Gabriel BYRNE

* 12.05.1950, Dublin, Irland

Schauspieler * vier Jahre lang besucht ein Priesterseminar in Birmingham (England) * studiert Archäologie und Linguistik am University College [in] Dublin * arbeitet u.a. als Englischlehrer in Spanien * nach seiner Rückkehr nach Dublin unterrichtet Spanisch in einer Mädchenschule ("I was teaching gorgeous 17-year-old girls in miniskirts when I was 22. I'd say, 'Did you translate that passage last night?' They'd say, 'No.' I'd say, 'That's OK, you don't have to.' They specialised in finding my weak points.", 1998) * tritt in einer Schulaufführung auf und infiziert sich mit dem Schauspielbazillus - ab 1974 macht bei der Dublin Shakespeare Society und beim experimentellen Focus Theatre (unter der Leitung von Jim Sheridan) mit * 1978 bleibt zwei Jahre am Abbey Theatre * geht nach London - bekommt Engagements am Royal Court Theatre und am Royal National Theatre * sammelt erste Filmerfahrungen beim Fernsehen (Serie The Riordans, 1978/79) * Kinodebüt in John Boormans Fantasyfilm Excalibur * Mitte der 80er Jahre feiert den Durchbruch als leading man und wirkt seitdem in internationalen Produktionen mit * nach dem Erfolg in Joel Coens Gangsterdrama Miller's Crossing (1989) findet seinen Platz auch im amerikanischen Film * Gründung der Produktionsfirma Plurabelle Films * 2000 begeistert Theaterzuschauer und Kritiker in der Broadway-Inszenierung von A Moon for the Misbegotten * Star der TV-Serie In Treatment (2008-10) * 1995 Veröffentlichung der Autobiografie Pictures In My Head * engagiert sich in verschiedenen (karitativen) Organisationen (seit 2004 UNICEF Ireland Ambassador) * verheiratet mit Ellen Barkin (1988-99/seit 1993 getrennt lebend)


"My career - which I'm extremely happy with - has been a bit unpredictable." (1993)
"Gabriel is a beautiful man. He epitomizes for me Modern European Man: dynamic, a great potential for hard work, for fun, for introspection and he's a wonderful father, actor and writer. He makes me sick." Liam Neeson

FILMS

# Excalibur (Excalibur, 1980-USA * John Boorman ... Uther Pendragon) (Prosawerk von Thomas Malory) (03-07; 8104)
# Wagner (1982-GB/H/A; d: Tony Palmer, B: Charles Wood, K: Vittorio Storaro, D: Richard Burton, Vanessa Redgrave / GB-Karl Ritter) 295m (8312, LA) > Kinoversion einer neunstündigen Fernsehserie
# The Keep (Die unheimliche Macht, 1982/83-USA; R+B: Michael Mann, K: Alex Thomson, M: Tangerine Dream, D: Scott Glenn, Jürgen Prochnow, Robert Prosky, Ian McKellen / GB-Sturmbannführer Kämpffer) 96m-Horror (Roman von F. Paul Wilson) (8312)
# Hanna K. (Hanna K., 1983-F/I/IL; R: Costa-Gavras, B: Franco Solinas, Costa-Gavras, K: Ricardo Aronovich, M: Gabriel Yared, D: Jill Clayburgh, Jean Yanne, GB-Joshua Herzog) 108m-Drama (8309)
# Reflections (Verletzte Gefühle, 1983-GB; R: Kevin Billington, B: John Banville, K: Mike Molloy, M: Rachel Portman, D: GB-William Masters, Donal McCann, Fionnula Flanagan) 100m-Liebesdrama (8404)
# Defence