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Byrne at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival
Gabriel James Byrne|
May 12, 1950
|Occupation||Actor, film director, film producer, screenwriter, author|
|Years active||1978 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Ellen Barkin (1988–1999)|
Gabriel James Byrne (Irish: Gabriel Séamas Ó Broin; born May 12, 1950) is an Irish actor, film director, film producer, writer, and audiobook narrator. His acting career began in the Focus Theatre before he joined London’s Royal Court Theatre in 1979. Byrne's screen début came in the Irish soap opera The Riordans and the spin-off show Bracken. The actor has now starred in over 35 feature films, such as The Usual Suspects, Miller's Crossing and Stigmata, in addition to writing two. Byrne's producing credits include the Academy Award-nominated In the Name of the Father. Currently, he is receiving much critical acclaim for his role as Dr. Paul Weston in the HBO drama In Treatment.
Byrne, the first of six children, was born in Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland, the son of a cooper and soldier, Dan, and a hospital nurse from Galway, Eileen (née Gannon). His siblings are Donal, Thomas, Breda, Margaret. Another, Marian, died at a young age. Byrne was raised Catholic and educated by the Irish Christian Brothers. With regard to his early training to become a priest, he said in an interview, "I spent five years in the seminary and I suppose it was assumed that you had a vocation. I have realised subsequently that I didn't have one at all." He attended University College Dublin, where he studied archaeology and linguistics, becoming proficient in Irish. He played football in Dublin with the Stella Maris Football Club in Drumcondra.
Byrne worked in archaeology when he left UCD but maintained his love of his language, writing the first television drama in Irish, Draíocht, on Ireland's national Irish-language television station, TG4, when it began broadcasting in 1996.
Before becoming an actor, Byrne had many jobs, including: archaeologist, cook, bullfighter, and Spanish schoolteacher.[clarification needed] He started acting at age 29 and began his career on stage with the Focus Theatre and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. He later joined the Royal Court Theatre and the Royal National Theatre in London.
Byrne came to prominence on the final season of the Irish television show The Riordans, subsequently starring in his own spin-off series, Bracken. He made his film debut in 1981 as King Uther Pendragon in John Boorman's King Arthur epic, Excalibur.
Byrne currently stars as therapist Dr. Paul Weston in the new, critically acclaimed HBO primetime weeknight series In Treatment. He was named as TV's "latest Dr. McDreamy" by the New York Times for this role, and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series in 2008. He also received his first Emmy Award nomination (Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series) for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards (Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad won.) that same year.
Upon his return to theatre in 2008, he appeared as King Arthur in Camelot with the New York Philharmonic from May 7 to May 10, following the footsteps of veteran actors Richard Burton and Richard Harris.
Byrne will next appear in a film adaptation of Flann O'Brien's metafictional novel At Swim-Two-Birds, in which he will be cast alongside Colin Farrell and Cillian Murphy. Actor Brendan Gleeson will be directing the film, which will be released in 2010. In October 2009, however, Gleeson expressed fear that, should the Irish Film Board be abolished as planned by the Irish State, the production might fall through.
Byrne did not set foot in America until he was 37. He now holds both Irish and US citizenship.
In 1988, Byrne married actress Ellen Barkin with whom he has two children, John "Jack" Daniel (born 1989) and Romy Marion (born 1992). The couple separated amicably in 1993 and divorced in 1999.
Byrne is also actively involved in various charities, in addition to being a human rights activist. In 2004, Byrne was appointed a UNICEF Ireland Ambassador. He became a patron of Croi (The West of Ireland Cardiology Foundation) in 1997 in response to the care given to his mother while she was a patient in a Galway hospital.
At the 5th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in 2007, Byrne was presented with the first of the newly created Volta awards, for lifetime achievement in acting. He also received the Honorary Patronage of the University Philosophical Society, of Trinity College, Dublin on February 20, 2007. In November of that same year, he was awarded an honorary degree by the National University of Ireland, Galway; the president of the University, Dr Iognáid Ó Muircheartaigh, said that this award is in recognition of the actor's "outstanding contribution to Irish and international film".
