dog... Rabbit. This came after the success of three short films that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival: When I was a Boy (co-directed with Todd Field) Smoking written by David Sedaris, and Ecce Pirate.
His most recent films include The Go Go Tales, Have Dreams, Will Travel, Opa!, and Mary, which won a prize at the Venice Film Festival.
In 2003, he guest starred on in the episode The Long Goodbye (The West Wing) as a foil to C.J. Cregg. He portrays the character Marco, who went to high school with Cregg, and who helps her start to deal with her father's steady decline into Alzheimers.
Modine plays the Majestic City developer throughout Season 3 on Weeds (television) named Sullivan Groff, who besides being incredibly crooked and creepy, has affairs with Nancy Botwin played by Mary-Louise Parker and Celia Hodes played by Elizabeth Perkins.
BICYCLE FOR A DAY (BFAD) is an environmental initiative Modine created with Charles Finch. Modine directed the BFAD film for Young Global Leaders and it was presented to an audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (2006). BFAD's goal is to raise awareness of the need to reduce carbon emissions and to demonstrate many simple things that each of us can do everyday to accomplish a cleaner world. Modine has been criticized for insisting on being provided limo transportation to events, such as an appearance on the Ron and Fez XM Radio show, rather then biking the few blocks from his residence.
CARD CARRYING LIBERAL (CCL) is a foundation that Modine started with the stated aim of restoring the meaning of the word "liberal", which he believes has been misunderstood and forced into disrepute in recent times because of ignoble attempts to place it only in a political context. The foundation, which does not describe itself as a political entity, also has the objective of protecting the ideals of liberalism and supporting the liberties and human rights that liberal societies helped to establish.
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