of the Realm (Button - Im Sumpf der Atommafia, 1985-GB; R: David Drury, B: Martin Stellman, K: Roger Deakins, M: Richard Harvey, D: GB-Nick Mullen, Greta Scacchi, Denholm Elliott) 96m-Politthriller (BBFC: 8509)
# Lionheart (Lionheart, 1985-USA; R: Franklin J. Schaffner, B: Menno Meyjes, Richard Outten, K: Alec Mills, M: Jerry Goldsmith, D: Eric Stoltz, GB-Schwarzer Prinz, Nicola Cowper) 104m-Historiendrama (09-?; 8708)
# Gothic (Gothic, 1986-GB; R: Ken Russell, B: Stephen Volk, K: Mike Southon, M: Thomas Dolby, D: GB-Lord Byron, Julian Sands, Natasha Richardson) 87m-Horrordrama (05-?; 8702)
# Siesta (Siesta, 1986-USA * Mary Lambert ... Augustine) (Roman von Patrice Chaplin) (08-09; 8711)
# Giulia e Giulia (Julia und Julia, 1986-I; R: Peter Del Monte, B: Peter Del Monte, Silvia Napolitano, Sandro Petraglia, K: Giuseppe Rotunno, M: Maurice Jarre, D: Kathleen Turner, GB-Paolo) 103m-Psychodrama (07-11; 8803-D)
# Hello Again (Hello Again - Zurück aus dem Jenseits, 1987-USA; R: Frank Perry, B: Susan Isaacs, K: Jan Weincke, M: William Goldstein, D: Shelley Long, Judith Ivey, GB-Kevin Scanlon) 96m-Fantasykomödie (04-07; 8711)
# The Courier (Der Kurier, 1987-IRL; R: Frank Deasy, Joe Lee, B: Frank Deasy, K: Gabriel Beristain, M: Declan MacManus, D: Padraig O'Loingsigh, Cait O'Riordan, Ian Bannen, Patrick Bergin, Andrew Connolly & GB-Val) 85m-Thriller (05-?; 8802-GB)
# A Soldier's Tale (A Soldier's Tale, 1987-NZ; R: Larry Parr, B: Grant Hindin-Miller, Larry Parr, K: Alun Bollinger, M: John Charles, D: GB-Saul, Marianne Basler) 96m-Drama (Roman von M.K. Joseph) (08-12; 8907-CDN/USA)
# Diamond Skulls (Death and Desire, 1988-GB; R: Nick Broomfield, B: Tim Rose Price, K: Michael Coulter, M: Hans Zimmer, D: GB-Lord Hugo Buckton, Amanda Donohoe) 87m-Drama (9006)
# Miller's Crossing (Miller's Crossing, 1989-USA; R: Joel Coen, B: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, K: Barry Sonnenfeld, M: Carter Burwell, D: GB-Tom Reagan, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro) 115m-Gangsterdrama (01-?; 9009)
# Håkon Håkonsen (Gestrandet, 1990-N; R: Nils Gaup, B: Nils Gaup, Bob Foss, Greg Dinner, Nick Thiel, K: Erling Thurmann-Andersen, M: Patrick Doyle, D: Stian Smestad, GB-Lt. John Merrick, Louisa Haigh) 91m-Abenteuer (Buch von O.V. Falck-Ytter) (9010)
# Cool World (Cool World, 1991-USA * Ralph Bakshi ... Jack Deebs) (02-04; 9207)
# Into the West (Into the West, 1991/92-IRL; R: Mike Newell, B: Jim Sheridan, K: Tom/Newton Thomas Sigel, M: Patrick Doyle, D: GB-Papa Riley, Ellen Barkin) 102m-Jugendabenteuer (10-?; 9212-GB)
# Point of No Return (Codename: Nina, 1992-USA * John Badham ... Bob) (03-06; 9303)
# A Dangerous Woman (Dangerous Woman, 1992-USA * Stephen Gyllenhaal ... Mackey) (Roman von Mary McGarry Morris) (10-12; 9312)
# Le prince de Jutland / Prince of Jutland / Amled, prinsen af Jylland (Hamlet - Der Prinz von Jütland, 1993-F/GB/DK; R: Gabriel Axel, B: Gabriel Axel, Erik Kjersgaard, K: Henning Kristiansen, M: