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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

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58% 31% Frankie Jimmy (Character) $171.5K 2019
90% 77% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Irishman (Segment "The Mortal Remains") (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Captain Morten and the Spider Queen Father (Voice) - 2018
100% 88% Paddington 2 Knuckles McGinty (Character) $38.4M 2017
43% 41% Hampstead Donald Horner (Character) $146.4K 2017
47% 64% Free State of Jones Unknown (Character) $20.8M 2016
57% 25% Trespass Against Us Colby Cutler (Character) - 2016
18% 43% Assassin's Creed Joseph Lynch (Character) $54.6M 2016
35% 41% Live by Night Thomas Coughlin (Character) $10.4M 2016
57% 51% Alone in Berlin Otto Quangel (Character) - 2016
100% 80% Atlantic Narrator - 2016
73% 68% Suffragette Inspector Arthur Steed (Character) $4.7M 2015
43% 53% In the Heart of the Sea Tom Nickerson (Character) $23.1M 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pursuit Searbhán (Character) - 2015
99% 92% Song of the Sea Conor (Voice) $850K 2014
89% 80% Calvary James Lavelle (Character) $3.6M 2014
91% 90% Edge of Tomorrow General Brigham (Character) $100.2M 2014
54% 49% Eliza Graves The Alienist (Character) - 2014
59% 66% The Grand Seduction Murray French (Character) $3.4M 2013
14% 56% The Smurfs 2 Victor Doyle (Character) $71M 2013
54% 45% The Company You Keep Henry Osborne (Character) $5.1M 2012
53% 63% Safe House David Barlow (Character) $126.1M 2012
No Score Yet 67% The Pirates! Band of Misfits The Pirate With Gout (Voice) $375.9K 2012
22% 46% The Raven Charles Hamilton (Character) $16M 2012
28% 46% The Cup Dermot Weld (Character) - 2011
94% 81% The Guard Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Character) $5.4M 2011
56% 47% Albert Nobbs Dr. Holloran (Character) $70.4K 2011
53% 57% Green Zone Martin Brown (Character) $35M 2010
77% 85% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Alastor "Mad Eye" Moody (Character) $295M 2010
90% 85% The Secret of Kells Abbot Cellach (Voice) $686.4K 2009
56% 47% Perrier's Bounty Darren Perrier (Character) $828 2009
No Score Yet 62% 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
31% 58% Black Irish Desmond (Character) $6.9K 2006
14% 30% The Tiger's Tail Liam/His Double (Character) - 2006
39% 72% Kingdom of Heaven Reynald (Character) $47.4M 2005
57% 80% Breakfast on Pluto Uncle Bulgaria (Character) $828.7K 2005
88% 74% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Alastor "MadEye" Moody (Character) $290M 2005
43% 57% The Village August Nicholson (Character) $114.2M 2004
54% 73% Troy Menelaus (Character) $133.2M 2004
23% 57% Country of My Skull De Jager (Character) $163.5K 2004
71% 77% Cold Mountain Stobrod Thewes (Character) $95.6M 2003
73% 81% Gangs of New York Walter "Monk" McGinn (Character) - 2002
87% 85% 28 Days Later Frank (Character) $45.1M 2002
59% 52% Dark Blue Jack Van Meter (Character) $9.1M 2002
74% 64% A.I.: Artificial Intelligence Lord Johnson-Johnson (Character) $78.6M 2001
77% 46% The Tailor of Panama Mickie Abraxas (Character) $13.5M 2001
49% 76% Harrison's Flowers Stevenson (Character) $1.8M 2000
57% 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% 54% My Life So Far Jim Menries (Character) $616.3K 1999
75% 81% This Is My Father Garda Jim (Character) $1.1M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sweety Barrett Sweety Barrett (Character) - 1998
82% 81% The General Martin Cahill (Character) $1.2M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Treaty Michael Collins (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Angela Mooney Dies Again Barney Mooney (Character) - 1997
84% 87% I Went Down Bunny Kelly (Character) $447.9K 1997
17% 19% Turbulence Stubbs (Character) $11.5M 1997
67% No Score Yet A Further Gesture Richard (Character) - 1997
77% 84% Michael Collins Liam Tobin (Character) $11.1M 1996
No Score Yet 14% Trojan Eddie Ginger (Character) $11.9K 1996
No Score Yet 74% Kidnapped Red Fox (Character) - 1995
78% 85% Braveheart Hamish Campbell (Character) $75.5M 1995

TV

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67% 73% The Comey Rule Donald Trump (Character) 2020
93% 76% Mr. Mercedes Bill Hodges (Character) 2017-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Mercedes Bill Hodges (Character) 2018-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today 3rd Hour Guest 2019
No Score Yet 26% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2018 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Easter 1916 Unknown (Character) 2010

QUOTES FROM Brendan Gleeson CHARACTERS

Vera says: Wouldn't be too much, would it, if I asked what in the name of God you're doing in our bed?

