Brendan Gleeson

Actor, Director, Playwright
A latecomer to films, Irish actor Brendan Gleeson spent much of his formative years training for and performing in theater before breaking into films and television at the relatively older age of 34. Supporting turns in ... Read more »
Born: 03/29/1955 in Dublin, IE

Filmography

Actor (65)

In the Heart of the Sea 2015 (Movie)

Older Tom Nickerson (Actor)

Suffragette 2015 (Movie)

Steed (Actor)

Trespass Against Us 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Calvary 2014 (Movie)

Father James Lavelle (Actor)

Edge of Tomorrow 2014 (Movie)

General Brigham (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Sexual Healing 2014 (Movie)

Freddy Cousaert (Actor)

Song of the Sea 2014 (Movie)

Conor (Voice)

Stonehearst Asylum 2014 (Movie)

Alienist (Actor)

Studs 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Grand Seduction 2014 (Movie)

Murray French (Actor)

The Company You Keep 2013 (Movie)

Henry Osborne (Actor)

The Smurfs 2 2013 (Movie)

Victor (Actor)

Safe House 2012 (Movie)

David Barlow (Actor)

The Cup 2012 (Movie)

Dermont Weld (Actor)

The Pirates! Band of Misfits 2012 (Movie)

The Pirate with Gout (Voice)

The Raven 2012 (Movie)

Captain Hamilton (Actor)

Albert Nobbs 2011 (Movie)

Dr. Holloran (Actor)

The Guard 2011 (Movie)

Sgt. Gerry Boyle (Actor)

Green Zone 2010 (Movie)

Martin Brown (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 2010 (Movie)

Alistor "Mad Eye" Moody (Actor)

Perrier's Bounty 2010 (Movie)

Perrier (Actor)

The Secret of Kells 2010 (Movie)

Abbot Cellach (Voice)

2009 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Into the Storm 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

In Bruges 2008 (Movie)

Ken (Actor)

The Tiger's Tail 2008 (Movie)

Liam O'Leary/His Double (Actor)

Beowulf 2007 (Movie)

Wiglaf (Actor)

Black Irish 2007 (Movie)

Desmond (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 (Movie)

Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody (Actor)

Breakfast on Pluto 2005 (Movie)

Uncle Bulgaria (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 (Movie)

Alastor "Mad Eye" Moody (Actor)

In My Country 2005 (Movie)

De Jager (Actor)

Kingdom of Heaven 2005 (Movie)

Reynald (Actor)

Six Shooter 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Village 2004 (Movie)

August Nicholson (Actor)

Troy 2004 (Movie)

Menelaus (Actor)

28 Days Later 2003 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Cold Mountain 2003 (Movie)

Stobrod Thewes (Actor)

Dark Blue 2003 (Movie)

Jack Van Meter (Actor)

Gangs of New York 2002 (Movie)

Walter "Monk" McGinn (Actor)

Harrison's Flowers 2002 (Movie)

Marc Stevenson (Actor)

A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001 (Movie)

Lord Johnson-Johnson (Actor)

Thanks For The Memories 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Tailor of Panama 2001 (Movie)

Mickie Abraxas (Actor)

Wild About Harry 2001 (Movie)

Harry McGee (Actor)

Mission: Impossible 2 2000 (Movie)

McCloy (Actor)

Saltwater 2000 (Movie)

'Simple' Simon McCurdie (Actor)

Lake Placid 1999 (Movie)

Hank Keough (Actor)

This Is My Father 1999 (Movie)

Garda Jim (Actor)

I Went Down 1998 (Movie)

Bunny Kelly (Actor)

Sweety Barrett 1998 (Movie)

Sweety Barrett (Actor)

The Break 1998 (Movie)

Richard (Actor)

The Butcher Boy 1998 (Movie)

Father Bubbles (Actor)

The General 1998 (Movie)

Martin Cahill (Actor)

The Treaty 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Angela Mooney Dies Again 1997 (Movie)

Barney Mooney (Actor)

Trojan Eddie 1997 (Movie)

Ginger (Actor)

Turbulence 1997 (Movie)

Stubbs (Actor)

Michael Collins 1996 (Movie)

Liam Tobin (Actor)

Braveheart 1995 (Movie)

Hamish (Actor)