Per Norgaard, D: GB-Fenge, Helen Mirren, Christian Bale) 106m-Abenteuerdrama (04-?; 9402)
# Trial by Jury (Die Geschworene - Verurteilt zur Angst, 1993-USA; R: Heywood Gould, B: Jordan Katz, Heywood Gould, K: Frederick Elmes, M: Terence Blanchard, D: Joanne Whalley, Armand Assante, GB-Daniel Graham, William Hurt) 92m-Justizthriller (08-10; 9409)
# A Simple Twist of Fate (Der Zufalls-Dad, 1993/94-USA; R: Gillies MacKinnon, B: Steve Martin, K: Andrew Dunn, M: Cliff Eidelman, D: Steve Martin, GB-John Newland, Catherine O'Hara) 106m-Drama (frei nach Roman von George Eliot) (11-01; 9409)
# Little Women (Betty und ihre Schwestern, 1994-USA; R: Gillian Armstrong, B: Robin Swicord, K: Geoffrey Simpson, M: Thomas Newman, D: Winona Ryder, GB-Friedrich Bhaer) 118m-Familiendrama (Roman von Louisa May Alcott) (04-06; 9412)
# The Usual Suspects (Die üblichen Verdächtigen, 1994-USA; R: Bryan Singer, B: Christopher McQuarrie, K: Newton Thomas Sigel, M: John Ottman, D: Stephen Baldwin, GB-Dean Keaton, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak, Pete Postlethwaite, Kevin Spacey) 105m-Thriller (9508; 06-07)
# Frankie Starlight (Frankie Starlight, 1994-IRL/USA; R: Michael Lindsay-Hogg, B: Chet Raymo, Ronan O'Leary, K: Paul Laufer, M: Elmer Bernstein, D: Anne Parillaud, Matt Dillon, GB-Jack Kelly) 101m-Drama (Roman von Chet Raymo) (09-12; 9511-USA)
# Dead Man (1994-USA/D; R+B: Jim Jarmusch, K: Robby Müller, M: Neil Young, D: Johnny Depp / GB-Charlie Dickinson) 121m-Westerndrama (10-11; 9601-D)
# The Last of the High Kings (Last of the High Kings, 1995-IRL/GB/DK; R: David Keating, B: David Keating, Gabriel Byrne, K: Bernd Heinl, M: Michael Convertino, D: Catherine O'Hara, Jared Leto, Christina Ricci, GB-Jack Griffin) 104m-Komödie (Roman von Ferdia MacAnna) (07-09; 9612)
# This Is the Sea (1995-IRL; d+B: Mary McGuckian, K: Des Whelan, M: Mike Scott, Brian Kennedy, D: Samantha Morton, Ross McDade, Richard Harris, GB-Rohan) 104m-Liebesdrama (08-09; 9802-GB)
# The Brylcreem Boys (Liebe in Zeiten des Krieges, 1995-GB; R: Terence Ryan, B: Terence Ryan, Jamie Brown; Susan Morrall, K: Gerry Lively, M: Richard Hartley, D: Bill Campbell, William McNamara, Angus Macfadyen, John Gordon Sinclair, Oliver Tobias, Jean Butler / GB-Commandant O'Brien) 106m-Liebeskomödie (08-09; 9904)
# Mad Dog Time / Trigger Happy (Bullet Point, 1996-USA; R+B: Larry Bishop, K: Frank Byers, M: Earl Rose, D: Ellen Barkin, GB-Ben London, Richard Dreyfuss, Jeff Goldblum, Diane Lane) 93m-Gangsterballade (01-03; 9611)
# Fräulein Smillas Gespür für Schnee (1996-D/DK/S * Bille August ... Mechaniker) (Roman von Peter Høeg) (03-05; 9702)
# Polish Wedding (Gestern war ich noch Jungfrau, 1996-USA; R+B: Theresa Connelly, K: Guy Dufaux, M: Luis Enriquez Bacalov, D: Lena Olin, GB-Bolek Pszoniak, Claire Danes) 107m-Tragikomödie (08-10; 9807)
# The End of Violence / Am Ende der Gewalt (1996-USA/D * Wim Wenders ... Ray Bering) (10-11; 9709)
# The Man in the Iron Mask (Der Mann mit der eisernen Maske, 1997-USA; R+B: Randall Wallace, K: Peter Suschitzky, M: Nick Glennie-Smith, D: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Gerard Depardieu, GB-d'Artagnan) 132m-Abenteuer (Romane von Alexandre Dumas, pere) (04-06?08; 9803)
# Enemy of the State (Der Staatsfeind Nr. 1, 1997/98-USA * Tony Scott ... falscher Brill) (?11-04; 9811)
# Stigmata (Stigmata, 1998-USA * Rupert Wainwright ... Pater Andrew Kiernan) (9909)
# End of Days (End of Days - Nacht ohne Morgen, 1998/99-USA * Peter Hyams ... Satan) (11-05; 9911)
# Canone inverso[ - Making Love] (1999-I; d: Ricky Tognazzi, B: Simona Izzo, Ricky Tognazzi, Graziano Diana, K: Fabio Cianchetti, M: Ennio Morricone, D: Hans Matheson, Melanie Thierry, Lee Williams & GB-Geiger) 105/18m-Musikdrama (Roman von Paolo Maurensig) (0002)
# When Brendan Met Trudy (Brendan trifft Trudy, 1999-IRL/GB * Kieron J. Walsh ... special appearance=er selbst) (10-12; 0012-D)
# Virginia's Run (Virginias großes Rennen, 2001-CDN * Peter Markle ... Ford Lofton) (05-06; 0210)
# Spider (Spider, 2001-CDN/GB; R: David Cronenberg, B: Patrick McGrath, K: Peter Suschitzky, M: Howard Shore, D: Ralph Fiennes, Miranda Richardson, GB-Bill Cleg) 98m-Psychodrama (Roman von Patrick McGrath) (07-09; 0212)
# Emmett's Mark / Killing Emmett Young (Ohne jeden Ausweg, 2001-USA; R+B: Keith Snyder, K: Lawrence Sher, M: Steve Porcaro, D: Scott Wolf, Tim Roth, GB-Jack Marlow) 104m-Psychothriller > nur Videovertrieb (R; 2.35; 0302-D)
# Ghost Ship (Ghost Ship, 2002-USA/AUS; R: Steve Beck, B: Mark Hanlon, John Pogue, K: Gale Tattersall, M: John Frizzell, D: GB-Kapitän Sean Murphy, Julianna Margulies) 91m-Horror (01-04; 0210)
# Shade (Shade, 2002-USA; R+B: Damian Nieman, K: Anthony B. Richmond, M: Christopher Young, D: Stuart Townsend, GB-Charlie Miller, Thandie Newton, Jamie Foxx, Melanie Griffith, Sylvester Stallone) 101m-Gangsterthriller (05-07; 0404)
# The Bridge of San Luis Rey / El puente de San Luis Rey / Le pont du roi Saint-Louis (2003-GB/E/F; d+B: Mary McGuckian, K: Javier Aguirresarobe, M: Lalo Schifrin, D: F. Murray Abraham, Kathy Bates, GB-Bruder Junípero, Geraldine Chaplin, Robert De Niro, Emilie Dequenne, Adriana Dominguez, Harvey Keitel, Samuel Le Bihan, Pilar Lopez de Ayala, John Lynch, Dominique Pinon, Mark Polish, Michael Polish, Jim Sheridan) 120m-Drama (Roman von Thornton Wilder) (04-06; 0412-E)
# Vanity Fair (Vanity Fair - Jahrmarkt der Eitelkeit, 2003-GB/USA; R: Mira Nair, B: Matthew Faulk, Mark Skeet, Julian Fellowes, K: Declan Quinn, M: Mychael Danna, D: Reese Witherspoon, Eileen Atkins, Jim Broadbent, GB-Marquess of Steyne, Romola Garai, Bob Hoskins, Rhys Ifans, James Purefoy, Jonathan Rhys Meyers) 137m-Satire (Roman von William Makepeace Thackeray) (05-?; 0409)
# P.S. (P.S. - Liebe auf Anfang, 2003-USA * Dylan Kidd ... Peter Harrington) (Roman von Helen Schulman) (09-?; 0410)
# Assault on Precinct 13 / Assaut sur le central 13 (Das Ende - Assault on Precinct 