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Brendan Gleeson

Highest Rated:   100% Atlantic (2016)
Lowest Rated:   13% The Smurfs 2 (2013)
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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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
57% Trespass Against Us
  • Colby Cutler
2017
34% Live By Night
  • Thomas Coughlin
$10.4M 2017
41% Alone in Berlin
  • Otto Quangel
$19.9k 2017
No Score Yet Paddington 2
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Hampstead
  • Actor
2017
17% Assassin's Creed
  • Joseph Lynch
$54.7M 2016
100% Atlantic
  • Actor
2016
42% 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
52% Stonehearst Asylum
  • Actor
2014
89% Calvary
  • Father James
$5.1M 2014
91% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow
  • General Brigham
$77.2M 2014
61% The Grand Seduction
  • Murray French
2014
No Score Yet The Shadow King
  • Actor
2013
13% The Smurfs 2
  • Victor
$71.1M 2013
54% The Company You Keep
  • Henry Osborne
$5.2M 2013
29% 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
57% Albert Nobbs
  • Holloran
$3.1M 2012
94% The Guard
  • Gerry Boyle
$5.4M 2011
78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
  • Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
$295.0M 2010
57% Perrier's Bounty
  • Darren Perrier
2010
91% The Secret of Kells
  • Abbot Cellach
$0.7M 2010
53% Green Zone
  • Martin Brown
$35.0M 2010
No Score Yet Noreen
  • Con Keogh
2010
84% 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
$82.2M 2007
31% Black Irish
  • Desmond
2007
78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Alastor `Madeye' Moody
$292.0M 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
$290.0M 2005
57% Breakfast on Pluto
  • John-Joe
$0.8M 2005
39% Kingdom of Heaven
  • Reynald
$47.3M 2005
22% In My Country
  • De Jager
2005
No Score Yet Six Shooter
  • Donnelly
2005
43% The Village
  • August Nicholson
$114.2M 2004
54% Troy
  • King Menelaus
$132.6M 2004
71% Cold Mountain
  • Stobrod
2003
87% 28 Days Later
  • Frank
$45.0M 2003
58% Dark Blue
  • Jack Van Meter
$9.1M 2003
75% 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
40% Lake Placid
  • Sheriff Keough
1999
75% This Is My Father
  • Garda Jim
1999
81% The General
  • Martin Cahill
1998
No Score Yet Sweety Barrett
  • Sweety Barrett
1998
84% I Went Down
  • Bunny Kelly
1998
No Score Yet The Break
  • Richard
1998
No Score Yet Trojan Eddie
  • Ginger
1997
78% The Butcher Boy
  • Father Bubbles
1997
17% Turbulence
  • Stubbs
1997
78% Michael Collins
  • Liam Tobin
1996
No Score Yet Kidnapped
  • Red Fox
1995
78% Braveheart
  • Hamish
1995
97% The Snapper
  • Lester
1993
No Score Yet Love Lies Bleeding
  • Actor
1993
80% Into the West
  • Inspector Bolger
1993
50% Far and Away
  • Social Club Policeman
1992
43% The Field
  • Quarryman
1990

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2014

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