Brendan Gleeson

Brendan Gleeson

  • Highest Rated: 100% Paddington 2 (2018)
  • Lowest Rated: 14% The Smurfs 2 (2013)
  • Birthday: Mar 29, 1955
  • Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
  • A former teacher, burly Irish actor Brendan Gleeson spent the 1990s earning an increasing amount of acclaim for his work in a variety of films, most notably John Boorman's The General (1998). Gleeson, who made his feature film debut in Jim Sheridan's The Field (1990), first made an impression on audiences in the role of Hamish, William Wallace's hulking ally in Braveheart (1995).In 1997, the actor was given his first crack at a starring role in I Went Down, a likeable black comedy that cast him as a thick-skulled hitman. The role brought him a greater dose of recognition and respect on both sides of the Atlantic, but it was Boorman's The General (shot right after I Went Down wrapped) that truly demanded -- and received -- international attention. The story of real-life Irish criminal Martin Cahill, the film featured Gleeson in its title role, and his cocky, assured portrayal of Cahill was widely deemed the best part of an altogether excellent film. The numerous plaudits he won for his performance included awards from Boston and London film critics.His career flourishing, it was only a matter of time before Gleeson had the opportunity to expand his resumé to include the occasional Hollywood blockbuster. That opportunity came by way of John Woo's Mission: Impossible 2 (2000), which cast Gleeson, surprisingly enough, as one of the film's resident villains. After carefully balancing his roles between the mainstream and the more low-key, character-driven films in later 2000 and into 2001 (he gained notice for his starring role as a philanderous, boozing TV chef turned sensitive amnesiac in the romantic comedy Wild About Harry [2000]), Gleeson headed back to Hollywood with his lively turn as Lord Johnson-Johnson in Steven Spielberg's A.I. Appearing in Trainspotting director Danny Boyle's zombie thriller 28 Days Later the following year, it wasn't long before Gleeson was once again gracing stateside cinemas with appearances in such high-profile films as Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York (2002) and the Kurt Russell police detective thriller Dark Blue (2003).Gleeson remained a presence in high-profile films over the ensuing two years. In 2004 he could be seen in both the M. Night Shyamalan brain-bender The Village and the sweeping historical epic Troy. The following year found the actor in another pair of big-budget Hollywood films, the box-office dud Kingdom of Heaven and the fourth installment in the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Subsequent years found him re-teaming with 28 Days Later star Cillian Murphy for the Neil Jordan comedy Breakfast on Pluto and reprising his role of Alastor "Mad Eye" Moody in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).He had a memorable turn in the Irish comedy In Bruges in 2008. Two years later he returned as Mad Eye for the final Harry Potter movie. That same year he turned in one of his best performances in The Guard. He played opposite the Oscar nominated Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs in 2011, and enjoyed roles in a couple of high-profile Hollywood films - The Raven and Safe House the next year.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