Although the actor is noted as a fiercely private person, he released a documentary for the 20th Galway Film Fleadh in the summer of 2008 called Stories from Home, an intimate portrait about his life.
Byrne mentioned in interviews and his 1995 autobiography, Pictures In My Head that he hates being called "brooding". He has been listed by People as one of the "Sexiest Men Alive". Entertainment Weekly has also recently dubbed Byrne as one of the hottest celebrities over the age of 50.
|1978||The Riordans (TV series)||Pat Barry|
|Bracken (TV series)||Pat Barry||This role won him the Jacob's Award for Best Actor in a Television Series in 1979.|
|1981||Excalibur||Uther Pendragon||This was Byrne's breakthrough role in the film industry.|
|1983||Hanna K.||Joshua Herzog|
|The Keep||Major Kaempffer|
|1985||Christopher Columbus||Christopher Columbus|
|1985||Defence of the Realm||Nicholas 'Nick' Mullen||Byrne was first introduced to an American audience in this film.|
|1987||Lionheart||The Black Prince|
|Julia and Julia||Paolo Vinci|
|Hello Again||Dr. Kevin Scanlon|
|Siesta||Augustine||Byrne met his future wife, Ellen Barkin, on the set of this movie.|
|A Soldier's Tale||Saul|
|1989||Dark Obsession||Lord Hugo Bruckton|
|1990||Miller's Crossing||Tom Reagan||This film was chosen by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the 100 greatest films ever made.|
|Shipwrecked||Lt. John Merrick|
|1992||Into the West||Papa Reilly||Also the associate producer|
|Cool World||Jack Deebs|
|1993||Point of No Return||Bob|
|A Dangerous Woman||Colin Mackey|
|1994||A Simple Twist of Fate||John Newland|
|Trial by Jury||Daniel Graham|
|Little Women||Professor Friedrich Bhaer|
|Prince of Jutland||Fenge|
|1995||The Usual Suspects||Dean Keaton|
|Buffalo Girls||Teddy Blue||(TV movie)|
|Dead Man||Charlie Dickinson|
|Frankie Starlight||Jack Kelly|
|1996||Draiocht||Father|| (TV movie)|
Byrne wrote this drama.
|Mad Dog Time||Ben London|
|The Last of the High Kings||Jack Griffin||Also the writer and executive producer|
|Dr. Hagard's Disease||Also the executive producer|
|The Lark in the Clear Air||Executive producer, writer and director|
|Somebody is Waiting||Roger Ellis||Also the co-producer|
|1997||Smilla's Sense of Snow||The mechanic|
|The End of Violence||Ray Bering|
|Weapons of Mass Distraction||Lionel Powers||(TV movie)|
|This is the Sea||Rohan|
|The Man in the Iron Mask||D'Artagnan|
|The Brylcreem Boys||Sean O'Brien||Also the co-producer|
|Quest for Camelot||Sir Lionel||(animated) (voice)|
|Enemy of the State||Fake Brill|
|1999||Stigmata||Father Andrew Kiernan|
|End of Days||The Man/Satan|
|2000||Madigan Men||Benjamin 'Ben' Madigan|| (TV series)|
Also the co-executive producer
|2002||Virginia's Run||Ford Lofton|
|Emmett's Mark||Jack Marlow/Stephen Bracken|
|Ghost Ship||Captain Sean Murphy|
|2004||Vanity Fair||The Marquess of Steyne|
|The Bridge of San Luis Rey||Brother Juniper|
|2005||Assault on Precinct 13||Captain Marcus Duvall|
|Emotional Arithmetic||Christopher Lewis|
|2008||In Treatment||Dr. Paul Weston|| (TV series)|
His first Golden Globe Award win and Emmy Award nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series
|2009||The Snow Prince (in production)||Rumored role|
|2010||King of the Pipers (in production)||Michael|
|2000||Broadway||A Moon for the Misbegotten||James 'Jim' Tyrone, Jr.||Nominated for a Tony Award (Best Actor in a Play) and Drama Desk Award (Outstanding Actor in a Play); Winner of the Theatre World Award|
|2003||Off-Broadway||The Exonerated||Kerry Max Cooke|
|2005||Broadway||A Touch of the Poet||Cornelius Melody||Winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play|
