Gabriel Byrne

Born May 12, 1950

Gabriel James Byrne is an Irish actor, film director, film producer, writer, cultural ambassador and audiobook narrator. His acting career began in the Focus Theatre before he joined London's Royal Court Theatre in 1979. Byrne's screen debut came in the Irish soap opera The Riordans and the spin-off show Bracken. He has now starred in over 35 feature films, such as The Usual Suspects, Miller's Crossing, Stigmata and End of Days, in addition to writing two.… Read More

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1950 Birth Born on May 12, 1950.


1979 29 Years Old His acting career began in the Focus Theatre before he joined London's Royal Court Theatre in 1979. … Read More


1981 31 Years Old …  He made his film debut in 1981, as King Uther Pendragon in John Boorman's King Arthur epic, Excalibur.
1983 33 Years Old In 1983, he appeared with Richard Burton in the miniseries Wagner, co-starring Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson.
1985 35 Years Old In 1985, Byrne starred in the acclaimed political thriller Defence of the Realm, though he subsequently claimed he had been upstaged by his co-star, veteran actor Denholm Elliott: "I amended the actor's cliché to 'Never work with children, animals or Denholm Elliott'." … Read More
1987 37 Years Old Byrne, who retains his Irish citizenship, did not arrive in the United States until 1987, when he was 37. … Read More
1988 38 Years Old A year later, in 1988, Byrne married Barkin, with whom he has two children, John "Jack" Daniel (born 1989) and Romy Marion (born 1992). The couple separated amicably in 1993, and then divorced in 1999. … Read More


1997 47 Years Old He became a patron of Croí (The West of Ireland Cardiology Foundation) in 1997 in response to the care given to his mother while she was a patient in a Galway hospital.


2007 57 Years Old 1 More Event
At the 5th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in 2007, Byrne was presented with the first of the newly created Volta awards, for lifetime achievement in acting.
2008 58 Years Old Although the actor is noted as a fiercely private person, he released a documentary for the 20th Galway Film Fleadh in the summer of 2008 called Stories from Home, an intimate portrait about his life. … Read More


2011 61 Years Old In 2011, Byrne signed up to appear in the new movie by Oscar-winning director Costa Gavras; Le Capital, an adaptation of Stéphane Osmont's novel of the same name.
2014 64 Years Old Byrne married his long term partner, Hannah Beth King, on 4 August 2014 at Ballymaloe House in County Cork, Ireland.
2016 66 Years Old In early 2016, he is due to star in Mad to be Normal (previously titled Metanoia), a biopic of the Scottish psychiatrist R.D.Laing, produced by Gizmo Films. … Read More
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