Gabriel Byrne Biography (1950-)

Born May 12, 1950, in Dublin, Ireland; son of a cooper and a hospital worker;married Ellen Barkin (an actress), 1988 (divorced, 1999); children: Jack, Romy Marion. Education: Studied Gaelic and archaeology at the National University of Ireland, University College, Dublin; attended a seminary; trained as a bullfighter in Spain. Addresses: Agent-- United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager-- Rick Yorn, Industry Entertainment, 955 Carrillo Dr., Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Career: Actor, producer, screenwriter, director, and writer. Worked variously as an archeologist, apprentice chef, teacher, bartender, plumber, bullfighter, and columnist. Awards, Honors: Jacob's Award, best actor in television series--drama, 1979, for Bracken; International Fantasy Film Award, Fantasporto, best actor, 1987, for Gothic and for Defence of the Realm; Golden Satellite Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a miniseries or motion picture made for television,1998, for Weapons of Mass Distraction; Maverick Tribute Award, Cinequest San Jose Film Festival, 1999; Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination,favorite actor--horror, 2000, for Stigmata. Addresses: Agent:United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Manager: Rick Yorn, Industry Entertainment, 955 Carrillo Dr., Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Actor, producer, screenwriter, director, writer
Birth Details
May 12, 1950
Dublin, Ireland

