Dylan Walsh

Dylan Walsh (born Charles Hunter Walsh: November 17, 1963) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Dr. Sean McNamara in the FX television series Nip/Tuck.[1]

Dylan Walsh
Charles Hunter Walsh

(1963-11-17) November 17, 1963
Alma materUniversity of Virginia
Years active1987present
Melora Walters
(m. 1996; div. 2003)

Joanna Going
(m. 2004; div. 2012)
Partner(s)Leslie Bourque (2011present)

Early life

Walsh was born Charles Hunter Walsh[2][3] in Los Angeles, California. His maternal grandfather, Frank P. Haven, was a managing editor of the Los Angeles Times.[4][5] His parents worked for the Foreign Service—they met in Ethiopia.[6] As a result, Walsh lived in East Africa, India, Pakistan and Indonesia as a boy.[6] 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 television series Nip/Tuck, after being approached by series creator Ryan Murphy in a coffee shop. Murphy remembered him from his role in Nobody's Fool and in a television movie. Walsh also appeared on the series Unforgettable.

Personal life

Walsh was married from 1996 to 2003 to actress Melora Walters, with whom he had two children who were born in 1996 and 1997.[7] The couple later divorced, and, on October 10, 2004, Walsh married actress Joanna Going, with whom he has a daughter born in 2003. On December 15, 2010 Walsh announced he had filed for divorce.[8][7] Walsh also has a daughter born in 2011,[7] and a son born in 2013.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Loverboy Jory Talbot Credited as Charles Hunter Walsh
1989 When We Were Young Lee Jameson Television movie
Credited as Charles Hunter Walsh
1989 Chameleons Stan Television movie
1990 Betsy's Wedding Jake Lovell
1990 Where the Heart Is Tom
1993 Arctic Blue Eric Desmond
1993 Telling Secrets Jesse Graham Television movie
1994 Nobody's Fool Peter Sullivan
1994 Radio Inside Michael Anderson
1995 Congo Dr. Peter Elliot
1996 Eden Bill Kunen
1997 Men Teo Morrison
1997 Divided by Hate Louis Gibbs Television movie
1997 Changing Habits Felix Shepherd
1998 The Almost Perfect Bank Robbery Frank Syler Television movie
1999 Chapter Zero Adam Lazarus
1999 Final Voyage Aaron Carpenter
2001 Jet Boy Boon Palmer
2001 Deadly Little Secrets Cole Chamberlain
2002 Jo N/A Television movie
2002 Blood Work Detective John Waller
2002 We Were Soldiers Capt. Robert Edwards
2002 Power Play Matt Nash
2002 Par 6 Mac Hegelman
2003 The Lone Ranger Kansas City Haas Television movie
2003 More Than Meets the Eye: The Joan Brock Story Jim Brock Television movie
2005 Edmond Interrogator
2005 Antebody Jacob Ambro Short film
2006 The Lake House Morgan Price
2007 Lost Holiday: The Jim and Suzanne Shemwell Story Jim Shemwell Television movie
2008 Just Add Water Ray Tuckby
2009 The Stepfather David Harris
2010 Secretariat Jack Tweedy II
2014 Authors Anonymous Alan Mooney
2016 C Street Senator Fallon
2018 Fright Fest Spencer Crowe
2019 Deadly Switch Peter
2019 Alter Ego Alan Schaeffer post-production
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Kate & Allie Ben Episode: "The Nearlyweds"
1990–91 Gabriel's Fire Louis Klein 22 episodes
1995 The Outer Limits Sgt. Eldritch Episode: "Hearts and Minds"
1997–98 Brooklyn South Officer Jimmy Doyle 22 episodes
2002 The Twilight Zone Adam Episode: "Night Route"
2002 Presidio Med Danny Gibson Episode: "Second Chance"
2003–10 Nip/Tuck Dr. Sean McNamara 100 episodes
2003–04 Everwood Carl Feeney 3 episodes
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Malcolm Royce Episode: "Annihilated"
2011–16 Unforgettable Al Burns 61 episodes
2012 Drop Dead Diva Lawrence Brand Episode: "Pick's and Pakes"
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Tom Cooley Episode: "CSI on Fire"
2013 Revenge Jason Prosser 2 episodes
2013 Castle Agent Harris 2 episodes
2015 NCIS: New Orleans Captain Jim Messier 3 episodes
2016 Designated Survivor SEAL Commander Max Clarkson Episode: "The Mission"
2016 Longmire Shane Muldoon 3 episodes
2017 When We Rise Dr. Marcus Conant 2 episodes
2018 Life Sentence Peter Abbott Main role
2018 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit John Conway 2 Episodes
2019 Whiskey Cavalier Alex Ollerman 3 Episodes
2019 Blue Bloods Mayor Peter Chase Recurring


  1. "Dylan Walsh". The New York Times.
  2. "Dylan Walsh Biography (1963-)". www.filmreference.com. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  3. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services. Ancestry.com
  4. Ordona, Michael (October 15, 2009). "Dylan Walsh overcomes doubts to take on 'Stepfather' role". Los Angeles Times.
  5. "Frank P. Haven; Ex-Times Managing Editor". Los Angeles Times. February 28, 1995.
  6. "In Step With: Dylan Walsh". Parade Magazine. June 20, 2004.
  7. "Dylan Walsh Welcomes Daughter Amelie Belle". People. 2011-11-08.
  8. "Nip/Tuck Star Dylan Walsh Files for Divorce". People. 2010-12-15.
  9. "Dylan Walsh's Baby Mama Revealed: Leslie Bourque". 9 November 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
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