Brendan Gleeson


Brendan Gleeson Biography

Brendan Gleeson (born 29 March 1955) is an Irish actor. His best-known films include Braveheart, Gangs of New York, In Bruges, 28 Days Later, Troy, the Harry Potter films, The Guard 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.

Early life

Gleeson was born in Dublin, the son of Pat and Frank Gleeson. Gleeson has described himself as having been an avid reader as a child. He received his second level education at St. Joseph's CBS in Fairview, Dublin where he was a member of the school drama group. After training as an actor, he returned to Ireland and worked for several years as a secondary school teacher of Irish and English at the now defunct Catholic Belcamp College in North County Dublin, which closed in 2004. He was working simultaneously as an actor while teaching, doing semi-professional and professional productions in Dublin and surrounding areas. He left the teaching profession to commit full-time to acting in 1991.

Career

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 RT"? One, and for which he won a Jacob's Award in 1992. He has acted in such films as Braveheart, I Went Down, Michael Collins, Gangs of New York, Cold Mountain, 28 Days Later, Troy, Kingdom of Heaven, Lake Placid, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Mission: Impossible II, and The Village. He won critical acclaim for his performance as Irish gangster Martin Cahill in John Boorman's 1998 film The General.

In 2003, Gleeson was the voice of Hugh the Miller in an episode of the Channel 4 animated series Wilde Stories.

While Gleeson portrayed Irish statesman Michael Collins in The Treaty, he later portrayed Collins' close collaborator Liam Tobin in the film Michael Collins with Liam Neeson taking the role of Collins. Gleeson later went on to portray Winston Churchill in Into the Storm. Gleeson won an Emmy Award for his performance. Gleeson played Hogwarts professor Mad-Eye Moody in the fourth, fifth and seventh Harry Potter films. His son Domhnall played Bill Weasley in the seventh film.

Gleeson provided the voice of Abbot Cellach in The Secret of Kells, an animated film co-directed by Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey of Cartoon Saloon which premiered in February 2009 at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

Gleeson starred in the short film Six Shooter in 2006, which won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short. This film was written and directed by Martin McDonagh who also wrote and directed In Bruges in 2008. The film, and Gleeson's performance, enjoyed huge critical acclaim, earning Gleeson several award nominations, including his first Golden Globe nomination. In the movie, Gleeson plays a mentor-like figure for Colin Farrell's hitman. In his review of In Bruges, Roger Ebert described the elder Gleeson as having a "noble shambles of a face and the heft of a boxer gone to seed."

Gleeson will be making his directorial debut in a film adaptation of Flann O'Brien's novel At Swim Two Birds. The Irish production company Parallel Pictures will produce the film with a budget of $11 million. Colin Farrell, Gabriel Byrne, and Cillian Murphy have been attached to star in the film, which was originally set for release in 2010. In October, 2009, however, Gleeson expressed concern that the Irish Film Board's budget might be reduced given the state of the Irish economy and that At Swim Two Birds might fall through. Gleeson confirmed in July, 2011, that he has secured funding for the project. He described the writing of the script as tortuous, saying that it has taken fourteen drafts so far.

In July 2012, he started filming The Grand Seduction with Taylor Kitsch, a remake of Jean-François Pouliot's French-Canadian La Grande Séduction (2003) directed by Don McKellar.

Musical talent

Gleeson is a fiddle player, with an interest in Irish folklore. He played the fiddle during his role in Cold Mountain and in Michael Collins, and also features on Altan's 2009 live album.

