University College Dublin
University College Dublin
Nominated for the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in Drama Series
Portrayed therapist, Paul Weston in the critically acclaimed HBO series "In Treatment"; earned an Emmy (2008, 2009) nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series
Cast in Richard E. Grant's directorial debut, "Wah-Wah"
Starred opposite Laura Linney and Topher Grace in "P.S."
Appeared as a salavage vessel captain in the spooky thriller "Ghost Ship"
Cast as Ralph Finnes' father in David Cronenberg's "Spider"
Plurabelle Films produced the Belfast-set coming of age comedy "Mad About Mambo"
Cast in the stage revival of Eugene O'Neill's "A Moon for the Misbegotten"; received a Tony nomination for Best Actor
Played a Vatican-sanctioned investigator in "Stigmata"
Played the patriarch in "Polish Wedding" opposite Claire Danes and Lena Olin
Portrayed D'Artagnan in "The Man in the Iron Mask"
Portrayed Rohan in "This Is the Sea"; Sheridan played small role as Station Master
Co-starred opposite Ben Kingsley as rival executives in the HBO black comedy "Weapons of Mass Distraction"
Acted opposite Julia Ormond in "Smilla's Sense of Snow"
Co-wrote screenplay for (also produced and acted in) "Last of the High Kings"
Co-starred with ex-wife Ellen Barkin in "Mad Dog Time"
Was one of the ensemble of criminals in Bryan Singer's "The Usual Suspects"
Executive produced Sheridan's "In the Name of the Father"
Co-starred opposite Bridget Fonda in "Point of No Return"
Played a cartoon artist trapped in the world of his creation in "Cool World"
First credit as associate producer (also starred), "Into the West"; scripted by Jim Sheridan
Cast as the cool-headed organized crime lieutenant in the Coen brothers' stylized feature "Miller's Crossing"
Featured in the Italian drama "Julia and Julia" opposite Kathleen Turner
Co-starred with future wife Ellen Barkin in the ambitious thriller "Siesta"
Played Lord Byron in Ken Russell's "Gothic"
Portrayed the title character in the CBS-TV miniseries "Christopher Columbus"
Had debut starring role in the political thriller "Defence of the Realm"
Had featured roles in Michael Mann's "The Keep" and Kevin Billington's "Reflections"
Starred in Irish TV series "The Riordens"
First substantial film role as Uther Pendragon, father of Arthur, in John Boorman's "Excalibur"
Appeared in the US-Netherlands co-production "The Outsider"
Moved to London
Made film acting debut in the British feature "On a Paving Stone Mounted"
Attended a Roman Catholic seminary in Birmingham, England
Joined the Abbey Theatre and remained in their company for two years
Taught Spanish and Gaelic in a girls' school
Joined the Royal Court Theater
Joined the National Theater in London
Began participating in amateur theater
Worked as an archeologist for three years
Acted with Ireland's Focus Theater, an experimental repertory company run by future filmmaker Jim Sheridan
Formed production company Plurabelle Films
Byrne's production company is called, Plurabelle and is named after Anna Livia Plurabelle, a character in James Joyce's "Finnegan's Wake"
In an interview with the London Times (Aug. 8, 1999), Byrne revealed that he underwent physical and sexual abuse at the hands of the Christian Brothers and a priest from the ages of eight to 12. He was quoted as saying: "I'm not carping about it and I'm not being sorry for myself. To be honest, not a great deal of damage was done to me physically. The damage was emotional, and that took me a long time to shake off."
Gabriel Byrne on religion: "A firm believer in the Buddhist 'You've got today, no one promised you tomorrow', I don't think much about Catholicism anymore. I was forced to so much as a child. I'm still seduced by the rituals - whoever invented them knew what theater was about, for sure." - quoted to Newsday, April 4, 2000
Byrne on how "A Moon for the Misbegotten" changed his attitude towards theater: "The whole process of going back to the stage has taught me more about myself than anything else I've done in a long time and I've come back to totally respect the theater again. When a play works like this one does, it almost is a sacred experience. You can hear the audience leaning forward to listen. Sometimes you can hear people sniffling, sobbing. I think people start to see their own lives, their own ghosts." - quoted to The New York Times, April 26, 2000