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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 Sexual Healing
Latest Project:
Movie Paddington 2 2017-11-10
Known For
Poster of Albert Nobbs
Poster of Noreen
Poster of Harry Potter y la orden del Fénix
Poster of El reino de los cielos
Movie Sexual Healing Freddy Cousaert 2018
Movie The Shadow King Darce 2018
Movie Trespass Against Us Colby Culter 2017-01-20
Movie Paddington 2 'Knuckles' McGinty 2017-11-10
Movie Assassin's Creed Joseph Lynch 2016-12-21
Movie Vivir de noche Thomas Coughlin 2016-12-25
Movie Solo en Berlín Otto Quangel 2016-09-29
Movie In the Heart of the Sea Old Thomas Nickerson 2015-11-20
Movie Pursuit Searbhán 2015-09-18
Movie Sufragistas Arthur Steed 2015-10-16
Movie Calvary Father James Lavelle 2014-04-11
Movie Asylum: El experimento The Alienist 2014-09-11
Movie La canción del mar Conor / Mac Lir (voice) 2014-09-06
Movie Al filo del mañana General Brigham 2014-05-27
Movie La gran seducción Murray French 2014-05-30
Movie Los pitufos 2 Victor Doyle 2013-07-30
Movie El invitado David Barlow 2012-02-09
Movie El enigma del cuervo Colonel Hamilton 2012-03-09
Movie ¡Piratas! The Pirate with Gout (voice) 2012-03-12
Movie Pacto de silencio Henry Osborne 2012-09-06
Movie Albert Nobbs Dr. Holloran 2011-12-21
Movie El irlandés Sergeant Gerry Boyle 2011-07-07
Movie The Cup Dermot Weld 2011-11-13
Movie Harry Potter y las reliquias de la muerte - Parte I Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody 2010-10-17
Movie Noreen Con Keogh 2010-06-24
Movie Green Zone: Distrito protegido Martin Brown 2010-03-11
Movie Into The Storm (Durante la tormenta) Winston Churchill 2009-05-31
Movie El secreto del libro de Kells Abbot Cellach (voice) 2009-02-09
Movie La recompensa Darren Perrier 2009-09-11
Movie Escondidos en Brujas Ken Daley 2008-02-08
Movie Harry Potter y la orden del Fénix Alastor 'Mad­Eye' Moody 2007-06-28
Movie Beowulf Wiglaf 2007-11-05
Movie Black Irish Desmond McKay 2007-04-20
Movie La cola del tigre Liam O'Leary 2006-09-26
Movie Harry Potter y el cáliz de fuego Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody 2005-11-05
Movie El reino de los cielos Reynald de Chatillon 2005-05-03
Movie Desayuno en Plutón John-Joe 2005-09-03
Movie Six Shooter Donnelly 2004-01-01
Movie Un país en África De Jagar 2004-05-04
Movie El bosque August Nicholson 2004-07-30
Movie Troya Menelaos 2004-05-13
Movie Cold Mountain Stobrod Thewes 2003-12-24
Movie Dark Blue Jack van Meter 2002-12-14
Movie Gangs of New York Monk McGinn 2002-12-14
Movie 28 días después Frank 2002-10-31
Movie El sastre de Panamá Michelangelo " Mickie " Abraxas 2001-02-11
Movie A.I. Inteligencia Artificial Lord Johnson-Johnson 2001-06-29
Movie Misión:Imposible - 2 John C. McCloy 2000-05-24
Movie Wild About Harry Harry McKee 2000-12-31
Movie A por todas Simple Simon 2000-09-29
Movie Las flores de Harrison Marc Stevenson 2000-09-23
Movie Sweety Barrett Sweety Barrett 1999-04-16
Movie Mandíbulas Sheriff Hank Keough 1999-07-15
Movie Un viaje desde el corazón Garda Jim 1999-05-07
Movie El general Martin Cahill 1998-05-01
Movie A Further Gesture Richard 1997-01-01
Movie Turbulence: abróchense los cinturones Stubbs 1997-01-09
Movie I Went Down Bunny Kelly 1997-10-03
Movie Michael Collins Liam Tobin 1996-10-25
Movie Trojan Eddie Ginger 1996-09-09
Movie Braveheart Hamish Campbell 1995-05-24
Movie Café irlandés Lester 1993-08-06
Movie The Treaty Michael Collins 1991-12-05
Movie El prado Quarryman 1990-12-21