Murray French says: Sorry. I know it's after office hours.

Vera says: It's not so much the time that bothers me, as the fact that we're all here in bed together. It's the whole threesome thing I'm not that comfortable with.

Simon says: Now, now, he doesn't drop by that often.

Ken says: You don't even know that we're not here on a job.

Ray says: Here in Bruges?

Ken says: Yeah.

Ray says: On a job?

Ray says: On a job? Here in Bruges?

Henry Tilly says: "That's a lie."

Murray French says: "Right now, a lie is all we got."

General Brigham says: Are you just going to stand there and bleed.

Master Sergeant Farell says: Are you just going to stand there and bleed.

Major William Cage says: What day is it?

General Brigham says: For you? Judgment Day!

Master Sergeant Farell says: For you? Judgment Day!

General Brigham says: Are you just going to stand there and bleed?

August Nicholson says: Let her go. If it ends, it ends. We can move towards hope, that's what's beautiful about this place. We cannot run from heartache. My brother was slain in the towns, the rest of my family died here. Heartache is a part of life, we know that now. Ivy is running toward hope, let her run. If this place is worthy, she'll be successful in her quest.

Hank Keogh says: I never heard of a crocodile crossing an ocean.

Hector Cyr says: Well, they conceal information like that in books.

Hank Keogh says: Was that, like, a homosexual remark You know Hector, I'm sure you're a fine person in your own mental way, but I think it would be best if you and I didn't speak.

Hank Keogh says: I'm going to say this because I believe in being straight with people: I think you are a mental.

Hector Cyr says: Sheriff, I appreciate your candor, really I do. I think it's always good to know where somebody's coming from and frankly your origins have been a bit of a mystery ... to me.

Victor says: I'm just smurf-ing with you

Victor says: I'm just smurf-ing with you.

Papa Smurf says: Mr. Winslow, we need your help

Papa Smurf says: Mr. Winslow, we need your help.

Patrick Winslow says: Sure

Patrick Winslow says: Sure.

Victor Doyle says: You'll need all the help you can get

Victor Doyle says: You'll need all the help you can get.

Harry says: What are you fucking doing?

Ken says: I ain't fighting any more, Harry.

Harry says: Alright. Then I'm blowing your fucking head off ... Oh don't come over all Gandhi! What are you doing?!

Harry says: Alright. Then I'm blowing your fucking head off. Oh don't come over all Gandhi! What are you doing?

Ray says: What am I gonna do, ·Ken? What am I gonna do?

Ray says: What am I gonna do, ·Ken? What am I gonna do?

Ken says: Just keep moving. Keep on moving. Try not to think about it. Learn a new language, maybe?

Ken says: Just keep moving. Keep on moving. Try not to think about it. Learn a new language, maybe?

Ray says: I can hardly do English. (pause) That's the one thing I like about Europe, though. You don't have to learn any of their languages.

Ray says: I can hardly do English. That's the one thing I like about Europe, though. You don't have to learn any of their languages.

Yuri says: Take your pick, Mr Waters.

Ken says: An Uzi? I'm not from South Central Los-fucking-Angeles. I didn't come here to shoot twenty black ten-yearolds in a fucking drive-by. I want a normal gun for a normal person.

Ken says: You from the States?

Jimmy says: Yeah. But don't hold it against me

Ken says: I'll try not to... Just try not to say anything too loud or crass.

Ken says: I don't hit women. I would never hit a woman, Chloë. I'd hit a woman who's trying to hit me with her bottle, that's different, that's self defence, isn't it? ...Or a woman who could do karate. I would never hit a woman generally.

Ken says: I don't hit women. I would never hit a woman, Chloë. I'd hit a woman who's trying to hit me with her bottle, that's different, that's self defence, isn't it? Or a woman who could do karate. I would never hit a woman generally.

Minerva McGonagall says: What are you doing?

Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody says: Just teaching.

Minerva McGonagall says: Wait. Is that a student?

Ken says: Ray, you're about the worst tourist in the world.

Ray says: Ken, I grew up in Dublin. I love Dublin. If i grew up on a farm, and was retarded, Bruges might impress me, but I didn't so it doesn't

Ray says: Ken, I grew up in Dublin. I love Dublin. If I grew up on a farm, and was retarded, Bruges might impress me, but I didn't so it doesn't.

