Gabriel Byrne

Gabriel Byrne

Highest Rated: 100% Defence of the Realm (Defense of the Realm) (1985)

Lowest Rated: 0% Lies We Tell (2018)

Birthday: May 12, 1950

Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Whereas many stars are bitten by the acting bug early in life, Gabriel Byrne did not become interested in the craft until he was in his late twenties. Since then, he has worked steadily as a leading and supporting actor in a wide variety of Hollywood and international films, gaining a reputation as one of th e most reliably solid performers on either side of the Atlantic. As a youth, the Dublin-born and bred actor aspired to become a Catholic priest. He was thus sent to a seminary in England, where he studied for four years. His time there came to an abrupt end after the 16-year-old Byrne was caught smoking and expelled. Upon returning to Ireland, he worked at assorted jobs, eventually receiving a scholarship to Dublin's University College. After studying linguistics and archeology, Byrne worked as an archeologist for three years and then taught Spanish and Gaelic at a Catholic girls school for four years. During his teaching tenure, Byrne appeared in an amateur theatrical production and was good enough to attract the interest of an actor from the highly regarded Abbey Theatre, who encouraged him to try acting professionally.After appearing in a few more community theater productions, Byrne became a member of the Abbey Theatre. He also began to work in television, and in 1979 made his film debut in The Outsider. Although his film roles were steady -- albeit small -- TV was where he was most recognizable, particularly thanks to his work in the popular Irish series Bracken. Another notable television role was that of Christopher Columbus in an American miniseries of the same name. Byrne's film career during the 1980s was decidedly uneven. Although there were a few hits, such as the 1981 Excalibur, the number of misses was substantial. One of those misses was the 1987 film Siesta, in which he starred opposite Ellen Barkin. Although the film failed to do well, it did result in a marriage between Byrne and his co-star. The two married in 1988, and during the course of their marriage they collaborated on one film, the children's adventure Into the West (1993). They divorced in 1993.Byrne's film career did not take flight until he starred as an Irish mobster in the Coen brothers' memorable Miller's Crossing (1990). The film helped to establish him as an actor to be taken seriously, and since 1993 -- when he starred in The Point of No Return -- Byrne has enjoyed steady work, appearing in three to four films per year, notably, Little Women (1994), Dead Man (1995), The Usual Suspects (1995), Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997), and The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), in which he and Jeremy Irons, Gérard Depardieu, and John Malkovich starred as the Three Musketeers. In 1999, Byrne starred as a priest asked to investigate the case of a woman (Patricia Arquette) who has developed Christ-like wounds in Stigmata. That same year, he took on an entirely different role, playing Satan himself in the action-thriller End of Days.In 2000 Byrne had a huge success on Broadway as the lead in a revival of Moon for the Misbegotten, a role which earned him a Tony nomination. The next year he had a major role in David Cronenberg's psychological drama Spider. He continued to work steadily in projects including the 2004 adaptation of Vanity Fair, and got good notices for his work in 2006's Jindabyne. In 2008 he took the lead part as the psychiatrist on HBO's In Treatment, a role that earned him a pair of nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Lost Girls Actor 2020
