Griffin Dunne

Griffin Dunne

Dunne at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
Born Thomas Griffin Dunne
(1955-06-08) June 8, 1955
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actor, producer, director
Years active 1975–present
Spouse(s) Carey Lowell (m. 1989–95)
Anna Bingemann (m. 2009)
Children Hannah Dunne
Parent(s) Ellen Beatriz Griffin
Dominick Dunne
Relatives Dominique Dunne (sister)
John Gregory Dunne (uncle)
Joan Didion (aunt)

Thomas Griffin Dunne (born June 8, 1955), known professionally as Griffin Dunne, is an American actor, film producer and film director.

Early life

Dunne was born Thomas Griffin Dunne in New York City, the son of Ellen Beatriz (née Griffin) and Dominick Dunne. He is the older brother of Alexander and Dominique Dunne. His mother founded the victims' rights organization Justice for Homicide Victims after Dominique's murder in 1982. His father was a producer, writer, and actor.[1][2] He is also the nephew of John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion. Raised in Los Angeles, Dunne attended the Fay School in Southborough, Massachusetts and then went to high school in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he developed an interest in acting, appearing in many school plays. He was scheduled to perform in a school production of Othello when on the eve of a performance, Dunne was found smoking marijuana by a teacher. He was immediately expelled and soon after, he moved back to New York to pursue his acting interests.[3]



Dunne began his professional acting career at age 19 with a small supporting role in The Other Side of the Mountain in 1975. He has since appeared on both film and television, starring in An American Werewolf in London (1981) as Jack Goodman, Johnny Dangerously (1984) as Tommy Kelly, After Hours (1985) as Paul Hackett, Who's That Girl (1987) as Loudon Trott opposite Madonna, My Girl (1991) as Jake Bixler, Quiz Show (1994) as the Geritol Account Executive, Game 6 (2005) as Elliott Litvak and I Like It Like That (1994) as Stephen Price. Dunne also played Dr. Vass, opposite Matthew McConaughey, in the Oscar-nominated 2013 film " Dallas Buyers Club." [4]

Dunne's TV appearances include Frasier, Saturday Night Live, Alias, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Episodes 5, 118, and 128). He portrayed Tony Mink in the comedy Trust Me on TNT. In 2012, Dunne guest-starred as management consultant Marco Pelios in seven episodes of the premiere season of the Showtime TV series House of Lies.


In 1995, Griffin Dunne was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for Duke of Groove, which he directed and co-wrote. He shared the nomination with producer Thom Colwell. Along with his producing partner, actress/producer Amy Robinson, he has produced several films including Baby It's You, After Hours, Running on Empty & Game 6 through their company, Double Play Productions.


Dunne's directorial debut was the 1995 short film Duke of Groove. Since then, he has directed five feature films, including Addicted to Love (1997) and Practical Magic (1998). He also directed one segment of the 2012 anthology film Movie 43.

Personal life

From 1989 to 1995, he was married to American actress Carey Lowell, with whom he has one daughter, actress Hannah Dunne.

In July 2009, he married his second wife, Anna Bingemann, an Australian stylist.[5]


Year Film Functioned as
Director Producer Actor Role
1975 The Other Side of the Mountain Yes Herbie Johnson
1979 Head Over Heels Yes Yes Dr. Mark
1981 An American Werewolf in London Yes Jack Goodman
The Fan Yes Production Assistant
1983 Baby It's You Yes
Cold Feet Yes Tom Christo
1984 Johnny Dangerously Yes Tommy Kelly
1985 After Hours Yes Yes Paul Hackett
Almost You Yes Alex Boyer
1987 Amazon Women on the Moon ("Hospital") Yes Doctor
Who's That Girl Yes Louden Trott
1988 The Big Blue Yes Duffy
Me and Him Yes Bert
Running on Empty Yes
1990 White Palace Yes
Secret Weapon Yes
1991 My Girl Yes Mr. Jake Bixler
Once Around Yes Yes Rob
1992 Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even Yes David
Straight Talk Yes Alan Riegert
1993 Naked in New York Yes Auditioner
The Pickle Yes Planet Cleveland Man (uncredited)
1994 I Like It Like That Yes Stephen Price
Quiz Show Yes Geritol Account Executive
1995 The Android Affair Yes Teach / William
Search and Destroy Yes Martin Mirkheim
1996 Duke of Groove Yes
Joe's Apartment Yes
1997 Addicted to Love Yes
1998 Practical Magic Yes
2000 Famous Yes Yes Andrew
2001 Piñero Yes Agent
Sam the Man Yes Man in Bathroom
2002 40 Days and 40 Nights Yes Jerry Anderson
Cheats Yes Mr. Davis
Warning: Parental Advisory Yes Frank Zappa
What Leonard Comes Home To Yes Leonard
2003 Stuck on You Yes Himself
2005 Fierce People Yes Yes
Game 6 Yes Yes Elliott Litvak
2006 The Bondage Yes Dr. Simon
Your Product Here Yes
2007 Snow Angels Yes Don Parkinson
2008 The Accidental Husband Yes
The Great Buck Howard Yes Jonathan Finerman
2009 Shrink Yes (uncredited)
2010 Last Night Yes Truman
2011 Fugly! Yes Jefferey
2012 The Discoverers Yes Lewis Birch
2013 Broken City Yes Sam Lancaster
Blood Ties Yes McNally
Movie 43 Yes
Dallas Buyers Club Yes Dr. Vass
2014 Rob the Mob Yes Dave Lovell
Mania Days Yes George
Tumbledown Yes


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