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Brendan Gleeson was born on the 29th March 1955, in Dublin, Ireland, and is an actor who is widely recognized for his roles in blockbusters such as “Braveheart” (1995), “Gangs of New York” (2002), “Troy” (2004), “Edge of Tomorrow” (2014) and the “Harry Potter” franchise, among numerous others. For his role of Winston Churchill in the 2009 historical drama “Into the Storm”, Gleeson was honored with Primetime Emmy Award, and for the leading role in 2014 drama “Calvary” he was rewarded with several awards including IFTA, BOFCA and British Independent Film Award.

Have you ever wondered how much wealth this critically acclaimed actor has accumulated so far? How rich Brendan Gleeson is? According to sources, it is estimated that the total of Brendan Gleeson’s net worth, as of early 2017, exceeds the sum of $4 million, acquired through his career in the moviemaking industry which has been active since 1989.

Brendan Gleeson Net Worth $4 million

Brendan was born to Pat and Frank Gleeson. As an avid reader, he developed his interest in acting at an early age. He attended St. Joseph’s CBS where he was a member of its drama group, and began his career as an Irish and English language teacher in a secondary school. He debuted as an actor in 1989 with a side role in the TV movie “Dear Sarah”, followed by several similar roles in TV series and TV movies including “The Treaty” (1991), in which he portrayed Michael Collins and was rewarded with the Jacob’s Award; all these engagements provided the basis for Brendan’s current net worth, so that later in 1991, Brendan decided to abandon his teaching career in order to pursue his acting one full time.

Through the 1990s, Brendan managed to maintain an uninterrupted streak of acting appearances, primarily starring in various supporting roles. Some of his notable roles were in the movies “Into The West” (1992), “Braveheart” and “The Life of Reilly” both in 1995, “Michael Collins” (1996) and “The Butcher Boy” (1997) as well as leading roles in “I Went Down” (1997) and “The General” (1998). For the latter two performances, he was rewarded with BSFC Award in 1998. It is certain that all these appearances helped Brendan Gleeson to massively increase the amount of his wealth.

He came into greater prominence in 2000, when he appeared in “Mission: Impossible II” and later starred as Simple Simon in “Saltwater”, Marc Stevenson in “Harrison’s Flowers” before appearing in the title role of Harry McKee in “Wild About Harry”. In 2002, Gleeson was cast as Walter ‘Monk’ McGinn in the now cult classic crime drama “Gangs of New York”, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis and Cameron Diaz. For his role of Stobrod Thewes in “Cold Mountain” (2003), Gleeson was nominated for a Gold Derby as well as ACC Award, and in the 2004 epic historical spectacle “Troy” featuring Brad Pitt and Eric Bana in the main roles, Gleeson starred as king Menelaus, while in 2005 Ridley Scott’s historical drama “Kingdom of Heaven” he portrayed Reynald de Chatillon. However, the real breakthrough in Gleeson’s career occurred later in 2005 when he was cast as Alastor ‘MadEye’ Moody in the fourth movie of the “Harry Potter” saga – “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”. He reprised the same role in its sequels as well, including “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (2007) and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1” (2010). Doubtlessly, all these ventures helped Brandon Gleeson to add a significant sum to his net worth.

Brendan Gleeson has since managed to add several more memorable appearances to his professional portfolio, including in “Black Irish” (2007), “Beowulf” (2007), “In Bruges” (2009), “The Secret of Kells” (2009), “Green Zone” (2010), “The Guard” (2011), “Safe House” (2012) as well as “The Grand Seduction” (2013), “Song of the Sea” (2014) and “In the Heart of the Sea” (2015).

Some of the most recent of Brendan Gleeson’s engagements include supporting roles in the 2016 WWII drama “Alone in Berlin” and Sci-Fi historical adventure “Assassin’s Creed”. All these roles have certainly helped Brendan Gleeson to further increase his net worth by a large margin.

