Gabriel Byrne
Gabriel Byrne
Birthday: May 12, 1950
Place of Birth: Dublin, Ireland

Whereas many stars are bitten by the acting bug early in life, Gabriel Byrne did not become interested in the craft until he was in his late twenties. Since then, he has worked steadily as a leading and supporting actor in a wide variety of Hollywood and international films, gaining a reputation as one of th e most reliably solid performers on either side of the Atlantic.
/>As a youth, the Dublin-born and bred actor aspired to become a Catholic priest. He was thus sent to a seminary in England, where he studied for four years. His time there came to an abrupt end after the 16-year-old Byrne was caught smoking and expelled. Upon returning to Ireland, he worked at assorted jobs, eventually receiving a scholarship to Dublin's University College. After studying linguistics and archeology, Byrne worked as an archeologist for three years and then taught Spanish and Gaelic at a Catholic girls school for four years. During his teaching tenure, Byrne appeared in an amateur theatrical production and was good enough to attract the interest of an actor from the highly regarded Abbey Theatre, who encouraged him to try acting professionally.

After appearing in a few more community theater productions, Byrne became a member of the Abbey Theatre. He also began to work in television, and in 1979 made his film debut in The Outsider. Although his film roles were steady -- albeit small -- TV was where he was most recognizable, particularly thanks to his work in the popular Irish series Bracken. Another notable television role was that of Christopher Columbus in an American miniseries of the same name.

Byrne's film career during the 1980s was decidedly uneven. Although there were a few hits, such as the 1981 Excalibur, the number of misses was substantial. One of those misses was the 1987 film Siesta, in which he starred opposite Ellen Barkin. Although the film failed to do well, it did result in a marriage between Byrne and his co-star. The two married in 1988, and during the course of their marriage they collaborated on one film, the children's adventure Into the West (1993). They divorced in 1993.

Byrne's film career did not take flight until he starred as an Irish mobster in the Coen brothers' memorable Miller's Crossing (1990). The film helped to establish him as an actor to be taken seriously, and since 1993 -- when he starred in The Point of No Return -- Byrne has enjoyed steady work, appearing in three to four films per year, notably, Little Women (1994), Dead Man (1995), The Usual Suspects (1995), Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997), and The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), in which he and Jeremy Irons, Gérard Depardieu, and John Malkovich starred as the Three Musketeers. In 1999, Byrne starred as a priest asked to investigate the case of a woman (Patricia Arquette) who has developed Christ-like wounds in Stigmata. That same year, he took on an entirely different role, playing Satan himself in the action-thriller End of Days.

In 2000 Byrne had a huge success on Broadway as the lead in a revival of Moon for the Misbegotten, a role which earned him a Tony nomination. The next year he had a major role in David Cronenberg's psychological drama Spider. He continued to work steadily in projects including the 2004 adaptation of Vanity Fair, and got good notices for his work in 2006's Jindabyne. In 2008 he took the lead part as the psychiatrist on HBO's In Treatment, a role that earned him a pair of nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.


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Movies TV
Year Title Credit
2014 Vampire Academy Victor Dashkov
2014 Just a Sigh Doug
2013 Capital Dittmar Rigule
2013 All Things To All Men Actor
2012 A Man's Story Actor
2012 Tent City, Usa Producer
2012 I, Anna D.C.I. Bernie Reid
2011 Leningrad (Attack on Leningrad) Actor
2010 Perrier's Bounty Grim Reaper
2008 Emotional Arithmetic Actor
2007 Autumn Hearts: A New Beginning Christopher Lewis
2007 Gabriel Byrne: Stories From Home Actor
2006 Wah-Wah Harry Compton
2006 Jindabyne Stewart
2006 Played Eddie
2005 Assault on Precinct 13 Marcus Duvall
2005 The Bridge of San Luis Rey Brother Juniper
2005 Killing Emmett Young Jack Marlow
2005 Riverdance: The Ten Years Host
2004 Patrick St. Patrick
2004 P.S. Peter Harrington
2004 Vanity Fair The Marquess of Steyne
2003 Flight From Death: The Quest For Immortality Narrator
2003 Shade Charlie Miller
2002 Ghost Ship Murphy
2002 Canone inverso - making love Violinist
2002 Spider Bill Cleg
2002 Gothic Byron
2001 Horses: The Story of Equus Narrator
2001 Virginia's Run Ford Lofton
2001 When Brendan Met Trudy Special Appearance
2000 Mad About Mambo Producer
1999 Stigmata Father Andrew Kiernan
1999 End of Days The Man
1998 Somebody Is Waiting Producer
1998 International Release 1:1 Actor
1998 Polish Wedding Bolek Pzoniak
1998 The Last of the High Kings Screenwriter
1998 Quest For Camelot Sir Lionel
1998 Enemy of the State Brill
1998 The Man in the Iron Mask D'Artagnan
1997 The End of Violence Ray Bering
1997 Weapons of Mass Distraction Lionel Powers
1997 Smilla's Sense of Snow The Mechanic
1997 Brylcreem Boys Actor
1997 The Brylcreem Boys Sean O'Brien
1997 This is the Sea Rohan
1996 Mad Dog Time Ben
1995 Buffalo Girls Teddy Blue
1995 Dead Man Charlie Dickinson
1995 The Usual Suspects Dean Keaton
1995 Frankie Starlight Jack Kelly
1994 A Simple Twist of Fate John Newland
1994 Little Women Friedrich Bhaer
1994 Out of Ireland Actor
1994 Prince of Jutland (Royal Deceit) Fenge
1994 Trial by Jury Daniel Graham
1993 A Dangerous Woman Mack
1993 Point of No Return (The Assassin) Bob
1993 In the Name of the Father Producer
1993 Into the West Papa Reilly
1992 Cool World Jack Deebs
1991 Diamond Skulls (Dark Obsession) Sir Hugo Buckton
1990 Shipwrecked Lt. John Merrick
1990 Miller's Crossing Tom Reagan
1988 The Courier Val
1988 Giulia e Giulia (Julia and Julia) Paolo Vinci
1988 A Soldier's Tale Saul
1987 Siesta Augustine
1987 Lionheart The Black Prince
1987 Hello Again Dr. Kevin Scanlon
1985 Defence of the Realm (Defense of the Realm) Nick Mullen
1985 Mussolini: The Untold Story Vittorio Mussolini
1983 Hanna K. Josue Herzog
1983 The Keep Kaempffer
1981 Excalibur Uther
1980 Psychotic Connections Actor