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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 Πάντινγκτον 2 2017-11-09
Known For
Movie Sexual Healing Freddy Cousaert 2019
Movie Πάντινγκτον 2 Knuckles McGinty 2017-11-09
Movie Παράνομες Ζωές Colby Culter 2017-01-20
Series Mr. Mercedes Detective Bill Hodges 2017-08-09
Movie Atlantic Narrator 2016-02-05
Movie Μόνος Στο Βερολίνο Otto Quangel 2016-02-15
Movie Ο Νόμος Της Νύχτας Thomas Coughlin 2016-12-25
Movie Assassin's Creed Joseph Lynch 2016-12-21
Movie Σουφραζέτες Arthur Steed 2015-10-16
Movie Στην Καρδιά Της Θάλασσας Old Thomas Nickerson 2015-11-20
Movie Ο αξέχαστος μήνας Murray French 2014-05-30
Movie Στα Όρια Του Αύριο General Brigham 2014-05-27
Movie Song of the Sea Conor / Mac Lir (voice) 2014-09-06
Movie Stonehearst Asylum The Alienist 2014-09-11
Movie The Company You Keep Henry Osborne 2013-04-26
Movie Στρουμφάκια 2 Victor Doyle 2013-07-30
Movie Το Κρησφύγετο David Barlow 2012-02-09
Movie Ο Κανόνας της Σιωπής Henry Osborne 2012-09-06
Movie Το Κοράκι Colonel Hamilton 2012-03-09
Movie Albert Nobbs Dr. Holloran 2011-12-21
Movie The Cup Dermot Weld 2011-11-13
Movie Into the Storm Winston Churchill 2010-10-23
Movie Ουδέτερη Ζώνη Martin Brown 2010-03-11
Movie Ο Χάρι Πότερ Και Οι Κλήροι Του Θανάτου: Μέρος Α Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody 2010-10-17
Movie The Secret of Kells Abbot Cellach (voice) 2009-02-09
Movie Επικηρυγμένος από την Μαφία Darren Perrier 2009-09-11
Movie Αποστολή στην Μπριζ Ken Daley 2008-02-08
Movie Ο Χάρι Πότερ Και Το Τάγμα Του Φοίνικα Alastor 'Mad­Eye' Moody 2007-06-28
Movie Beowulf Wiglaf 2007-11-05
Movie Black Irish Desmond McKay 2007-04-20
Movie Το Βασίλειο Των Ουρανών Reynald de Chatillon 2005-05-03
Movie Ζωή σε ανάποδη τροχιά John-Joe 2005-09-03
Movie Ο Χάρι Πότερ Και Το Κύπελλο Της Φωτιάς 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 Troy in pescarese - La vera storia di Iachille Menelao 2004-05-21
Movie Τροία Menelaos 2004-05-13
Movie Σκοτεινό Xωριό August Nicholson 2004-07-30
Movie Επιστροφή στο Cold Mountain Stobrod Thewes 2003-12-24
Movie 28 Μέρες μετά Frank 2002-10-31
Movie Οι Συμμορίες Της Νέας Υόρκης Walter "Monk" McGinn 2002-12-14
Movie Dark Blue Jack van Meter 2002-12-14
Movie Τεχνητή Νοημοσύνη Lord Johnson-Johnson 2001-06-29
Movie Ο Ράφτης του Παναμά Michelangelo " Mickie " Abraxas 2001-02-11
Movie Harrison's Flowers Marc Stevenson 2000-09-23
Movie Επικίνδυνη Αποστολή 2 John C. McCloy 2000-05-24
Movie Lake Placid Sheriff Hank Keough 1999-07-15
Movie My Life So Far Jim Menzies 1999-08-25
Movie The General Martin Cahill 1998-05-01
Movie Turbulence Stubbs 1997-01-09
Movie Michael Collins Liam Tobin 1996-10-25
Movie Braveheart Hamish Campbell 1995-05-24