Into the West 1993 (Movie)

Inspector Bolger (Actor)

The Snapper 1993 (Movie)

Lester (Actor)

The Field 1990 (Movie)

Quarryman (Actor)

Kidnapped (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A latecomer to films, Irish actor Brendan Gleeson spent much of his formative years training for and performing in theater before breaking into films and television at the relatively older age of 34. Supporting turns in homegrown productions like "The Field" (1990) and "Into the West" (1992) led to small parts in American features like "Far and Away" (1992) and his big break as right hand man to Mel Gibson's William Wallace in the blockbuster "Braveheart" (1995). Three years later, his turn as Irish criminal Martin Cahill in John Boorman's "The General" (1998) boosted his profile on the international scene, so he was soon dividing his time between major Hollywood projects like "Mission: Impossible II" (1999) and independent efforts like "28 Days Later" (2001). Dependable in just about every field, from children's fantasy - he was Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody in three of the Harry Potter films - to epics like "Gangs of New York" (2002), to even more intimate projects like "Breakfast on Pluto" (2005) and "In Bruges" (2008), Gleeson's versatility elevated him to the pantheon of the character actor's character actor.

Relationships

Mary Gleeson

Wife
Married 1982

Domhnall Gleeson Actor

Son
Born 1983; mother, Mary Gleeson Co-starred in "Studs" (2006)

Brian Gleeson Actor

Son
Born Nov. 14, 1987; mother, Mary Gleeson Co-starred in "The Tiger's Tail" (2006)

Frank Gleeson

Father

Fergus Gleeson

Son
Mother, Mary Gleeson

Rory Gleeson

Son
Mother, Mary Gleeson

EDUCATION

University College

Dublin

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England
Completed a three year acting drama course

Milestones

2012

Appeared in action drama "Safe House" opposite Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds

2012

Featured opposite director Robert Redford in thriller "The Company You Keep"

2012

Cast opposite John Cusack in mystery thriller "The Raven"

2012

Voiced character of The Pirate with Gout for animated adventure "The Pirates! Band of Misfits"

2011

Cast alongside Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, and Janet McTeer in "Albert Nobbs"

2011

Played an unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality opposite Don Cheadle in crime comedy "The Guard"

2010

Reprised role of 'Mad-Eye' Moody in David Yates directed "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"

2009

Portrayed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in HBO movie "Into the Storm"

2008

Co-starred with Colin Farrell as Irish contract killers in "In Bruges"

2007

Reprised role of 'Mad-Eye' Moody for "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"

2007

Co-starred in Robert Zemeckis' "Beowulf," filmed using a special technique of motion capture

2005

Cast opposite Orlando Bloom in Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven"

2005

Portrayed Alastor 'Mad­-Eye' Moody in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," adapted from the fourth book in fantasy series by J.K. Rowling; directed by Mike Newell

2005

Played a hard-drinking Irish emigrant opposite Cillian Murphy in Neil Jordan's "Breakfast on Pluto"

2004

Starred in M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village"

2004

Cast as Spartan king Menelaus in director Wolfgang Petersen's epic "Troy"

2003

Appeared in director Danny Boyle's post-modern zombie thriller "28 Days Later"

2003

Played a corrupt police official in Los Angeles cop drama "Dark Blue"

2003

Cast in director Anthony Minghella's film adaptation of "Cold Mountain"

2002

Cast in Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York"

2001

Co-starred in "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," helmed by Steven Spielberg

2001

Re-teamed with Boorman to play a drunken revolutionary in "The Tailor of Panama"

2000

Landed featured role in "Mission: Impossible II," starring Tom Cruise

2000

Co-starred with Brian Cox in "Salt Water"; adapted from McPherson's play "This Lime Tree Bower"

1998

Played title role of Irish criminal Martin Cahill in John Boorman's "The General"

1997

Portrayed a dimwitted, low-level criminal in "I Went Down," directed by Paddy Breathnach and scripted by Conor McPherson

1995

Played sidekick to Mel Gibson's William Wallace in "Braveheart"

1995

Acted in TNT adaptation of "Kidnapped"

1990

Made feature acting debut in Jim Sheridan's "The Field"

Worked as a schoolteacher for nearly ten years while acting in semi-professional and professional productions

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