The veteran actor Matthew Modine has given us favorite movies since the 1980s. He made his big breakthrough with his role as the independently thinking Private Joker in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket (1987). Modine starred in some notable films of the 1980s such as Alan Parker’s Birdy (1984), Vision Quest (1985), and Married to the Mob (1988).
To this day, the Emmy nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning special guest star continues to be an actor and has long had a director in his repertoire.
Age, Early Life, and Rise to Fame
Matthew Avery Modine was born in Loma Linda, California, on March 22, 1959, the youngest of 7 children of Mark Alexander and Dolores Modine (née Warner). While his mother was an accountant, his father earned his living by running drive-in movie theaters. Because of his father’s work, Modine and his family had to move often and lived in Utah for several years.
Since Modine grew up with the cinema, he was drawn to the film industry. After seeing a documentary about the making of Oliver, he was inspired to consider a career as an actor. Modine attended Mar Vista High School, which he graduated from in 1977.
After graduating high school, he moved to New York City where he attended the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and began his acting career in the theater. To support himself, Modine worked as a cook. In 1983 he made his feature film debut in the role of Steve in John Sayles’ Baby it’s You.
Modine’s impressive performance opened the doors to further roles when he became one of Hollywood’s hottest young actors at the time. He then starred in three films from the Vietnam War era, including Robert Altman’s Streamers (1983), Alan Parker’s Birdy (1984), and Full Metal Jacket (1987), which was the most successful of them all with $120 million in gross revenues on a $30 million budget. The film earned him and his fellow actors an unprecedented award for best actor at the Venice Film Festival.
In the 1990s, Modine received Golden Globe nominations for his role in the HBO film And the Band Played On (1993) and the Hallmark film What the Deaf Man Heard (1997). In the late 1990s, Modine began directing films and in 1999 made his debut in the crime drama Wenn … dog … a rabbit.
Matthew Modine was also active on the small screen. He had roles in television shows like Stranger Things, Weeds, Proof, and others. Since his debut in the 2010 revival of The Miracle Worker, Modine has also appeared in other Broadway productions.
Matthew Modine’s Wife, Daughter, and Family Life
Matthew Modine grew up in the entertainment industry and came to start his own family with children who wanted to work in the film industry. The veteran actor is married to the love of his life, Caridad Rivera, whom he met during his early years in New York City. Caridad, who is a make-up and wardrobe stylist, was born in 1955 and comes from Puerto Rico and African roots.
Modine has revealed that once when they were dating he jumped off a cliff just to impress her. They got married on Halloween day in 1980 and have been inseparable ever since. The couple has two children together, a son named Boman Mark Rivera Modine, who works as an assistant director on the film, and a daughter named Ruby Wylder Rivera Modine, who is an actress, singer, and dancer.
Boman was born on November 8, 1985, and has directed such films as The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Whiplash (2014), and Merry Xmas (2015). Ruby was born on July 31, 1990, in Loma Linda, California. She has appeared in a number of films and television shows and is best known for her recurring role as Sierra in Showtime’s hit series Shameless. Ruby appeared in 2017 in the slasher film Happy Death Day and its sequel. Matthew Modine has David Alan Grier as the godfather of his two children.
Height and Other Facts
1. One of Modine’s trademarks is its superior height and slim frame. The actor stands at a height of 1.92 m (6 feet 3.5 inches).
2. Modine briefly attended college where he studied astronomy and oceanography.
3. One of his favorite things is apple pie, the MTV show Ridiculousness.
4. He loves sports, and his favorite team is the New York Knicks
5. His favorite pastimes include long walks, swinging on ropes, body surfing, and skateboarding.
6. In addition to being an actor and director, Modine is also a painter, photographer, and writer.
7. He promoted Hilary Clinton during her race to the White House
8. An avid environmentalist, Modine’s preferred means of transportation is the bicycle. He is the founder of the non-profit pro-bike organization “Bicycle for a Day”. He also owns an electric car.