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Also Known As: Brendan Mark Gleeson Died:
Born: March 29, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Dublin, IE Profession: actor, playwright, director, street musician, teacher

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A latecomer to films, Irish actor Brendan Gleeson spent much of his formative years training for and performing in theater before breaking into films and television at the relatively older age of 34. Supporting turns in homegrown productions like "The Field" (1990) and "Into the West" (1992) led to small parts in American features like "Far and Away" (1992) and his big break as right hand man to Mel Gibson's William Wallace in the blockbuster "Braveheart" (1995). Three years later, his turn as Irish criminal Martin Cahill in John Boorman's "The General" (1998) boosted his profile on the international scene, so he was soon dividing his time between major Hollywood projects like "Mission: Impossible II" (1999) and independent efforts like "28 Days Later" (2001). Dependable in just about every field, from children's fantasy - he was Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody in three of the Harry Potter films - to epics like "Gangs of New York" (2002), to even more intimate projects like "Breakfast on Pluto" (2005) and "In Bruges" (2008), Gleeson's versatility elevated him to the pantheon of the character actor's character actor.

A latecomer to films, Irish actor Brendan Gleeson spent much of his formative years training for and performing in theater before breaking into films and television at the relatively older age of 34. Supporting turns in homegrown productions like "The Field" (1990) and "Into the West" (1992) led to small parts in American features like "Far and Away" (1992) and his big break as right hand man to Mel Gibson's William Wallace in the blockbuster "Braveheart" (1995). Three years later, his turn as Irish criminal Martin Cahill in John Boorman's "The General" (1998) boosted his profile on the international scene, so he was soon dividing his time between major Hollywood projects like "Mission: Impossible II" (1999) and independent efforts like "28 Days Later" (2001). Dependable in just about every field, from children's fantasy - he was Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody in three of the Harry Potter films - to epics like "Gangs of New York" (2002), to even more intimate projects like "Breakfast on Pluto" (2005) and "In Bruges" (2008), Gleeson's versatility elevated him to the pantheon of the character actor's character actor.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Heart of the Sea (2015)
2.
 Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
3.
 Eliza Graves (2014)
4.
 Calvary (2014)
5.
 Smurfs 2, The (2013)
7.
8.
 Safe House (2012)
9.
 Guard, The (2011)
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Worked as a schoolteacher for nearly ten years while acting in semi-professional and professional productions
1990:
Made feature acting debut in Jim Sheridan's "The Field"
1995:
Played sidekick to Mel Gibson's William Wallace in "Braveheart"
1995:
Acted in TNT adaptation of "Kidnapped"
1997:
Portrayed a dimwitted, low-level criminal in "I Went Down," directed by Paddy Breathnach and scripted by Conor McPherson
1998:
Played title role of Irish criminal Martin Cahill in John Boorman's "The General"
2000:
Landed featured role in "Mission: Impossible II," starring Tom Cruise
2000:
Co-starred with Brian Cox in "Salt Water"; adapted from McPherson's play "This Lime Tree Bower"
2001:
Re-teamed with Boorman to play a drunken revolutionary in "The Tailor of Panama"
2001:
Co-starred in "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," helmed by Steven Spielberg
2002:
Cast in Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York"
2003:
Played a corrupt police official in Los Angeles cop drama "Dark Blue"
2003:
Appeared in director Danny Boyle's post-modern zombie thriller "28 Days Later"
2003:
Cast in director Anthony Minghella's film adaptation of "Cold Mountain"
2004:
Cast as Spartan king Menelaus in director Wolfgang Petersen's epic "Troy"
2004:
Starred in M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village"
2005:
Cast opposite Orlando Bloom in Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven"
2005:
Played a hard-drinking Irish emigrant opposite Cillian Murphy in Neil Jordan's "Breakfast on Pluto"
2005:
Portrayed Alastor 'Mad­-Eye' Moody in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," adapted from the fourth book in fantasy series by J.K. Rowling; directed by Mike Newell
2007:
Reprised role of 'Mad-Eye' Moody for "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
2007:
Co-starred in Robert Zemeckis' "Beowulf," filmed using a special technique of motion capture
2008:
Co-starred with Colin Farrell as Irish contract killers in "In Bruges"
2009:
Portrayed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in HBO movie "Into the Storm"
2010:
Reprised role of 'Mad-Eye' Moody in David Yates directed "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"
2011:
Played an unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality opposite Don Cheadle in crime comedy "The Guard"
2011:
Cast alongside Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, and Janet McTeer in "Albert Nobbs"
2012:
Appeared in action drama "Safe House" opposite Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds
2012:
Cast opposite John Cusack in mystery thriller "The Raven"
2012:
Voiced character of The Pirate with Gout for animated adventure "The Pirates! Band of Misfits"
2012:
Featured opposite director Robert Redford in thriller "The Company You Keep"
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Education

University College: -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -

Notes

"I'm just not a big fan of babbling on about the inspiration for the part, and the search for the inner child, and all that. Besides, I think the research you do, and the path you take to become a certain character, should be a private one. If you're putting on a puppet show, you really don't want the kids in the audience to see where you put your hands." --Brendan Gleeson quoted on Ireland Film and Television Net (www.iftn.ie)

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wife:
Mary Gleeson. Married c. 1982.

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