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Also Known As: Died:
Born: February 6, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Dublin, IE Profession: director, screenwriter, cab driver, club manager

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Having been a successful theater director and journeyman actor in his native Ireland, feature director Jim Sheridan emigrated to the United States in 1981 with less than a hundred dollars in his pocket. Sheridan spent the next several years struggling to make ends meet until he directed first feature, "My Left Foot" (1989), which marked the first of several successful collaborations with actor and fellow Irishman Daniel Day-Lewis, while earning Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Picture. "My Left Foot" announced Sheridan as a talented filmmaker capable of balancing the drab life of a drunken artist suffering from cerebral palsy with the rousing heroic tale of a man with limited capabilities triumphing over all odds. He returned to working with Day-Lewis for his third film, "In the Name of the Father" (1993), which established the young actor as a bona fide star, while confirming that Sheridan was a powerful force behind the camera. Though their third feature together, "The Boxer" (1996), failed to live up to their previous work, both Sheridan and Day-Lewis had established themselves as a potent team that rivaled the likes of Scorsese-De Niro and Burton-Depp. Meanwhile, Sheridan...

Having been a successful theater director and journeyman actor in his native Ireland, feature director Jim Sheridan emigrated to the United States in 1981 with less than a hundred dollars in his pocket. Sheridan spent the next several years struggling to make ends meet until he directed first feature, "My Left Foot" (1989), which marked the first of several successful collaborations with actor and fellow Irishman Daniel Day-Lewis, while earning Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Picture. "My Left Foot" announced Sheridan as a talented filmmaker capable of balancing the drab life of a drunken artist suffering from cerebral palsy with the rousing heroic tale of a man with limited capabilities triumphing over all odds. He returned to working with Day-Lewis for his third film, "In the Name of the Father" (1993), which established the young actor as a bona fide star, while confirming that Sheridan was a powerful force behind the camera. Though their third feature together, "The Boxer" (1996), failed to live up to their previous work, both Sheridan and Day-Lewis had established themselves as a potent team that rivaled the likes of Scorsese-De Niro and Burton-Depp. Meanwhile, Sheridan continued to churn out exemplary films, including the heartwarming and semiautobiographical "In America" (2002), making him a true rags-to-riches story that he occasionally depicted in his films.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Brothers (2009)
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  Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005) Director
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  Boxer, The (1997) Director
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  Field, The (1990) Director
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  My Left Foot (1989) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Best (1999) Bob Bishop
3.
 General, The (1998) Cpad Leader
4.
 This is the Sea (1997) Station Master
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 Moll Flanders (1996) Priest
6.
 Words Upon the Window Pane (1994) Jonathan Swift
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Formed the Children's T theater company after graduating from college
1976:
Founded (and served as the artistic director) the Project Arts Centre in Dublin
1979:
Wrote two plays, the first, an Irish beggar's opera called "The Ha'penny Place" and the second, a piece of agitprop theater called "The Last Post"
1981:
Moved to New York and enrolled at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts
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Became the artistic director of New York's Irish Arts Centre
1989:
Film directing and screenwriting debut, "My Left Foot," starring Daniel Day-Lewis; earned Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay
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Started production company Hell's Kitchen Productions; partnered with Arthur Lappin
1993:
First film as a producer, "In the Name of the Father"; again teamed with Daniel Day-Lewis; earned Acadeny Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay
1996:
Wrote and produced the IRA-themed drama "Some Mother's Son"
1997:
Re-teamed with Day-Lewis for "The Boxer"; wrote, produced and directed; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director
1999:
Served as producer on "Agnes Browne"; film was directed by and starred Anjelica Huston
2000:
Executive produced the biopic of Irish author Brendan Behan "Borstal Boy"
2003:
Released the semi-autobiographical drama "In America"; earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best Director and shared Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Screenplay with his daughters Kirsten and Naomi Sheridan, who co-wrote the script
2005:
Directed the urban drama "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," loosely based on the life of rapper 50 Cent, who also makes his acting debut
2009:
Helmed a remake of "Brothers," starring Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal
2011:
Directed the thriller "Dream House," starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz
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Education

University College Dublin: -
New York University: New York , New York - 1981

Notes

"Hollywood is like being at a party where, while I'm telling you a story, you're looking over my shoulder. People here are always playing to somebody else out there--a mass, consensus. Even actors here don't talk to the person in the scene with them--they want the mass endorsement as the validation."--Sheridan's take on the Hollywood system (from "Movieline", 12/93)

"I'm totally aware that sometimes a lack of humor in a movie gives you the feeling that you're trapped in a bar with a guy who's ranting on and on while you're going, 'Jesus, take a break so I can go to the toilet', It comes out of an urgency to tell the story. I am kind of extreme. But there's so many people in the film world being so well-rewarded for always giving audiences what they want."--Sheridan on his type of films as opposed to Hollywood (from "Movieline", 12/93)

"It's a kind of symbiotic relationship. I almost feel that I'm writing what he's feeling. I have to concede to him a small degree of madness when I'm directing him, because, after all, he's the inspiration for a bit of it in me."--Sheridan on his relationship with Daniel Day-Lewis, (from "The Daily News", 12/28/93)

Sheridan opened a restaurant in Dublin with singers Bono and Gavin Friday called Mr. Pussy's Cafe de Luxe in 1994.

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wife:
Fran Sheridan. Had three children with Sheridan.

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father:
Peter Sheridan. Ran small amateur theater company in Dublin; railroad worker. Sheridan began working at the theater at age 16; died in 1994.
mother:
Anna Sheridan. Died in 1998.
brother:
Peter Sheridan. Director, playwright, author. Born c. 1952; married with four children; wrote two autobiographies, "44, A Dublin Memoir" (1999) and "Forty-Seven Roses" (2001).
sister:
Ita Sheridan. Younger.
brother:
John Sheridan. Younger.
brother:
Frank Sheridan. Younger; died in 1966 of a brain tumor at age 10.
brother:
Gerard Sheridan. Younger.
daughter:
Naomi Sheridan. Screenwriter.
daughter:
Kristen Sheridan. Director, screenwriter, actor. Made debut feature "Disco Pigs" (2001); appeared in "My Left Foot".
daughter:
Tess Sheridan.
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