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Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson
(born March 29, 1955) is an Irish actor and film director. He is the recipient of three IFTA Awards, two BIFA Awards, one Emmy Award
Emmy Award
and has been nominated twice for a BAFTA Award
BAFTA Award
and three times for a Golden Globe Award. His best-known performances include supporting roles in films such as Braveheart
Braveheart
(1995), Lake Placid (1999), Mission: Impossible 2 (2000), Gangs of New York (2002), 28 Days Later
28 Days Later
(2002), Troy (2004), as Alastor Moody
Alastor Moody
in the Harry Potter films (2005–10), Albert Nobbs (2011), Edge of Tomorrow
Edge of Tomorrow
(2014), and Assassin's Creed (2016), and leading roles in films such as In Bruges (2009), The Guard (2011), Calvary (2014) and Live by Night (2016). He won an Emmy Award
Emmy Award
in 2009 for his portrayal of Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
in the television film Into the Storm. He is also the father of actors Domhnall Gleeson
Domhnall Gleeson
and Brian Gleeson.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Musical talent

3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Gleeson was born in Dublin, the son of Pat and Frank Gleeson.[1] Gleeson has described himself as having been an avid reader as a child.[2] He received his second level education at St Joseph's CBS in Fairview, Dublin
Dublin
where he was a member of the school drama group. After training as an actor, he worked for several years as a secondary school teacher of Irish and English at the now defunct Catholic Belcamp College in North County Dublin, which closed in 2004.[3][4] He was working simultaneously as an actor while teaching, doing semi-professional and professional productions in Dublin
Dublin
and surrounding areas. He left the teaching profession to commit full-time to acting in 1991. In an NPR
NPR
interview to promote Calvary, he revealed that he was abused by a Christian Brother, saying, "I remember a particular Christian Brother dropped the hand on me at one point. It wasn't very traumatic and it wasn’t at all sustained, it was just one of these things where something odd happened."[5] Career[edit] As a member of the Dublin-based Passion Machine, Gleeson appeared in several of the theatre company's early and highly successful plays such as Wasters (1985), Brownbread (1987) and Home (1988). He has also written three plays for Passion Machine: The Birdtable (1987) and Breaking Up (1988), both of which he directed, and Babies and Bathwater (1994) in which he acted.[6] Among his other Dublin
Dublin
theatre work are Patrick Süskind's one-man play The Double Bass and John B. Keane's The Year of the Hiker. Gleeson started his film career at the age of 34.[7] 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. He has acted in such films as Braveheart, I Went Down, Michael Collins, Gangs of New York, Cold Mountain, 28 Days Later, Troy, Kingdom of Heaven, Lake Placid, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Mission: Impossible 2, and The Village. He won critical acclaim for his performance as Irish gangster Martin Cahill in John Boorman's 1998 film The General. In 2003, Gleeson was the voice of Hugh the Miller in an episode of the Channel 4
Channel 4
animated series Wilde Stories.[8] While Gleeson portrayed Irish statesman Michael Collins in The Treaty, he later portrayed Collins' close collaborator Liam Tobin
Liam Tobin
in the film Michael Collins with Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson
taking the role of Collins.[9] Gleeson later went on to portray Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
in Into the Storm. Gleeson won an Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for his performance. Gleeson played Hogwarts professor Mad-Eye Moody
Mad-Eye Moody
in the fourth, fifth and seventh Harry Potter films. His son Domhnall played Bill Weasley
Bill Weasley
in the seventh and eighth films.

