John Kavanagh

John Kavanagh

Highest Rated: 94% Widows' Peak (1994)

Lowest Rated: 16% Alexander (2004)

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: Ireland

With his strong jawline, large eyes and almost patrician bearing, it is fitting that Irish character actor John Kavanagh was perhaps best known for his role as Cardinal Campeggio, England's last protective cardinal, in the television drama "The Tudors" (Showtime 2007-2010). Kavanagh's illustrious entertainment career began as an in-demand stage performer in Ireland and the United Kingdom. His film, breakthrough came with a leading role opposite Brenda Fricker in the drama "The Ballroom of Romance" (1982), which was followed by the indie "Attracta" (1983) and the made-for-television movie "The Country Girls" (1984). In the 1990s, Kavanagh aged into character roles, including key parts in the drama "Widow's Peak" (1994) and the Mel Gibson epic "Braveheart" (1995). The story of William Wallace was one of several historical epics; prior to being cast in "The Tudors," Kavanagh was featured as Parmenion, an old general, in Oliver Stone's big-budget blockbuster "Alexander" (2004), which featured Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins and Val Kilmer. Despite the star power of the cast, the movie did not fare well at the box office, and Kavanahgh followed his performance in "Alexander" with a role in the Brian de Palma historical thriller "The Black Dahlia" (2006), which was also a commercial disappointment.

Highest rated movies

Widows' Peak
Florence Foster Jenkins
The Stag
Into the West
This Is My Father
The Invisible Woman
Dancing at Lughnasa




60% 74% Riverdance: The Animated Adventure The Gatekeeper (Voice) - 2021
44% 26% Supervized Windsor (Character) - 2019
88% 68% Florence Foster Jenkins Arturo Toscanini (Character) $27.4M 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jewels Narrator - 2016
79% 47% The Stag Fionan's Dad (Character) - 2013
41% 34% Therese Inspector Michaud (Character) $420.3K 2013
74% 44% The Invisible Woman Rev. Benham (Character) $1.2M 2013
32% 27% The Black Dahlia Emmet Linscott (Character) $22.5M 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Halo Effect Stan (Character) - 2004
16% 35% Alexander Parmenion (Character) $34.3M 2004
No Score Yet 40% Mystics Gerry the Barman (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 58% A Haunting in Connecticut Director - 2002
No Score Yet 50% Puckoon Haggerty (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Candlelight Frank (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Days in Dublin Unknown (Character) - 2001
53% 73% A Love Divided Bishop Staunton (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 36% The Tale of Sweeney Todd Rutledge (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 23% Pete's Meteor Sergeant Maloney (Character) - 1998
75% 81% This Is My Father Liam Finneran (Character) $1.1M 1998
64% 58% Dancing at Lughnasa Father Carlin (Character) $2.3M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vicious Circle IRA Chief Charlie Rice (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cast a Cold Eye IRA Chief Charlie Rice (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 43% The Informant IRA Chief (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 60% Painted Lady Michael Longley (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Harpist Puder (Character) - 1997
94% 52% Widows' Peak Canon Murtagh (Character) $6.2M 1994
No Score Yet 89% Sharpe's Sword Father Curtis (Character) - 1994
77% 79% Into the West Hartnett (Character) $3.7M 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Joyriders Manager (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fantasist Robert Foxley (Character) - 1986
91% 78% Cal Skeffington (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ballroom of Romance Bowser Egan (Character) - 1982


93% 87% Vikings The Seer (Character) 2016-2020
No Score Yet 97% The Bureau Director 2012
No Score Yet 100% Masterpiece Theatre Unknown (Character) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Scarlett Jamie O'Hara (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Echoes Dock Dillon (Character) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Irish R.M. Unknown (Guest Star) 1985