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Brendan Gleeson

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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Mar 29, 1955 In Dublin, Ireland
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Shadow King
Latest Project:
Movie Captain Morten and the Spider Queen 2018-08-15
Known For
Poster of New Girl
Poster of Green Zone
Poster of Black Irish
Poster of Gangs of New York
Movie The Shadow King Darce 2019
Movie Captain Morten and the Spider Queen (voice) 2018-08-15
Movie Das Gesetz der Familie Colby Culter 2017-01-20
Movie Hampstead Park Donald Horner 2017-06-23
Movie Paddington 2 Knuckles McGinty 2017-11-09
Series Mr. Mercedes Detective Bill Hodges 2017-08-09
Movie Jeder stirbt für sich allein Otto Quangel 2016-11-17
Movie Assassin's Creed Joseph Lynch 2016-12-21
Movie Live by Night Thomas Coughlin 2016-12-25
Movie Im Herzen der See Old Thomas Nickerson 2015-11-20
Movie Pursuit Searbhán 2015-09-18
Movie Suffragette – Taten statt Worte Arthur Steed 2015-10-16
Movie Edge of Tomorrow General Brigham 2014-05-27
Movie Am Sonntag bist du tot Father James Lavelle 2014-04-11
Movie Die Melodie des Meeres Conor / Mac Lir (voice) 2014-09-06
Movie Stonehearst Asylum The Alienist 2014-09-11
Movie Die große Versuchung - Lügen, bis der Arzt kommt Murray French 2014-05-30
Movie Die Schlümpfe 2 Victor Doyle 2013-07-30
Movie Safe House David Barlow 2012-02-09
Movie Die Piraten - Ein Haufen merkwürdiger Typen The Pirate with Gout (voice) 2012-03-12
Movie The Raven - Prophet des Teufels Colonel Hamilton 2012-03-09
Movie The Company You Keep - Die Akte Grant Henry Osborne 2012-09-06
Movie The Guard - Ein Ire sieht schwarz Sergeant Gerry Boyle 2011-07-07
Movie The Cup Dermot Weld 2011-11-13
Movie Albert Nobbs Dr. Holloran 2011-12-21
Series New Girl John-Joe 2011-09-20
Movie Green Zone Martin Brown 2010-03-11
Movie Blut, Schweiß und Tränen Winston Churchill 2010-10-23
Movie Noreen Con Keogh 2010-06-24
Movie Brendan und das Geheimnis von Kells Abbot Cellach (voice) 2009-02-09
Movie Brügge sehen... und sterben? Ken Daley 2008-02-08
Movie Black Irish Desmond McKay 2007-04-20
Movie Black Coffee Unknown 2007-02-05
Movie Die Legende von Beowulf Wiglaf 2007-11-05
Movie Harry Potter und der Orden des Phönix Alastor 'Mad­Eye' Moody 2007-06-28
Movie The Tiger's Tail Liam O'Leary 2006-09-26
Movie Studs Walter Keegan 2006-03-16
Movie Königreich der Himmel Reynald de Chatillon 2005-05-03
Movie Harry Potter und der Feuerkelch Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody 2005-11-16
Movie Six Shooter Donnelly 2004-01-01
Movie Country of My Skull De Jagar 2004-05-04
Movie The Village - Das Dorf August Nicholson 2004-07-30
Movie 28 Days Later Frank 2003-06-05
Movie Gangs of New York Walter "Monk" McGinn 2002-12-14
Series What's New, Scooby-Doo? Menelaos 2002-09-14
Movie Dark Blue Jack van Meter 2002-12-14
Movie A.I. - Künstliche Intelligenz Lord Johnson-Johnson 2001-06-29
Movie Mission: Impossible II John C. McCloy 2000-05-24
Movie Wild About Harry Harry McKee 2000-12-31
Movie Harrison's Flowers Marc Stevenson 2000-09-23
Movie Sweety Barrett Sweety Barrett 1999-04-16
Movie Lake Placid Sheriff Hank Keough 1999-07-15
Movie This Is My Father Garda Jim 1999-05-07
Movie My Life So Far Jim Menzies 1999-08-25
Movie Der General Martin Cahill 1998-05-01
Movie Turbulence Stubbs 1997-01-09
Series Between Brothers Michelangelo " Mickie " Abraxas 1997-09-11
Movie Tough Boys - Zwei rechnen ab Bunny Kelly 1997-10-03
Movie Trojan Eddie Ginger 1996-09-09
Series Für alle Fälle Stefanie Darren Perrier 1995-05-15
Movie Braveheart Hamish Campbell 1995-05-24
Series seaQuest DSV Stobrod Thewes 1994-01-19
Movie The Snapper - Hilfe, ein Baby Lester 1993-08-06
Movie Das weiße Zauberpferd Inspector Bolger 1992-10-23
Movie The Treaty Michael Collins 1991-12-05
Movie Das Feld Quarryman 1990-09-21
Series ABC World News Liam Tobin 1978-07-10
Series The Patty Duke Show Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody 1963-09-18