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Brendan Behan (1923–1964)

Brendan Behan was born on February 9, 1923 in Dublin, Ireland as Brendan Francis Aidan Behan. He was a writer, known for Borstal Boy (2000), The Quare Fellow (1962) and Gisslan (1996). He was married to Beatrice Ffrench-Salkeld. He died on March 20, 1964 in Dublin. See full bio »


(age 41) in Dublin, Ireland

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Borstal Boy
Borstal Boy Writer
The Quare Fellow
Gisslan Writer
Die Geisel
Die Geisel Writer


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 2000 Borstal Boy (book)
 1996 Gisslan (TV Movie)
 1977 Die Geisel (TV Movie) (play "The Hostage")
 1972 Gartenparty (TV Movie) (play)
 1970 A Hostage (TV Movie) (play)
 1968 Terroristi (TV Movie) (book "Borstal Boy")
 1966 Gisselet (TV Movie)
 1964 Der Spaßvogel (TV Movie) (play "The Quare Fellow")
 1964 About Religion (TV Series) (poetry and prose - 1 episode)
 1963 Særlingen (TV Movie) (based on play)
 1962 Gisslan (TV Movie) (play)
 1962 The Quare Fellow (play)
 1961 Festival (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Quare Fellow (1961)
  ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) (original play - 1 episode, 1958) (play - 1 episode, 1958)
- The Quare Fellow (1958) ... (original play) / (play)
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5' 8" (1.73 m)

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As regards drink, I can only say that in Dublin during the Depression when I was growing up, drunkenness was not regarded as a social disgrace. To get enough to eat was regarded as an achievement. To get drunk was a victory. See more »


Became a member of the IRA's youth organisation Fianna Éireann at the age of fourteen. Joined the IRA proper at sixteen, subsequently imprisoned in a borstal in the U.K., as well as serving time in jail in the Republic of Ireland. He was released in 1946 under a general amnesty. See more »

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