Gabriel Byrne

Actor, Producer, Director
Both a strong leading presence and compelling character performer, actor Gabriel Byrne emerged from his native Ireland to become one of the more sought-after talents in the United States. Though he had been acting for ... Read more »
Born: 05/11/1950 in Dublin, IE

Filmography

Actor (92)

Louder Than Bombs 2015 (Movie)

Gene (Actor)

Nobody Wants the Night 2015 (Movie)

Robert Peary (Actor)

The 33 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Vikings 2012 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Dizzy Heights 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Just a Sigh 2014 (Movie)

Doug (Actor)

Played 2014 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

Vampire Academy 2014 (Movie)

Victor Dashkov (Actor)

All Things to All Men 2013 (Movie)

Joseph Corso (Actor)

Capital 2013 (Movie)

Dittmar Rigule (Actor)

I, Anna 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

In Treatment 2007 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

2:22 2010 (Movie)

Detective Swain (Actor)

Perrier's Bounty 2010 (Movie)

the Reaper (Voice)

AFI's 100 Years...AFI's 10 Top 10 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Leningrad 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Live From Lincoln Center: Camelot 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Tony Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Emotional Arithmetic 2007 (Movie)

Christopher Lewis (Actor)

Jindabyne 2007 (Movie)

Stewart (Actor)

Wah-Wah 2006 (Movie)

Harry Compton (Actor)

Assault on Precinct 13 2005 (Movie)

Marcus Duvall (Actor)

The Bridge Of San Luis Rey 2005 (Movie)

Brother Juniper (Actor)

P.S. 2004 (Movie)

Peter Harrington (Actor)

Shade 2004 (Movie)

Charlie Miller (Actor)

Vanity Fair 2004 (Movie)

Marquess of Steyne (Actor)

Virginia's Run 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Eugene O'Neill: A Haunted Life 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Ghost Ship 2002 (Movie)

Captain Sean Murphy (Actor)

Semana Santa 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Spider 2002 (Movie)

Bill Cleg (Actor)

Madigan Men 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

When Brendan Met Trudy 2001 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Canone Inverso 2000 (Movie)

The Violinist (Actor)

Emmett's Mark 2000 (Movie)

Jack Marlow/Stephen Bracken (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2000 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

End of Days 1999 (Movie)

The Man (Actor)

Stigmata 1999 (Movie)

Father Andrew Kiernan (Actor)

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Enemy of the State 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Last of the High Kings 1998 (Movie)

Jack Griffin (Actor)

Polish Wedding 1998 (Movie)

Bolek Pzoniak (Actor)

Quest for Camelot 1998 (Movie)

of Sir Lionel (Voice)

The Man in the Iron Mask 1998 (Movie)

D'Artagnan (Actor)

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Smilla's Sense Of Snow 1997 (Movie)

The Mechanic (Actor)

Somebody Is Waiting 1997 (Movie)

Roger Ellis (Actor)

The 18th Annual CableACE Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The End of Violence 1997 (Movie)

Ray (Actor)

This is the Sea 1997 (Movie)

Rohan (Actor)

Dead Man 1996 (Movie)

Charlie Dickinson (Actor)

Mad Dog Time 1996 (Movie)

Ben London (Actor)

The Brylcreem Boys 1996 (Movie)

Commandant O'Brien (Actor)

A Celtic Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Frankie Starlight 1995 (Movie)

Jack Kelly (Actor)

Irish Cinema - Ourselves Alone? 1995 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Out of Ireland 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Usual Suspects 1995 (Movie)

Dean Keaton (Actor)

A Simple Twist of Fate 1994 (Movie)

John Newland (Actor)

Little Women 1994 (Movie)

Friedrich Bhaer (Actor)

Royal Deceit 1994 (Movie)

Fenge (Actor)

Trial By Jury 1994 (Movie)

Graham (Actor)

A Dangerous Woman 1993 (Movie)

Mackey (Actor)

All Things Bright and Beautiful 1993 (Movie)

The Good Thief (Actor)

Into the West 1993 (Movie)

Papa Reilly (Actor)

Point of No Return 1993 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

Cool World 1992 (Movie)

Jack Deebs (Actor)

Diamond Skulls 1991 (Movie)

Sir Hugo Buckton (Actor)

Hakon Hakonsen 1991 (Movie)

Lieutenant Merrick (Actor)

Miller's Crossing 1990 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

A Soldier's Tale 1989 (Movie)

Saul (Actor)

Julia and Julia 1988 (Movie)

