Gabriel Byrne

Biography: In 1950, Gabriel Byrne was born in Dublin, Ireland, as the eldest of six children. His father worked for Guinness and built barrels until wood came out of fashion when he was 52. His mother was a hospital worker and nurse.
At the age of 12, he went to a Catholic seminary in Birmingham from which he was expelled with 17 for inappropriate behavior. Despite his strong religious upbringing, Gabriel Byrne is considering himself as an atheist by now. He attended University College Dublin to study archeology and linguistics and worked in a broad variety of jobs, such as archaeologist, cook, and Spanish school teacher. He got into acting at 29, when he joined the London Royal Court Theatre. He never attended drama school.
He holds the honorary patronage of the University Philosophical Society of the Trinity College in Dublin (2007) and of the Aisling Ghear in Belfast, the only theatre company fully working with the Irish language (2008). Also, he has an honorable degree of the
In 1950, Gabriel Byrne was born in Dublin, Ireland, as the eldest of six children. His father worked for Guinness and built barrels until wood came out of fashion when he was 52. His mother was a hospital worker and nurse.
At the age of 12, he went to a Catholic seminary in Birmingham from which he was expelled with 17 for inappropriate behavior. Despite his strong religious upbringing, Gabriel Byrne is considering himself as an atheist by now. He attended University College Dublin to study archeology and linguistics and worked in a broad variety of jobs, such as archaeologist, cook, and Spanish school teacher. He got into acting at 29, when he joined the London Royal Court Theatre. He never attended drama school.
He holds the honorary patronage of the University Philosophical Society of the Trinity College in Dublin (2007) and of the Aisling Ghear in Belfast, the only theatre company fully working with the Irish language (2008). Also, he has an honorable degree of the National University of Ireland for his 'outstanding contribution to Irish and international film' in Galway (2007).
He was married to the actress Ellen Barkin, whom he met on the set of Siesta in 1987. With 37 he followed her to the United State where he had never set foot before. The couple has two children, Jack Daniel, born in 1989 and Romy Marion, born in 1992. Byrne and Barkin divorced in 1999, following an amicable separation.
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Gabriel Byrne's Scores

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Average career score: 51
Highest Metascore: 87 Little Women
Lowest Metascore: 14 The Keep
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 27
  2. Negative: 8 out of 27
27 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
58 Just a Sigh Mar 21, 2014 Doug 10
30 Vampire Academy Feb 7, 2014 Victor Dashkov / Victor Dashkov 5.8
55 Capital Oct 25, 2013 Dittmar Rigule / Dittmar Rigule 6.7
51 A Man's Story Nov 2, 2012 Himself 4.0
47 Perrier's Bounty May 21, 2010 Voice Of The Grim Reaper 7.4
65 Jindabyne Apr 27, 2007 Stewart Kane 6.8
61 Wah-Wah May 12, 2006 Harry Compton 7.9
25 The Bridge of San Luis Rey Jun 10, 2005 Brother Juniper 5.4
54 Assault on Precinct 13 Jan 19, 2005 Capt. Marcus Duvall 6.3
55 P.S. Oct 15, 2004 Peter Harrington 4.8
53 Vanity Fair Sep 1, 2004 The Marquess Of Steyne 6.9
40 Shade Apr 9, 2004 Charlie Miller 7.0
83 Spider Dec 20, 2002 Bill Cleg 6.8
28 Ghost Ship Oct 25, 2002 Captain Sean Murphy 5.7
41 Mad About Mambo Aug 4, 2000 Executive Producer 8.6
33 End of Days Nov 24, 1999 The Man/Satan 7.2
28 Stigmata Sep 10, 1999 Father Andrew Kiernan 7.2
67 Enemy of the State Nov 16, 1998 NSA Agent, 'Brill' 8.0
48 The Man in the Iron Mask Mar 13, 1998 D'Artagnan 6.4
45 Smilla's Sense of Snow Feb 28, 1997 The Mechanic 6.3
61 Dead Man May 10, 1996 Charlie Dickinson 7.6
77 The Usual Suspects Aug 16, 1995 Dean Keaton 8.7
87 Little Women Dec 21, 1994 Friedrich Bhaer 7.9
84 In the Name of the Father Dec 29, 1993 Executive Producer 8.1
28 Cool World Jul 10, 1992 Jack Deebs 5.6
66 Miller's Crossing Oct 5, 1990 Tom Reagan 8.2
14 The Keep Dec 16, 1983 Major Kaempffer 10