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • On a Paving Stone Mounted,1978
  • The Outsider, Paramount, 1980
  • Uther Pendragon, Excalibur, Warner Bros., 1981
  • Joshua Herzog, Hannah K., Universal, 1983
  • Major Kaempffer, The Keep, Paramount, 1983
  • Nicholas "Nick" Mullen, Defence of the Realm(also known as NickMullen), Hemdale Releasing, 1985
  • Augustine, Siesta, Lorimar, 1987
  • The black prince, Lionheart(also known as Lionheart: The Children's Crusade), Orion, 1987
  • Kevin Scanlon, Hello, Again, TriStar, 1987
  • Lord Byron, Gothic, Virgin Visions, 1987
  • Paolo, Giulia e Giulia(also known as Julia and Julia), Cinecom, 1987
  • Saul Scourby, A Soldier's Tale, Atlantic Releasing, 1988
  • Val, The Courier, Vestron, 1988
  • Sir Hugo Buckton, Diamond Obsession(also known as Dark Obsession and Diamond Skulls), Film Four/British Screen, 1989
  • Lieutenant John Merrick, Haakon Haakonsen(also known as Shipwrecked, Hakon Hakonsen, and Piratgrottans hemlighet), Buena Vista, 1990
  • Tom Reagan, Miller's Crossing, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990
  • Jack Deebs, Cool World, Paramount, 1992
  • Papa Reilly, Into the West, Miramax, 1992
  • Bob, Point of No Return(also known as The Assassin), WarnerBros., 1993
  • Mackey, A Dangerous Woman, Gramercy Pictures, 1993
  • Daniel Graham, Trial by Jury, Warner Bros., 1994
  • Fenge, Prince of Jutland(also known as Royal Deceit, Amled, prinsen af Jylland, and Prinsen af Jylland), Miramax, 1994
  • Friedrich "Fritz" Bhaer, Little Women, Columbia/TriStar, 1994
  • The good thief, All Things Bright and Beautiful,[Great Britain], 1994
  • John Newland, A Simple Twist of Fate, Buena Vista, 1994
  • Charlie, Dead Man, Miramax, 1995
  • Dean Keaton, The Usual Suspects, Gramercy Pictures, 1995
  • Jack Kelly, Frankie Starlight, Fine Line Features, 1995
  • Dr. Hagard's Disease,1996
  • Ben London and song performer, Mad Dog Time(also known as Trigger Happy), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1996
  • Commandant Sean O'Brien, The Brylcreem Boys, Downtown Pictures, 1996
  • Himself, Past into Present, Sherwood Productions, 1996
  • Jack Griffin, The Last of the High Kings(also known as Summer Fling), Miramax, 1996
  • Roger Ellis, Somebody Is Waiting, LIVE Entertainment, 1996
  • The mechanic, Smilla's Sense of Snow(also known as Smilla's Feeling for Snow, Fraulein Smillas Gespuer fuer Schnee, Fraulein Smillas Gespur fur Schnee, Froeken Smillas kaensla foer snoe, Froken Smillas kansla for sno, and Froken Smillas fornemmelse for sne), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1997
  • Narrator, Irish Cinema--Ourselves Alone?,[Great Britain], 1997
  • Ray Bering, The End of Violence(also known as Am Ende der Gewalt and Am.Ende.der.Gerw@lt), Buena Vista, 1997
  • Bolek Pzoniak, Polish Wedding, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 1998
  • Brill, Enemy of the State, Buena Vista, 1998
  • D'Artagnan, The Man in the Iron Mask, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1998
  • Rohan, This Is the Sea, Paramount Home Video, 1998
  • Voice of Sir Lionel, Quest for Camelot(also known as The MagicSword: Quest for Camelot; animated), Warner Bros., 1998
  • An Ideal Husband, Miramax, 1999
  • When Brendan Met Trudy,1999
  • Father Andrew Kiernan, Stigmata(also known as Toby's Story), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1999
  • The man (Satan), End of Days, Buena Vista/Universal, 1999
  • Semana santa, Senator Film, 2000
  • The violinist, Canoe inverso--making love(also known as Canoe inverso), Cecchi Gori, 2000
  • Film Work
  • Associate producer, Into the West, Miramax, 1992
  • Executive producer (with others), In the Name of the Father, Universal, 1993
  • Director and producer, The Lark in the Clear Air,1996
  • Executive producer, Dr. Hagard's Disease,1996
  • Executive producer (with others), The Last of the High Kings(alsoknown as Summer Fling), Miramax, 1996
  • Producer (with others), The Brylcreem Boys, Downtown Pictures, 1996
  • Producer (with others), Somebody Is Waiting, LIVE Entertainment, 1996
  • Executive producer, Perfect Timing(also known as Mad about Mambo), Gramercy Pictures, 2000
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Pat Barry, The Riordans, Radio Teilifis Eireann, beginning in 1965
  • Pat Barry, Bracken,[Ireland], 1978-82
  • Benjamin Madigan, Madigan Men, ABC, 2000-
  • Miniseries
  • Karl Ritter, Wagner,[Great Britain], 1983
  • Title role, Christopher Columbus, CBS, 1985
  • Vittorio Mussolini, Mussolini: The Untold Story, NBC, 1985
  • Teddy Blue, Buffalo Girls, CBS, 1995
  • Movies
  • Joyce in June,1981
  • Treatment,1981
  • William Masters, Reflections, BBC and Channel Four, 1984
  • Draiocht,[Ireland], 1996
  • Lionel Powers, Weapons of Mass Distraction, HBO, 1997
  • Specials
  • Host, A Celtic Celebration, PBS, 1995
  • Voice, Out of Ireland(also known as The Irish in America),PBS, 1995
  • Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary Primetime Special, NBC, 1999
  • Awards Presentations
  • Presenter, The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards,1995
  • Presenter, The 18th Annual CableACE Awards,1996
  • Presenter, The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards,1997
  • Episodic
  • Guest host, Saturday Night Live(also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night Live, and SNL), NBC, 1995
  • Narrator, Intimate Portrait: Kim Cattrall, Lifetime, 2000
  • Music Videos
  • "Ain't So Easy," David & David, 1986
  • Stage Appearances
  • Appeared in Translations, National Theatre Company, London, England; performed with Ireland's Focus Theatre and with Abbey Theatre, Dublin,Ireland.
  • Taped Readings
  • "The Masque of the Red Death," Closed on Account of Rabies, Mercury Records, 1997
  • The New Yorker Out Loud, c. 1998
  • Screenplays
  • The Lark in the Clear Air,1996
  • The Last of the High Kings(also known as Summer Fling), Miramax, 1996
  • Teleplays
  • Movies
  • Draiocht,[Ireland], 1996
  • Essays and Short Stories
  • Pictures in My Head, Wolfhound Press (Dublin, Ireland), 1995
  • Contributor to anthologies, including Forgiveness: Ireland's BestContemporary Short Stories, edited by Augustine Martin, Four Walls EightWindows (New York City), 1989. Contributor to periodicals, including Magill.

Further Reference


    • In Style, March, 1997 .
    • New York, September 17, 1990 , pp. 46-51.
    • People Weekly, April 21, 1997 , p. 37.
    • Rolling Stone, November 1, 1990 , pp. 75-76.

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