Gabriel Byrne
Irish actor
Gabriel Byrne
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.
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Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard: "The Greatest Star of All"
Huffington Post - 8 days
A musical of outsized passions as only Andrew Lloyd Webber could compose, Sunset Boulevard trades in hyperbole. "The greatest star of all," in the words of Max, her homme d'affaires, Norma Desmond is camp drama queen extraordinaire. With Glenn Close in the role, reprising her Tony-winning performance of 22 years ago at the Palace Theater, Norma is petit as she is large. Need dominates her manipulations so acutely, only the powerhouse chops of the actress who put the word fatal in Fatal Attraction could pull off this tour de force of fragility and grand delusion. Descending a staircase on a set that also includes a 40 piece orchestra, spare enough to feature projections of old Hollywood, its streets, cars, and populace partying away, Norma Desmond is at home in a mansion of many rooms including one over the garage where Joe Gillis (Michael Xavier), a down on his luck writer comes to reside, entrapped in her web. She wants Joe to help stage a comeback, oops: she prefers return, to star ...
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BLACKBARN's Global Treasures in Brooklyn
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Mark Zeff has a passion for life and design. The South African Native came to New York City for vacation in 1984 and after being seduced by the Big Apple, has never left. Educated in the UK at the Chelsea Design School, Zeff began his U.S. design career at the Walker Group. By age 26 he opened his own firm that specialized in designing residential luxury interiors in NYC and in the Hamptons. Among his loyal clients are actors Hilary Swank and Gabriel Byrne, jewelry designer Alexis Bittar, and famed photographer Annie Lebowitz. In a desire to expand his design prowess, Zeff also managed to make his mark on the hospitality industry. He's designed several restaurants for Jeffrey Chodorow including Social Hollywood, he was also responsible for the complete renovation and redesign of the the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for Morgan's Group, the Sense Spa at the Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel and The Red Cat restaurant in New York City. Today, his firm MARKZEFF works on a global scal ...
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Gabriel Byrne shines in melancholic comedy 'No Pay, Nudity'
LATimes - 3 months
Summarizing the plight of the average working actor’s lot in three all-too-familiar words, “No Pay, Nudity,” is a tenderly observed, bittersweet comedy featuring a beautifully rooted Gabriel Byrne. Byrne is Lawrence Rose (formerly Lester Rosenthal), a once-popular soap star whose many years out...
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Even with Jessica Lange and Gabriel Byrne, 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' fails to connect
LATimes - 10 months
— Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night," considered by some to be the greatest American drama, is a marathon of family squabbling. Grueling in the wrong hands, the play's relentless attacks and counterattacks have a revelatory power when the right cast comes together. On paper, the Roundabout...
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Even with Jessica Lange and Gabriel Byrne, 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' fails to connect
LATimes - 10 months
— Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night," considered by some to be the greatest American drama, is a marathon of family squabbling. Grueling in the wrong hands, the play's relentless attacks and counterattacks have a revelatory power when the right cast comes together. On paper, the Roundabout...
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Even with Jessica Lange and Gabriel Byrne, 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' fails to connect
LATimes - 10 months
— Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night," considered by some to be the greatest American drama, is a marathon of family squabbling. Grueling in the wrong hands, the play's relentless attacks and counterattacks have a revelatory power when the right cast comes together. On paper, the Roundabout...
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Even with Jessica Lange and Gabriel Byrne, 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' fails to connect
LATimes - 10 months
— Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night," considered by some to be the greatest American drama, is a marathon of family squabbling. Grueling in the wrong hands, the play's relentless attacks and counterattacks have a revelatory power when the right cast comes together. On paper, the Roundabout...
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Even with Jessica Lange and Gabriel Byrne, 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' fails to connect
LATimes - 10 months
— Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night," considered by some to be the greatest American drama, is a marathon of family squabbling. Grueling in the wrong hands, the play's relentless attacks and counterattacks have a revelatory power when the right cast comes together. On paper, the Roundabout...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gabriel Byrne
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 65
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was cultural ambassador for Ireland for a while until he criticised the tourism initiative “The Gathering”, describing it as an attempt by Ireland's politicians and media to fleece wealthy Americans. Byrne also criticised the marketing strategy employed by Guinness known as Arthur's Day as "a cynical piece of exercise in a country which has a huge drinking problem."