Bunny Kelly says: Do you ever remember when you was young, you could never do anything when anyone was lookin' at ya.

FBI agent Wendell Everett says: You went to Disney World by yourself?

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: Yeah, great gas it was! Had me picture taken with Goofy and everything. He's my favourite, Goofy!

FBI agent Wendell Everett says: You know I can't tell if you're really motherfuckin' dumb or really motherfuckin' smart.

Stephen says: stephen is my name and im the most wanted man on my island, except im not on my island of course.

Stephen says: I the most wanted man on my island, except I'm not on my island, of course.

Hamish says: your island you mean ireland.?

Hamish says: Your island you mean ireland?

Stephen says: yeah, its mine.

Stephen says: Yeah, it's mine.

Ken says: Everybody's fuckin' suicidal!

Harry says: Everybody's fuckin' suicidal!

Harry says: I'm just glad I was able to do somethin' for the boy before he went.

Ken says: Do what for the boy?

Harry says: You know, get to see Bruges. I'd like to see Bruges again before I die.

Donnelly says: [ruaidhri conroy] best day of my fuckin life that cow exploding.

Kid says: Best day of my fuckin' life, that cow exploding.

Donnelly says: [THE KID] did you ever shout at a sheep.

Ray says: You said he was a lolipop man ?!

Ray says: You said he was a lolipop man?!

Ken says: He was a lolipop man

Ken says: He was a lolipop man.

Ray says: What's a lolipop man doing on fucking karate !?

Ray says: What's a lolipop man doing on fucking karate!?

Ken says: I'm just saying

Ken says: I'm just saying.

Ray says: How old is he ?

Ken says: 50

Ken says: 50.

Ray says: What's a 50 years old lolipop man doing in fuckin karate ?! What was he a chinese lolipop man ?!

Ray says: What's a 50 years old lolipop man doing in fuckin' karate?! What was he a chinese lolipop man ?!

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: now I know what you w'er tinkin'... yer tinkin' those men are armed and dangerous... an' you, bein' an FBI Agent are more used to shooting unarmed women n' children-

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: Now I know what you w'er tinkin'... yer tinkin' those men are armed and dangerous... an' you, bein' an FBI Agent are more used to shooting unarmed women n' children.

FBI agent Wendell Everett says: -The Fuck-?!

FBI agent Wendell Everett says: The fuck?!

Dr. Holloran says: Why aren't you in fancy dress?

Albert Nobbs says: I'm a waiter.

Dr. Holloran says: Well I'm a doctor. We are both disguised as ourselves.

Dermot Weld says: I believe he is the only man to ride that house in the cup.

Colonel Hamilton says: If I can't pronounce it, I don't want to eat it.

The Pirate with Gout says: (This) makes electricity look like a pile of crap.

The Pirate with Gout says: This makes electricity look like a pile of crap.

Ken says: Harry, let's face it. And I'm not being funny. I mean no disrespect, but you're a cunt. You're a cunt now, and you've always been a cunt. And the only thing that's going to change is that you're going to be an even bigger cunt. Maybe have some more cunt kids.

Harry says: Leave my kids fucking out of it! What have they done? You fucking retract that bit about my cunt fucking kids!

Ken says: I retract that bit about your cunt fucking kids.

Harry says: Insult my fucking kids? That's going overboard, mate!

Ken says: I retracted it, didn't I?

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: What a beautiful fuckin' day!!

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: What a beautiful fuckin' day!

Harry says: So he's having a really nice time?

Ken says: Well, I'm having a really nice time. I'm not sure it's really his cup of tea.

Harry says: What?

Ken says: You know, I'm not sure it's really his thing.

Harry says: What do you mean it's not really his thing? What's that supposed to mean? It's not really his thing. What the fuck is that supposed to mean?

Ken says: Nothing, Harry.

Harry says: It's a fairytale town, isn't it? How's a fairytale town not somebody's fucking thing?

Hank Keogh says: [the U.S. and Florida game officials finally show up] We, uh, trapped him with our chopper.

Mrs. Bickerman says: Murders and rapes in the city, people bomb planes, can the police stop 'em? No! But feed one little cow to a crocodile...

Hank Keogh says: You're gonna stay right here until the police show. You're under full house arrest.

Mrs. Bickerman says: Thank you, officer fuck-meat!

Hector Cyr says: [Upon finding a decaying toe] Is this the man that was killed?

Hank Keogh says: He seemed... taller.

David Barlow says: First rule is to protect your house guest

David Barlow says: First rule is to protect your house guest.

