Brian Downey

Born on Halloween in the Canadian Maritimes, Brian Downey seems always to have been drawn to offbeat projects. His film debut was in "The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood," a surreal, satirical independent film shot in his ... Read more »
Born: 10/31/1944

Filmography

Actor (20)

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Disappeared 2013 (Movie)

Captain Gerald (Actor)

Hobo With a Shotgun 2011 (Movie)

Drake (Actor)

Haven 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Just Buried 2008 (Movie)

Pickles (Actor)

Snow Angels 2008 (Movie)

Frank Marchand (Actor)

Sybil 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Circuit 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Lexx 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Millennium 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tales From a Parallel Universe: Giga Shadow 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

George's Island 1991 (Movie)

Mr Beane (Actor)

John and the Missus 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Switch in Time 1986 (Movie)

Dr Nobbelmeyer (Actor)

The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood 1985 (Movie)

Fred Bonia-Coombs (Actor)

Candles on Bay Street (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

The Nephew 1998 (Movie)

("Whisky in the Jar") (Song)

Breaking the Waves 1996 (Movie)

song composer("Whisky in the Jar") (Composer)

Biography

Born on Halloween in the Canadian Maritimes, Brian Downey seems always to have been drawn to offbeat projects. His film debut was in "The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood," a surreal, satirical independent film shot in his native Newfoundland. In 1989, he appeared in "George's Island," a creepy children's film set on Halloween and filmed in Nova Scotia. In 1997, Downey created the character for which he is best known, and which has provided him with an ardent cadre of fans. In "Lexx," Downey played Stanley H. Tweedle, the captain of the massive sentient spaceship of the title. A Canadian-German co-production, "Lexx" ran for four years and was filmed primarily in Halifax and Berlin, with some of its otherworldly landscapes being provided by Iceland, Namibia, and Thailand. In contrast to the brave and relentlessly competent starship captains most viewers are familiar with, Downey's Tweedle is weak and cowardly, and has a criminal background. The show's unconventional characters, bizarre storylines and ribald humor made it a cult favorite on both sides of the Atlantic. Since the end of the series, Downey has continued appearing in films and television. His abiding taste for the unusual can be seen in the title of his 2011 film starring Rutger Hauer: "Hobo with a Shotgun."

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