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Gabriel Byrne

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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, GĂ©rard 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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
65% Carrie Pilby
  • Mr. Pilby
$19.5k 2017
56% Mad to Be Normal
  • Actor
2017
71% No Pay, Nudity
  • Lawrence Rose
$20.5k 2016
73% Louder Than Bombs
  • Gene Reed
2016
45% The 33
  • Andre Sougarret
$9.2M 2015
9% Endless Night (Nadie quiere la noche)
  • Robert Peary
2015
47% Just a Sigh
  • L'homme
$75.2k 2014
12% Vampire Academy
  • Victor Dashkov
$7.6M 2014
25% All Things To All Men
  • Joseph Corso
2013
31% A Man's Story
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Tent City, Usa
  • Executive Producer
2012
60% 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
57% Perrier's Bounty
  • Grim Reaper
2010
25% 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
60% Assault on Precinct 13
  • Marcus Duvall
$20M 2005
54% P.S.
  • Peter Harrington
$0.2M 2004
51% 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
14% Ghost Ship
  • Murphy
$30.1M 2002
85% 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
21% 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
88% The Usual Suspects
  • Dean Keaton
1995
71% Dead Man
  • Charlie Dickinson
1995
No Score Yet Buffalo Girls
  • Teddy Blue
1995
90% Little Women
  • Friedrich Bhaer
1994
9% 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
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1993
67% A Dangerous Woman
  • Mack
1993
48% Point of No Return (The Assassin)
  • Bob
1993
80% Into the West
  • Papa Reilly
1993
4% 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
20% 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
36% The Keep
  • Kaempffer
1983
No Score Yet Hanna K.
  • Josue Herzog
1983
80% Excalibur
  • Uther
1981
No Score Yet Psychotic Connections
  • Actor
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
24% Marco Polo
2014-2016
  • Pope Gregory X
  • 2016
91% Vikings
2013
  • Earl Haraldson
  • 2013
85% Vikings#DEL
2012
  • Actor
  • 2012
84% In Treatment
2008-2010
  • Paul Weston Dr. Paul Weston Paul
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Narrator
  • 2009
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
2000
  • King Arthur
  • 2008
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1995
No Score Yet Secret State
2012
  • Tom Dawkins

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