Gabriel Byrne


12 May 1950


Dublin, Ireland


Gabriel James Byrne


Byrne was the first of six children, born in Dublin, Ireland. His father was a cooper and his mother a hospital worker. He was raised Catholic and educated by the Irish Christian Brothers. He spent five years of his childhood in a seminary training to be a Catholic priest. He later said, "I spent five years in the seminary and I suppose it was assumed that you had a vocation. I have realized subsequently that I didn't have one at all. I don't believe in God. But I did believe at the time in this notion that you were being called." He attended University College Dublin, where he studied archeology and linguistics, and became proficient in Irish. He played football (soccer) in Dublin with the Stella Maris Football Club.

Byrne worked in archeology after he left UCD but maintained his love of his language, writing Draíocht (Magic), the first drama in Irish on Ireland's national Irish television station, TG4, in 1996.

He discovered his acting ability as a young adult. Before that he worked at several occupations which included being an archaeologist, a cook, a bullfighter, and a Spanish schoolteacher. He begin acting when he was 29. He began on stage at the Focus Theatre and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, later he joined the Royal Court Theatre and the Royal National Theatre in London.

Byrne came to prominence on the final season of the Irish television show The Riordans, later starring in the spin-off series, Bracken. He made his film début in 1981 as Lord Uther Pendragon in John Boorman's King Arthur epic, Excalibur.

Byrne is featured as therapist Dr. Paul Weston in the critically acclaimed HBO series In Treatment (2008).

In his return to theater in 2008, he appeared as King Arthur in Lerner and Loewe's Camelot with the New York Philharmonic which was featured in a PBS broadcast in the Live From Lincoln Center series in May of 2008.

Byrne did not visit America until he was 37. In 1988, Byrne married actress Ellen Barkin with whom he has two children. The couple separated amicably in 1993 and divorced in 1999. Byrne resides in Brooklyn, New York.

In November 2004, Byrne was appointed a UNICEF Ireland Ambassador.

In 2007 Byrne was presented with the first of the newly created Volta awards at the 5th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. This was for lifetime achievement in acting. He also received the Honorary Patronage of the University Philosophical Society, of Trinity College, Dublin on February 20, 2007. He was awarded an honorary degree in late 2007 by the National University of Ireland, Galway, in recognition of Byrne's "outstanding contribution to Irish and international film".

Actor ( 120 credits )

