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Brendan Gleeson

Brendan Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland, to Pat and Frank Gleeson. From a very young age, he loved to learn, especially reading classical text in and outside the classroom. He took great attention to Irish play writers such as Samuel Beckett, which eventually led to him performing in his high school play production of "Waiting for Godot", and ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 13 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »

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Edge of Tomorrow
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Troy Menelaus
Gangs of New York
Gangs of New York Walter 'Monk' McGinn
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 2018 Mr. Mercedes (TV Series) (pre-production)
Bill Hodges
- Episode #1.1 (2018) ... Bill Hodges
 2017 Paddington 2 (filming)
'Knuckles' McGinty
 2016 Live by Night (completed)
Thomas Coughlin
 2016 Trespass Against Us
Colby Culter
 2015/I Pursuit
 2015 Suffragette
Inspector Arthur Steed
 2014 Song of the Sea
Conor / Mac Lir (voice)
 2014 Stonehearst Asylum
The Alienist
 2014 The Money (TV Movie)
James Castman
 2013 1916 Seachtar Dearmadta (TV Mini-Series)
- Edward Daly (2013) ... Glór
- Willie Pearse (2013) ... Glór
- Michael O'Hanrahan (2013) ... Glór
- Seán Heuston (2013) ... Glór
- John MacBride (2013) ... Glór
 2012 Immaturity for Charity (TV Movie)
 2012 So You Want to Be a Pirate! (Video short)
The Pirate with Gout (voice)
 2012/I The Raven
Capt. Charles Hamilton
 2011 Albert Nobbs
Dr. Holloran
 2010 1916 Seachtar na Cásca (TV Series)
- PH Pearse (2010) ... Narrator
- Eamonn Ceannt (2010) ... Narrator
- Thomas McDonagh (2010) ... Narrator
- Joseph Plunkett (2010) ... Narrator
- James Connolly (2010) ... Narrator
 2010 Noreen (Short)
Con Keogh
 2009 Perrier's Bounty
Darren Perrier
 2009 Into the Storm (TV Movie)
Winston Churchill
 2008 In Bruges
 2007 Beowulf
 2007 Beowulf: The Game (Video Game)
Wiglaf (voice)
 2006 The Tiger's Tail
Liam O'Leary / The Double
 2006 Studs
Keegan, Walter
 2005 Breakfast on Pluto
John Joe Kenny
 2004 Six Shooter (Short)
 2004 Troy
 2004 In My Country
Col. de Jager
 2003 Wilde Stories: The Devoted Friend (TV Movie)
 2001 J.J. Biker
 2001 The Cake (Short)
 2000 Wild About Harry
Harry McKee
 2000 Saltwater
Simple Simon
 2000 Harrison's Flowers
Marc Stevenson
 1999 My Life So Far
Jim Menzies
 1998 Making the Cut (TV Movie)
 1998 Sweety Barrett
Sweety Barrett
 1998/I This Is My Father
Garda Jim
 1997 Before I Sleep (Short)
John Harte
 1997 I Went Down
Bunny Kelly
 1997 The Break
 1997 The Butcher Boy
Father Bubbles
 1997 Turbulence
 1996 Angela Mooney Dies Again
Barney Mooney
 1996 Messaggi quasi segreti
Frank Ferguson
 1996 Trojan Eddie
 1995 Kidnapped (TV Movie)
Red Fox
 1995 The Life of Reilly (Short)
 1993 Screenplay (TV Series)
Thomas Macken
- Love Lies Bleeding (1993) ... Thomas Macken
 1993 Screen Two (TV Series)
- The Snapper (1993) ... Lester
 1992 M.A.N.: Matrix Adjusted Normal (Short)
Dr. Abraham
 1992 The Bargain Shop
Jim Kennedy
 1992 Into the West
Inspector Bolger
 1992 Conneely's Choice (Short)
Josie Conneely
 1992 Far and Away
Social Club Policeman
 1991 The Treaty (TV Movie)
Michael Collins
 1991 4 Play (TV Series)
- In the Border Country (1991) ... Farmer
 1991 Saint Oscar (TV Movie)
 1990 The Field
 1990 Hard Shoulder (TV Movie)
Lorry Driver
 1989 Dear Sarah (TV Movie)
Brendan Dowd
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It's interesting going between small parts and then bigger roles where you carry the film. If the writing is good, and if the people involved have integrity, then you'll do it, even if it's only five minutes on screen. See more »


He played Irish leader Michael Collins in The Treaty (1991). He later had a supporting role in the biopic Michael Collins (1996). See more »


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