Stephen Rea Biography (1949?-)

Born October 31, 1949 (some sources say 1943, 1946, 1947, and 1948), in Belfast, Northern Ireland; father, a bus driver; married Dolours Price, 1983 (divorced); children: Danny, Oscar, one daughter. Addresses: Agent: Fraserand Dunlop, Ltd., Drury House, 34-43 Russell St., London WC2B 5HA, England; International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.; Contact: 861 Sutherland Ave., London W9, England; 108 Leonard St., LondonEC2A 4RH, England.

Actor, director, producer, composer
Birth Details
October 31, 1949?
Belfast, United Kingdom

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Villager, Cry of the Banshee, American International Pictures, 1970
  • On a Paving Stone Mounted, 1978
  • Danny, Angel (also known as Danny Boy), Motion Picture Company, 1982
  • Harry, Loose Connections, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983
  • Young groom, The Company of Wolves, Cannon, 1985
  • Timothy Broom, The Doctor and the Devils, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985
  • Patsy, Life Is Sweet, October Films, 1991
  • Fergus, The Crying Game (also known as The Soldier's Wife),Miramax, 1992
  • Gerry McAllister, Bad Behaviour, October Films, 1993
  • Noel Riordan, Angie, Buena Vista, 1994
  • Santiago, Interview with the Vampire (also known as Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles), Geffen/Warner, 1994
  • Gutch, Princess Caraboo, TriStar, 1994
  • Milo O'Brannagan, Ready to Wear (also known as Pret-a-Porter), Miramax, 1994
  • Fosca, All Men Are Mortal, Warner Bros., 1995
  • Nikos, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (also known as Li), Hispano Foxfilm/Lusomundo, 1995
  • "John Boorman," Lumiere et compagnie (also known as Lumiere andCompany and Lumiere y compania), Alta Films, 1995
  • Cab driver, Last of the High Kings (also known as Summer Fling), Miramax, 1996
  • Ned (some sources say Harry) Broy, Michael Collins, Warner Bros.,1996
  • Title role, Trojan Eddie, Manuel Salvador, 1996
  • Dowd, A Further Gesture (also known as The Break), 1996
  • Da Brady and the adult Francie, The Butcher Boy, Warner Bros., 1997
  • Brian, Hacks (also known as The Big Twist and Sink or Swim), Rigorous Productions, 1997
  • Ray (the governor), Fever Pitch, Manuel Salvador, 1997
  • Father Quinn, This Is My Father, Sony Pictures Classics, 1998
  • Tony Costello, Still Crazy, Columbia, 1998
  • Dr. Silverman, Blue Vision (also known as In Dreams), DreamWorks SKG, 1998
  • Connie Fitzpatrick, Guinevere, Miramax, 1999
  • Henry Miles, The End of the Affair, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1999
  • Brian, The Life before This, First Look Pictures Releasing, 1999
  • Dr. Figure, On the Edge, Universal, 2000
  • Crime + Punishment in Suburbia, 2000
  • The Smiling Suicide Club, 2000
  • Cardinal Richelieu, The Musketeer, MCA/Universal, 2001
  • Alistair Pratt, FearDotCom, 2002
  • Leopold Bloom, Ulysses, 2002
  • Michael Beattie, Evelyn, United Artists, 2002
  • Film Work
  • Associate producer, December Bride, Manuel Salvador, 1990
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Carter Brandon, I Didn't Know You Cared, BBC, 1975-1976
  • Not with a Bang, [Great Britain], 1990
  • Movies
  • Stanislaus Joyce/McIntosh, Joyce in June, BBC, 1981
  • Dixie, Four Days in July, BBC, 1984
  • Paul, "Not As Bad As They Seem," Nobody Here but Us Chickens, Channel 4, 1989
  • Detective Viktor Burakov, Citizen X, HBO, 1995
  • Bruno Richard Hauptmann, Crime of the Century, HBO, 1996
  • Cypher, Double Tap, HBO, 1997
  • Rabbi Judah Hirsch, Snow in August, Showtime, 2001
  • Hogg, Armadillo, BBC, 2001
  • Specials
  • Arden Buckley, Color Him Dead (also known as K Is for Killing and Thriller: K Is for Killing), ABC, 1974
  • Hollar, Professional Foul (also known as BBC2 Play of the Week:Professional Foul), BBC2, 1978
  • Caretaker, Comedians (also known as Play for Today: Comedians), 1979
  • Ejlert Lovborg, "Hedda Gabler," Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1993
  • Episodic
  • Pellin, "In the Public Interest," The Professionals, London Weekend Television, 1979
  • Roddy Allan, "Windows," Minder, 1984
  • Frank Warren, "Fools Rush In," Boon, Central Independent Television, 1986
  • Other
  • Seamus Shields, Shadow of a Gunman, BBC, 1995
  • Also appeared in The Big Gamble; Caleb Williams; The Fugitive; The House; Lost Belongings; Out of Town Boys;Saint Oscar; The Seagull; Shergar; The Scout.
  • Stage Appearances
  • The Playboy of the Western World, National Theatre, London, 1975
  • Edward, Someone Who'll Watch over Me, London, 1992, then Booth Theatre, New York City, 1992-1993
  • Uncle Vanya, 1995
  • Ashes to Ashes, Double Top Theatre, 1996
  • The Plough and the Stars, Gaeity Theater, Dublin, Ireland, 2000
  • Appeared with Field Day Theatre Company in Boesman and Lena, Communication Card, Double Cross, Hightime and Riot Act, Making History, Miss Julie, Pentecost, St. Oscar, andTranslations; also appeared in Endgame, Royal Court Theatre, London; The Shadow of a Gunman, London; The Cherry Orchard; Comedians; Freedom of the City; and High Society.
  • Stage Work
  • Director, The Plough and the Stars, Gaeity Theater, Dublin, Ireland, 2000
  • Directed productions of The Cure at Troy and Three Sisters.

Further Reference


    • People Weekly, February 8, 1993, pp. 79-81
    • Washington Post, February 7, 1993, p. G3

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