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John Lynch

Highest Rated:   100% Edward II (1992)
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Birthplace:   Corrinshego, Newry, Northern Ireland, UK
An actor whose sad eyes and brooding presence often get him cast as moody, tragic figures, John Lynch first lent his haunted charm to the title role of Pat O'Connor's Cal (1984). Cast as a young IRA recruit who falls in love with the widow (Helen Mirren) of a man he has killed, Lynch earned wide praise for his sensitive, complex performance, and more than held his own opposite the more seasoned Mirren.Born in Corrinshego, Newry, Northern Ireland, on December 26, 1961, Lynch was raised as the eldest of five children (his sister, Susan Lynch, also went into acting). He got his first break during his second year at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, when he was picked to star in Cal. Following his work on the film, Lynch dropped out of the movies for almost a decade, preferring to work on the stage in England and Ireland. When he resurfaced in front of the cameras in the mid-'90s, he began working steadily, appearing in films ranging from Agneiszka Holland's celebrated 1993 adaptation of The Secret Garden, to Jim Sheridan's acclaimed political drama In the Name of the Father (1993), to John Sayles' similarly feted family fantasy The Secret of Roan Inish (1994), which also featured Lynch's sister, Susan. In addition to In the Name of the Father, Lynch did starring work in subsequent dramas that focused on the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Among them were Thaddeus O'Sullivan's Nothing Personal (1995), in which the actor portrayed an apolitical but conflicted Catholic; and Terry George's Some Mother's Son (1996), an account of the 1981 Belfast prisoner's hunger strike that, in addition to casting Lynch as IRA prisoner and strike leader Bobby Sands, reunited him with Cal co-star Mirren. In 1998, he appeared in the little-seen This Is the Sea, a romantic drama about the relationship between a Protestant woman and a Catholic man living in post-1994 cease-fire Northern Ireland.Lynch has also worked in films that have taken him out of the geographical and topical boundaries of Northern Ireland. Peter Howitt's Sliding Doors (1998) saw him play Gwyneth Paltrow's hapless, two-timing boyfriend, while Best (2000), which Lynch co-wrote with his wife, Mary McGuckian, who also directed, cast him as the title figure of real-life football legend George Best. And, like many actors hailing from that section of the world, Lynch has also put in time in various period dramas, including the 1996 TV adaptation of Moll Flanders.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Pilgrimage
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Alleycats
  • Actor
2016
57% Killing Jesus
  • Nicodemus
2015
64% Private Peaceful
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Killing American Style
  • John Lynch
2014
No Score Yet Kiran Bedi: Yes Madam, Sir
  • Producer
2012
40% Ghosted
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet The Tournament
  • Gene Walker
2009
No Score Yet The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Love's Sweet Song
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet NFL Moment of Impact
  • Actor
2007
93% Lassie
  • Sam Carraclough
$0.6M 2006
67% Isolation
  • Dan
2006
4% The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Capt. Alvarado
2005
No Score Yet Puckoon
  • O'Brien
2003
64% Evelyn
  • Wolfe
$1.4M 2002
No Score Yet The Seventh Stream
  • Dunhill
2001
20% The Quarry
  • The Man
2000
No Score Yet Best
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Walking with Dinosaurs
  • Producer
1999
No Score Yet Night Train
  • Director
1998
No Score Yet 1871
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet This is the Sea
  • Padhar McAliskey
1997
43% Moll Flanders
  • Artist
1996
98% The Secret of Roan Inish
  • Tadhg
1995
60% Princess Caraboo
  • Amon McCarthy
1994
No Score Yet Words upon the Window Pane
  • John Corbet
1994
94% In the Name of the Father
  • Hill
1993
No Score Yet The Railway Station Man
  • Damian Sweeney
1992
100% Edward II
  • Spencer
1992
91% Cal
  • Cal
1984

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
91% The Fall
2013
  • ACC Burns
  • 2016
70% Labyrinth
2012
  • Simon de Montfort
  • 2014
No Score Yet MI-5
2003-2011
  • Davie King
  • 2010
No Score Yet Merlin
2009-2012
  • Balinor
  • 2010
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Nemo
  • 2006

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