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      Brendan Gleeson

      Brendan Gleeson

      Highest Rated: 100% Atlantic (2016)

      Lowest Rated: 14% The Tiger's Tail (2006)

      Birthday: Mar 29, 1955

      Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

      A latecomer to the screen, Irish actor Brendan Gleeson spent much of his formative years training for and performing in theater before breaking into films and television at the relatively older age of 34. Supporting turns in homegrown productions like "The Field" (1990) and "Into the West" (1992) led to small parts in American features like "Far and Away" (1992) and his big break as right hand man to Mel Gibson's William Wallace in the blockbuster "Braveheart" (1995). Three years later, his turn as Irish criminal Martin Cahill in John Boorman's "The General" (1998) boosted his profile on the international scene, so he was soon dividing his time between major Hollywood projects like "Mission: Impossible II" (1999) and independent efforts like "28 Days Later" (2001). Dependable in just about every field, from children's fantasy - he was Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody in three of the Harry Potter films - to epics like "Gangs of New York" (2002) and Ben Affleck's Prohibition thriller "Live By Night" (2016), to more intimate projects like the philosophical gangster film "In Bruges" (2008) and the religious drama "Calvary" (2014), Gleeson's versatility elevated him to the pantheon of the character actor's character actor.

      Highest rated movies

      Paddington 2 poster Paddington 2 The Banshees of Inisherin poster The Banshees of Inisherin The Guard poster
      The Guard
      The Tragedy of Macbeth poster The Tragedy of Macbeth Edge of Tomorrow poster
      Edge of Tomorrow
      The Ballad of Buster Scruggs poster The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Calvary poster
      Calvary
      Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire poster
      Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

      Photos

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      97% 75% The Banshees of Inisherin Colm Doherty (Character) $10.2M 2022
      67% 69% Riverdance: The Animated Adventure The Huntsman (Voice) - 2021
      93% 74% The Tragedy of Macbeth King Duncan (Character) - 2021
      57% 31% Frankie Jimmy (Character) $171.5K 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Captain Morten and the Spider Queen Father (Voice) - 2018
      89% 78% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Irishman (Segment "The Mortal Remains") (Character) - 2018
      43% 40% Hampstead Donald Horner (Character) $146.4K 2017
      99% 88% Paddington 2 Knuckles McGinty (Character) $38.4M 2017
      100% 80% Atlantic Narrator - 2016
      56% 25% Trespass Against Us Colby Cutler (Character) - 2016
      59% 52% Alone in Berlin Otto Quangel (Character) - 2016
      34% 42% Live by Night Thomas Coughlin (Character) $10.4M 2016
      19% 42% Assassin's Creed Joseph Lynch (Character) $54.6M 2016
      47% 64% Free State of Jones Unknown (Character) $20.8M 2016
      42% 53% In the Heart of the Sea Tom Nickerson (Character) $23.1M 2015
      73% 68% Suffragette Inspector Arthur Steed (Character) $4.7M 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pursuit Searbhán (Character) - 2015
      99% 92% Song of the Sea Conor (Voice) $850.0K 2014
      54% 49% Eliza Graves The Alienist (Character) - 2014
      89% 80% Calvary James Lavelle (Character) $3.6M 2014
      91% 90% Edge of Tomorrow General Brigham (Character) $100.2M 2014
      61% 66% The Grand Seduction Murray French (Character) $3.4M 2013
      14% 56% The Smurfs 2 Victor Doyle (Character) $71.0M 2013
      54% 45% The Company You Keep Henry Osborne (Character) $5.1M 2012
      86% 69% The Pirates! Band of Misfits The Pirate With Gout (Voice) $375.9K 2012
      22% 46% The Raven Charles Hamilton (Character) $16.0M 2012
      53% 63% Safe House David Barlow (Character) $126.1M 2012
      28% 46% The Cup Dermot Weld (Character) - 2011
      56% 48% Albert Nobbs Dr. Holloran (Character) $70.4K 2011
      94% 81% The Guard Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Character) $5.4M 2011
      53% 57% Green Zone Martin Brown (Character) $35.0M 2010
      77% 85% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Alastor "Mad Eye" Moody (Character) $295.0M 2010
      55% 47% Perrier's Bounty Darren Perrier (Character) $828 2009
      90% 85% The Secret of Kells Abbot Cellach (Voice) $686.4K 2009
      No Score Yet 63% Into the Storm Winston Churchill (Character) - 2009
      84% 87% In Bruges Ken (Character) $7.8M 2008
      71% 50% Beowulf Wiglaf (Voice) $82.2M 2007
      No Score Yet 57% Studs Keegan, Walter (Character) - 2006
      14% 31% The Tiger's Tail Liam/His Double (Character) - 2006
      31% 58% Black Irish Desmond (Character) $6.9K 2006
      57% 80% Breakfast on Pluto Uncle Bulgaria (Character) $828.7K 2005
      88% 74% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Alastor "MadEye" Moody (Character) $290.0M 2005
      39% 72% Kingdom of Heaven Reynald (Character) $47.4M 2005
      23% 56% Country of My Skull De Jager (Character) $163.5K 2004
      43% 57% The Village August Nicholson (Character) $114.2M 2004
      53% 73% Troy Menelaus (Character) $133.2M 2004
      70% 77% Cold Mountain Stobrod Thewes (Character) $95.6M 2003
      87% 85% 28 Days Later Frank (Character) $45.1M 2002
      59% 52% Dark Blue Jack Van Meter (Character) $9.1M 2002
      72% 81% Gangs of New York Walter "Monk" McGinn (Character) - 2002
      75% 64% A.I.: Artificial Intelligence Lord Johnson-Johnson (Character) $78.6M 2001
      75% 46% The Tailor of Panama Mickie Abraxas (Character) $13.5M 2001
      49% 76% Harrison's Flowers Stevenson (Character) $1.8M 2000
      56% 42% Mission: Impossible 2 John McCloy (Character) $215.4M 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild About Harry Harry McKee (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Saltwater Simple Simon (Character) - 2000
      47% 37% Lake Placid Sheriff Hank Keough (Character) $31.8M 1999
      70% 53% My Life So Far Jim Menries (Character) $616.3K 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sweety Barrett Sweety Barrett (Character) - 1998
      75% 81% This Is My Father Garda Jim (Character) $1.1M 1998
      82% 81% The General Martin Cahill (Character) $1.2M 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Treaty Michael Collins (Character) - 1998
      67% No Score Yet A Further Gesture Richard (Character) - 1997
      17% 19% Turbulence Stubbs (Character) $11.5M 1997
      84% 86% I Went Down Bunny Kelly (Character) $447.9K 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Angela Mooney Dies Again Barney Mooney (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 14% Trojan Eddie Ginger (Character) $11.9K 1996
      78% 84% Michael Collins Liam Tobin (Character) $11.1M 1996
      No Score Yet 74% Kidnapped Red Fox (Character) - 1995
      75% 85% Braveheart Hamish Campbell (Character) $75.5M 1995

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Guest 2022
      No Score Yet 59% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2014 2018 2022
      No Score Yet 49% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2022
      No Score Yet 48% Saturday Night Live Host 2022
      94% 92% State of the Union Scott (Character) 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Burren: Heart of Stone Narrator 2021
      45% 68% Frank of Ireland Liam (Character) 2021
      68% 70% The Comey Rule Donald Trump (Character) 2020
      91% 75% Mr. Mercedes Bill Hodges (Character) 2017-2019
      No Score Yet 24% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2017