When it comes to his personal life, Gleeson has been married since 1982, to Mary Weldon with whom he has four sons, of which the eldest two decided to purse acting careers as well.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mr. Mercedes2018TV Series pre-productionBill Hodges
Paddington 22017filming'Knuckles' McGinty
Hampsteadpost-production
Assassin's Creed2016Joseph Lynch
Live by Night2016Thomas Coughlin
Trespass Against Us2016/IColby Cutler
Alone in Berlin2016Otto Quangel
In the Heart of the Sea2015Tom Nickerson
Pursuit2015/ISearbhán
Suffragette2015Inspector Arthur Steed
Song of the Sea2014Conor / Mac Lir (voice)
The Hogwarts Express2014ShortAlastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody
Stonehearst Asylum2014The Alienist
Edge of Tomorrow2014General Brigham
Calvary2014Father James
The Money2014TV MovieJames Castman
1916 Seachtar Dearmadta2013TV Mini-SeriesGlór
The Grand Seduction2013Murray French
The Smurfs 22013Victor
Immaturity for Charity2012TV MovieVarious
The Company You Keep2012Henry Osborne
So You Want to Be a Pirate!2012Video shortThe Pirate with Gout (voice)
The Pirates! Band of Misfits2012The Pirate with Gout (voice)
The Raven2012/ICapt. Charles Hamilton
Safe House2012David Barlow
The Cup2011Dermot Weld
Albert Nobbs2011Dr. Holloran
The Guard2011Gerry Boyle
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 12010Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody
1916 Seachtar na Cásca2010TV SeriesNarrator
Noreen2010ShortCon Keogh
Green Zone2010Martin Brown
Perrier's Bounty2009Darren Perrier
Into the Storm2009TV MovieWinston Churchill
The Secret of Kells2009Abbot Cellach (voice)
In Bruges2008Ken
Beowulf2007Wiglaf
Beowulf: The Game2007Video GameWiglaf (voice)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix2007Alastor 'Mad-­Eye' Moody
Black Irish2007Desmond McKay
The Tiger's Tail2006Liam O'Leary / The Double
Studs2006Keegan, Walter
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire2005Professor Alastor 'Mad­Eye' Moody
Breakfast on Pluto2005John Joe Kenny
Kingdom of Heaven2005Reynald de Chatillon
Six Shooter2004ShortDonnelly
The Village2004August Nicholson
Troy2004Menelaus
In My Country2004Col. de Jager
Wilde Stories: The Devoted Friend2003TV MovieHugh
Cold Mountain2003Stobrod Thewes
Dark Blue2002Jack Van Meter
Gangs of New York2002Walter 'Monk' McGinn
28 Days Later...2002Frank
A.I. Artificial Intelligence2001Lord Johnson-Johnson
The Tailor of Panama2001Michelangelo 'Mickie' Abraxas
Cáca Milis2001ShortPaul
J.J. Biker2001
Wild About Harry2000Harry McKee
Saltwater2000Simple Simon
Harrison's Flowers2000Marc Stevenson
Mission: Impossible II2000John C. McCloy
My Life So Far1999Jim Menzies
Lake Placid1999Sheriff Hank Keough
Making the Cut1998TV MovieFlanagan
Sweety Barrett1998Sweety Barrett
This Is My Father1998/IGarda Jim
The General1998Martin Cahill
Before I Sleep1997ShortJohn Harte
I Went Down1997Bunny Kelly
The Break1997Richard
The Butcher Boy1997Father Bubbles
Turbulence1997Stubbs
Angela Mooney1996Barney Mooney
Messaggi quasi segreti1996Frank Ferguson
Trojan Eddie1996Ginger
Michael Collins1996Liam Tobin
Kidnapped1995TV MovieRed Fox
The Life of Reilly1995ShortPatient
Braveheart1995Hamish
The Lifeboat1994TV SeriesLeslie Parry
Screenplay1993TV SeriesThomas Macken
Screen Two1993TV SeriesLester
M.A.N.: Matrix Adjusted Normal1992ShortDr. Abraham
The Bargain Shop1992Jim Kennedy
Into the West1992Inspector Bolger
Conneely's Choice1992ShortJosie Conneely
Far and Away1992Social Club Policeman
The Treaty1991TV MovieMichael Collins
4 Play1991TV SeriesFarmer
Saint Oscar1991TV Movie
The Field1990Quarryman
Hard Shoulder1990TV MovieLorry Driver
Dear Sarah1989TV MovieBrendan Dowd

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cold Mountain2003performer: "Bonaparte's Retreat", "Ruby with the Eyes That Sparkle", "Sittin' on Top of the World" 1966