Mad to Be Normal (2017) Jim Roberts
An L.A. Minute (2017) Ted Gold
Carrie Pilby (2016) Mr. Pilby
No Pay, Nudity (2016) Lawrence Rose
Lies We Tell (2016) Donald
Endless Night (2015) Robert Peary
The 33 (2015) Andre Sougarret
Louder Than Bombs (2015) Gene Reed
Vikings: Athelstan's Journal (2015)  Earl Haraldson (3 episodes, 2015)
Vampire Academy (2014) Victor Dashkov
Marco Polo (2014)  Pope Gregory X (1 episode, 2016)
Behind the Sword in the Stone (2013) Himself
Just a Sigh (2013) Doug
All Things to All Men (2013) Joseph Corso
Vikings (2013)  Earl Haraldson (6 episodes, 2013)
Capital (2012) Dittmar Rigule
I, Anna (2012) D.C.I. Bernie Reid
A Man's Story (2010) Himself
Special Collector's Edition (2010)  Dean Keaton / ... (1 episode, 2011)
Dreaming the Quiet Man (2010) Himself
Leningrad (2009) Parker (as Gebriel Birn)
Perrier's Bounty (2009) Voice of The Reaper (voice)
2:22 (2008) Detective Swain
In Treatment (2008)  Dr. Paul Weston (106 episodes, 2008-2010)
Gabriel Byrne: Stories from Home (2008) Himself
Still Birth Chicken (2008)
Emotional Arithmetic (2007) Christopher Lewis
The Graham Norton Show (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Xposé (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Played (2006) Eddie
Jindabyne (2006) Stewart Kane
Wah-Wah (2005) Harry Compton
Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) Capt. Marcus Duvall
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004) Brother Juniper
P.S. (2004) Peter Harrington
Vanity Fair (2004) The Marquess of Steyne
At the Movies (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
NY Graham Norton (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Tubridy Tonight (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Shade (2003) Charlie Miller
Enough Rope with Andrew Denton (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Spider (2002) Bill Cleg
Ghost Ship (2002) Murphy
Horses: The Story of Equus (2002) Narrator
Emmett's Mark (2002) Jack Marlow / Stephen Bracken
Virginia's Run (2002) Ford Lofton
Tinseltown TV (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
When Brendan Met Trudy (2000) Special Appearance
Canone inverso - Making Love (2000) The Violinist
Madigan Men (2000)  Benjamin Madigan (12 episodes, 2000)
End of Days (1999) The Man / Satan
Stigmata (1999) Father Andrew Kiernan
WWE Smackdown! (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
The Brylcreem Boys (1998) Commandant O'Brien
Enemy of the State (1998) Brill
The Magic Sword: Quest for Camelot (1998) Lionel (voice)
The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) D'Artagnan
Polish Wedding (1998) Bolek
Pirates (1998) Narrator
This Is the Sea (1997) Rohan
The End of Violence (1997) Ray Bering
Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997) The Mechanic
The View (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
The Last of the High Kings (1996) Jack Griffin
Somebody Is Waiting (1996) Roger Ellis
Mad Dog Time (1996) Ben London
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Dr Hagard's Disease (1996)
Past Into Present (1996) Himself
Dead Man (1995) Charlie Dickinson
Frankie Starlight (1995) Jack Kelly
Irish Cinema: Ourselves Alone? (1995) Narrator (voice)
The Usual Suspects (1995) Dean Keaton
Lauren Hutton and... (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 1995)
Little Women (1994) Friedrich Bhaer
Trial by Jury (1994) Daniel Graham
A Simple Twist of Fate (1994) John Newland
Royal Deceit (1994) Fenge
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
A Dangerous Woman (1993) Mackey
Point of No Return (1993) Bob
Intimate Portrait (1993)  Narrator (1 episode)
The Little Picture Show (1993)  Himself (2 episodes, 1994)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (3 episodes, 1993-2000)
Into the West (1992) Papa Reilly
Cool World (1992) Jack Deebs
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (5 episodes, 1995-2008)
Shipwrecked (1990) Lt. John Merrick
Miller's Crossing (1990) Tom Reagan
Dark Obsession (1989) Lord Hugo Bruckton
A Soldier's Tale (1989) Saul
The Courier (1988) Val
Julia and Julia (1987) Paolo
Siesta (1987) Augustine
Hello Again (1987) Kevin Scanlon
Lionheart (1987) Black Prince
Gothic (1986) Byron
Defense of the Realm (1986) Nicholas 'Nick' Mullen
Screen Two (1985)  The Good Thief (1 episode, 1994)
Reflections (1984) William Masters
The Keep (1983) Major Kaempffer
Hanna K. (1983) Joshua Herzog
Wagner (1983)  Karl Ritter (3 episodes, 1983)
Glenroe (1983)  Pat Barry (1 episode, 1997)
The Rocking Horse Winner (1983) Bassett
Excalibur (1981) Uther Pendragon
Bracken (1980)  Pat Barry (11 episodes, 1980-1982)
The Outsider (1979)
Strangers (1978)  Johnny Maguire (1 episode, 1981)
The Burke Enigma (1978) (1 episode, 1978)
On a Paving Stone Mounted (1978)
Wings of Ash: A Dramatization of the Life of Antonin Artaud (1978)
Last of Summer (1977) (1 episode, 1978)
Live from Lincoln Center (1976)  King Arthur (1 episode, 2008)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Himself - Host / ... (1 episode, 1995)
The Riordans (1965)  Pat Barry (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
The Late Late Show (1962)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Today (1952)  Himself (1 episode, 1990)

Producer ( 8 credits )

Mad About Mambo (2000) executive producer
Madigan Men (2000) co-executive producer (unknown episodes)
The Brylcreem Boys (1998) co-producer
The Last of the High Kings (1996) co-executive producer
Somebody Is Waiting (1996) co-producer
Dr Hagard's Disease (1996) executive producer
In the Name of the Father (1993) executive producer
Into the West (1992) associate producer