Griffin Dunne’s impressive family tree

By Laurie Bennett

January 23, 2013 at 5:32am

While Griffin Dunne is probably best known for a film he starred in almost three decades ago, Martin Scorsese’s “After Hours,” he has stayed busy in front of and behind the camera.

Dunne appears in two movies scheduled for release this year - “Fugly!” and “Broken City,” and is a director of “Movie 43,” which opens Friday.

More importantly, he has one of the most interesting Muckety maps around.

Griffin Dunne
Griffin Dunne

He’s the son of the late Dominick Dunne, writer and host of “Dominick Dunne’s Power, Privilege, and Justice.” The elder Dunne’s interest in crime was fanned by the 1982 murder of his daughter Dominique, Griffin’s sister.

An actress who appeared in the 1982 horror film Poltergeist, she was strangled by former boyfriend. Dominique Dunne was just 22 when she died.

Griffin Dunne is the nephew of writer and critic John Gregory Dunne, who was married to author Joan Didion.

He also has some well-known exes. Former wife Kate Forte produced “Beloved” and the TV movie, “Tuesdays With Morrie.”

Another ex, Carey Lowell, starred in “Law and Order.” She’s now married to Richard Gere.

His current wife, Anna Bingeman, is a stylist to stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Claire Danes and Naomi Watts.

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  • #1.   Fabian Macusco 01.24.2013

    While this article is about Griffin Dunne’s distinguished family, there was something missing about the Dunne family legacy. The movie THE KING’S SPEECH won all the across in 2011 and brought stuttering to the forefront as the public saw a famous person with the speech problem. Well, Dominick Dunne and John Gregory Dunne went public about their stuttering more than 30 years before THE KING’S SPEECH.

    This is a link to an in-depth article on the website of The Stuttering Foundation about how famous writers Dominick Dunne and his younger brother John Gregory Dunne overcame stuttering.

    Also, a third Dunne brother, Stephen, stuttered as well. Stuttering seems to be in the genes of the Dunne family. Whileyour article on Griffin Dunne covers the astounding Dunne legacy, it is important to note that stuttering is part of that legacy. God bless Dominick and John Gregory for going public about their stuttering long ago as a way to help other struggling with the speech problem. The two famous brothers were definite trailblazers, not to mention helping many others in the process as well.

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