54 Times Matt Dillon Was Hot

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Today, somehow, former teen heartthrob Matt Dillon turns 54 years old.

He made his debut in 1979's Over the Edge, but really caught the attention of teen girls (and boys!) in 1980's Little Darlings.

That dramedy about two girls (Tatum O'Neal, b 1963; and Kristy McNichol, b. 1962) warring to see who can lose her virginity first was released a month after Dillon turned just 16, establishing a sexualized image that never really quit.

He followed that hit with My Bodyguard (1980) and Liar's Moon (1982), getting the full star treatment for the drama Tex (1982).

As one of the boys in both The Outsiders (1983) and Rumble Fish (1983), he continued to hone an image as a tough, strong-and-silent sex symbol, a status that was only enhanced by a neverending stream of pouty teen-mag pinups and covers.

And yet, Dillon was more than a piece of meat — he could really act!

Over the years, Dillon has demonstrated his ability in a diversity of films, including the comic The Flamingo Kid (1984), the noir redo A Kiss Before Dying (1991) and a druggie, Oscar-worthy turn in Drugstore Cowboy (1989).

Later, he scored with the edgy hits Wild Things (1998) and There's Something About Mary (1998), making the late '90s as good for his career as the early '80s.

He's been a busy working actor ever since, and while still as handsome as ever, he's demonstrated he's more than just another (really) pretty face, even appearing in 2004's Best Picture, Crash.

As Matt turns 54, enjoy the images in this post, which document — non-chronologically — his hotness, from the time way back when that he was like the hottest boy in our class to now, when he's looking like prime second-husband material.

Happy birthday, Matt!

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