Brendan Gleeson, September 2005

Gleeson provided the voice of Abbot Cellach in The Secret of Kells, an animated film co-directed by Tomm Moore
Tomm Moore
and Nora Twomey of Cartoon Saloon which premiered in February 2009 at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.[10] Gleeson starred in the short film Six Shooter in 2006, which won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. This film was written and directed by Martin McDonagh
Martin McDonagh
who also wrote and directed In Bruges in 2008. The film, and Gleeson's performance, enjoyed huge critical acclaim, earning Gleeson several award nominations, including his first Golden Globe nomination. In the movie, Gleeson plays a mentor-like figure for Colin Farrell's hitman. In his review of In Bruges, Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
described the elder Gleeson as having a "noble shambles of a face and the heft of a boxer gone to seed."[11] Gleeson will be making his directorial debut in a film adaptation of Flann O'Brien's novel At Swim-Two-Birds. The Irish production company Parallel Pictures will produce the film with a budget of $11 million. Colin Farrell, Gabriel Byrne, and Cillian Murphy
Cillian Murphy
have been attached to star in the film, which was originally set for release in 2010.[12] In October 2009, however, Gleeson expressed concern that the Irish Film Board's budget might be reduced given the state of the Irish economy and that At Swim-Two-Birds
At Swim-Two-Birds
might fall through.[13] Gleeson confirmed in July 2011, that he has secured funding for the project. He described the writing of the script as tortuous, saying that it has taken fourteen drafts so far.[14] In July 2012, he started filming The Grand Seduction, with Taylor Kitsch, a remake of Jean-François Pouliot's French-Canadian La Grande Séduction (2003) directed by Don McKellar; the film was released in 2013.[15] In 2016, he appeared in the video game adaptation Assassin's Creed and Ben Affleck's crime drama Live by Night. In 2017 he finished Psychic, a short he directed and starred in.[16] Musical talent[edit] Gleeson is a fiddle and mandolin player, with an interest in Irish folklore.[2] He played the fiddle during his role in Cold Mountain, Michael Collins and also The Grand Seduction, and also features on Altan's 2009 live album.[17] Personal life[edit] He has been married to Mary (née Weldon) since 1982. He has four sons; Domhnall, Brían, Fergus, and Rúairí. Domhnall and Brían are also actors.[18] Gleeson speaks fluent Irish and is an advocate of the promotion of the Irish language. Gleeson is a fan of Football League Championship team Aston Villa, as is his son Domhnall.[19] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes

1990 The Field Quarryman

1992 The Bargain Shop Jim Kennedy

1992 M.A.N.: Matrix Adjusted Normal Dr. Abraham Short film

1992 Far and Away Social Club Policeman

1992 Conneely's Choice Josie Conneely Short film

1992 Into the West Inspector Bolger

1995 The Life of Reilly Patient Short film

1995 Braveheart Hamish Campbell

1996 Angela Mooney Barney Mooney

1996 Michael Collins Liam Tobin

1996 Trojan Eddie Ginger

1997 Spaghetti Slow Frank Ferguson

1997 Turbulence Stubbs

1997 The Butcher Boy Father Bubbles

1997 A Further Gesture Richard

1997 I Went Down Bunny Kelly Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor

1997 Before I Sleep John Harte Short film

1998 The General Martin Cahill Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor
Actor
- Motion Picture Drama

1998 The Tale of Sweety Barrett Sweet Barrett

1999 Lake Placid Sheriff Hank Keough

1999 My Life So Far Jim Menries

2000 Mission: Impossible 2 John C. McCloy

2000 Harrison's Flowers Marc Stevenson

2000 Saltwater Simple Simon

2000 Wild About Harry Harry McKee

2001 J.J. Biker

2001 Cáca Milis Pól Short film

2001 The Tailor of Panama Michelangelo 'Mickie' Abraxas

2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence Lord Johnson-Johnson

2002 28 Days Later Frank

2002 Gangs of New York Walter 'Monk' McGinn

2002 Dark Blue Jack Van Meter

2003 Cold Mountain Stobrod Thewes

2004 In My Country De Jager

2004 Troy Menelaus

2004 The Village August Nicholson

2004 Six Shooter Donnelly Short film

2005 Kingdom of Heaven Raynald of Châtillon

2005 Breakfast on Pluto John Joe Kenny

2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody/Bartemius Crouch Jr.

2006 Studs Walter Keegan Nominated—IFTA Award for Best Actor
Actor
in a Lead Role – Film

2006 The Tiger's Tail Liam O'Leary

2007 Black Irish Desmond

2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody

2007 Beowulf Wiglaf Motion-capture

2008 In Bruges Ken Nominated—IFTA Award for Best Actor
Actor
in a Lead Role – Film Nominated— BAFTA Award
BAFTA Award
for Best Actor
Actor
in a Supporting Role Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Actor Nominated— Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor
Actor
– Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor
Actor
- Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

2009 The Secret of Kells Abbot Cellach Voice

2009 Perrier's Bounty Darren Perrier Nominated—IFTA Award for Best Actor
Actor
in a Supporting Role – Film

2010 Green Zone Martin Brown

2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody

2010 Noreen Con Keogh Short film

2011 The Guard Sergeant Gerry Boyle Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Actor Nominated— Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor
Actor
– Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor
Actor
– Motion Picture Nominated—IFTA Award for Best Actor
Actor
in a Lead Role - Film

