Matthew Modine was born the youngest of seven children in Loma Linda. His parents Mark Alexander and Dolores Modine lived with the children in a Mormon family. His mother was an accountant and his father managed drive-in movie theaters. When the family moved to Utah, the father got a job as a manager in Salt Lake City at the Lyric Theatre in Downtown. In this movie the actor Matthew met Robert Redford, who presented his film Barefoot in the Park.
At the age of ten years Matthew saw a making-of the film Oliver and was so very excited that he himself wanted to be an actor. At the age of eleven he took dance lessons in order to tap dance to learn. As Modine was 14 years old, the family moved back to the place of birth, where he visited the Mar Vista Junior High School and received a degree via intermediate stations there.
An uncle convinced Modine, the Brigham Young University in Provo to study acting, but the recommendation of his uncle turned out to be not so good and he went after a month again. He then earned his money by doing odd jobs. A few months later, he moved to New York City and studied acting there and was trained by the drama teacher Stella Adler until 1980.
Matthew Modine is married to his wife Caridad Rivera since 1980. They are parents of two children.
He got his first film role in Baby It's You by John Sayles. Here, the director Robert Altman was aware of him and drove his career with the movie streamers, what Modine was honored with the other actors in the film festival in Venice. In 1984, he was with Mel Gibson in front of the camera, where he played his brother in flight three. Then you saw him with Nicolas Cage in Birdy front of the camera by director Alan Parker, who was honored at the International Film Festival in Cannes.
Modine received from Stanley Kubrick the lead role of Private Joker in Full Metal Jacket and managed with the war film his breakthrough. In Jonathan Demme comedy Married to the Mob, he played an FBI agent alongside Michelle Pfeiffer and Alec Baldwin. For his performance in the ... and life goes on Matthew Modine was nominated for an Emmy.
In 1995, he starred in Cutthroat Island with Geena Davis in the lead role a pickpocket. In 1999, he starred in the comedy film starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, Notting Hill an actor. In the same year he played a doctor of the football team the Miami Sharks, on the side of Al Pacino, Dennis Quaid, Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx in Any Given Sunday. According to his main roles Modine starred in several television films and in 2003 had a guest appearance in the series The West Wing - The West Wing.
In the second part of the Transporter series, Transporter - The Mission written by Luc Besson, Modine played a politician whose son was kidnapped. With Jason Statham in the lead role and Amber Valletta as his wife. In the mini- series Into the West - Into the West by Steven Spielberg, Matthew Modine also worked with. For the six- divider, the story is told from the perspective of two families of white Americans and the Lakota Indians, over several generations.