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Suffragette: Looking Back, Looking Forward2016Video shortHimself / Inspector Arthur Steed
Días de cine2016TV SeriesHimself
Atlantic2016DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Today2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with Seth Meyers2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
11th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards2014TV SpecialHimself
The Raven Guts: Bringing Death to Live2012Video documentary shortHimself
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards2012TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
The Making of 'The Guard'2011Video shortHimself
The One Show2010-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Made in Hollywood2011TV SeriesHimself
8th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Award Presenter
Inside 'The Green Zone'2010Video documentary shortHimself
Xposé2009-2010TV SeriesHimself
The 7th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Award Presenter
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Motion Picture Made for Television
2009 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special2009TV SpecialHimself
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Braveheart: A Look Back2009Video documentaryHimself
Tavis Smiley2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 6th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Beowulf: Mapping the Journey2008Video documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Buzz: AT&T Original Documentaries2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Shootout2008TV SeriesHimself
Interviews with the Cast of 'Braveheart'2007Video shortHimself
The Hidden Secrets of Harry Potter2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
San Sebastián 2006: Crónica de Carlos Boyero2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Colors of the Crusade2006Video documentary shortHimself
The Path to Redemption2006Video documentaryHimself
Flann O'Brien: The Lives of Brian2006TV Movie documentaryNarrator
HBO First Look2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Kingdom of Hope: The Making of 'Kingdom of Heaven'2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Deconstructing 'The Village'2005Video documentary shortHimself
'Kingdom of Heaven': Interactive Production Grid2005Video documentaryHimself
2nd Irish Film and Television Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Words and Music of 'Cold Mountain'2003TV MovieHimself
A Journey to 'Cold Mountain'2003TV Short documentaryHimself
Pure Rage: The Making of '28 Days Later'2002TV Short documentaryHimself
Signé croisette1998TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
An Cúpla Corr2010TV Movie documentaryBarney Mooney
Reflections on the Fourth Film2006Video documentary shortProf. Alastor 'Mad­Eye' Moo (uncredited)
The Maze: The Third Task2006Video documentary shortProfessor Alastor 'Mad­Eye' Moody (uncredited)
In Flags or Flitters: Pictures of Dublin1993TV Movie documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest Supporting ActorSuffragette (2015)
2014BOFCA AwardBoston Online Film Critics AssociationBest ActorCalvary (2014)
2014British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest ActorCalvary (2014)
2014IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Lead Actor - FilmCalvary (2014)
2011Best ActorValladolid International Film FestivalThe Guard (2011)
2010IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a Lead Role in TelevisionInto the Storm (2009)
2009Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieInto the Storm (2009)
2009Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionInto the Storm (2009)
2008Career Achievement AwardDublin International Film Festival
1999IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a Male RoleThe General (1998)
1999ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Actor of the YearThe General (1998)
1998BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest ActorThe General (1998)
1992Jacob's AwardJacob's AwardsBest Actor in a TV Series - DramaThe Treaty (1991)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Feature FilmSong of the Sea (2014)· David Rawle
· Lucy O'Connell
· Fionnula Flanagan
· Lisa Hannigan
2015NCFCA AwardNorth Carolina Film Critics AssociationBest ActorCalvary (2014)
2014Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CAPerformance by an Actor in a Leading RoleThe Grand Seduction (2013)
2014DFCS AwardDetroit Film Critic Society, USBest ActorCalvary (2014)
2014European Film AwardEuropean Film AwardsEuropean ActorCalvary (2014)
2014OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActorCalvary (2014)
2014PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Actor in a Leading RoleCalvary (2014)
2014SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActorCalvary (2014)
2014VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest ActorCalvary (2014)
2013BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Feature FilmThe Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (2012)· Hugh Grant
· Martin Freeman
· David Tennant
· Salma Hayek
· Jeremy Piven
· Imelda Staunton
· Russell Tovey
· Lenny Henry
· Ashley Jensen
· Brian Blessed
· Anton Yelchin
2012Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalThe Guard (2011)
2012Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsBest ActorThe Guard (2011)
2012IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Supporting Actor - FilmAlbert Nobbs (2011)
2012IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor - FilmThe Guard (2011)
2012ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Actor of the YearThe Guard (2011)
2011British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest ActorThe Guard (2011)
2011IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role in a Feature FilmPerrier's Bounty (2009)
2011SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActorThe Guard (2011)
2011Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Motion PictureThe Guard (2011)
2010Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionInto the Storm (2009)
2010BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorInto the Storm (2009)
2009Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalIn Bruges (2008)
2009BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActorIn Bruges (2008)
2009Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ActorIn Bruges (2008)
2009IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a Lead Role in a FilmIn Bruges (2008)
2009OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesInto the Storm (2009)
2008British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest ActorIn Bruges (2008)
2008Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or MusicalIn Bruges (2008)
2007IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a Lead Role in a Feature FilmStuds (2006)
2006ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Supporting Actor of the YearHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
2004Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest Supporting Actor28 Days Later... (2002)
2004Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastCold Mountain (2003)· Eileen Atkins
· Philip Seymour Hoffman
· Nicole Kidman
· Jude Law
· Natalie Portman
· Giovanni Ribisi
· Donald Sutherland
· Ray Winstone
· Renée Zellweger
2004ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Supporting Actor of the YearCold Mountain (2003)
2003ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleCold Mountain (2003)· Jude Law
· Nicole Kidman
· Renée Zellweger
· Natalie Portman
· Philip Seymour Hoffman
· Eileen Atkins
· Giovanni Ribisi
· Kathy Baker
· Ray Winstone
· James Gammon
· Donald Sutherland
2003IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a Feature FilmWild About Harry (2000)
2002ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleGangs of New York (2002)· Leonardo DiCaprio
· Daniel Day-Lewis
· John C. Reilly
· Cameron Diaz
· Liam Neeson
· Henry Thomas
· Jim Broadbent
· Gary Lewis
· Eddie Marsan
1999IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a Male RoleI Went Down (1997)
1999Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Motion Picture, DramaThe General (1998)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1999NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActorThe General (1998)
1998NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorThe General (1998)