2011 Albert Nobbs Dr. Holloran Nominated—IFTA Award for Best Actor
Actor
in a Supporting Role – Film

2011 The Cup Dermot Weld

2012 Safe House David Barlow

2012 The Raven Captain Charles Hamilton

2012 The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! Pirate with Gout Voice

2012 The Company You Keep Henry Osborne

2013 The Smurfs 2 Victor Doyle

2013 The Grand Seduction Murray French

2014 Calvary Father James Lavelle British Independent Film Award for Best Actor San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor IFTA Award for Best Actor
Actor
in a Lead Role - Film Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor

2014 Edge of Tomorrow General Brigham

2014 Song of the Sea Conor / Mac Lir Voices

2014 Stonehearst Asylum The Alienist

2015 Suffragette Arthur Steed British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor

2015 In the Heart of the Sea Old Thomas Nickerson

2015 Pursuit Searbhán

2016 Alone in Berlin Otto Quangel

2016 Trespass Against Us Colby

2016 Atlantic Narrator Voice Documentary

2016 Live by Night Thomas Coughlin

2016 Assassin's Creed Joseph Lynch

2017 Hampstead Horner

2017 Paddington 2[20] Nuckles McGinty

2018 Psychic Jeremiah Short film; also director

Television[edit]

Year Film Role Notes

1989 Dear Sarah Brendan Dowd Television film

1990 Hard Shoulder Lorry Driver Television film

1991 Saint Oscar

Television film

1991 The Treaty Michael Collins Television film

1991 In the Border Country Farmer Television play

1993 The Snapper Lester Television film

1993 Screenplay Thomas Macken Episode: "Love Lies Bleeding"

1994 The Lifeboat Leslie Parry 9 episodes

1995 Kidnapped Red Fox Television film

1998 Making the Cut Flanagan Television film

1998 This Is My Father Garda Jim Television film

2009 Into the Storm Winston Churchill Television film Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actor
Actor
– Miniseries or a Movie Satellite Award for Best Actor
Actor
– Miniseries or Television Film Nominated—IFTA Award for Best Actor
Actor
in a Lead Role – Television Nominated—British Academy Television Award for Best Actor Nominated— Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor
Actor
– Miniseries or Television Film

2017 Mr. Mercedes Bill Hodges 10 episodes

2017 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

2018 Finders Keepers Bill Hodges

References[edit]

^ "The heart of the matter" Archived 11 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine. 17 February 2011, RTE.ie ^ a b In Conversations with Eamon scruphy Archived 20 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine. 10 November 2007, RTÉ ^ "School is out for Brandon Gleeson", 23 July 1999, Entertainment Weekly ^ "Gannon to get €400m for Belcamp College site" Archived 4 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine. 10 September 2006, Business Post ^ " Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson
reveals abuse by Christian Brother". Independent.ie.  ^ "Irish Theatre Institute's Playography database". Irish Theatre Institute.  ^ "STARS WHO HIT IT BIG AFTER 30". The Hype. Archived from the original on 23 August 2013.  ^ "The Devoted Friend". Wilde Stories. Channel 4. Retrieved 30 December 2011.  ^ Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson
on Foodandwine.net ^ "THE SECRET OF KELLS to screen at the Dublin
Dublin
International Film Festival" 10 December 2008, Irish Film Board
Irish Film Board
web site ^ Review of In Bruges by Ebert at Rogerebrt.com ^ RTÉ article on At Swim Two Birds RTÉ ^ Quote from Irish Examiner re Irish Film Board
Irish Film Board
funding Irish Examiner ^ Gleeson, Sinead (16 July 2011). "Capturing the Glee Factor". Irish Times. Retrieved 18 July 2011.  ^ Fleming, Mike (30 July 2012). "Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch
Taylor Kitsch
Find 'The Grand Seduction'". Deadline.com. PMC. Retrieved 25 August 2012.  ^ https://www.irishfilmboard.ie/news/shooting-wraps-on-brendan-gleesons-debut-short-film-psychic ^ "Altan EPK". Mpibands.com. Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2012.  ^ "Capturing the Glee factor", 16 July 2011, The Irish Times ^ "Star Wars actor Gleeson: Villa Wembley win was special day" Archived 16 May 2015 at the Wayback Machine., 13 May 2015, Aston Villa ^ " Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
joins Paddington sequel as shooting begins". 

