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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 12 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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 2017 Live by Night (filming)
Thomas Coughlin
 2015/I Pursuit
 2015 Suffragette
Inspector Arthur Steed
 2014 Song of the Sea
Conor / Mac Lir (voice)
 2014 Stonehearst Asylum
The Alienist
 2012/I The Raven
Capt. Charles Hamilton
 2011 Albert Nobbs
Dr. Holloran
 2009 Perrier's Bounty
Darren Perrier
 2008 In Bruges
 2007 Beowulf
 2006 The Tiger's Tail
Liam O'Leary / The Double
 2006 Studs
Keegan, Walter
 2005 Breakfast on Pluto
John Joe Kenny
 2004 Troy
 2004 In My Country
De Jager
 2001 J.J. Biker
 2000 Wild About Harry
Harry McKee
 2000 Saltwater
Simple Simon
 2000 Harrison's Flowers
Marc Stevenson
 1999 My Life So Far
Jim Menzies
 1998 Sweety Barrett
Sweety Barrett
 1998/I This Is My Father
Garda Jim
 1997 Messaggi quasi segreti
Frank Ferguson
 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 Trojan Eddie
 1992 The Bargain Shop
Jim Kennedy
 1992 Into the West
Inspector Bolger
 1992 Far and Away
Social Club Policeman
 1990 The Field
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[About In Bruges (2008) director Martin McDonagh] Yeah, similar to that, I'd kind of worked with Martin on Six Shooter (2004)... he showed me that script before we knew it was going to happen... It was kind of a notion at that time, so you just kind of think, 'how cool this would be to make'. See more »


He has starred in feature films with two of his sons: Studs (2006) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) with his eldest son Domhnall Gleeson, and The Tiger's Tail (2006) with his second youngest, Brian Gleeson. See more »


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