Gleeson, Brendan 1955(?)–

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GLEESON, Brendan 1955(?)–


Born November 9, 1955 (some sources cite 1956), in Belfast, Northern Ireland (some sources cite Dublin, Ireland); married Mary, 1982; children: four. Education: Attended National University of Ireland, University College, Dublin; trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. Religion: Roman Catholicism. Avocational Interests: Playing the violin.


Manager—Joan Scott, Joan Scott Management, 888 Seventh Ave., 35th Floor, New York, NY 10106 (some sources cite 12 West 72nd St., Suite 10D, New York, NY 10023).


Actor. Street musician, c. 1970s; performer with the Abbey Theatre and the Dublin Shakespeare Theatre Festival, both Dublin, Ireland, and the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford–upon–Avon, England; Passion Machine (theatre company), director and writer. Also a teacher of English and Gaelic.

Awards, Honors:

Boston Society of Film Critics Award, best actor, 1998, for The General and I Went Down; Irish Film and Television Award, best actor, London Critics Circle Film Award, British actor of the year, and Golden Satellite Award nomination, best actor in a motion picture—drama, International Press Academy, all 1999, for The General; Irish Film and Television Award nomination, best actor in a feature film, 2003, for Wild about Harry.


Film Appearances:

Quarryman, The Field, Avenue Entertainment, 1990.

Inspector Bolger, Into the West, Miramax, 1992.

Jim, The Bargain Shop, 1992.

Josie Conneely, Conneely's Choice, 1992.

Social club police officer, Far and Away, Universal, 1992.

M.A.N.: Matrix Adjusted Normal, 1992.

Hamish Campbell, Braveheart, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1995.

The Life of Reilly, 1995.

Ginger, Trojan Eddie, Castle Hill, 1996.

Liam Tobin, Michael Collins, Warner Bros., 1996.

Barney Mooney, Angela Mooney Dies Again (also known as Angela Mooney), 1997.

Bunny Kelly, I Went Down, Artisan Entertainment, 1997.

Father Bubbles, The Butcher Boy, Warner Bros., 1997.

John Harte, Before I Sleep, 1997.

Richard, The Break (also known as A Further Gesture and Das Letzte Attentat), Castle Hill, 1997.

Stubbs, Turbulence, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists, 1997.

Messaggi quasi segreti, 1997.

Garda Jim in 1939, This Is My Father (also known as L'histoire de mon pere), Sony Pictures Classics, 1998.

Martin Cahill (title role), The General (also known as I Once Had a Life), Sony Pictures Classics, 1998.

Title role, Sweety Barrett (also known as The Tale of Sweety Barrett), Handmade Films, 1998.

Jim Menries, My Life So Far, Miramax, 1999.

Sheriff Hank Keough, Lake Placid (also known as Lac Placid), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1999.

Harry McKee, Wild about Harry, Winchester Films, 2000.

John C. McCloy, Mission: Impossible II (also known as M:I–2), Paramount, 2000.

Marc Stevenson, Harrison's Flowers (also known as Les fleurs d'Harrison), Universal Focus, 2000.

"Simple" Simon McCurdie, Saltwater, Buena Vista Ireland, 2000.

Lord Johnson–Johnson, Artificial Intelligence: AI (also known as AI Artificial Intelligence), Warner Bros., 2001.

Michelangelo "Mickie" Abraxas, The Tailor of Panama, Columbia/Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2001.

Caca Milis (short film), Igloo Films, 2001.

J. J. Biker, 2001.

Frank, 28 Days Later… (also known as 28 jours plus tard), Twentieth Century–Fox, 2002.

Walter "Monk" McGinn, Gangs of New York, Miramax, 2002.

Jack Van Meter, Dark Blue, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists, 2003.

Stobrod Thewes, Cold Mountain, Miramax, 2003.

August Nicholson, The Village (also known as M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village"), Buena Vista, 2004.

Donnelly, Six Shooter (short film), The Works, 2004.

Menelaus, Troy, Warner Bros., 2004.

Alastor "Mad–Eye" Moody, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Warner Bros., 2005.

De Jager, Country of My Skull (also known as In My Country), Sony Pictures Classics, 2005.

Keegan and Walter, Studs, Brother Films, 2005.

Reynald, Kingdom of Heaven (also known as El reino de los cielos and Koenigreich der Himmel), Twentieth Century–Fox, 2005.

Breakfast on Pluto, Pathe, 2005.

Desmond, Black Irish, Creanspeak Productions, 2006.

Television Appearances; Series:

Leslie Parry, The Lifeboat, BBC, 1994.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Red Fox, Kidnapped, ABC Family Channel, 1995.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Brendan Dowd, Dear Sarah, [Ireland], 1989.

Michael Collins, The Treaty, [Ireland], 1991, PBS, 1998.

Lester, The Snapper, BBC–2, 1993.

Thomas Macken, Love Lies Bleeding, BBC–2, 1993.

Flanagan, Making the Cut, [Ireland], 1998.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Lorry driver, Hard Shoulder, Channel 4 (England), 1990.

Saint Oscar, [Great Britain], 1991.

Pure Rage: The Making of "28 Days Later," 2002.

A Journey to "Cold Mountain," 2003.

The Words and Music of "Cold Mountain," 2003.

Himself, Kingdom of Hope: The Making of "Kingdom of Heaven" (documentary), 2005.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, The Second Irish Film and Television Awards, Irish Film and Television Network, 2004.

Stage Appearances:

Appeared in productions of King Lear and King Richard II, both Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford–upon–Avon, England.



Entertainment Weekly, July 23, 1999, p. 75.

NME, June 6, 1998, p. 10.

Radio Times, April 23, 1994, p. 6.