Walsh was born Charles Hunter Walsh in Los Angeles, California. His maternal grandfather, Frank P. Haven, was a managing editor of the Los Angeles Times. His parents worked for the Foreign Service—they met in Ethiopia. As a result, Walsh lived in Kenya, India, Pakistan, and Indonesia as a child. His family returned to the United States when he was ten years old and settled in Virginia, where Walsh began acting in high school. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1986 with a degree in English. After graduating from college, Walsh moved to New York City to act professionally.
Walsh's first role was in a television movie called Soldier Boys with James Earl Jones. He then landed a role in the movie Loverboy and a regular role on the television series Kate & Allie. In 1989, he started using the name Dylan Walsh professionally. He continued to work in films including Betsy's Wedding, Nobody's Fool, Congo, The Stepfather, and Secretariat and guest starred the television series Brooklyn South, The Twilight Zone, and Everwood.
In 2003, Walsh landed the role of Sean McNamara on the FX television series Nip/Tuck, after being approached by series creator Ryan Murphy in a coffee shop. Murphy remembered him from his roles in Nobody's Fool and in a television movie.
Walsh starred as Lieutenant Al Burns in all four seasons of CBS's crime-drama series Unforgettable, which ran from 2011 to 2016.
In April 2020, Walsh was cast as Sam Lane, the father of Lois Lane, on The CW action-superhero series Superman & Lois.
Walsh was married from 1996 to 2003 to actress Melora Walters, with whom he had two children, Thomas Walsh born in 1996 and Joanna Walsh born in 1997. After the couple divorced, Walsh married actress Joanna Going on October 10, 2004, and the two have a daughter, Stella Walsh, who was born in 2003. In 2010 Walsh announced he filed for divorce. Walsh met Leslie Bourque and had a daughter, Amelie Belle, and a son, Hudson Scott. Walsh and Bourque are still together in 2020. He was previously married to Joanna Going and Melora Walters.
Who is Dylan Walsh?
Dylan Walsh is an American actor, best recognized for his performance as ‘Dr. Sean McNamara’ in the American medical-drama series ‘Nip/Tuck.’ He started acting during his high-school days. The TV movie ‘Soldier Boys,’ which featured him as ‘James Earl Jones,’ marked his first on-screen feature. His initial few projects, such as the film ‘Loverboy’ and the TV film ‘When We Were Young,’ credited him as “Charles Hunter Walsh.” He later started using the name “Dylan Walsh,” professionally. He starred in the series ‘Gabriel's Fire’ and ‘Brooklyn South’ before earning one of the most memorable roles of his career, ‘Dr. Sean McNamara’ in ‘Nip/Tuck.’ Following this, he played main roles in the series ‘Unforgettable’ and ‘Life Sentence.’ He also appeared in several TV movies, such as ‘The Lone Ranger’ and ‘The Almost Perfect Bank Robbery.’ Meanwhile, he starred in many big-screen flicks, such as ‘Secretariat,’ ‘The Stepfather,’ ‘Congo,’ ‘Nobody's Fool,’ and ‘Radio Inside.’ He will be seen in the starring role of ‘Alan Schaeffer’ in the upcoming thriller ‘Alter Ego.’
Childhood & Early Life
Dylan Walsh was born Charles Hunter Walsh, on November 17, 1963, in Los Angeles, California, US, to parents who worked for the ‘United States Foreign Service.’ His parents had met in Ethiopia. Their professions led Dylan to spend a part of his childhood in places such as East Africa, India, Indonesia, and Pakistan. Frank P. Haven, the maternal grandfather of Dylan, served the ‘Los Angeles Times’ as a managing editor.
Dylan returned to the US with his family when he was 10 years old. They settled in Virginia, where he studied at the ‘Annandale High School’ in Annandale and graduated in 1982. Dylan started acting while in high school. He then attended the ‘University of Virginia’ and completed his graduation, obtaining a degree in English in 1986. Thereafter, Dylan relocated to New York City to commence his professional acting career.