External links[edit]

Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson
on IMDb

Awards for Brendan Gleeson

v t e

BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actor
Actor
in a British Independent Film

Ray Winstone
Ray Winstone
(1998) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1999) Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig
(2000) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(2001) James Nesbitt
James Nesbitt
(2002) Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor
(2003) Phil Davis (2004) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(2005) Tony Curran
Tony Curran
(2006) Viggo Mortensen
Viggo Mortensen
(2007) Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender
(2008) Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy
(2009) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2010) Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender
(2011) Toby Jones
Toby Jones
(2012) James McAvoy
James McAvoy
(2013) Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson
(2014) Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy
(2015) Dave Johns (2016) Josh O'Connor
Josh O'Connor
(2017)

v t e

Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor

Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1980) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1981) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1982) Eric Roberts
Eric Roberts
(1983) Haing S. Ngor
Haing S. Ngor
(1984) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1985) Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
(1986) Albert Brooks
Albert Brooks
(1987) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(1988) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(1989) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1990) Nick Nolte
Nick Nolte
(1991) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1992) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(1993) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1994) Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage
(1995) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(1996) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1997) Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson
(1998) Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey
(1999) Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell
(2000) Brian Cox / Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2001) Adrien Brody
Adrien Brody
(2002) Bill Murray
Bill Murray
(2003) Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
(2004) Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(2005) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(2006) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2007) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
/ Mickey Rourke
Mickey Rourke
(2008) Jeremy Renner
Jeremy Renner
(2009) Jesse Eisenberg
Jesse Eisenberg
(2010) Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
(2011) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2012) Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor
(2013) Michael Keaton
Michael Keaton
(2014) Paul Dano
Paul Dano
/ Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(2015) Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck
(2016) Daniel Kaluuya
Daniel Kaluuya
(2017)

v t e

Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actor
Actor
in a Limited Series or Movie

Robert Cummings
Robert Cummings
(1955) Lloyd Nolan
Lloyd Nolan
(1956) Jack Palance
Jack Palance
(1957) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1958) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1959) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1960) Maurice Evans (1961) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1962) Trevor Howard
Trevor Howard
(1963) Jack Klugman
Jack Klugman
(1964) Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
(1965) Cliff Robertson
Cliff Robertson
(1966) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1967) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1968) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1969) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1970) George C. Scott
George C. Scott
(1971) Keith Michell
Keith Michell
(1972) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1973) Anthony Murphy (1973) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1974) William Holden
William Holden
(1974) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1975) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1975) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1976) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1976) Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
(1977) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1977) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1978) Michael Moriarty (1978) Peter Strauss (1979) Powers Boothe
Powers Boothe
(1980) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1981) Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
(1982) Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
(1983) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1984) Richard Crenna
Richard Crenna
(1985) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1986) James Woods
James Woods
(1987) Jason Robards
Jason Robards
(1988) James Woods
James Woods
(1989) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1990) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1991) Beau Bridges
Beau Bridges
(1992) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1993) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1994) Raúl Juliá
Raúl Juliá
(1995) Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
(1996) Armand Assante
Armand Assante
(1997) Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
(1998) Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci
(1999) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(2000) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(2001) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2002) William H. Macy
William H. Macy
(2003) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2004) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2005) Andre Braugher
Andre Braugher
(2006) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(2007) Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti
(2008) Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson
(2009) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2010) Barry Pepper
Barry Pepper
(2011) Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
(2012) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2013) Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
(2014) Richard Jenkins
Richard Jenkins
(2015) Courtney B. Vance
Courtney B. Vance
(2016) Riz Ahmed
Riz Ahmed
(2017)

v t e

London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actor
Actor
of the Year

Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
(1991) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(1992) David Thewlis
David Thewlis
(1993) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(1994) Nigel Hawthorne (1995) Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor
/ Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1996) Robert Carlyle
Robert Carlyle
(1997) Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson
(1998) Jeremy Northam
Jeremy Northam
(1999) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2000) Paul Bettany
Paul Bettany
(2001) Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
(2002) Paul Bettany
Paul Bettany
(2003) Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig
(2004) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(2005) Toby Jones
Toby Jones
(2006) James McAvoy
James McAvoy
(2007) Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender
(2008) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2009) Christian Bale
Christian Bale
(2010) Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender
(2011) Toby Jones
Toby Jones
(2012) James McAvoy
James McAvoy
(2013) Timothy Spall
Timothy Spall
(2014) Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy
(2015) Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield
(2016) Daniel Kaluuya
Daniel Kaluuya
(2017)

v t e

Satellite Award for Best Actor
Actor
– Miniseries or Television Film

Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
(1996) Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
(1997) Delroy Lindo
Delroy Lindo
(1998) William H. Macy
William H. Macy
(1999) James Woods
James Woods
(2000) Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
(2001) William H. Macy
William H. Macy
(2002) James Woods
James Woods
(2003) Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
(2004) Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
(2005) Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy
(2006) David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo
(2007) Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti
(2008) Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson
(2009) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2010) Jason Isaacs
Jason Isaacs
(2011) Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
(2012) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2013) Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo
(2014) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2015) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2016) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(2017)

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