Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson
Birthday: Mar 29, 1955
Place of Birth: Dublin, Ireland

A former teacher, burly Irish actor Brendan Gleeson spent the 1990s earning an increasing amount of acclaim for his work in a variety of films, most notably John Boorman's The General (1998). Gleeson, who made his feature film debut in Jim Sheridan's The Field (1990), first made an impression on audiences in the role of Hamish, William Wallace's hulking ally in Braveheart (1995). />

In 1997, the actor was given his first crack at a starring role in I Went Down, a likeable black comedy that cast him as a thick-skulled hitman. The role brought him a greater dose of recognition and respect on both sides of the Atlantic, but it was Boorman's The General (shot right after I Went Down wrapped) that truly demanded -- and received -- international attention. The story of real-life Irish criminal Martin Cahill, the film featured Gleeson in its title role, and his cocky, assured portrayal of Cahill was widely deemed the best part of an altogether excellent film. The numerous plaudits he won for his performance included awards from Boston and London film critics.

His career flourishing, it was only a matter of time before Gleeson had the opportunity to expand his resumé to include the occasional Hollywood blockbuster. That opportunity came by way of John Woo's Mission: Impossible 2 (2000), which cast Gleeson, surprisingly enough, as one of the film's resident villains. After carefully balancing his roles between the mainstream and the more low-key, character-driven films in later 2000 and into 2001 (he gained notice for his starring role as a philanderous, boozing TV chef turned sensitive amnesiac in the romantic comedy Wild About Harry [2000]), Gleeson headed back to Hollywood with his lively turn as Lord Johnson-Johnson in Steven Spielberg's A.I. Appearing in Trainspotting director Danny Boyle's zombie thriller 28 Days Later the following year, it wasn't long before Gleeson was once again gracing stateside cinemas with appearances in such high-profile films as Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York (2002) and the Kurt Russell police detective thriller Dark Blue (2003).

Gleeson remained a presence in high-profile films over the ensuing two years. In 2004 he could be seen in both the M. Night Shyamalan brain-bender The Village and the sweeping historical epic Troy. The following year found the actor in another pair of big-budget Hollywood films, the box-office dud Kingdom of Heaven and the fourth installment in the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Subsequent years found him re-teaming with 28 Days Later star Cillian Murphy for the Neil Jordan comedy Breakfast on Pluto and reprising his role of Alastor "Mad Eye" Moody in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).

He had a memorable turn in the Irish comedy In Bruges in 2008. Two years later he returned as Mad Eye for the final Harry Potter movie. That same year he turned in one of his best performances in The Guard. He played opposite the Oscar nominated Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs in 2011, and enjoyed roles in a couple of high-profile Hollywood films - The Raven and Safe House the next year.


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Year Title Credit
2015 In the Heart of the Sea Actor
2014 Stonehearst Asylum Actor
2014 Calvary Father James
2014 The Grand Seduction Murray French
2014 Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow General Brigham
2013 The Smurfs 2 Victor
2013 The Shadow King Actor
2013 The Company You Keep Henry Osborne
2012 The Raven Colonel Hamilton
2012 Albert Nobbs Holloran
2012 The Cup Dermot Weld
2012 Safe House David Barlow
2012 The Pirates! Band of Misfits The Pirate with Gout
2011 The Guard Gerry Boyle
2010 Green Zone Martin Brown
2010 Noreen Actor
2010 Perrier's Bounty Darren Perrier
2010 The Secret of Kells Abbot Cellach
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
2008 Tiger's Tail Actor
2008 In Bruges Ken
2008 Into the Storm Winston Churchill
2007 Black Irish Desmond
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Alastor `Madeye' Moody
2007 Beowulf Wiglaf
2007 Studs Actor
2006 The Tiger's Tail Liam O'Leary
2006 Mission: Impossible III Actor
2006 Studs Walter Keegan
2005 Breakfast on Pluto John-Joe
2005 Kingdom of Heaven Reynald
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Alastor `Mad­Eye' Moody
2005 Six Shooter Donnelly
2005 In My Country De Jager
2004 Troy (Director's Cut) Actor
2004 Troy King Menelaus
2004 The Village August Nicholson
2003 28 Days Later Frank
2003 Cold Mountain Stobrod
2003 Dark Blue Jack Van Meter
2002 Gangs of New York Walter "Monk" McGinn
2002 Harrison's Flowers Marc Stevenson
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence Lord Johnson-Johnson
2001 The Tailor of Panama Michelangelo Abraxas
2000 Mission: Impossible 2 John
2000 Saltwater "Simple" Simon McCurdie
2000 Wild About Harry Actor
1999 My Life so Far Jim Menzies
1999 Lake Placid Sheriff Keough
1999 This is My Father Garda Jim
1998 The General Martin Cahill
1998 The Tale of Sweety Barrett Sweety Barrett
1998 I Went Down Bunny Kelly
1997 Break Richard
1997 Turbulence Stubbs
1997 Trojan Eddie Ginger
1997 The Butcher Boy Father Bubbles
1996 Michael Collins Liam Tobin
1995 Braveheart Hamish
1995 Kidnapped Red Fox
1993 Love Lies Bleeding Actor
1993 Into the West Inspector Bolger
1993 The Snapper Lester
1992 Far and Away Social Club Policeman
1990 The Field Quarryman
Treaty Actor