Colin Farrell


31 May 1976


Castleknock, Dublin, Ireland


Colin James Farrell


Colin Farrell is one of Ireland's best rising stars in Hollywood and abroad today. His film presence has been filled with memorable roles that range from an inwardly tortured hit man, to an adventurous explorer, a determined-but-failing writer, and the greatest military leader in history.

Farrell was born on May 31, 1976 in Castleknock, Dublin, Ireland, to Rita (Monaghan) and Eamon Farrell. His father and uncle were both professional athletes, and for a while, it looked like Farrell would follow in their footsteps. Farrell auditioned for a part in the Irish Boy Band, Boyzone, but it didn't work out. After dropping out of The Gaiety School of Acting, Farrell was cast in Ballykissangel (1996), a BBC television drama. "Ballykissangel" was not his first role on screen. Farrell had previously been in The War Zone (1999), directed by Tim Roth and had appeared in the independent film Drinking Crude (1997). Farrell was soon to move on to bigger things.

Exchanging his usually thick Dublin accent for a light Texas drawl, Farrell acted in the gritty Tigerland (2000), directed by Joel Schumacher. Starring Farrell amongst a number of other budding young actors, the film portrays a group of new recruits being trained for the war in Vietnam. Farrell played the arrogant soldier Boz, drafted into the army and completely spiteful of authority. The film was praised by critics, but did not make much money at the box office. It was Farrell's first big role on film, and certainly not his last. Farrell followed up with American Outlaws (2001), where he played the notorious outlaw Jesse James with Scott Caan, son of legendary actor James Caan, in the role of Cole Younger. The film was a box office flop and failure with the critics. Immediately, Farrell returned to the war drama film that had made him famous. Co-starring in the war film Hart's War (2002) opposite Bruce Willis, Farrell played the young officer captured by the enemy. The film was another failure. Farrell struck gold when he was cast in the Steven Spielberg film Minority Report (2002) that same year. Set in a futuristic time period, Farrell played the character of Danny Witwer, a young member of the Justice Department who is sent after Tom Cruise's character. The film was a smash hit, and praised by critics.

Farrell continued this success when he reunited with Joel Schumacher on the successful thriller Phone Booth (2002). Farrell played the role of the victim who is harassed by an unseen killer (Kiefer Sutherland) and is made to reveal his sins to the public. 2003 was a big year for Farrell. He starred in the crime thriller The Recruit (2003) as a young CIA man mentored by an older CIA veteran (Al Pacino). Pacino later stated that Farrell was the best actor of his generation. Farrell certainly continued to be busy that year with Daredevil (2003), which actually allowed him to keep his thick Irish accent. The film was another success for Farrell, as was the crime film S.W.A.T. (2003) where Farrell starred opposite Samuel L. Jackson and LL Cool J. Farrell also acted in the Irish black comedy film Intermission (2003) and appeared another Irish film Veronica Guerin (2003) which reunited him with Joel Schumacher once again. The following year, Farrell acted in what is his most infamous film role yet: the title role in the mighty Oliver Stone film epic Alexander (2004), which is a character study of Alexander the Great as he travels across new worlds and conquers all the known world before him. Farrell donned a blond wig and retained his Irish accent, and gave a fine performance as Alexander. However, both he and the film were criticized. Despite being one of the highest grossing films internationally and doing a good job at the DVD sales, Farrell did not come out of the experience without a few hurts. Farrell attempted to rebound with his historical film The New World (2005). Reuniting with "Alexander" star Christopher Plummer, and also acting with Christian Bale, Farrell played the character of the brave explorer John Smith, who would make first contacts with the Native peoples. The film did not do well at the box office, though critics praised the film's stunning appearance and cinematography.

Farrell returned to act in Michael Mann's film Miami Vice (2006) alongside Jamie Foxx. The film was a film adaptation of the famous television series, and did reasonably well at the box office. Farrell also acted in Ask the Dust (2006) with Salma Hayek and Donald Sutherland, though the film did not receive much distribution. The next year, Farrell acted alongside Ewan McGregor in the Woody Allen film Cassandra's Dream (2007) which received mixed reviews from critics. Farrell followed up with the hilarious black comedy In Bruges (2008). Written and directed by Irish theatre director Martin McDonagh, the film stars Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as two Irish hit men whose latest assignment went wrong, leaving them to hide out in Bruges, Belgium. The film has been one of Farrell's most praised work, and he was nominated for a Golden Globe. As well as In Bruges (2008), Farrell acted alongside Edward Norton in the crime film Pride and Glory (2008) which was not as successful as the former film. As well as working with charity, and speaking at the Special Olympics World Games in 2007, he has donated his salary for Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) to Heath Ledger's little daughter (who was left nothing in a will that had not been updated in time). Ledger had originally been cast in the film and was replaced by Farrell, Johnny Depp, and Jude Law. The film was a critical and financial success, and Farrell also played a small role in Crazy Heart (2009) which had the Dubliner playing a country singer. Farrell even sang a few songs for the film's soundtrack. As well as those small roles, Farrell took the lead role in the war film Triage (2009). Farrell incredibly lost forty-four pounds to play the role of a war photographer who must come to terms with what he has experienced in Kurdistan. While the film was finely made, with excellent performances from all involved, the film has received almost no distribution.