13, 2004-USA/F; R: Jean-François Richet, B: James DeMonaco, K: Robert Gantz, M: Graeme Revell, D: Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne, GB-Marcus Duvall, Maria Bello) 109m-Actionthriller (04-?; 0501)
# Wah-Wah (2004-GB/F/ZA; d+B: Richard E. Grant, K: Pierre Aim, M: Patrick Doyle, D: GB-Harry Compton, Emily Watson, Julie Walters, Nicholas Hoult & Miranda Richardson) 97m-Drama (06-07; 0606)
# Leningrad (2005-RUS/GB; d+B: Aleksandr Buravskij, K: Vladimir Klimov, M: Jurij Potejenko, D: Mira Sorvino, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Olga Sutulova / GB-Philip Parker) 120m-Kriegsdrama (01-?; 1001) > Kinoversion einer vierteiligen TV-Serie (4x52m)
# Jindabyne (Jindabyne - Irgendwo in Australien, 2005-AUS; R: Ray Lawrence, B: Beatrix Christian, K: David Williamson, M: Paul Kelly, Dan Luscombe, D: Laura Linney, GB-Stewart) 123m-Drama (03-8 Wochen; 0607)
# Played (Played - Abgezockt, 2005-GB; R: Sean Stanek, B: Mick Rossi, Sean Stanek, K: Sean Stanek, M: Danny Saber, D: Val Kilmer, GB-Eddie, Vinnie Jones, Patrick Bergin, Anthony LaPaglia, Joanne Whalley, Patsy Kensit) 83m-Gangsterdrama (05-06) > nur Videovertrieb (1.66; 0612-D)
# Emotional Arithmetic (2006-CDN; d: Paolo Barzman, B: Jefferson Lewis, K: Luc Montpellier, M: Normand Corbeil, D: Susan Sarandon, Christopher Plummer, GB-Christopher Lewis, Roy Dupuis & Max von Sydow) 100m-Drama (Roman von Matt Cohen) (09-11; 0804)
# I, Anna (2011-GB/D/F; R+B: Barnaby Southcombe, K: Ben Smithard, M: K.I.D., D: Charlotte Rampling * GB-Bernie Reid) 93m-Noir-Thriller (Roman von Elsa Lewin, 1985) (01-03; 1208-S)
# All Things to All Men (2011-GB; d+B: George Isaac, K: Howard Atherton, M: Thomas Wander, D: Gabriel Byrne: Joseph Corso ° Rufus Sewell: Parker ° Toby Stephens: Riley) 84/8m-Krimidrama (10-7 Wochen; 1304)
# Le capital (2012-F; d: Costa-Gavras, B: Costa-Gavras, Jean-Claude Grumberg, Karim Boukercha, K: Eric Gautier, M: Armand Amar, D: Gad Elmaleh, GB-Dittmar Rigule, Natacha Regnier, Celine Sallette, Liya Kebede, Hippolyte Girardot, Daniel Mesguich, Olga Grumberg & Bernard Le Coq) 113m-Thrillerdrama (Roman von Stephane Osmont, 2004) (01-03; 1211)
# Le temps de l'aventure (2012-F/B/IRL; d+B: Jérôme Bonnell, K: Pascal Lagriffoul, D: Emmanuelle Devos * GB-Doug) 105m-Tragikomödie (05-07; 1304)
# Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, 2013-USA; R: Mark Waters, B: Daniel Waters, K: Tony Pierce-Roberts, M: Rolfe Kent, D: Zoey Deutch: Rose Hathaway, Lucy Fry: Lissa Dragomir, Danila Kozlovsky: Dimitri Belikov, Dominic Sherwood: Christian Ozera, Cameron Monaghan: Mason Ashford, Sami Gayle: Mia Rinaldi, Sarah Hyland: Natalie Dashkov, Joely Richardson: Queen Tatiana, Olga Kurylenko: Ellen Kirova, Gabriel Byrne: Victor Dashkov) 104m-Fantasy (Roman von Richelle Mead, 2007) (05-07; 1402)
