Jim Sheridan

Director, Screenwriter, Cab driver
Having been a successful theater director and journeyman actor in his native Ireland, feature director Jim Sheridan emigrated to the United States in 1981 with less than a hundred dollars in his pocket. Sheridan spent ... Read more »
Born: 02/06/1949 in Dublin, IE

Filmography

Director (10)

The Secret Scripture 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

WGN America/ The Ten Commandments Project 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Director

Dream House 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Brothers 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Get Rich or Die Tryin' 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

In America 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

The Boxer 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

In the Name of the Father 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

The Field 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

My Left Foot 1989 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (9)

Get Rich or Die Tryin' 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

In America 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bloody Sunday 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Borstal Boy 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Catch the Sun 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Agnes Browne 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Boxer 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Some Mother's Son 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

In the Name of the Father 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (7)

The Bridge Of San Luis Rey 2005 (Movie)

King Philip V of Spain (Actor)

Best 2001 (Movie)

Bob Bishop (Actor)

The General 1998 (Movie)

CPAD Leader (Actor)

This is the Sea 1997 (Movie)

Station Master (Actor)

Moll Flanders 1996 (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

Words Upon the Window Pane 1995 (Movie)

Jonathan Swift (Actor)

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter
Writer (7)

In America 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Boxer 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Some Mother's Son 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

In the Name of the Father 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Into the West 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Field 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

My Left Foot 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (1)

Get Rich or Die Tryin' 2005 (Movie)

("Uncle Deuce's Rap") (Song)

Biography

Having been a successful theater director and journeyman actor in his native Ireland, feature director Jim Sheridan emigrated to the United States in 1981 with less than a hundred dollars in his pocket. Sheridan spent the next several years struggling to make ends meet until he directed first feature, "My Left Foot" (1989), which marked the first of several successful collaborations with actor and fellow Irishman Daniel Day-Lewis, while earning Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Picture. "My Left Foot" announced Sheridan as a talented filmmaker capable of balancing the drab life of a drunken artist suffering from cerebral palsy with the rousing heroic tale of a man with limited capabilities triumphing over all odds. He returned to working with Day-Lewis for his third film, "In the Name of the Father" (1993), which established the young actor as a bona fide star, while confirming that Sheridan was a powerful force behind the camera. Though their third feature together, "The Boxer" (1996), failed to live up to their previous work, both Sheridan and Day-Lewis had established themselves as a potent team that rivaled the likes of Scorsese-De Niro and Burton-Depp. Meanwhile, Sheridan continued to churn out exemplary films, including the heartwarming and semiautobiographical "In America" (2002), making him a true rags-to-riches story that he occasionally depicted in his films.

Relationships

Tess Sheridan

Daughter
Mother, Fran Sheridan

Kirsten Sheridan Director

Daughter

Fran Sheridan

Wife
Mother of Sheridan's three daughters

Peter Sheridan

Father
Sheridan began working at the theater at age 16 died in 1994

Anna Sheridan

Mother
Died in 1998

Kristen Sheridan

Daughter
Born July 14, 1976 mother, Fran Sheridan directed "Disco Pigs" (2001) and "August Rush" (2007) also collaborated with father and sister on the screenplay for "In America" (2003)

Naomi Sheridan

Daughter
Mother, Fran Sheridan collaborated with father and sister on the screenplay for "In America" (2003)

Frank Sheridan

Brother
Died in 1966 of a brain tumor at age 10

Gerard Sheridan

Brother

John Sheridan

Brother

Peter Sheridan

Brother
Born c. 1952 wrote two autobiographies, 44, A Dublin Memoir (1999) and Forty-Seven Roses (2001)

Ita Sheridan

Sister

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York 1981
Studied at the Institute of Film and TV at the Tisch School of the Arts

University College Dublin

Dublin
Graduated

Milestones

2011

Directed the thriller "Dream House," starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz

2009

Helmed a remake of "Brothers," starring Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal

2005

Directed the urban drama "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," loosely based on the life of rapper 50 Cent, who also makes his acting debut

2003

Released the semi-autobiographical drama "In America"; earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best Director and shared Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Screenplay with his daughters Kirsten and Naomi Sheridan, who co-wrote the script

2000

Executive produced the biopic of Irish author Brendan Behan "Borstal Boy"

1999

Served as producer on "Agnes Browne"; film was directed by and starred Anjelica Huston

1997

Re-teamed with Day-Lewis for "The Boxer"; wrote, produced and directed; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director

1996

Wrote and produced the IRA-themed drama "Some Mother's Son"

1993

First film as a producer, "In the Name of the Father"; again teamed with Daniel Day-Lewis; earned Acadeny Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay

1989

Film directing and screenwriting debut, "My Left Foot," starring Daniel Day-Lewis; earned Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay

1981

Moved to New York and enrolled at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts

1979

Wrote two plays, the first, an Irish beggar's opera called "The Ha'penny Place" and the second, a piece of agitprop theater called "The Last Post"

1976

Founded (and served as the artistic director) the Project Arts Centre in Dublin

Became the artistic director of New York's Irish Arts Centre

Formed the Children's T theater company after graduating from college

Started production company Hell's Kitchen Productions; partnered with Arthur Lappin

Bonus Trivia

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Sheridan opened a restaurant in Dublin with singers Bono and Gavin Friday called Mr. Pussy's Cafe de Luxe in 1994. It closed the following year.

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