Personal life

He has been married to Mary (née Weldon) since 1982. He has four sons, Domhnall, Bríain, Fergus and Rúairí. Domhnall and Bríain are also actors. His brother, Barry Gleeson, is a well-known singer in An Góilín traditional singers' club. Gleeson speaks fluent Irish and is an advocate of the promotion of the Irish language.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1989 Dear Sarah Brendan Dowd TV
1990 Hard Shoulder Lorry Driver TV
The Field Quarryman
1991 In the Border Country Farmer
Saint Oscar TV
The Treaty Michael Collins TV
Jacob's Award
1992 The Bargain Shop Jim Kennedy
M.A.N.: Matrix Adjusted Normal Dr. Abraham Short
Far and Away Social Club Policeman
Conneely's Choice Josie Conneely Short
Into the West Inspector Bolger
1993 The Snapper Lester TV
Love Lies Bleeding Thomas Macken TV
1994 The Lifeboat Leslie Parry TV series
1995 The Life of Reilly Patient Short
Braveheart Hamish Campbell
Kidnapped Colin Campbell of Glenure, the Red Fox
1996 Angela Mooney Barney Mooney
Michael Collins Liam Tobin
Trojan Eddie Ginger
1997 Angela Mooney Barney Mooney
Spaghetti Slow Frank Ferguson
Turbulence Stubbs
The Butcher Boy Father Bubbles
A Further Gesture Richard
I Went Down Bunny Kelly Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated"?Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a Male Role
Nominated"?National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
1998 Making the Cut Flanagan TV
The General Martin Cahill Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a Male Role
London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actor of the Year
Nominated"?National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated"?New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor (3rd place)
Nominated"?Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
This Is My Father Garda Jim TV
The Tale of Sweety Barrett Sweet Barrett
1999 Lake Placid Sheriff Hank Keough
My Life So Far Jim Menries
2000 Mission: Impossible II John C. McCloy
Harrison's Flowers Marc Stevenson
Saltwater Simple Simon
Wild About Harry Harry McKee Nominated"?Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a Feature Film
2001 J.J. Biker
Cáca Milis Paul Short
The Tailor of Panama Michelangelo 'Mickie' Abraxas
A.I. Artificial Intelligence Lord Johnson-Johnson
2002 28 Days Later Frank Nominated"?Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor
Gangs of New York Walter 'Monk' McGinn
Dark Blue Jack Van Meter
2003 Cold Mountain Stobrod Thewes Nominated"?London Film Critics Circle Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year
2004 In My Country De Jager
Troy Menelaus
The Village August Nicholson
Six Shooter Donnelly Short
2005 Kingdom of Heaven Raynald of Châtillon
Breakfast on Pluto John Joe Kenny
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody Nominated"?London Film Critics Circle Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year
2006 Studs Walter Keegan Nominated"?Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role in a Film
The Tiger's Tail Liam O'Leary
2007 Black Irish Desmond
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
Beowulf Wiglaf Voice
2008 In Bruges Ken Nominated"?BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated"?British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated"?Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor
Nominated"?Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated"?Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role in a Film
Nominated"?Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2009 The Secret of Kells Abbot Cellach Voice
Into the Storm Winston Churchill TV
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor " Miniseries or a Movie
Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role in Television
Satellite Award for Best Actor " Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated"?British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
Nominated"?Golden Globe Award for Best Actor " Miniseries or Television Film
Perrier's Bounty Darren Perrier Nominated"?Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Feature Film
2010 Green Zone Martin Brown
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows " Part 1 Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
2011 The Guard Sergeant Gerry Boyle Valladolid International Film Festival's Award for Best Actor
Nominated"?British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated"?Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated"?Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated"?Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role in a Film
Nominated"?London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actor of the Year
Nominated"?San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated"?Satellite Award for Best Actor " Motion Picture
Albert Nobbs Dr. Holloran Nominated"?Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Film
The Cup Dermot Weld
2012 Safe House David Barlow
The Raven Captain Charles Hamilton
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists (Band of Misfits) Pirate with Gout Voice
The Company You Keep Henry Osborne
2013 The Smurfs 2 Victor Doyle
Calvary Father James Lavelle Post-production
The Grand Seduction Murray French Filming
2014 Eliza Graves The Alienist Filming
TBA At Swim-Two-Birds TBA Pre-production
Also director
The Shadow King Darce Pre-production
Voice



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