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Name: Gabriel Byrne
Date of Birth: 12th May 1950
Place of Birth: Dublin, Ireland
Homes: New York, USA / Dublin, Ireland
Height: 5'11"
Star Sign: Taurus
Education: University College
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Gabriel Byrne

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- - SHORT PROFILE - - chat in our gossroom .

Gabriel Byrne was born in Dublin, Ireland on May 12th 1950. He was first of six born to a nurse and a Guinness barrel maker, at the age of twelve he moved to England to become a priest. After four years of the Priesthood he was expelled and so returned to Ireland. Byrne studied Archaeology, Languages and Phonetics, at University College Dublin and didn't embark on his acting career until the tender age of 28. After being in the TV series 'The Riordans' and then staring in his own spin-off series called 'Bracken', made his way to America. Soon after, he went to work playing a Spanish trapeze artist in Siesta, and fell in love with his co-star, Ellen Barkin, whom he married a year later. The couple divorced in 1993 and shared custody of their two children, Jack and Romey Marion. The ironic aspect of two of Byrne's biggest staring roles i.e. 'End of Days' and 'Stigmata', are that he plays Satan and a Priest respectively - an indication of the dark and light sides of his characters.

- - BYRNE TRIVA - - chat in our gossroom .

  • Byrne has two children, both by divorced wife Ellen Barkin, Jack born iin 1989 and Romey Marion in 1992
  • 1979, Jacob's Awards, Best Actor in a TV series- Drama- 'Bracken'
  • 1999, Maverick Tribute Award- Cinequest San Jose film festival
  • Academy Award nominations as a Producer and his film 'In The Name Of The Father' received many nominations including Best Picture
  • His best selling book 'Picture In My Head' was an instant success.

- - BYRNE QUOTES - - chat in our gossroom .

"I don't believe in acting as catharsis or therapy, I don't believe in bringing your work home with you, in becoming a character .You do this job and go home." - about his work

"There not much difference between playing a priest and playing the devil. One role is playing a good man who has lost his faith. The other is playing a man who believes he's good and who has lost his soul." - about his parts in Stigmata and End of Days

"Its so easy to get caught up in the mass culture here. Its important to my children knowing that they have another tradition and a heritage that's a gift to them." - about his children and their Irish heritage

- - CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - - chat in our gossroom .

  • Usual Suspects
  • Into The West
  • Stigmata
  • The Man In The Iron Mask
  • End Of Days
  • Little Women
  • Point Of No Return
  • Millers Crossing
  • Mud Dog Time
  • Cool World


  • The Lark In the Clean Air Executive


  • In the Name of the Father


  • The lark in the Clean Air


  • The Lark in the Clean Air
  • The Last of the High Kings
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful

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