# The 33 (69 Tage Hoffnung, 2013/14-USA; R: Patricia Riggen, B: Mikko Alanne, Craig Borten, Michael Thomas, K: Checco Varese, M: James Horner, D: Antonio Banderas: Mario Sepúlveda, Rodrigo Santoro: Laurence Golborne, Juliette Binoche: María Segovia, James Brolin: Jeff Hart & Bob Gunton: Präsident Sebastián Piñera & Gabriel Byrne: André Sougarret) 127m-Drama (Buch Deep Down Dark von Héctor Tobar, 2014) (12-02; 1508-RCH | 1511)
# Nadie quiere la noche / Nobody Wants the Night (2014-E/F/BG; R: Isabel Coixet, B: Miguel Barros, K: Jean-Claude Larrieu, M: Lucas Vidal, D: Juliette Binoche: Josephine Peary * Rinko Kikuchi: Allaka & Gabriel Byrne: Bram Trevor) 103m-Drama (05-07; 1511)
# Louder than Bombs / Back Home (Louder than Bombs, 2014-N/F/DK; R: Joachim Trier, B: Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier, K: Jakob Ihre, M: Ola Fløttum, D: Gabriel Byrne: Gene Reed, Jesse Eisenberg: Jonah Reed, Isabelle Huppert: Isabelle Reed, Devin Druid: Conrad Reed, Rachel Brosnahan: Erin, Ruby Jerins: Melanie, Megan Ketch: Amy & David Strathairn: Richard Weissman & Amy Ryan: Hannah Brennan) 109m-Drama (09-10; 1510)

BOOK
> Gabriel Byrne: Pictures in My Head. Dublin: Wolfhound Press, 1999 - 160 S.
coverIn vivid cinematic sketches, international film star Gabriel Byrne’s absorbing memoir presents a series of fascinating glimpses into his public and private life. The Irish actor leads the reader through his career on stage and screen as both producer and actor. Along the way he shares his impressions of Hollywood, New York and his native Ireland, and takes us behind the scenes of his family films. Gabriel Byrne’s unique narrative style colours every page, mixing colloquial dialogue with evocative descriptions. The result is a frank, intimate account that reveals the man – and the writer – behind the actor’s many faces. Gabriel Byrne has starred in numerous films including Defence of the Realm, Miller’s Crossing, Into the West, Little Women, The Usual Suspects and Smilla’s Sense of Snow. He was the producer of the Academy Award-nominated film In the Name of the Father. * Gabriel Byrne was born in Dublin in the 1950s and was educated by the Irish Christian Brothers. He married and eventually divorced Jewish American actress Ellen Barkin, having two children together, Jack and Romy Byrne. Gabriel discovered his passion for acting later in his life. Before becoming an actor, he did work as everything from an archaeologist to a cook, to a Spanish schoolteacher. When he finally found acting, he began his career on stage with The Focus Theatre and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, later joining the Royal Court and the National Theatre in London. He came to the fore in the popular Irish television show The Riordans and soon turned his talents to movie acting in Ireland and the US. He made his film debut in 1981 as Lord Uther in John Boorman's classic King Arthur epic, Excalibur. He currently resides in Beverly Hills, California. His autobiography, Pictures in my Head was published in 1995 by Wolfhound Press.
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