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Brendan Gleeson

Brendan Gleeson is an Irish actor. His best-known films include the Harry Potter films, Braveheart, Gangs of New York, 28 Days Later, and the role of Michael Collins in The Treaty. He won an Emmy award in 2009 for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the film Into the Storm. Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland and has described himself as having been an avid reader as a child. After leaving school for a short while, he worked for two years in an office with a health board. He then graduated from University College Dublin and went on to Drama School in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Just after completing the 3 Year Acting Drama Course at RADA, Gleeson built a very respectable CV at the Royal National Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. Gleeson became known for his tremedous stage presence, particularly while performing in such works of William Shakespeare as King Lear, Richard III, and Hamlet. Gleeson started his film career at the age of 34. He first came to prominence in Ireland for his role as Michael Collins in The Treaty a television film broadcast on RTÉ One, and for which he won a Jacob's Award in 1992. Gleeson has subsequently acted in more than 60 films including Braveheart, I Went Down, Michael Collins, Gangs of New York, Cold Mountain, 28 Days Later, Troy, Kingdom of Heaven, Lake Placid, Artificial Intelligence: AI and The Village. He won critical acclaim for his performance as Irish gangster Martin Cahill in John Boorman's 1998 film The General. Gleeson lives in Malahide, County Dublin. He is a talented fiddle player, with an interest in Irish folklore. He can be found from time to time playing at traditional music seisiúins in Hughes' pub in Chancery Street in Dublin 7. His brother, Barry Gleeson, is a well-known singer in An Góilín traditional singers' club, and his son Domhnall is an actor. Gleeson is known for his love of football and recounts tales of attempting to get a clear radio reception so he could listen to how his team, Aston Villa, were faring on a Saturday.

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Mar 29, 1955 In Dublin, Ireland
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First Appeared:
Movie The Tragedy of Macbeth 2022
Latest Project:
In the movie A Greyhound of a Girl
Known For
Movie The Tragedy of Macbeth King Duncan
Movie Sexual Healing Freddy Cousaert
Movie The Shadow King Darce
Movie A Greyhound of a Girl
Movie Frankie Jimmy
Movie Psychic Jeremiah
Movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Clarence (segment "The Mortal Remains")
Movie Captain Morten and the Spider Queen (voice)
Movie Hampstead Donald Horner
Series Mr. Mercedes Detective Bill Hodges
Movie Paddington 2 Knuckles McGinty
Movie Live by Night Thomas Coughlin
Movie Assassin's Creed Joseph Lynch
Movie Trespass Against Us Colby Culter
Movie Alone in Berlin Otto Quangel
Movie In the Heart of the Sea Old Thomas Nickerson
Movie Suffragette Arthur Steed
Movie Pursuit Searbhán
Movie Stonehearst Asylum The Alienist
Movie Song of the Sea Conor / Mac Lir (voice)
Movie Edge of Tomorrow General Brigham
Movie Calvary Father James Lavelle
Movie The Grand Seduction Murray French
Movie The Smurfs 2 Victor Doyle
Movie Safe House David Barlow
Movie The Raven Colonel Hamilton
Movie So You Want To Be A Pirate! The Pirate With Gout
Movie The Company You Keep Henry Osborne
Movie The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! The Pirate with Gout (voice)
Movie The Guard Sergeant Gerry Boyle
Movie Albert Nobbs Dr. Holloran
Movie The Cup Dermot Weld
Movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody
Movie Noreen Con Keogh
Movie Green Zone Martin Brown
Movie Perrier's Bounty Darren Perrier
Movie The Secret of Kells Abbot Cellach (voice)
Movie Into the Storm Winston Churchill
Movie In Bruges Ken Daley
Movie Beowulf Wiglaf
Movie Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Alastor 'Mad­Eye' Moody
Movie Black Irish Desmond McKay
Movie Studs Walter Keegan
Movie The Tiger's Tail Liam O'Leary
Movie Kingdom of Heaven Reynald de Chatillon
Movie Deconstructing 'The Village' Himself
Movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
Movie Breakfast on Pluto John-Joe
Movie Troy Menelaos
Movie Country of My Skull De Jagar
Movie Six Shooter Donnelly
Movie The Village August Nicholson
Movie Cold Mountain Stobrod Thewes
Movie Dark Blue Jack van Meter
Movie Gangs of New York Walter "Monk" McGinn
Movie 28 Days Later Frank
Movie A.I. Artificial Intelligence Lord Johnson-Johnson
Movie The Tailor of Panama Michelangelo " Mickie " Abraxas
Movie Wild About Harry Harry McKee
Movie Saltwater Simple Simon
Movie Harrison's Flowers Marc Stevenson
Movie Mission: Impossible II John C. McCloy
Movie Sweety Barrett Sweety Barrett
Movie My Life So Far Jim Menzies
Movie This Is My Father Garda Jim
Movie Lake Placid Sheriff Hank Keough
Movie The General Martin Cahill
Movie The Butcher Boy Father Bubbles
Movie Turbulence Stubbs
Movie A Further Gesture Richard
Movie I Went Down Bunny Kelly
Movie Michael Collins Liam Tobin
Movie Trojan Eddie Ginger
Movie Braveheart Hamish Campbell
Movie Love Lies Bleeding Thomas Macken
Movie The Snapper Lester
Movie Into the West Inspector Bolger
Movie Far and Away Social Club Policeman
Movie The Treaty Michael Collins
Movie The Field Quarryman
Movie Dear Sarah Brendan Dowd