Dylan started his acting career using his birth name, “Charles Hunter Walsh.” His first role was with noted American actor James Earl Jones in the TV movie ‘Soldier Boys.’ He continued working in other on-screen projects, using his birth name. Such projects included the film ‘Loverboy’ (1989) and the TV film ‘When We Were Young’ (1989). He began using the name “Dylan Walsh” in 1989.
His first notable role was that of ‘Louis Klein,’ which he essayed in the ‘ABC’ series ‘Gabriel's Fire.’ It aired from September 12, 1990, to June 6, 1991. In 1990, he appeared in the American romantic comedies ‘Betsy's Wedding’ and ‘Where the Heart Is.’
He starred as amateur marshal ‘Eric Desmond’ in the 1993 thriller ‘Arctic Blue.’ The same year, he featured as ‘Jesse Graham’ in the January 17-released TV film ‘Telling Secrets.’ Following this, he appeared in the 1994 blockbuster hit American comedy–drama film ‘Nobody's Fool.’ It starred Paul Newman, Bruce Willis, Jessica Tandy, and Melanie Griffith.
He starred in films such as ‘Radio Inside’ (1994) and ‘Congo’ (1995), before earning the role of ‘Officer Jimmy Doyle’ in the American ensemble police drama ‘Brooklyn South.’ It aired for a season, from September 22, 1997, to April 27, 1998, on ‘CBS.’
The Clint Eastwood film ‘Blood Work’ (2002), starring the legend himself, featured Dylan as ‘Detective John Waller.’ Dylan also appeared as ‘Capt. Robert Edwards’ in the March 1, 2002-released blockbuster hit American war film ‘We Were Soldiers,’ starring Mel Gibson.
He strengthened his fame on TV, playing the lead role of ‘Dr. Sean McNamara’ in the Ryan Murphy-created American medical drama ‘Nip/Tuck.’ Impressed by Dylan’s performance in ‘Nobody's Fool,’ Murphy approached Dylan to play ‘Dr. McNamara,’ while they were at a coffee shop. ‘Nip/Tuck’ aired on ‘FX’ for six seasons, from July 22, 2003, to March 3, 2010. She also had international broadcasts in the UK, New Zealand, France, Canada, Ireland, and Australia. It gained Dylan widespread recognition.
Meanwhile, Dylan continued with his big-screen pursuits. He appeared in the sensational hit romantic drama ‘The Lake House,’ which released on June 16, 2006. The film starred Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves. In the ensuing years, Dylan starred in several other films. Some of the notable ones include the comedy ‘Just Add Water’ (2008), co-starring Danny DeVito and Justin Long; the slasher film ‘The Stepfather’ (2009), co-starring Amber Heard, Sela Ward, Jon Tenney, and Penn Badgley; and the biographical sports drama ‘Secretariat’ (2010), co-starring Diane Lane. He will star as ‘Alan Schaeffer’ in the forthcoming thriller ‘Alter Ego.’
His next notable TV role was that of ‘Al Burns’ in the American police-procedural crime drama ‘Unforgettable.’ The series aired for four seasons, from September 20, 2011, to January 22, 2016.
Over the years, he has also featured in brief roles in several popular TV series. Some of them include ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ (2007), ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’ (2007), ‘Drop Dead Diva’ (2012), ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ (2012), and ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ (2015).
He worked as a trainee assistant director in the 2011 short ‘Confession.’ He wrote additional dialogue for the 2013 short ‘Dreams(TM): A Trayvon Martin Story.’ He was also associated with the costume departments of the shorts ‘Sinner’ and ‘Confession.’
Family & Personal Life
Dylan married actor Melora Walters on March 20, 1996. They have two children, Thomas Charles Walsh, born on April 30, 1996, and Joanna Marie Walsh, born on November 19, 1997. The couple divorced on July 29, 2003.
Dylan then married actor Joanna Going on October 10, 2004. Their daughter, Stella Haven, was born on November 22, 2003. However, on December 15, 2010, he announced that he had filed for his second divorce. The divorce was eventually finalized on December 17, 2012.
According to sources, the actor is romantically associated with Leslie Bourque since 2011. Sources mention that he and Leslie have a daughter named Amelie Belle, born in 2011, and a son (whose name has not been revealed yet), born in 2013.