22% An L.A. Minute Ted Gold 2018
89% Hereditary Steve Graham Steve 2018
0% Lies We Tell Donald 2018
No Score Yet In the Cloud Actor 2018
64% Mad to Be Normal Jim 2018
62% Carrie Pilby Mr. Pilby $19.5K 2017
71% No Pay, Nudity Lawrence Rose $20.5K 2016
73% Louder Than Bombs Gene Reed 2016
48% The 33 Andre Sougarret $9.2M 2015
8% Endless Night (Nadie quiere la noche) Robert Peary 2015
47% Just a Sigh L'homme $75.2K 2014
16% Vampire Academy Victor Dashkov $7.6M 2014
58% Capital Dittmar Rigule 2013
24% All Things To All Men Joseph Corso 2013
33% A Man's Story Actor 2012
No Score Yet Tent City, Usa Executive Producer 2012
61% I, Anna D.C.I. Bernie Reid 2012
No Score Yet Leningrad (Attack on Leningrad) Actor 2011
No Score Yet Dreaming The Quiet Man Actor 2011
56% Perrier's Bounty Grim Reaper 2010
22% Emotional Arithmetic Actor 2008
No Score Yet Autumn Hearts: A New Beginning Christopher Lewis 2007
No Score Yet Gabriel Byrne: Stories From Home Actor 2007
No Score Yet Played Eddie 2006
65% Jindabyne Stewart $0.3M 2006
53% Wah-Wah Harry Compton $0.2M 2006
No Score Yet Killing Emmett Young Jack Marlow 2005
4% The Bridge of San Luis Rey Brother Juniper 2005
No Score Yet Riverdance: The Ten Years Host 2005
59% Assault on Precinct 13 Marcus Duvall $20M 2005
54% P.S. Peter Harrington $0.2M 2004
49% Vanity Fair The Marquess of Steyne $16.1M 2004
No Score Yet Patrick St. Patrick 2004
No Score Yet Flight From Death: The Quest For Immortality Narrator 2003
67% Shade Charlie Miller 2003
16% Ghost Ship Murphy $30.2M 2002
84% Spider Bill Cleg $1.3M 2002
No Score Yet Canone inverso - making love Violinist 2002
50% Gothic Byron 2002
No Score Yet Virginia's Run Ford Lofton 2001
61% When Brendan Met Trudy Special Appearance 2001
67% Horses: The Story of Equus Narrator 2001
57% Mad About Mambo Executive Producer 2000
11% End of Days The Man 1999
22% Stigmata Father Andrew Kiernan 1999
71% Enemy of the State Brill 1998
42% Polish Wedding Bolek Pzoniak 1998
No Score Yet Somebody Is Waiting Roger Producer 1998
35% Quest For Camelot Sir Lionel 1998
No Score Yet The Last of the High Kings Executive Producer Screenwriter Jack Griffin 1998
33% The Man in the Iron Mask D'Artagnan 1998
29% The End of Violence Ray Bering 1997
No Score Yet The Brylcreem Boys Sean O'Brien 1997
52% Smilla's Sense of Snow The Mechanic 1997
No Score Yet This is the Sea Rohan 1997
No Score Yet Brylcreem Boys Actor 1997
No Score Yet Weapons of Mass Distraction Lionel Powers 1997
17% Mad Dog Time Ben 1996
71% Frankie Starlight Jack Kelly 1995
89% The Usual Suspects Dean Keaton 1995
71% Dead Man Charlie Dickinson 1995
No Score Yet Buffalo Girls Teddy Blue 1995
92% Little Women Friedrich Bhaer 1994
8% Trial by Jury Daniel Graham 1994
43% A Simple Twist of Fate John Newland 1994
No Score Yet Royal Deceit (Prince of Jutland) Fenge 1994
No Score Yet Out of Ireland Actor 1994
94% In the Name of the Father Executive Producer Producer 1993
55% A Dangerous Woman Mack 1993
50% Point of No Return (The Assassin) Bob 1993
77% Into the West Papa Reilly 1993
6% Cool World Jack Deebs 1992
36% Diamond Skulls (Dark Obsession) Sir Hugo Buckton 1991
No Score Yet Shipwrecked Lt. John Merrick 1990
91% Miller's Crossing Tom Reagan 1990
No Score Yet A Soldier's Tale Saul 1988
No Score Yet Giulia e Giulia (Julia and Julia) Paolo Vinci 1988
No Score Yet The Courier Val 1988
17% Siesta Augustine 1987
11% Hello Again Dr. Kevin Scanlon 1987
No Score Yet Lionheart The Black Prince 1987
No Score Yet Mussolini: The Untold Story Vittorio Mussolini 1985
100% Defence of the Realm (Defense of the Realm) Nicholas 'Nick' Mullen 1985
40% The Keep Kaempffer 1983
No Score Yet Hanna K. Josue Herzog 1983
79% Excalibur Uther 1981
No Score Yet Psychotic Connections Actor 1980


