Actor Dylan McDermott, best known for his work on the long-running ABC drama, “The Practice,” where he played a tough-talking Boston attorney, has found himself in the midst of his own real-life crime story. Just last week, police in Waterbury, Connecticut, reopened an investigation that has concluded that actor’s mother was killed in 1967 by her now-dead gangster boyfriend.
The investigation into the death of Diane McDermott was reopened last year after Dylan McDermott contacted them with questions. The actor was 5 years old when his mother was shot in February 1967. Her death was originally ruled an accident.
State medical examiner, H. Wayne Carver, reviewed McDermott’s autopsy and determined that the gun found near the body at the time of discovery was too small a caliber to have been the murder weapon. According to the official report, the wound also showed that the gun used had been pressed to the back of her head. This new analysis of the evidence enabled the investigators to draw a new conclusion.
In other news, McDermott was recently cast as a secret service agent in the upcoming action film Olympus Has Fallen, costarring Gerard Butler. The film will be directed by Antoine Fuqua. Variety reports that the story has been described as “Die Hard in the White House.” The film is expected to be released in the summer of 2014.
McDermott starred in the ABC legal drama, “The Practice,” from 1997 to 2004. The show took place in Boston, and was written by David E. Kelley, who was born in Maine, and attended Boston University Law School.
McDermott was born and raised in Waterbury, Connecticut.