Brendan Gleeson

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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.

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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Known Credits 63

Birthday 1955-03-29

Place of Birth Dublin, Ireland

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2017 Live by Night as Thomas Coughlin
2016 Assassin's Creed as Joseph
2016 Atlantic as Narrator
2016 Alone in Berlin as Otto Quangel
2015 In the Heart of the Sea as Old Thomas Nickerson
2015 Suffragette as Steed
2015 Suffragette as Inspector Arthur Steed
2015 Pursuit as Searbhán
2014 Stonehearst Asylum as The Alienist
2014 Song of the Sea as Conor / Mac Lir (voice)
2014 The Grand Seduction as Murray French
2014 Edge of Tomorrow as General Brigham
2014 Calvary as Father James Lavelle
2013 The Smurfs 2 as Victor
2012 The Company You Keep as Henry Osborne
2012 The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! as The Pirate with Gout (voice)
2012 The Raven as Colonel Hamilton
2012 Safe House as David Barlow
2011 Albert Nobbs as Dr. Holloran
2011 The Cup as Dermot Weld
2011 The Guard as Sergeant Gerry Boyle
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 as Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody
2010 Noreen as Con Keogh
2010 Green Zone as Martin Brown
2009 Perrier’s Bounty as Darren Perrier
2009 Into the Storm as Winston Churchill
2009 The Secret of Kells as Abbot Cellach
2008 In Bruges as Ken
2007 Beowulf as Wiglaf
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as Alastor 'Mad­Eye' Moody
2007 Black Irish as Desmond McKay
2006 The Tiger's Tail as Liam O'Leary
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
2005 Breakfast on Pluto as John-Joe
2005 Kingdom of Heaven as Reynald de Chatillon
2004 The Village as August Nicholson
2004 Troy as Menelaos
2004 In My Country as De Jagar
2004 Six Shooter as Donnelly
2003 Cold Mountain as Stobrod Thewes
2002 Gangs of New York as Monk McGinn
2002 Dark Blue as Jack van Meter
2002 28 Days Later... as Frank
2001 The Tailor of Panama as Michelangelo " Mickie " Abraxas
2000 Wild About Harry as Harry McKee
2000 Saltwater
2000 Harrison's Flowers as Marc Stevenson
2000 Mission: Impossible II as John C. McCloy
1999 Lake Placid as Sheriff Hank Keough
1999 This Is My Father as Garda Jim
1999 Sweety Barrett as Sweety Barrett
1998 The General as Martin Cahill
1997 I Went Down as Bunny Kelly
1997 Turbulence as Stubbs
1997 A Further Gesture as Richard
1996 Michael Collins as Liam Tobin
1996 Trojan Eddie as Ginger
1995 Braveheart as Hamish Campbell
1993 The Snapper as Lester
1991 The Treaty as Michael Collins
1990 The Field as Quarryman
1900 The Shadow King as Darce
1900 Trespass Against Us
1900 Sexual Healing as Freddy Cousaert

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