Matt Dillon

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Dillon in 2006, photo by Joe Seer/

Birth Name: Matthew Raymond Dillon

Place of Birth: New Rochelle, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 18, 1964

Ethnicity: Irish (over 87.5%), small amounts of German and Scottish

Matt Dillon is an American actor and film director. He has starred in the films The Flamingo Kid (1984), There’s Something About Mary (1998), and Crash (2005), among many others. He is the brother of actor Kevin Dillon (Kevin Brady Dillon).

Matt is the son of Mary Ellen and Paul Dillon.

Matt’s paternal grandfather was Paul J. Dillon (the son of Edward Joseph Dillon and Catherine L. McCoullough). Paul was born in New York, and was of Irish descent. Edward was born in New York, the son of Irish parents, Maurice/Morris Dillon and Hannah D. Daly, from Cork. Catherine was also born in New York, the daughter of Daniel F. McCullough and Catherine Prindable.

Matt’s paternal grandmother was Beatrice A. Raymond (the daughter of Alexander Gillespie Raymond and Beatrice Wallazz Crossley). Matt’s grandmother Beatrice was born in Connecticut, and was the sister of comic book artist Alex Raymond (Alexander Gillespie Raymond).

Matt’s great-grandfather Alexander Raymond was of Irish descent, the son of George Raymond and Elizabeth Gillespie. Matt’s great-grandmother Beatrice Crossley was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Clifford Matheys Crossley and Adelaide H. Wallazz. Clifford’s parents were Sylvester Crossley (the son of Charles Crossley and Melvina) and Caroline E. Matheys/Mattheys (the daughter of William C. Matheys/Mattheys and Rebecca Joanna McFarland). Charles’s father was a German immigrant and his mother was a Scottish immigrant. Rebecca was of Irish and Scottish descent. Both the Matheys and Wallazz families in Pennsylvania originate in Germany.

Matt’s maternal grandfather was Vincent Brady (the son of John Francis Brady and Elizabeth Veronica Guckain/Guchran). Vincent was born in New York. John was born in New York, to a Scottish-born father, Patrick Brady, who was of Irish descent, and to an Irish mother, Julia Clark. Elizabeth was born in Scotland, to Irish parents, William Guckain and Mary Corcoran.

Matt’s maternal grandmother was Catherine Callery (the daughter of Joseph John Callery and Mary Mooney). Catherine was born in New Jersey. Joseph was born in New York, to Irish parents, Thomas Callery and Bridget Fee. Mary was born in Galway, Ireland.

Sources: Genealogy of Matt Dillon –

Matt’s paternal grandfather, Paul J. Dillon, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Matt’s maternal grandfather, Vincent Brady, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Matt’s maternal grandmother, Catherine Callery, on the 1920 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

7 Responses

  1. jonasbttencourt says:

    Looks very irish indeed, he can be over 90% given the fact that his remaining ancestry is a little”mix” that also includes irish

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