TitleSalary
The Village (2004)$1,500,000

#Fact
1He has worked 8 directors who have won an Oscar for Best Director: Ron Howard, Mel Gibson, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Danny Boyle, Anthony Minghella, Robert Zemeckis, and Robert Redford.
2He is the only actor from the "Harry Potter" films to have co-starred with Daniel Radcliffe in his feature debut The Tailor of Panama (2001).
3He worked with the three actors before they were cast as the Doctor in Doctor Who (2005) before they were cast in the role. He was worked with Christopher Eccleston in 28 Days Later... (2002), with David Tennant in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) and with Matt Smith in In Bruges (2008).
4Played British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill in Into the Storm (2009). In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), he appears with Timothy Spall and Robert Hardy, both of whom have also played Churchill.
5He 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.
6He taught English, Irish & Physical Education at Belcamp College Secondary School in Dublin.
7He played Irish leader Michael Collins in The Treaty (1991). He later had a supporting role in the biopic Michael Collins (1996).
8Taught Maths at St. Joseph's Secondary school in Fairview, Dublin.
9He started acting at the age of 34.
10Plays a professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005). This makes him the first, and to date, only actor to play a Hogwarts professor who has himself been employed as a teacher.
11Participated in the Dublin Shakespeare Theatre Festival the during mid-eighties.
12Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford Upon Avon, England, in the late eighties for two seasons where his credits included King Lear and King Richard II.
13He was a teacher for 10 years before becoming an actor.
14He has four sons from his marriage to Mary Gleeson: Domhnall Gleeson, Fergus Gleeson, Brian Gleeson and Rory Gleeson. Appeared with all his sons in the Irish television special Immaturity for Charity (2012).
15He is a fine fiddle player and can be seen playing it in Michael Collins (1996) and also in Cold Mountain (2003).

