Brendan Gleeson

Actor / Character Actor | * 03/29/1955 (65) | Dublin, Ireland
Brendan Gleeson (born 29 March 1955) is an Irish actor and film director. He is the recipient of three IFTA Awards, two BIFA Awards, and an Emmy Award and has been nominated twice for a BAFTA Award and twice for a Golden Globe Award. He is best known for his performance as Alastor Moody in the Harry Potter films from (2004–2010), and for his supporting roles in films such as Braveheart (1995), Michael Collins (1996), Gangs of New York (2002), Cold Mountain (2003), Troy (2004), Suffragette (2015), Paddington 2 (2018), and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), as well as leading roles in films such as ()
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Brendan Gleeson is an Irish actor. His best-known films include the Harry Potter films, Braveheart, Gangs of New York, 28 Days Later, and the role of Michael Collins in The Treaty. He won an Emmy award in 2009 for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the film Into the Storm. Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland and has described himself as having been an avid reader as a child. After leaving school for a short while, he worked for two years in an office with a health board. He then graduated from University College Dublin and went on to Drama School in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Just after completing the 3 Year Acting Drama Course at RADA, Gleeson built a very respectable CV at the Royal National Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. Gleeson became known for his tremedous stage presence, particularly while performing in such works of William Shakespeare as King Lear, Richard III, and Hamlet. Gleeson started his film career at the age of 34. He first came to prominence in Ireland for his role as Michael Collins in The Treaty a television film broadcast on RTÉ One, and for which he won a Jacob's Award in 1992. Gleeson has subsequently acted in more than 60 films including Braveheart, I Went Down, Michael Collins, Gangs of New York, Cold Mountain, 28 Days Later, Troy, Kingdom of Heaven, Lake Placid, Artificial Intelligence: AI and The Village. He won critical acclaim for his performance as Irish gangster Martin Cahill in John Boorman's 1998 film The General. Gleeson lives in Malahide, County Dublin. He is a talented fiddle player, with an interest in Irish folklore. He can be found from time to time playing at traditional music seisiúins in Hughes' pub in Chancery Street in Dublin 7. His brother, Barry Gleeson, is a well-known singer in An Góilín traditional singers' club, and his son Domhnall is an actor. Gleeson is known for his love of football and recounts tales of attempting to get a clear radio reception so he could listen to how his team, Aston Villa, were faring on a Saturday.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Thriller

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Awards & Nominations for Brendan Gleeson

Emmy Award European Film Award for Best Actor

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Movies with Brendan Gleeson as Actor(84)

as King Duncan2020 The Tragedy of Macbeth
as Darce2019 The Shadow King
as Freddy Cousaert2019 Sexual Healing
as Jimmy2019 Frankie
as Clarence (segment "The Mortal Remains")2018 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
as Jeremiah2018 Psychic
as Knuckles McGinty2017 Paddington 2
as Donald Horner2017 Hampstead
as Joseph Lynch2016 Assassin's Creed
as Thomas Coughlin2016 Live by Night
as Colby Culter2016 Trespass Against Us
as Otto Quangel2016 Alone in Berlin
as Narrator2016 Atlantic
as Old Thomas Nickerson2015 In the Heart of the Sea
as Arthur Steed2015 Suffragette
as Searbhán2015 Pursuit
as General Brigham2014 Edge of Tomorrow
as The Alienist2014 Stonehearst Asylum
as Conor / Mac Lir (voice)2014 Song of the Sea
as Father James Lavelle2014 Calvary
as Murray French2013 The Grand Seduction
as Victor Doyle2013 The Smurfs 2
as Henry Osborne2012 The Company You Keep
as David Barlow2012 Safe House
as The Pirate with Gout (voice)2012 The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!
as Colonel Hamilton2012 The Raven
as The Pirate With Gout2012 So You Want To Be A Pirate!
as Sergeant Gerry Boyle2011 The Guard
as Dr. Holloran2011 Albert Nobbs
as Dermot Weld2011 The Cup
as Con Keogh2010 Noreen
as Martin Brown2010 Green Zone
as Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
as Darren Perrier2009 Perrier's Bounty
as Abbot Cellach (voice)2009 The Secret of Kells
as Winston Churchill2009 Into the Storm
as Ken Daley2008 In Bruges
as Desmond McKay2007 Black Irish
as Alastor 'Mad­Eye' Moody2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
as Wiglaf2007 Beowulf
as Walter Keegan2006 Studs
as Liam O'Leary2006 The Tiger's Tail
as Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
as John-Joe2005 Breakfast on Pluto
as Reynald de Chatillon2005 Kingdom of Heaven
as August Nicholson2004 The Village
as Donnelly2004 Six Shooter
as Menelaos2004 Troy
as De Jagar2004 Country of My Skull
as Stobrod Thewes2003 Cold Mountain
as Jack van Meter2002 Dark Blue
as Frank2002 28 Days Later
as Walter "Monk" McGinn2002 Gangs of New York
as Paul2001 The Cake
as Lord Johnson-Johnson2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence
as Michelangelo " Mickie " Abraxas2001 The Tailor of Panama
as Marc Stevenson2000 Harrison's Flowers
as Simple Simon2000 Saltwater
as Harry McKee2000 Wild About Harry
as John C. McCloy2000 Mission: Impossible II
as Garda Jim1999 This Is My Father
as Jim Menzies1999 My Life So Far
as Sweety Barrett1999 Sweety Barrett
as Sheriff Hank Keough1999 Lake Placid
as Martin Cahill1998 The General
as Richard1997 A Further Gesture
as Bunny Kelly1997 I Went Down
as Father Bubbles1997 The Butcher Boy
as Stubbs1997 Turbulence
as Liam Tobin1996 Michael Collins
as Ginger1996 Trojan Eddie
as Hamish Campbell1995 Braveheart
as Lester1993 The Snapper
as Thomas Macken1993 Love Lies Bleeding
as Social Club Policeman1992 Far and Away
as Inspector Bolger1992 Into the West
as Michael Collins1991 The Treaty
as Quarryman1990 The Field
as Brendan Dowd1990 Dear Sarah

TV Shows/Series with Brendan Gleeson as Actor(1)

as Detective Bill Hodges2017 Mr. Mercedes

Movies with Brendan Gleeson as Crew(1)

Directing/Director2018 Psychic

Full Name: Brendan Gleeson
Citizenship: Ireland
Born: Tuesday, 03/29 1955 (March) in Dublin (current age: 65 years + 65 days)
Zodiac sign: Aries (Chinese zodiac sign: Goat)
Languages: English (EN), Irish (GA)
Educated at: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Member of: Passion Machine
Other names for Brendan Gleeson (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Брендан Глисон"
"Μπρένταν Γκλίσον"
Brendan Gleeson frequently works together with these people:
John Boorman (11x, Crew)
Jina Jay (9x, Crew)
David Wilmot (9x, Actor)
Domhnall Gleeson (8x, Actor)
Martin McDonagh (8x, Crew)
Sean McGinley (8x, Actor)
Neil Jordan (7x, Crew)
Cillian Murphy (6x, Actor)
Stephen Rea (6x, Actor)
Liam Cunningham (6x, Actor)
Marc Wolff (6x, Crew)
David E. Kelley (3x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:782, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 05/26/2020