|2008||Off-Broadway||Camelot||King Arthur||Performance for the New York Philharmonic's annual musical event from May 7-10, 2008|
Awards and nominations
|1979||Jacob's Awards||Jacob's Award for Best Actor in a TV Series (Drama)||Won||For Bracken|
|1987||Fantasporto||International Fantasy Film Award for Best Actor||Won||For Gothic and Defence of the Realm|
|1995||National Board of Review of Motion Pictures||NBR Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble||Won||For The Usual Suspects|
|1998||Satellite Awards||Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television||Nominated||For Weapons of Mass Distraction|
|Grammy Awards||Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album (Children)||Nominated||For The Star-Child and The Nightingale and the Rose (Oscar Wilde)|
|1999||Cinequest Film Festival||Maverick Tribute Award||Won|
|2000||Theatre World Awards||Theatre World Award for Acting||Won||For A Moon for the Misbegotten|
|Tony Awards||Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play||Nominated||For A Moon for the Misbegotten|
|Razzie Awards||Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor||Nominated||For End of Days and Stigmata|
|Blockbuster Entertainment Awards||Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favourite Actor (Horror)||Nominated||For Stigmata|
|2005||Irish Film and Television Awards||IFTA Award for Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film||Nominated||For Wah-Wah|
|2006||Inside Film Awards||IF Award for Best Actor||Nominated||For Jindabyne|
|Australian Film Institute Awards||AFI Award for Best Lead Actor||Nominated||For Jindabyne|
|Outer Critics Circle Awards||Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play||Won||For A Touch of the Poet|
|2007||Jameson Dublin International Film Festival||Volta Award for Lifetime Achievement in Acting||Won||This was the first year for the presentation of the award.|
|2008||Irish Film and Television Awards||IFTA Award for Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film||Nominated||For Jindabyne|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated||For In Treatment|
|Dingle Film Festival||Gregory Peck Excellence in the Art of Film Award||Won||This is the first year for the presentation of the award, which was named in honour of the late Gregory Peck.|
|Satellite Awards||Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama||Nominated||For In Treatment|
|2009||Golden Globe Awards||Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama||Won||For In Treatment|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated||For In Treatment|
- ↑ FilmReference.com - Gabriel Byrne Biography Retrieved on 2007-November 28.
- ↑ Gabriel Byrne: Baring his soul on the small screen
- ↑ The Independent - Gabriel Byrne: Not one of the usual suspects Retrieved on 2007-November 28.
- ↑ New York Times Article - 'He Listens. He Cares. He Isn't Real.'
- ↑ Jaafar, Ali. "Parallel eyes Irish projects", Variety, 2 September 2009. Accessed 2 September 2009.
- ↑ http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/kfaumhmhcwql/rss2/
- ↑ Chelsea F.C. Official Website (requires registration) Retrieved on 2007-November 28.
- ↑ Ireland On-Line - Honorary degree for Irish star Retrieved on 2007-November 28.
- ↑ GILFy Pleasures: 33 Hotties Over Age 50 Retrieved on 2007-June 7.
- Gabriel Byrne at the Internet Movie Database
- Gabriel Byrne's Biography
- Gabriel Byrne's entry in Art of Amnesty
- JewReview.net Gabriel Byrne video interview on Jindabyne and In Treatment
- NPR Fresh Air: The Art of Listening Gabriel Byrne discusses his role on "In Treatment" (May 30, 2009)
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