Brendan Gleeson

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Brendan Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland, to Pat and Frank Gleeson. From a very young age, he loved to learn, especially reading classical text in and outside the classroom. He took great attention to Irish play writers such as Samuel Beckett, which eventually led to him performing in his high school play production of "Waiting for Godot", and ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 14 wins & 54 nominations. See more awards »


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Calvary Father James
The Guard Gerry Boyle
In Bruges Ken
Cold Mountain Stobrod Thewes


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 2022 The Banshees of Inisherin
Colm Doherty
 2022 State of the Union (TV Series short)
- The Last Box (2022) ... Scott
- Kopi Luwak (2022) ... Scott
- Facetime TV (2022) ... Scott
- The Road Most Travelled (2022) ... Scott
- Intimacy Kit (2022) ... Scott
 2021 The Tragedy of Macbeth
 2021 Riverdance: The Animated Adventure
The Huntsman (voice)
 2021 Frank of Ireland (TV Series)
- Memento Mary (2021) ... Liam
 2020 The Comey Rule (TV Mini Series)
Donald Trump
- Night Two (2020) ... Donald Trump
- Night One (2020) ... Donald Trump
 2017-2019 Mr. Mercedes (TV Series)
Bill Hodges
- Burning Man (2019) ... Bill Hodges
- Crunch Time (2019) ... Bill Hodges
- Mommy Deadest (2019) ... Bill Hodges
- The End of the Beginning (2019) ... Bill Hodges
- Bad to Worse (2019) ... Bill Hodges
 2019 Ghost in the Graveyard
Student / Extra
 2019/I Frankie
 2018 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Irishman (segment "The Mortal Remains")
 2018/II Psychic (Short)
 2018 Captain Morten and the Spider Queen
Captain Vicks (voice)
 2017 Paddington 2
Knuckles McGinty
 2017 Hampstead
Donald Horner
 2016 Assassin's Creed
Joseph Lynch
 2016 Live by Night
Thomas Coughlin
 2016/I Trespass Against Us
Colby Cutler
 2016 Alone in Berlin
Otto Quangel
 2015 In the Heart of the Sea
Tom Nickerson
 2015 Suffragette
Inspector Arthur Steed
 2015/I Pursuit
 2014 The Money (TV Movie)
James Castman
 2014 Song of the Sea
Conor / Mac Lir (voice)
 2014 The Hogwarts Express (Video short)
Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody
 2014 Stonehearst Asylum
The Alienist
 2014 Edge of Tomorrow
General Brigham
 2014 Calvary
Father James
 2013 1916 Seachtar Dearmadta (TV Mini Series)
- Edward Daly (2013) ... Glór
- Willie Pearse (2013) ... Glór
- Michael O'Hanrahan (2013) ... Glór
- Seán Heuston (2013) ... Glór
- John MacBride (2013) ... Glór
 2013 The Grand Seduction
Murray French
 2013 The Smurfs 2
 2012 Immaturity for Charity (TV Movie)
 2012 The Company You Keep
Henry Osborne
 2012 So You Want to Be a Pirate! (Video short)
The Pirate with Gout (voice)
 2012 The Pirates! Band of Misfits
The Pirate with Gout (voice)
 2012/I The Raven
Capt. Charles Hamilton
 2012 Safe House
David Barlow
 2011 The Cup
Dermot Weld
 2011 Albert Nobbs
Dr. Holloran
 2011 The Guard
Gerry Boyle
 2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody
 2010 1916 Seachtar na Cásca (TV Series)
- PH Pearse (2010) ... Narrator
- Eamonn Ceannt (2010) ... Narrator
- Thomas McDonagh (2010) ... Narrator
- Joseph Plunkett (2010) ... Narrator
- James Connolly (2010) ... Narrator
 2010 Noreen (Short)
Con Keogh
 2010 Green Zone
Martin Brown
 2009 Perrier's Bounty
Darren Perrier
 2009 Into the Storm (TV Movie)
Winston Churchill
 2009 The Secret of Kells
Abbot Cellach (voice)
 2008 In Bruges
 2007 Beowulf: The Game (Video Game)
Wiglaf (voice)
 2007 Beowulf
 2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody
 2007 Black Irish
Desmond McKay
 2006 The Tiger's Tail
Liam O'Leary / The Double
 2006 Studs
Walter Keegan
 2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Alastor 'MadEye' Moody
 2005 Breakfast on Pluto
John Joe Kenny
 2005 Kingdom of Heaven
Reynald de Chatillon
 2005 Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks (TV Series short)
Ferny Toro
- Wish Upon a Story: Part 2 (2005) ... Ferny Toro (voice)
- Wish Upon a Story: Part 1 (2005) ... Ferny Toro (voice)
 2004 Six Shooter (Short)
 2004 The Village
August Nicholson
 2004 Troy
 2004 In My Country
Col. de Jager
 2003 Wilde Stories: The Devoted Friend (TV Movie)
 2003 Cold Mountain
Stobrod Thewes
 2002 Dark Blue
Jack Van Meter
 2002 Gangs of New York
Walter 'Monk' McGinn
 2002 28 Days Later...
 2001 J.J. Biker
 2001 The Cake (Short)
 2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Lord Johnson-Johnson
 2001 The Tailor of Panama
Mickie Abraxas
 2000 Wild About Harry
Harry McKee
 2000 Saltwater
Simple Simon
 2000 Harrison's Flowers
Marc Stevenson
 2000 Mission: Impossible II
 1999 My Life So Far
Jim Menzies
 1999 Lake Placid
Sheriff Hank Keough
 1998 Making the Cut (TV Movie)
 1998 Sweety Barrett
Sweety Barrett
 1998 This Is My Father
Garda Jim
 1998 The General
Martin Cahill
 1997 Before I Sleep (Short)
John Harte
 1997 I Went Down
Bunny Kelly
 1997 The Break
 1997 The Butcher Boy
Father Bubbles
 1997 Turbulence
 1996 Angela Mooney
Barney Mooney
 1996 Messaggi quasi segreti
Frank Ferguson
 1996 Trojan Eddie
 1996 Michael Collins
Liam Tobin
 1995 Kidnapped (TV Movie)
Red Fox
 1995 The Life of Reilly (Short)
 1995 Braveheart
 1994 The Lifeboat (TV Series)
Leslie Parry
- UN1407 (1994) ... Leslie Parry
- Three Men in a Boat (1994) ... Leslie Parry
- Homecomings (1994) ... Leslie Parry
- The Pirates of Penrhys (1994) ... Leslie Parry
- Breaking Point (1994) ... Leslie Parry
 1993 Screenplay (TV Series)
Thomas Macken
- Love Lies Bleeding/L'Inconnue de Belfast (1993) ... Thomas Macken
 1993 Screen Two (TV Series)
- The Snapper (1993) ... Lester
 1992 M.A.N.: Matrix Adjusted Normal (Short)
Dr. Abraham
 1992 The Bargain Shop
Jim Kennedy
 1992 Into the West
Inspector Bolger
 1992 Conneely's Choice (Short)
Josie Conneely
 1992 Far and Away
Social Club Policeman
 1991 Saint Oscar (TV Movie)
 1991 The Treaty (TV Movie)
Michael Collins
 1991 4 Play (TV Series)
- In the Border Country (1991) ... Farmer
 1990 The Field
 1990 Hard Shoulder (TV Movie)
Lorry Driver
 1989 Dear Sarah (TV Movie)
Brendan Dowd
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You 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. See more »


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