93% Vikings
Earl Haraldson 2019
67% Marco Polo
Pope Gregory X 2016
No Score Yet Vikings#DEL
87% In Treatment
Paul Weston Dr. Paul Weston Paul 2010
No Score Yet Independent Lens
Narrator 2009
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
King Arthur 2008
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
Guest 2007
45% Madigan Men
Executive Producer Benjamin Madigan 2000
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest 1995
No Score Yet Secret State
Tom Dawkins
No Score Yet War of the Worlds
No Score Yet ZeroZeroZero


Andre Sougarret says: Thirty one, thirty two, thirty three, we are all here.

Lord Byron says: A little indulgence heighten our existence on this miserable earth. Nights of the mind, the imagination.

Lord Byron says: Terror has an irresistible beauty, Shiloh.

The Man says: Let me tell you something about Him. He is the biggest underachiever of all time. He just has a good publicist, that's all.

The Man says: How do you expect to defeat me when you are but a man, and I am forever?

Murphy says: These Italian liners, ya know, they couldn't compete for speed, so they built these floating art palaces instead.

Murphy says: I do know one thing, I've seen strange things happen in the strait. But, I know something else. Sea gives you an opportunity, you take it.

Merlin says: You betrayed the duke. You stole his wife. You took hist castle; now no one trusts you. It's not for you, Uther-- hearth and home, wife and child.

Uther says: To kill, and be king? Is that all?

Merlin says: Perhaps not even that. Give me the child.

Tom Reagan says: What's goin' on between you and Bernie?

Mink says: Nothin', Tom. We're just friends--you know, amigos.

Tom Reagan says: You're a fickle boy, Mink. If the Dane found out you had another "amigo"--well, I don't peg him for the understanding type.

Tom Reagan says: You're a fickle boy, Mink. If the Dane found out you had another 'amigo'--well, I don't peg him for the understanding type.

Dean Keaton says: Do your friend a favor. Tell him to keep quiet.

Eddie Dane says: Where did you get the fat lip?

Tom Reagan says: Old war wound. Acts up around morons.

Kayley says: Father do you really have to go?

Lionel says: I'm afraid I must Kayley you know the King's Knights will be here soon.

Kayley says: Tell me again why you became a Knight

Juliana says: Kayley! You've heard it a thousand times!

Lionel says: Oh but it's find dear. Well my daughter before you were born the land was dark and treacherous. The people stood divided brother fighting brother. The one hope for peace was in the legendary sword Excalibur. For it was said whoever could pull this ancient sword from it's stone would become king and unite the people. Many tried all failed. Then on the very day that you were born a unknown hero stepped forth. His name was Arthur, and he was that true king. With Excalibur at his side he led us out of the darkness. And together we built the greatest kingdom on earth. Everyone rejoiced.

Kayley says: Camelot!

Lionel says: (Holding up his shield) And so these three rings represent the unity of our kingdom. As a Knight I took a oath. To protect, Camelot, King Arthur, and Excalibur.

Kayley says: The Knights are here!

Lionel says: I must go now Kayley the King has called his Knights for a special day in Camelot

Kayley says: I'm coming with you Daddy!

Lionel says: Yes when you're old enough Kayley. I will take you to Camelot I promise! I love, you!

Kayley says: One day I will be a Knight, like Father.

Verna says: I bet you think you've raised hell...

Tom Reagan says: Sister...when I've raised hell you'll know it.

The Man says: [Satan bumps into a skateboarder who is wearing a "Satan Rules" shirt] Hey kid, nice shirt.

The Man says: [Satan bumps into a skateboarder who is wearing a 'Satan Rules' shirt] Hey kid, nice shirt.

Skateboarder says: [Looks Satan up and down] Fuck you man. [Skates into the road]

The Man says: [Whispers] Hey Kid.

The Man says: [the skateboarder looks around and gets hit by a bus]...Nice shirt.

Bernie Bernbaum says: Look in your heart! Look in your heart!

Tom Reagan says: What heart?

Leo says: Oh, come on Tommie. You know I don't like to think.

Tom Reagan says: Yeah, well think about whether you should start.

Verna says: I don't know Leo's business but he's a big boy.

Tom Reagan says: He used to be.

Uther says: You don't not a man. Use the magic. Do it!

Uther says: You don't understand... you not a man. Use the magic. Do it!

The Man says: For a thousand years you've waited for my return. Behold, you have failed. And with your dying breath, you will bear witness to the End of Days.

Tom Reagan says: I wouldn't worry so much if I thought you were worrying enough.

D'Artagnan says: Anne, to love you is treason against France. But not to love you is treason against my heart.

Tom Reagan says: If you want me to keep my mouth shut, it's gonna cost you some dough. I figure a thousand bucks is reasonable, so I want two.

Tom Reagan says: Tell Leo he's not God on the throne, he's just a cheap political boss with more hair tonic than brains.