Hugh Dillon Biography
Hugh Dillon is a Canadian musician and actor. He is the lead singer of the punk-influenced band Headstones. Additionally, Hugh is also a film and television actor. He is famously known for his roles as Mike Sweeney in Durham County and Ed Lane in Flashpoint.
Hugh kicked off his three decade music career with the Headstones. The hard rock band Headstones was formed in 1987. It’s debut release Picture Of Health (1993) was met with not just critical acclaim. It was also certified Platinum, selling in excess of 100,000 copies.
It spawned the singles “When Something Stands For Nothing”, “Cemetery”, “Tweeter and the Monkey Man” and “Three Angels”. In 2003, the band was dissolved. Dillon formed the band Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir, an indie rock band whose style draws from country, pop, punk and new wave influences.
After their hiatus, Hugh Dillon and the rest of the Headstones reformed the band in 2011. Two years later, they crowdfunded their album, Love + Fury, through PledgeMusic. Dillon’s first film role was in Dance Me Outside. Later on, he played a leading role as Joe Dick in McDonald’s 1996 feature film, Hard Core Logo.
Dillon appeared in a number of further feature films. They include; Lone Hero, 2005’s Assault on Precinct 13, and Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning. In the year 2007 he was nominated for a 2007 Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Trailer Park Boys: The Movie.
Dillon starred as Mike Sweeney in the Canadian dramatic series Durham County. For his performance, he earned a Gemini nomination for Best Actor in 2008. The show itself won five Gemini awards. He played the role of Francis Becker on the third season of the American crime drama series, The Killing.
Simultaneously, he appeared on drama Continuum. Dillon has most recently added roles in Twin Peaks, feature film Wind River alongside Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner, Syfy’s The Expanse among others.
Hugh Dillon Age
Hugh Dillon was born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He was born on 31st May, 1963. His current age is 56 years old as of 2019.
Hugh Dillon Height
The Canadian Musician and Actor, Hugh Dillon, is pretty tall. He stands at aheight of 5 feet 9 ½ inches tall. That is approximately 176.5 centimeters tall. We have no other information about his other body measurements. We will update you immediately we get the actual information.
Hugh Dillon Movies And Tv Shows | Hugh Dillon Yellowstone | Hugh Dillon Movies
- 2018-2019 Yellowstone (TV Series)
- 2018 The Case That Haunts Me (TV Series)
- 2018 I Still See You
- 2018 The Detectives (TV Series)
- 2017 Cosmology (Short)
- 2017 Twin Peaks (TV Series)
- 2017 The Expanse (TV Series)
- 2016 Dark Harvest
- 2014 Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight (TV Series)
- 2013 The Killing (TV Series)
- 2008-2012 Flashpoint (TV Series)
- 2009 Left 4 Dead 2 (Video Game)
- 2008 The Quality of Life (TV Movie)
- 2005 Our Fathers (TV Movie)
- 2004 The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess (TV Movie)
- 2003 Blue Murder (TV Series)
- 1995 Prince for a Day (TV Movie) (uncredited)
- 1994 Dance Me Outside
Hugh Dillon Awards
- 2009: Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for his role in Of Murder and Memory.
- 2014: Canadian Screen Award – Shaw Media Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for his role in Flashpoint.
Hugh Dillon Music
- Lost at Sea
- Friends of Mine
- Puzzle I Am
- Well on Your Way
- Sentimental Me
- Don’t Be Fooled
- Three Angels
- Long Way to Neverland
- Cubically Contained
- When Something Stands for Nothing
- Tweeter and the Monkey Man
- Blonde & Blue
- Change My Ways
- The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
- Where Does It Go?
- Done the Math
- Above Ground Swimming Pools
Hugh Dillon Interview
Q: What is your association with CAMH or what is it you like about what they do?
Hugh Dillon: I’m trying to think of the best way to get into it without giving too much. I do a lot of work with people, kids who have drug and alcohol problems.
Q: CAMH is amazing, so comprehensive. People talk about ‘mental health issues,’ as an umbrella term, but it can cover everything from schizophrenia to bulimia to alcohol and nicotine addiction to depression. It’s so wide ranging. It’s such an amazing hospital in that regard, helping everyone from youth to seniors.
Hugh Dillon: Yeah. For me, it’s just bringing awareness to this hospital that helped me years ago. It’s the first point of contact if you have no idea where to go with drug and alcohol problems or mental illness. To know that there is somewhere to go and reduce the shame and the stigma attached to it, that’s really all it is.
Hugh Dillon: And it goes back to when we [the Headstones] got back together. We got back together [in 2011] and did some personal work [and benefit shows] for a friend of ours who was in the band, who was dying of cancer, and his name was Randy Kwan and he was such a big part of the band [he co-wrote 1993’s “Cemetary,” among other songs]. When I had problems, or some other guys in the band had problems, that [CAMH] is the first place to go where they can assess you and figure out what can you do to help yourself and help your family. So that really is the first point of contact. And get yourself there.