  • 2014
    Age 63
    Byrne married his long term partner, Hannah Beth King, on 4 August 2014 at Ballymaloe House in County Cork, Ireland.
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  • 2011
    Age 60
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 57
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It premiered in the US in September 2009 at the Los Angeles Irish Film Festival. Byrne mentioned in interviews and his 1995 autobiography, Pictures in My Head that he hates being called "brooding". He has been listed by People as one of the "Sexiest Men Alive". Entertainment Weekly has also dubbed Byrne as one of the hottest celebrities over the age of 50.
  • 2007
    Age 56
    He also received the Honorary Patronage of the University Philosophical Society, of Trinity College, Dublin on 20 February 2007.
    More Details Hide Details In November of that same year, he was awarded an honorary degree by the National University of Ireland, Galway; the president of the University, Dr Iognáid Ó Muircheartaigh, said that this award is in recognition of the actor's "outstanding contribution to Irish and international film".
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1997
    Age 46
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1988
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Byrne currently resides in Nolita, a neighborhood in Manhattan. Byrne is also actively involved in various charities, in addition to being a human rights activist. In 2004, Byrne was appointed a UNICEF Ireland Ambassador.
  • 1987
    Age 36
    Byrne, who retains his Irish citizenship, did not arrive in the United States until 1987, when he was 37.
    More Details Hide Details He had begun a relationship with actress Ellen Barkin, and had relocated to New York City to be with her.
  • 1985
    Age 34
    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'."
    More Details Hide Details In 2007 Gabriel Byrne topped Kerry Film Festival's jury lineup. Upon his return to theatre in 2008, he appeared as King Arthur in Camelot with the New York Philharmonic from 7 to 10 May, following the footsteps of veteran actors Richard Burton and Richard Harris. Byrne was cast in a film adaptation of Flann O'Brien's metafictional novel At Swim-Two-Birds, alongside Colin Farrell and Cillian Murphy. Actor Brendan Gleeson was set to direct the film. In October 2009, however, Gleeson expressed fear that, should the Irish Film Board be abolished as planned by the Irish State, the production might fall through. Byrne starred as therapist Dr. Paul Weston in the critically acclaimed HBO primetime weeknight series In Treatment from 2008 to 2010. He was named as TV's "latest Dr. McDreamy" by The New York Times for this role, and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series in 2008. He also received his first Emmy Award nomination (Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series) for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards (Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad won) that same year.
  • 1983
    Age 32
    In 1983, he appeared with Richard Burton in the miniseries Wagner, co-starring Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson.
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  • 1981
    Age 30
    He made his film debut in 1981, as King Uther Pendragon in John Boorman's King Arthur epic, Excalibur.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 28
    His acting career began in the Focus Theatre before he joined London's Royal Court Theatre in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details Byrne's screen debut came in the Irish soap opera The Riordans and the spin-off show Bracken. He has now appeared in over 35 feature films, including Excalibur (1981), Miller's Crossing (1990), The Usual Suspects (1995), Stigmata (1999), End of Days (1999), Spider (2002), Jindabyne (2006), Vampire Academy (2013) and The 33 (2015), and co-wrote The Last of the High Kings (1996). Byrne has also produced several films, including the Academy Award–nominated In the Name of the Father (1993). One of Byrne's most identifiable roles is that of Dr. Paul Weston in the HBO drama In Treatment (2008-2011), for which he won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for two Emmy Awards and two Satellite Awards. Byrne, the first of six children, was born in Walkinstown, Dublin 12, Dublin, Ireland, the son of a cooper and soldier, Dan, and a hospital nurse, Eileen (née Gannon) from Elphin, County Roscommon. He has four siblings: Donal, Thomas, Breda, and Margaret; another, Marian, died at an early age. Byrne was raised a strict Roman Catholic and educated in Ardscoil Éanna in Crumlin, where he later taught Spanish and History. About his early training to become a priest, he said in an interview, "I spent five years in the seminary and I suppose it was assumed that one had a vocation.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Born
    Born on May 12, 1950.
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