Paolo (Actor)

The Courier 1988 (Movie)

Val (Actor)

Gothic 1987 (Movie)

George Gordon--Lord Byron (Actor)

Hello, Again 1987 (Movie)

Kevin Scanlon (Actor)

Lionheart 1987 (Movie)

The Black Prince (Actor)

Siesta 1987 (Movie)

Augustine (Actor)

Defence of the Realm 1986 (Movie)

Nick Mullen (Actor)

Christopher Columbus 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Hannah K 1982 (Movie)

Josue Herzog (Actor)

Reflections 1982 (Movie)

William Masters (Actor)

The Keep 1982 (Movie)

Raempffer (Actor)

Excalibur 1981 (Movie)

Uther Pendragon (Actor)

The Outsider 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

On a Paving Stone Mounted 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

Buffalo Girls (TV Show)

Actor

Butte, America (TV Show)

Narrator

Intimate Portrait: Kim Cattrall (TV Show)

Narrator

Mussolini: The Untold Story (TV Show)

Actor

Weapons of Mass Distraction (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (7)

Tent City U.S.A. 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mad About Mambo 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Last of the High Kings 1998 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

Somebody Is Waiting 1997 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

The Brylcreem Boys 1996 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

In the Name of the Father 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Into the West 1993 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Writer (1)

Last of the High Kings 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Both a strong leading presence and compelling character performer, actor Gabriel Byrne emerged from his native Ireland to become one of the more sought-after talents in the United States. Though he had been acting for over a decade across the Atlantic, Byrne did not begin making a name for himself in America until his dark, brooding performance as an Irish mobster in the Coen Brothers' deft "Miller's Crossing" (1990). But it was his turn as a former corrupt cop drawn into a heist-gone-bad in "The Usual Suspects" (1995) that propelled Byrne to stardom. Ever since, he fluctuated with ease between romantic dramas, crime thrillers and period pieces in a fine display of diversity that translated well behind the camera as a writer and producer. Though he managed to get entangled in several flops - namely "Stigmata" (1999) and the miserable "End of Days" (1999) - Byrne managed to transcend setbacks with a varied slate of interesting projects, including "In Treatment" (HBO, 2007- ), an experimental drama that allowed Byrne to display his considerable acting chops to a sophisticated audience.

Relationships

Ellen Barkin Actor

Wife
Met while filming "Siesta" (1987) Married 1988 Divorced 1999

Romy Byrne

Daughter
born on November 18, 1992

Jack Byrne

Son
born in October 1989

Naomi Campbell

Companion
dated from late 1997 to early 1998

Aine O'Connor

Companion
had 12-year relationship from c. 1974 to c. 1986 died in 1998 at age 50

Julia Ormond Actor

Companion
met during filming of "Smilla's Sense of Snow" in 1996

EDUCATION

University College Dublin

Dublin
Attended on scholarship

University College Dublin

Dublin
Attended on scholarship

Milestones

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in Drama Series

2008

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

2005

Cast in Richard E. Grant's directorial debut, "Wah-Wah"

2004

Starred opposite Laura Linney and Topher Grace in "P.S."

2002

Appeared as a salavage vessel captain in the spooky thriller "Ghost Ship"

2002

Cast as Ralph Finnes' father in David Cronenberg's "Spider"

2000

Cast in the stage revival of Eugene O'Neill's "A Moon for the Misbegotten"; received a Tony nomination for Best Actor

2000

Plurabelle Films produced the Belfast-set coming of age comedy "Mad About Mambo"

1999

Played a Vatican-sanctioned investigator in "Stigmata"

1998

Played the patriarch in "Polish Wedding" opposite Claire Danes and Lena Olin

1998

Portrayed D'Artagnan in "The Man in the Iron Mask"

1997

Portrayed Rohan in "This Is the Sea"; Sheridan played small role as Station Master

1997

Co-starred opposite Ben Kingsley as rival executives in the HBO black comedy "Weapons of Mass Distraction"

1997

Acted opposite Julia Ormond in "Smilla's Sense of Snow"

1996

Co-starred with ex-wife Ellen Barkin in "Mad Dog Time"

1996

Co-wrote screenplay for (also produced and acted in) "Last of the High Kings"

1995

Was one of the ensemble of criminals in Bryan Singer's "The Usual Suspects"

1993

Co-starred opposite Bridget Fonda in "Point of No Return"

1993

Executive produced Sheridan's "In the Name of the Father"

1992

First credit as associate producer (also starred), "Into the West"; scripted by Jim Sheridan

