Dermot Mulroney and Carly Schroeder in "Gracie"

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Dermot Mulroney was most recently seen in David Fincher's "Zodiac" and Garry Marshall's "Georgia Rule." "Zodiac," based on Robert Graysmith's novel about the lives and careers of the detectives and news journalists as they search for the notorious 1970s San Francisco serial killer, also stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo. In "Georgia Rule," Mulroney stars opposite Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman and Lindsey Lohan. He also recently wrapped production on "Jolene," directed by Dan Ireland, in which he stars opposite Chazz Palminteri.

Mulroney's recent credits include "The Family Stone," a romantic comedy for Fox in which he starred opposite Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, Luke Wilson and Rachel McAdams; the Warner Bros. romantic comedy "Must Love Dogs," with Diane Lane and John Cusack; the Universal romantic comedy "The Wedding Date," with Debra Messing; and David Gordon Green's "Undertow," with Jamie Bell and Josh Lucas.

He also appeared in Alexander Payne's "About Schmidt," co-starring Jack Nicholson and Hope Davis; and in "The Safety of Objects," an ensemble film adapted from the A.M. Homes novel of the same name, in which he starred with Glenn Close, Patricia Clarkson, Joshua Jackson and Timothy Olyphant.

Additional credits include:

  • "My Best Friend's Wedding," opposite Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz
  • the Nicole Holofcener film, "Lovely & Amazing," co-starring Catherine Keener, Brenda Blethyn and Emily Mortimer
  • "Griffin & Phoenix" with Amanda Peet
  • "Trixie," opposite Brittany Murphy and Emily Watson
  • "Goodbye Lover," with Patricia Arquette and Ellen DeGeneres, directed by Roland Joffe
  • "Where the Money Is," starring opposite Paul Newman and Linda Fiorentino
  • "The Trigger Effect" with Elisabeth Shue
  • Robert Altman's "Kansas City" with Jennifer Jason Leigh
  • "Copycat," opposite Holly Hunter and Sigourney Weaver
  • Tom DiCillo's "Living in Oblivion" opposite Steve Buscemi and Catherine Keener
  • "How to Make an American Quilt" with Winona Ryder, Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn, Kate Capshaw and Alfre Woodard

Mulroney's earlier work includes critically acclaimed performances in "Longtime Companion" and "Where the Day Takes You"; "Samantha" with Martha Plimpton; "Staying Together" with Stockard Channing; Peter Bogdanovich's "The Thing Called Love" with River Phoenix and Sandra Bullock; "Young Guns" with Kiefer Sutherland; "Point of No Return" with Bridget Fonda; "Bad Girls" opposite Andie MacDowell, Madeline Stowe, and Drew Barrymore; the Blake Edwards comedy "Sunset"; and "Career Opportunities," opposite Jennifer Connelly.

His television work includes a multi-episode guest-starring role on the hit NBC comedy "Friends"; the HBO film "Long Gone"; ABC's four-hour drama "Family Pictures," with Anjelica Huston; the TNT feature "The Heart of Justice"; the ABC movie of the week "Daddy"; CBS's "Unconquered," in which he starred as football and track star Richard Flowers; the CBS movie of the week "Sin of Innocence"; and the ABC Afterschool Special, "The Drug Knot."

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