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Born: May 25, 1976 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Douglas, Cork, IE Profession: actor

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After cutting his teeth creatively as an amateur musician and later dropping out of law school, Irish-born Cillian Murphy segued into acting with an attention-grabbing performance in the stark, two-character stage drama, "Disco Pigs." The surprise hit transformed Murphy's life, leading him on an almost two-year tour across Europe, Canada and Australia. He eventually landed his first film roles, mainly in British-made independents, before finally achieving international stardom with director Danny Boyle's post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, "28 Days Later" (2002), which soon opened the doors to Hollywood. Following a small role in the Oscar-nominated "Cold Mountain" (2003), Murphy proved an able villain as the menacing Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins" (2005) and a terrifying flight companion in the thriller "Red Eye" (2005). Though he drifted back into more independent-minded movies like Neil Jordan's "Breakfast on Pluto" (2005), Boyle's small-scale sci-fi adventure "Sunshine" (2007) and the period drama "The Edge of Love" (2009), Murphy was entirely comfortable seeking out lesser-known artistic films while maintaining a high-profile Hollywood career.

After cutting his teeth creatively as an amateur musician and later dropping out of law school, Irish-born Cillian Murphy segued into acting with an attention-grabbing performance in the stark, two-character stage drama, "Disco Pigs." The surprise hit transformed Murphy's life, leading him on an almost two-year tour across Europe, Canada and Australia. He eventually landed his first film roles, mainly in British-made independents, before finally achieving international stardom with director Danny Boyle's post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, "28 Days Later" (2002), which soon opened the doors to Hollywood. Following a small role in the Oscar-nominated "Cold Mountain" (2003), Murphy proved an able villain as the menacing Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins" (2005) and a terrifying flight companion in the thriller "Red Eye" (2005). Though he drifted back into more independent-minded movies like Neil Jordan's "Breakfast on Pluto" (2005), Boyle's small-scale sci-fi adventure "Sunshine" (2007) and the period drama "The Edge of Love" (2009), Murphy was entirely comfortable seeking out lesser-known artistic films while maintaining a high-profile Hollywood career.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Heart of the Sea (2015)
2.
 Cry/Fly (2014)
3.
 Transcendence (2014)
4.
 Broken (2013)
5.
7.
 In Time (2011)
8.
 Peacock (2010)
9.
 Inception (2010)
10.
 Perrier's Bounty (2009)
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Milestones close milestones

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Began acting while still in school at The Concordia Theater
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Cast as the wildly emotional Pig in Concordia's production of "Disco Pig"
1998:
Made feature film debut in "The Tale of Sweety Barrett"
1999:
Cast in the coming-of-age comedy drama, "Sunburn"
2000:
Played a suicidal psychiatric patient in "On the Edge"
2001:
Reprised role of Pig in the feature adaption of "Disco Pigs"; directed by Kirsten Sheridan
2002:
Played the lead in director Danny Boyle's apocalyptic thriller, "28 Days Later"
2003:
Portrays Pieter, Scarlett Johansson's potential suitor in Peter Webber's "Girl with a Pearl Earring"
2004:
Had a small role in Anthony Minghella's "Cold Mountain"
2005:
Cast as Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins"
2005:
Starred in Neil Jordan's "Breakfast on Pluto," as Patrick "Pussy" Braden, a transvestite prostitute; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor
2005:
Co-starred with Rachel McAdams in Wes Craven's airplane thriller "Red-Eye"
2006:
Starred in the Irish drama "The Wind that Shakes the Barley"
2007:
Starred in Danny Boyle's Sci-fi thriller, "Sunshine"
2009:
Co-starred with Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller in "The Edge of Love"
2010:
Co-starred with Leonardo DiCaprio in the Christopher Nolan-directed sci-fi thriller "Inception"
2011:
Cast opposite Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried in the futuristic thriller "In Time"
2012:
Co-starred with Sigourney Weaver and Robert De Niro in the drama thriller "Red Lights"
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Education

Presentation Brothers College: -

Notes

Plays in a Frank Zappa-influenced band called "Sons of Mr. Greengenes"

First name pronounced "Kill-ian"

"I am a person who has always needed companionship," he says. "I'm not very good at being alone. And I should know, I've tried it. As for the fame thing, I never intended this to happen and my life, really, hasn't changed dramatically. But, yes, it does help to have a stable relationship in my life. And no matter what happens I would hope to hold on to the things in life that are most important to me."---Cillian Murphy quoted to Sunday Independent Life, February 8, 2004.

Family close complete family listing

sister:
Sheila. Younger.
brother:
Páidi. Chef. Younger.

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