1992

Played a cartoon artist trapped in the world of his creation in "Cool World"

1990

Cast as the cool-headed organized crime lieutenant in the Coen brothers' stylized feature "Miller's Crossing"

1987

Co-starred with future wife Ellen Barkin in the ambitious thriller "Siesta"

1987

Featured in the Italian drama "Julia and Julia" opposite Kathleen Turner

1986

Played Lord Byron in Ken Russell's "Gothic"

1985

Had debut starring role in the political thriller "Defence of the Realm"

1985

Portrayed the title character in the CBS-TV miniseries "Christopher Columbus"

1983

Had featured roles in Michael Mann's "The Keep" and Kevin Billington's "Reflections"

1982

Starred in Irish TV series "The Riordens"

1981

First substantial film role as Uther Pendragon, father of Arthur, in John Boorman's "Excalibur"

1979

Appeared in the US-Netherlands co-production "The Outsider"

1979

Moved to London

1978

Made film acting debut in the British feature "On a Paving Stone Mounted"

1962

Attended a Roman Catholic seminary in Birmingham, England

Began participating in amateur theater

Joined the Royal Court Theater

Joined the National Theater in London

Taught Spanish and Gaelic in a girls' school

Formed production company Plurabelle Films

Joined the Abbey Theatre and remained in their company for two years

Worked as an archeologist for three years

Acted with Ireland's Focus Theater, an experimental repertory company run by future filmmaker Jim Sheridan

Bonus Trivia

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Byrne's production company is called, Plurabelle and is named after Anna Livia Plurabelle, a character in James Joyce's "Finnegan's Wake"

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"I still find it amazing that I'm an actor. I'm not a very gregarious person. I can't bear attention being called to me in a public place, which is ridiculous in a business that pays you to be noticed." - Byrne to The New York Times, Sep. 16, 1990

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"My career - which I'm extremely happy with - has been a bit unpredictable. Steven Spielberg said to me recently, 'I've never been able to track your career; you turn up in the weirdest places.' I wasn't sure whether to take that as a compliment or as advice to get hold of the real world. Maybe I should cut the crap for a couple of years before I get too ancient and do the big Hollywood stuff." - Byrne quoted in New York's Daily News, March 17, 1993

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"I believe that our views on everything from how we perceive nationalities to how we fall in love come from movies we've been exposed to. Having said that, I have to say, no, movies don't have a duty to have a political conscience. I often hear people say, 'I want to go to the movies and be swept away. I don't want to have to sit there and think about my life.' And that's a legitimate desire. It's no good being on a soapbox in the middle of the desert." - Byrne to The Los Angeles Times, Dec. 20, 1994

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"He's very modest, but he does things effortlessly. Only when you're looking at the screen do you notice that Gabriel does all these subtle things with his hands, and especially his eyes." - director Bryan Singer to The New York Times, Sep. 24, 1995

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"People who believe that being incredibly famous or wealthy or powerful is going to make them happier are on a fool's mission. I'm famous enough, that suits me fine. The relentless emphasis on celebrity in this country drives me around the fucking bend. Everywhere you go. The new religion is celebrity, but nobody stops to question what it means when you achieve it. Honestly, I'm scared of the whole notion of fame. You take it on at your own peril." - Byrne in Elle, February 1997

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"I was teaching gorgeous 17-year-old girls in miniskirts when I was 22. I'd say, 'Did you translate that passage last night?' They'd say, 'No.' I'd say, 'That's OK, you don't have to.' They specialised in finding my weak points. On my birthday, they said, 'We got you a shirt and tie.' I said, 'Thanks, I'll put it on later.' They said, 'No, we want you to put it on now.' So I took off my jacket and undervest. Then the headmistress walked in. I was standing there with no top on. They were ruthless, those girls." - Byrne on his days as a teacher to Neon, May 1998

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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."

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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

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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

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"We live in a culture of fear, and we feel we're not being heard. That, and the idea of being healed, is a need we all have." - Byrne to Emmy magazine, Issue No. 3, 2008

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Gabriel Byrne admitted to childhood abused by Christian Brothers, while speaking on an Irish television show in January 2010. The Irish actor moved to England aged 11 to train as a priest and was abused by a member of the clergy, he said. "It didn't go on over a prolonged period but it happened at a very, very vulnerable moment," he said. Byrne, who has struggled with alcoholism and depression, was speaking to Irish broadcaster Gay Bryne on a programme called "The Meaning of Life" on RTE television.

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