Michael Byrne

Michael Byrne

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    • November 7th, 1943
Byrne was born in London, England. He has sometimes been cast in Nazimilitary roles such as Colonel Vogel in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Major Schroeder in Force 10 from Navarone, Reinhard Beck in The Scarlet and the Black, General Olbricht in The Plot to Kill Hitler and Obergruppenführer Odilo Globocnik in the BBC radio dramatisation of the novel Fatherland by Robert Harris. Also seen as the aged but fanatical SS General Neurath in "Outpost 2 - Black Sun", former concentration camp commandant and involved in the Nazis's sinister reality-shifting experiments. Byrne appeared as a Jewish concentration camp survivor who is instrumental in the capture of a Nazi war criminal (played by Ian McKellen) in the film Apt Pupil. He is also familiar to audiences as Smythe, a soldier who attempts to rape William Wallace's wife and first inspires Wallace to seek independence from England in the film Braveheart. His other film credits include The Eagle Has Landed, A Bridge Too Far, The Medusa Touch, The Saint, Tomorrow Never Dies, The Good Father, The Sum of All Fears, Gangs of New York and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. On television, he has appeared in Z-Cars, Secret Army, Tales of the Unexpected, The Professionals, The Devil's Crown,Smiley's People, Yes, Prime Minister, Lord Mountbatten - the Last Viceroy, Between The Lines, Sharpe, The Mists of Avalon, Waking the Dead, The Body Farm, Honest, Hamish Macbeth, and Casualty. From April 2008 to January 2010, Michael starred in Coronation Street, as Ted Page, Gail Platt's long lost father and the ex-lover of Audrey Roberts. It is not known whether he will return to the show. Byrne appeared in State of Play at the Edinburgh Festival written by Zia Trench. He played Romeo to Siân Phillips' Juliet at the Bristol Old Vic. Father of actress Allie Byrne.

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Acting (43 Credits)

2018Intrigo: Death of an Author as Keller
2018The Last Witness as Coroner
2016The Living and the Dead as Ebenezer Alsop
2013Diana as Christian Barnard
2012Outpost: Black Sun as Neurath
2012Quartet as Frank White
2010Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 as Gellert Grindelwald
2009Blood: The Last Vampire as Elder
2007The Mark of Cain as Lieut General Strathairn
2005Empire (2005) as Cicero
2004Beyond the Sea as Dr. Andretti
2002The Sum of All Fears as Anatoli GrushkovWatch Free
2002Gangs of New York as Horace Greeley
2001The Musketeer as Treville, Head of the Musketeers
2001The Mists of Avalon as Merlin
2000Battlefield Earth as Parson Staffer
2000Proof of Life as Lord Luthan
1998Horatio Hornblower: The Duel as Captain Keene
1998Apt Pupil as Ben Kramer
1998Gunshy as LangeWatch Free
1998Heat of the Sun
1997The Island on Bird Street as BolekWatch Free
1997The Saint as Vereshagin
1997Tomorrow Never Dies as Admiral Kelly - HMS Bedford
1995Braveheart as Smythe
1994Sharpe's Company as Nairn
1994Nostradamus as Inquisitor
1989Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as Vogel
1988Buster as Poyser
1985The Good Father as Leonard Scruby
1984Champions as Richard Hussey
1983The Scarlet and the Black as Reinhard Beck
1982Smiley's People as Peter Guillam
1978Force 10 from Navarone as Schroeder
1978The Medusa Touch as Duff
1977A Bridge Too Far as Lt. Col. Giles A.M. Vandeleur
1976Rogue Male as Interrogator
1976The Eagle Has Landed as Karl
1976The Omen as Monk (uncredited)
1975Conduct Unbecoming as 2nd Lt. Toby Strang
1974Butley as Reg Nuttall
1974Vampyres as Playboy
1972Henry VIII and His Six Wives as Edward Seymour

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