#Quote
1When I first was able to fill in A-C-T-O-R for the occupation line on my passport, that was the first time I really felt, 'Wow, I'm home.'
2My grandfather played a mandolin, so I got my hands on that. Then on down to a banjo, and I found I couldn't play any kind of soft or mournful music with that so I took up the fiddle in my late 20s or early 30s - and that was far too late. But it keeps me off the streets. It has been a love of mine since I was 17 maybe.
3You can channel a lot within a comic framework, and I think The Guard (2011) had a lot going on outside of the comedy, which is satisfying.
4The good thing about my part in 'Harry Potter' was that I was pretty well disguised. When I was walking down the street, there was no real recognition factor. Parents would sometimes call their children to come say hello to Mad-Eye, and the kids wouldn't know what they were looking at.
5I don't maybe follow the normal star profile, and it's not something that I particularly want to embrace in terms of the publicity thing and wanting to be famous and known.
6I think it's what art should do: make you feel less alone - either in the quest for truth or in dealing with any pain you have.
7I started hitching about the country when I was 16 or 17 years old. I found the music that was played around the country - Irish music - had a particular resonance.
8I'd never had any problem finding inspiration; Ireland was always just there, you know? All this richness of culture was there to tap into.
9I think every character actor at some stage likes to carry a film. It can be extremely liberating to just come in for a scene or two and do your thing. But I find it frustrating if I'm just doing little bits here and there for too long.
10The whole point of film for me is that it's such a joy. It's such a wonder. The possibilities are literally endless in terms of what you can creatively do.
11I don't plan in terms of career ambitions. The only career ambition I have is to work with people who are going to bring you up and elevate your performance. They'll let you know things that you didn't know already and bring you places that you might not have gotten to otherwise.
12I tend to look for the good in bad people and the bad in good people, to make them human. 'Cause I don't think that people generally are that black and white. Maybe in movie-land they can be... but that isn't necessarily all there is.
13I find myself really privileged to be able to go in and look at a set that the likes of Hollywood can provide, and say, 'My God, look at the craftsmanship in this; look at the ambition in it, the scale of it.'
14What I voice, I voice though my art, if that's not too vainglorious a word. But I don't think it is.
15I loved teaching. And I always used to say that acting was just something I did purely on my own terms, and that if I had to make a living from it there would be too much pressure.
16I think it was a possibility, I think we're all kind of delusional like that, we think that we can all carry on being who we are without bending ourselves to make ourselves acceptable and expect someone to come along and see to us and rescue to us.
17I'm aware now over the last 5 or 10 years that when you do an accent, you really have to kind of get down to the nitty gritty and go into the phonetics of it, if necessary. Find out not just the sounds but the rhythms and the music - or lack thereof - in a particular accent.
18I worked with Steven Spielberg on 'AI' and his level of preparation was extraordinary. He told me there was a time at the beginning when he was a bit more spontaneous and went over budget, and it absolutely wrecked his head. When you look at the power and assuredness of his movies, it makes sense that he works out so much in advance.
19I hope I'm worthy in my dying. I hope I can maintain myself - that I wouldn't become pathetic and needy, and the worst part of myself come out in adversity. But I'm not afraid of it. It'd be such a silly thing to do! To ruin the life you have by fearing its ending.
20Winston was a bit of a challenge, all right, from a lot of different perspectives. It wasn't just the culture or the class divide or the historical baggage - it was also the age difference. We had to see if I could be aged-up legitimately, without it becoming some sort of hokey acting challenge.
21Look at the Coen brothers. All their minor characters are as interesting as their protagonists. If the smaller characters are well-written, the whole world of the film becomes enriched. It's not the size of the thing, but the detail.
22Actors will always tell you it's more fun playing bad guys. A lot of the time, it's criminals who are the people who don't care. There's something extraordinarily seductive about the guy who doesn't care, and to play that guy is terribly empowering, because you don't have to worry about the consequences of your actions.
23Everyone's waiting for the seventh book, and looking at each other saying, 'Oh, I wonder will I be in the running?'
24I'm very proud of Calvary (2014). It's been doing well; it has legs. It's no easy ride. It packs a punch, this one.
25It'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.
26When I started out at about 19, 20, it took me two years just to tell the difference between a jig and a reel. It does all sound the same, but what you can find once you go in - it's never-ending. So that's my love.
27The horror of a death without dignity has so much implications for the people who are left behind.
28For me, it's just about keeping the standards up. We're a small country, so we have to punch above our weight. I'm not a great man for doing something just because it's Irish, and you never know what's going to work. But as long as we keep the standards up, people will continue to invest in films. It's as simple as that.
29I don't want people poking around in my private stuff. They've no business in it. My work is what I give to people, that's my job, and that's where it stops.
30[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'.
31[on In Bruges (2008)] A real test of our acting ability.

#Trademark
1Tall heavy figure
2Red hair
3Irish accent
4Frequently makes historical films
5Frequently works with fellow Irish actor Liam Neeson

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