Brendan Gleeson

Brendan Gleeson

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    • March 29th, 1955
Brendan Gleeson is an Irish actor. His best-known films include the Harry Potter films, Braveheart, Gangs of New York, 28 Days Later, and the role of Michael Collins in The Treaty. He won an Emmy award in 2009 for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the film Into the Storm. Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland and has described himself as having been an avid reader as a child. After leaving school for a short while, he worked for two years in an office with a health board. He then graduated from University College Dublin and went on to Drama School in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Just after completing the 3 Year Acting Drama Course at RADA, Gleeson built a very respectable CV at the Royal National Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. Gleeson became known for his tremedous stage presence, particularly while performing in such works of William Shakespeare as King Lear, Richard III, and Hamlet. Gleeson started his film career at the age of 34. He first came to prominence in Ireland for his role as Michael Collins in The Treaty a television film broadcast on RTÉ One, and for which he won a Jacob's Award in 1992. Gleeson has subsequently acted in more than 60 films including Braveheart, I Went Down, Michael Collins, Gangs of New York, Cold Mountain, 28 Days Later, Troy, Kingdom of Heaven, Lake Placid, Artificial Intelligence: AI and The Village. He won critical acclaim for his performance as Irish gangster Martin Cahill in John Boorman's 1998 film The General. Gleeson lives in Malahide, County Dublin. He is a talented fiddle player, with an interest in Irish folklore. He can be found from time to time playing at traditional music seisiúins in Hughes' pub in Chancery Street in Dublin 7. His brother, Barry Gleeson, is a well-known singer in An Góilín traditional singers' club, and his son Domhnall is an actor. Gleeson is known for his love of football and recounts tales of attempting to get a clear radio reception so he could listen to how his team, Aston Villa, were faring on a Saturday.

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Acting (67 Credits)

2020The Comey Rule as Donald Trump
2019Frankie as Jimmy
2018The Ballad of Buster Scruggs as Clarence (segment "The Mortal Remains")
2017Hampstead as Donald Horner
2017Paddington 2 as Knuckles McGinty
2017Mr. Mercedes as Detective Bill Hodges
2016Trespass Against Us as Colby Culter
2016Alone in Berlin as Otto Quangel
2016Live by Night as Thomas Coughlin
2016Assassin's Creed as Joseph Lynch
2015Suffragette as Arthur Steed
2015In the Heart of the Sea as Old Thomas Nickerson
2014Song of the Sea as Conor / Mac Lir (voice)
2014Calvary as Father James Lavelle
2014Edge of Tomorrow as General Brigham
2014Stonehearst Asylum as The Alienist
2013The Grand Seduction as Murray French
2013The Smurfs 2 as Victor Doyle
2012Safe House as David Barlow
2012The Raven as Colonel Hamilton
2012The Pirates! Band of Misfits as The Pirate with Gout (voice)
2012The Company You Keep as Henry Osborne
2011The Guard as Sergeant Gerry Boyle
2011The Cup as Dermot WeldWatch Free
2011Albert Nobbs as Dr. Holloran
2010Green Zone as Martin Brown
2010Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 as Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody
2009Into the Storm as Winston Churchill
2009Perrier's Bounty as Darren Perrier
2009The Secret of Kells as Abbot Cellach (voice)
2008In Bruges as Ken Daley
2007Black Irish as Desmond McKay
2007Beowulf as Wiglaf
2007Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as Alastor 'Mad­Eye' Moody
2006The Tiger's Tail as Liam O'Leary
2005Breakfast on Pluto as John-Joe
2005Kingdom of Heaven as Reynald de Chatillon
2005Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
2004Six Shooter as Donnelly
2004In My Country as De Jagar
2004Troy as Menelaos
2004The Village as August Nicholson
2003Cold Mountain as Stobrod Thewes
200228 Days Later... as Frank
2002Dark Blue as Jack van Meter
2002Gangs of New York as Walter "Monk" McGinn
2001The Tailor of Panama as Michelangelo "Mickie" Abraxas
2001A.I. Artificial Intelligence as Lord Johnson-Johnson
2000Wild About Harry as Harry McKee
2000Harrison's Flowers as Marc Stevenson
2000Mission: Impossible II as John C. McCloy
1999Lake Placid as Sheriff Hank Keough
1999My Life So Far as Jim Menzies
1998The General as Martin Cahill
1998This Is My Father as Garda Jim
1997I Went Down as Bunny Kelly
1997Turbulence as Stubbs
1997The Butcher Boy as Father Bubbles
1996Michael Collins as Liam Tobin
1995Braveheart as Hamish Campbell
1993The Snapper as Lester
1992Into the West as Inspector Bolger
1992Far and Away as Social Club Policeman
1990The Field as Quarryman
1990The Field as Quarryman
1990The Field as Quarryman
The Banshees of Inisherin


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