David Barlow says: Im your house guest

David Barlow says: I'm your house guest.

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: I'm Irish, sir. Racism is part of my culture.

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: You lads always announce seizure of drugs worth a street value at $10 million or $20 million or half a billion dollars. I wonder what street it is you're buying your cocaine on, because it's not the same street as I'm buying my cocaine on.

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: Ever been shot?

FBI agent Wendell Everett says: Yeah

FBI agent Wendell Everett says: Yeah.

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: Does it hurt?

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: Any kids?

FBI agent Wendell Everett says: Two boys. Stokely's five years old. Huey just turned three months old. I got a picture of him.

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: I don't want to see it.

FBI agent Wendell Everett says: Excuse me?

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: I don't want to see it. Babies all look the same. The only time a baby doesn't look like every other baby is when it's a really ugly baby. So, unless it's a photo of a really ugly baby, I don't want to see it.

FBI agent Wendell Everett says: Well, that's pretty fuckin' rude.

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: Maybe it is, maybe it isn't.

FBI agent Wendell Everett says: Oh, it is!

Dr. Holloran says: We are both disguised as ourselves.

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: A fucking latte's my drink!!

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: A fucking latte's my drink!

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: Hot whiskey, John-Joe, please. And a cold one while I'm waiting. Yourself?

FBI agent Wendell Everett says: Er, Guinness.

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: Two Guinnesses as well, John-Joe. Like the fat man said, if you have to be careful not to drink too much, it's because you're not to be trusted when you do.

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: What a beautiful fuckin' day.

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: Chilly out, ha?

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: I'm Irish. Racism is part of me culture.

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: I'm Irish, sir, racism is a part of me culture.

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: I'm Irish, sure, racism is a part of me culture.

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: â??He probably hasn't had this much fun since they burnt all those kids at Waco.â??

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: He probably hasn't had this much fun since they burned down those kids at Waco.

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: He probably hasn't had this much fun since they burned all those kids at Waco.

Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody says: Fair Warning,It Tastes Like Goblin Piss

Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody says: Fair warning, it tastes like goblin piss.

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: I'll go slip into something a little less comfortable.

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: You lost me at 'we'.

FBI agent Wendell Everett says: We. You and I.

Sergeant Gerry Boyle says: It's my day off.

Minerva McGonagall says: Professor Moody! What are you doing?

Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody says: Teaching.

Minerva McGonagall says: Is that a student!?!

Minerva McGonagall says: Is that a student?!

Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody says: Technically, it's a ferret.

Lester says: Your a great little ride Sharon

Lester says: Your a great little ride Sharon.

Harry Potter says: You put my name in the goblet of fire, you bewitched Krum...

Harry Potter says: You put my name in the goblet of fire, you bewitched Krum.

Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody says: But but but. You won because I made it so potter.

Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody says: And they say i'm mad!

Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody says: And they say I'm mad!

Minerva McGonagall says: Is that a student?

Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody says: Technically its a ferret.

Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody says: Technically it's a ferret.

Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody says: Technically, it's a ferret.

Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody says: (too everyone who are taking polyjuice potion) For those of you who haven't taken polyjuice potion before: fair warning it tastes like goblin piss

Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody says: For those of you who haven't taken Polyjuice Potion before, fair warning. It tastes like goblin piss.

Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody says: [about Harry]: He looks gorgeous now lets get him inside before someone murders him.

Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody says: [about Harry]: He looks gorgeous now lets get him inside before someone murders him.

Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody says: [about Harry]: He looks gorgeous now lets get him inside before someone murders him.

Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody says: Potter, you're underage. Which means you still have the trace on you.

Harry Potter says: What's the trace?

Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody says: If you sneeze, the Ministry will know who wipes your nose. Point is we'll have to use those means of transport the trace can't detect. Brooms, thestrals, and the like. We'll go in pairs, that way if anyones out there waiting for us, and I reckon there will be, they won't know which Harry Potter is the real one.

Harry Potter says: The real one?

Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody says: [Brings out Polyjuice potion] I believe you're familiar with this particular brew.

Harry Potter says: No, absolutely not.

Hermione Granger says: Told you he'd take it well.

Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody says: Be warned...it tastes like Goblin piss.

Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody says: Fair warning, it tastes like Goblin piss.

Fred Weasley says: You've had much experience with that I suppose, Mad Eye?

Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody says: .....

Fred Weasley says: Just trying to defuse the tension.

Martin Brown says: You cannot just hand this country over to an exile no one's ever heard of, and a bunch of interns from Washington.

Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody says: Piss off, Bruce Bennett.