His credits at Dublin's Abbey Theatre include: in Lennie in "Of Mice and Men" based on the novel by John Steinbeck
(1980), "I Do Not Like Thee, Dr Fell" a new play by Bernard Farrell, "The Death of Humpty Dumpty" a new play by Graham Reid
, "Juno and the Paycock" by Sean O'Casey
, Shakespare's "The Winter's Tale" (all 1979), "...
6' 4" (1.93 m)
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[on Gangs of New York
(2002)] Martin [Scorsese] was interested in me for the part of Monk, that Brendan Gleeson played. But when I read it, I said, 'No, I want to play this Priest Vallon character. It's a showier part.' It was the perfect cameo, I think. You come in, do a bit of physical stuff, and then they talk about you for the rest of the movie. Meanwhile, I'm back home with my wife and kids,...
Won a libel case against newspapers who claimed that his marriage was in trouble.
Frequently portrays characters based on real people. (e.g. Rob Roy, Oskar Schindler, Michael Collins, Alfred Kinsey)