Farrell's other leading role that year was in Neil Jordan's Irish film Ondine (2009), which had Farrell playing an imaginative fisherman who thinks he has caught a mermaid in his net. Since the mid-2000's, Farrell has cleaned up his act, and far from being a Hollywood hell raiser and party animal, Farrell has shown himself to be a respectable and very talented actor.

Actor ( 116 credits )

The Beguiled (2017) John McBurney
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Surgeon
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Graves
The Lobster (2015) David
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Miss Julie (2014) John
Winter's Tale (2014) Peter Lake
True Detective (2014) (1 episode, 2015)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Saving Mr. Banks (2013) Travers Goff
Epic (2013) Ronin (voice)
Dead Man Down (2013) Victor
Seven Psychopaths (2012) Marty
Total Recall (2012) Douglas Quaid / Carl Hauser
Larry King Now (2012)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
MSN Exclusives (2012)  Himself
A Moment With (2012)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012)
Celebrity Style Story (2012)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
Being Mean Is So Much Fun (2011) Bobby (archive footage)
Muide Éire (2011)
A Decade of Difference: A Concert Celebrating 10 Years of the William J. Clinton Foundation (2011) Himself
Fright Night (2011) Jerry
Horrible Bosses (2011) Bobby Pellitt
The Big Picture (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
The Screen Junkies Show (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
The Jonathan Ross Show (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
London Boulevard (2010) Mitchel
The Way Back (2010) Valka
Conan (2010)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012-2014)
Daybreak (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Burma Soldier (2010) Narrator (voice)
Triage (2009) Mark Walsh
Crazy Heart (2009) Tommy Sweet
Ondine (2009) Syracuse
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) Imaginarium Tony 3
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Alan Carr: Chatty Man (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Pride and Glory (2008) Jimmy Egan
In Bruges (2008) Ray
Festival Updates (2008)  Himself (2008)
Kicking It (2008) Himself - Narrator
Cassandra's Dream (2007) Terry
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Douglas Quaid in 'Total Recall' / ... (2 episodes, 201
The Graham Norton Show (2007)  Himself (4 episodes, 2010-2014)
Xposé (2007)  Himself (3 episodes, 2010)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (4 episodes, 2008-2013)
Reel Junkie (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
Rencontres de cinéma (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2011-2015)
Buzz: AT&T Original Documentaries (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Miami Vice (2006) Sonny Crockett
Ask the Dust (2006) Arturo Bandini
Close Up (2006)  Actor / ... (1 episode, 2011)
The New World (2005) Captain Smith
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (5 episodes, 2011-2014)
Alexander (2004) Alexander
A Home at the End of the World (2004) Bobby Morrow (1982)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008-2012)
Ryan Confidential (2004)  Himself (2004) (unknown episodes)
La semaine du cinéma (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Veronica Guerin (2003) Tattooed Boy
Intermission (2003) Lehiff
S.W.A.T. (2003) Jim Street
Daredevil (2003) Bullseye
The Recruit (2003) James Douglas Clayton
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 2008-2013)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Himself (3 episodes, 2004-2013)
Celebrities Uncensored (2003)  Himself (5 episodes, 2003-2004)
Shootout (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Phone Booth (2002) Stu Shepard
Minority Report (2002) Danny Witwer
Hart's War (2002) Lt. Thomas W. Hart
Player$ (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Tinseltown TV (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Doggy Fizzle Televizzle (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
American Outlaws (2001) Jesse James
Scrubs (2001)  Billy Callahan (1 episode, 2005)
Dinner for Five (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008-2010)
Richard & Judy (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000) Alec (as Colin Farrel)
Tigerland (2000) Pvt. Roland Bozz
The War Zone (1999) Nick (as Colin J. Farrell)
Love in the 21st Century (1999)  Mattie (unknown episodes)
Fox and Friends (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Tout le monde en parle (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Sky News: Sunrise (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Drinking Crude (1997) Click
The View (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Corazón de... (1997)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
SAG Foundation Conversations (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
The Disappearance of Finbar (1996) Simon (uncredited)
Ballykissangel (1996)  Danny Byrne (18 episodes, 1998-1999)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 2002-2003)
Caiga quien caiga (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Himself (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
Frankie Starlight (1995) Young Man In Cinema No. 2 (uncredited)
Exclusiv - Das Star-Magazin (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Taff (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Extra (1994)  Himself - True Detective (1 episode, 2014)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 2004-2011)
GMTV (1993)  Himself (2 episodes, 2004-2006)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (4 episodes, 2002-2004)
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (6 episodes, 2003-2006)
Gomorron (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2004-2014)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself / ... (5 episodes, 2004-2014)
This Morning (1988)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009-2011)
Wetten, dass..? (1981)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2004-2012)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Himself - Host (1 episode, 2004)
Sesame Street (1969)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
The Late Late Show (1962)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
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Producer ( 2 credits )

Triage (2009) executive producer
Kicking It (2008) executive producer

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