Martin McDonagh

Playwright, Film director
One of the most acclaimed European playwrights of the late 20th and early 21st century, Martin McDonagh was the author of several Tony-nominated plays, including "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" (1996) and "The Cripple of ... Read more »
Born: 03/25/1970 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Director (3)

Seven Psychopaths 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

In Bruges 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Six Shooter 2004 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (2)

Seven Psychopaths 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

In Bruges 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (2)

Seven Psychopaths 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Guard 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

One of the most acclaimed European playwrights of the late 20th and early 21st century, Martin McDonagh was the author of several Tony-nominated plays, including "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" (1996) and "The Cripple of Inishmaan" (1996) before segueing into a successful second career as a film writer and director. McDonagh's plays, which bristled with nationalist anger and dark humor as they addressed the emotional and political state of Ireland, earned him the praise of critics and theatergoers alike on both sides of the Atlantic. Both were undoubtedly dismayed by his abandonment of theater for film in 2006, but his efforts in that field - the Oscar-winning short "Six Shooter" (2006) and the Oscar-nominated "In Bruges" (2008) - established him as one of the most talented voices in international film. As an author, he returned to the stage with "A Behanding in Spokane" in 2010, his first piece to be set in America. The Broadway production starred Christopher Walken, who worked for McDonagh again in "Seven Psychopaths" (2012), a bloody black comedy co-starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson. A truly unique voice in both film and theater, McDonagh continued to build his impressive body of work with projects that deftly displayed his humor and ink-black view of humanity.

Relationships

John Michael McDonagh Screenplay

Brother

John McDonagh

Brother

Milestones

2012

Wrote, directed, and produced ensemble crime comedy "Seven Psychopaths"

2008

Wrote and directed first full-length feature "In Bruges"; earned Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay

2006

Won Academy Award for film debut, the live action short "Six Shooter"

2003

First non-Irish play "The Pillowman" premiered at the Royal National Theatre; opened on Broadway 2005; earned Tony nomination for Best Play

2001

Premiered "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" at the Atlantic Theater Company in NYC; earned Tony nomination for Best Play

1998

Penned first radio play "The Tale of the Wolf and the Woodcutter"

1997

First production of the Aran Islands Trilogy "The Cripple of Inishmaan" performed at the Royal National Theatre

1997

Wrote second and third play of Connemara trilogy "A Skull in Connemara" and "The Lonesome West"; received Tony nomination for the latter

1996

Penned first play in his Connemara trilogy "The Beauty Queen of Leenane"; earned Tony nomination for Best Play

Wrote the un-produced and unpublished "The Banshees of Inisheer," the final play in the Aran Islands trilogy

Bonus Trivia

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McDonagh’s first six plays were located in and around County Galway, Ireland, where he spent his holidays as a child.

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