Brendan Gleeson

Highest Rated: 100% Paddington 2 (2018)
Lowest Rated: 14% The Smurfs 2 (2013)
Birthday: Mar 29, 1955
Birthplace: 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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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
42% Hampstead Donald 2019
No Score Yet Frankie Actor 2019
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Actor 2018
100% Paddington 2 'Knuckles' McGinty 2018
No Score Yet Sexual Healing Freddy Cousaert 2018
57% Trespass Against Us Colby Cutler 2017
35% Live By Night Thomas Coughlin $10.4M 2017
58% Alone in Berlin Otto Quangel $19.9K 2017
18% Assassin's Creed Joseph Lynch $54.7M 2016
100% Atlantic Actor 2016
43% In the Heart of the Sea Tom Nickerson (Age 30 Years) $19.1M 2015
73% Suffragette Steed $7.2M 2015
No Score Yet Pursuit Actor 2015
99% Song Of The Sea Actor 2014
54% Stonehearst Asylum Actor 2014
90% Calvary Father James $5.1M 2014
90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow General Brigham $77.2M 2014
59% The Grand Seduction Murray French 2014
No Score Yet The Shadow King Actor 2013
14% The Smurfs 2 Victor $71.1M 2013
54% The Company You Keep Henry Osborne $5.2M 2013
28% The Cup Dermot Weld $1.7M 2012
86% The Pirates! Band of Misfits The Pirate with Gout $31.1M 2012
22% The Raven Colonel Hamilton $16.1M 2012
53% Safe House David Barlow $126.2M 2012
56% Albert Nobbs Holloran $3.1M 2012
94% The Guard Gerry Boyle $5.4M 2011
77% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody $295M 2010
56% Perrier's Bounty Darren Perrier 2010
No Score Yet Noreen Con Keogh 2010
91% The Secret of Kells Abbot Cellach $0.7M 2010
54% Green Zone Martin Brown $35.1M 2010
83% In Bruges Ken $7.6M 2008
No Score Yet Into the Storm Winston Churchill 2008
No Score Yet Tiger's Tail Actor 2008
71% Beowulf Wiglaf $82.3M 2007
31% Black Irish Desmond 2007
77% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Alastor `Madeye' Moody $292M 2007
14% The Tiger's Tail Liam O'Leary 2006
No Score Yet Studs Walter Keegan 2006
88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Alastor `Mad­Eye' Moody $290M 2005
56% Breakfast on Pluto John-Joe $0.8M 2005
39% Kingdom of Heaven Reynald $47.3M 2005
23% In My Country De Jager 2005
No Score Yet Six Shooter Donnelly 2005
44% The Village August Nicholson $114.2M 2004
54% Troy King Menelaus $132.6M 2004
71% Cold Mountain Stobrod 2003
86% 28 Days Later Frank $45M 2003
58% Dark Blue Jack Van Meter $9.1M 2003
74% Gangs of New York Walter "Monk" McGinn $77.7M 2002
49% Harrison's Flowers Marc Stevenson $1.7M 2002
73% A.I. Artificial Intelligence Lord Johnson-Johnson 2001
77% The Tailor of Panama Michelangelo Abraxas $13.2M 2001
57% Mission: Impossible 2 John 2000
No Score Yet Wild About Harry Actor 2000
No Score Yet Saltwater "Simple" Simon McCurdie 2000
70% My Life So Far Jim Menzies 1999
41% Lake Placid Sheriff Keough 1999
75% This Is My Father Garda Jim 1999
82% The General Martin Cahill 1998
No Score Yet Sweety Barrett Sweety Barrett 1998
84% I Went Down Bunny Kelly 1998
67% The Break Richard 1998
No Score Yet Trojan Eddie Ginger 1997
77% The Butcher Boy Father Bubbles 1997
17% Turbulence Stubbs 1997
77% Michael Collins Liam Tobin 1996
No Score Yet Kidnapped Red Fox 1995
77% Braveheart Hamish 1995
97% The Snapper Lester 1993
No Score Yet Love Lies Bleeding Actor 1993
77% Into the West Inspector Bolger 1993
48% Far and Away Social Club Policeman 1992
43% The Field Quarryman 1990

TV

CREDIT
93% Mr. Mercedes
2017
Detective Bill Hodges
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2017

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