Q: It’s such a cliché in the music world. It’s almost expected that you would go through that rollercoaster. You’ve had the Headstones for three decades. Was there that cool factor early on in your career? Sometimes industry people buy you drugs or alcohol. They had expense accounts for copious amount of alcohol. Fans give drugs to you too. It’s tough to be sober or even have a recreational relationship with alcohol.
Hugh Dillon: Well, I guess that was my point. That’s why I like it [CAMH] because there is nothing cool or romantic and there are so many people who are collateral damage in the business, in any walk of life, even with Chris Cornell lately. It is such a serious issue if it isn’t dealt with.
Hugh Dillon: The problem with people in certain businesses like mine is there is a built-in isolation if you’re not careful. So then it becomes even harder to deal with it and you’ve got to be constantly on top of it because things like depression can just roll in like a fog and can hit you anytime. It doesn’t matter how well you’re doing or how much money you have or how successful you are.
Q: You’re right with Chris Cornell recently and Prince. Amy Winehouse, the documentary [2015’s Amy] on her gives a glimpse of addiction and enabling. How do you think people at the labels, at management, at agencies or even fans should respond? People get intimated or uncomfortable or they don’t want to overstep their boundaries or lose their job.
Hugh Dillon: You have to. You have to and that’s why not just the individual but the people close to them need to get counselling and learn about tough love and learn what the proper way is to react for everyone’s sanity because you don’t want people to die or relapse or act out or some horrible thing happens. It’s a community; it’s a family; it’s such a bigger issue than just the individual and you have to start looking at it in those terms.
Hugh Dillon: That’s why some of these places like CAMH or Renascent house — there’s a couple of them in Toronto — I went to Bridgeway Chemical Dependency, there are so many great places, but you got to start somewhere. CAMH is like the catch-all. If you don’t know where to go, or some of these other places in your neighborhood, CAMH can assess and then point you in the right direction. That’s why it’s got the awareness and that’s why it can work.
Hugh Dillon: For example, this morning, I get up, check my email, check Facebook, the Headstones thing, there’s a young woman on there who said — I’ll paraphrase — she said there’s lots of bands; I relate to different kinds of bands, lyrics and melody, but recently I attempted suicide and I have got to say thank you because I liked your song ‘Judy’ and ‘Without A Sound.’ There is something in the music that helps people because I talk about those issues in those songs; they’re in the lyrics.
Q: Tragic, right?
Hugh Dillon: Yeah, it’s needlessly tragic. If people knew that there was hope and having said that, in last couple of years whenever I’m back home, I’ll get a call and there will be somebody who’s at the hospital in the psyche ward or whatever, but sometimes those are brought on by drugs. Sometimes, if people call me, I’ll go and talk to whoever that may be because a lot of is you can reach out and you can help people with your experience.
Hugh Dillon: People wouldn’t think sometimes that, for example, I came from there or other people I know or other people in the band have serious issues. With my band especially, there were other members of the band who have had serious issues who are no longer in the band. Goes back 30 years, but the core members, me and Tim and Trent have stuck together. The reason we stuck together, it goes back to what you said earlier about managers and the enabling and record companies and things like that.
Hugh Dillon: I’ve got to say, my manager Bernie Breen — and I never talk about him — but this is the guy who at the time when I was in the worst shape of my life, I needed to walk away from the band, and Tim White was really like, ‘He’s going to die,’ but people always said that, but it was very serious, and it was difficult for my family and it was difficult for me because I knew nothing else. And my manger said that the best thing you can do, we’ll have to call it a day; it’s been a good run, but nobody wants my death on their hands.
Q: Before you got help, did you worry that being clean, being lucid, not doing drugs or alcohol, would affect your ability to write great songs — and not just great songs but those raw, gritty rock and roll songs?
Hugh Dillon: Yeah. You worry about everything. If you’re using drugs and alcohol on that level, I could worry about that, I could worry about anything. It’s all tied into the same thing, but it’s all an illusion and you don’t ever realize that until you go through it. The simple fact of the matter is when you listen to this record, listen to ‘Broken.’ When I finish records now, Tim and Trent and Chris Osti who produced it, you can just see the evolution of songwriting. It’s the most satisfying thing in the world and back then you wouldn’t have thought that was the case, it’s such an illusion.
Q: For some artists, that is a big worry.
Hugh Dillon: Yeah, but that’s before you hit bottom if that’s your worry. My worry was I was going to die in a hotel room. I was very cognizant of the fact that I wasn’t just using and drinking or depressed or whatever and ending up with writer’s block, I was ending up in hospitals rooms, in jail. So I was realizing my bottom was coming very fast and you get that moment of clarity and, with me, it was I could see the look on my wife’s face or my sister’s face, and if you can get that moment of clarity and you know where to go, then you can pick up the phone or go to CAMH or wherever it is you have to go, but there is a way out.
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