59% Frankie Jimmy 2019
44% Hampstead Donald 2019
No Score Yet Lost Lives Actor 2019
91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Actor 2018
100% Paddington 2 'Knuckles' McGinty 2018
No Score Yet Sexual Healing Freddy Cousaert 2018
57% Trespass Against Us Colby Cutler 2017
35% Live By Night Thomas Coughlin $10.4M 2017
58% Alone in Berlin Otto Quangel $19.9K 2017
18% Assassin's Creed Joseph Lynch $54.7M 2016
100% Atlantic Actor 2016
43% In the Heart of the Sea Tom Nickerson (Age 30 Years) $19.1M 2015
73% Suffragette Steed $7.2M 2015
No Score Yet Pursuit Actor 2015
99% Song Of The Sea Actor 2014
54% Stonehearst Asylum Actor 2014
89% Calvary Father James $5.1M 2014
90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow General Brigham $77.2M 2014
59% The Grand Seduction Murray French 2014
No Score Yet The Shadow King Actor 2013
14% The Smurfs 2 Victor $71.1M 2013
54% The Company You Keep Henry Osborne $5.2M 2013
28% The Cup Dermot Weld $1.7M 2012
86% The Pirates! Band of Misfits The Pirate with Gout $31.1M 2012
22% The Raven Colonel Hamilton $16.1M 2012
52% Safe House David Barlow $126.2M 2012
56% Albert Nobbs Holloran $3.1M 2012
94% The Guard Gerry Boyle $5.4M 2011
77% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody $295M 2010
56% Perrier's Bounty Darren Perrier 2010
No Score Yet Noreen Con Keogh 2010
91% The Secret of Kells Abbot Cellach $0.7M 2010
53% Green Zone Martin Brown $35.1M 2010
84% In Bruges Ken $7.6M 2008
No Score Yet Into the Storm Winston Churchill 2008
No Score Yet Tiger's Tail Actor 2008
71% Beowulf Wiglaf $82.3M 2007
31% Black Irish Desmond 2007
78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Alastor `Madeye' Moody $292M 2007
14% The Tiger's Tail Liam O'Leary 2006
No Score Yet Studs Walter Keegan 2006
88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Alastor `Mad­Eye' Moody $290M 2005
57% Breakfast on Pluto John-Joe $0.8M 2005
39% Kingdom of Heaven Reynald $47.3M 2005
23% In My Country De Jager 2005
No Score Yet Six Shooter Donnelly 2005
43% The Village August Nicholson $114.2M 2004
54% Troy King Menelaus $132.6M 2004
70% Cold Mountain Stobrod 2003
86% 28 Days Later Frank $45M 2003
58% Dark Blue Jack Van Meter $9.1M 2003
73% Gangs of New York Walter "Monk" McGinn $77.7M 2002
49% Harrison's Flowers Marc Stevenson $1.7M 2002
74% A.I. Artificial Intelligence Lord Johnson-Johnson 2001
77% The Tailor of Panama Michelangelo Abraxas $13.2M 2001
57% Mission: Impossible 2 John 2000
No Score Yet Wild About Harry Actor 2000
No Score Yet Saltwater "Simple" Simon McCurdie 2000
70% My Life So Far Jim Menzies 1999
46% Lake Placid Sheriff Keough 1999
75% This Is My Father Garda Jim 1999
82% The General Martin Cahill 1998
No Score Yet Sweety Barrett Sweety Barrett 1998
84% I Went Down Bunny Kelly 1998
67% The Break Richard 1998
No Score Yet Trojan Eddie Ginger 1997
77% The Butcher Boy Father Bubbles 1997
17% Turbulence Stubbs 1997
77% Michael Collins Liam Tobin 1996
No Score Yet Kidnapped Red Fox 1995
77% Braveheart Hamish 1995
97% The Snapper Lester 1993
No Score Yet Love Lies Bleeding Actor 1993
77% Into the West Inspector Bolger 1993
48% Far and Away Social Club Policeman 1992
43% The Field Quarryman 1990

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

93% Mr. Mercedes
2017
Detective Bill Hodges
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2017

QUOTES FROM Brendan Gleeson CHARACTERS

Vera
Wouldn't be too much, would it, if I asked what in the name of God you're doing in our bed?
Murray French
Sorry. I know it's after office hours.
Vera
It's not so much the time that bothers me, as the fact that we're all here in bed together. It's the whole threesome thing I'm not that comfortable with.
Simon
Now, now, he doesn't drop by that often.
Ken
You don't even know that we're not here on a job.
Ray
Here in Bruges?
Ken
Yeah.
Ray
On a job?
Ray
On a job? Here in Bruges?
Henry Tilly
"That's a lie."
Murray French
"Right now, a lie is all we got."
General Brigham
Are you just going to stand there and bleed.
Master Sergeant Farell
Are you just going to stand there and bleed.
Major William Cage
What day is it?
General Brigham
For you? Judgment Day!
Master Sergeant Farell
For you? Judgment Day!
General Brigham
Are you just going to stand there and bleed?
August Nicholson
Let her go. If it ends, it ends. We can move towards hope, that's what's beautiful about this place. We cannot run from heartache. My brother was slain in the towns, the rest of my family died here. Heartache is a part of life, we know that now. Ivy is running toward hope, let her run. If this place is worthy, she'll be successful in her quest.
Hank Keogh
I never heard of a crocodile crossing an ocean.
Hector Cyr
Well, they conceal information like that in books.
Hank Keogh
Was that, like, a homosexual remark You know Hector, I'm sure you're a fine person in your own mental way, but I think it would be best if you and I didn't speak.
Hank Keogh
I'm going to say this because I believe in being straight with people: I think you are a mental.
Hector Cyr
Sheriff, I appreciate your candor, really I do. I think it's always good to know where somebody's coming from and frankly your origins have been a bit of a mystery ... to me.
Victor
I'm just smurf-ing with you
Victor
I'm just smurf-ing with you.
Papa Smurf
Mr. Winslow, we need your help
Papa Smurf
Mr. Winslow, we need your help.
Patrick Winslow
Sure
Patrick Winslow
Sure.
Victor Doyle
You'll need all the help you can get
Victor Doyle
You'll need all the help you can get.
Harry
What are you fucking doing?
Ken
I ain't fighting any more, Harry.
Harry
Alright. Then I'm blowing your fucking head off ... Oh don't come over all Gandhi! What are you doing?!
Harry
Alright. Then I'm blowing your fucking head off. Oh don't come over all Gandhi! What are you doing?
Ray
What am I gonna do, ·Ken? What am I gonna do?
Ray
What am I gonna do, ·Ken? What am I gonna do?
Ken
Just keep moving. Keep on moving. Try not to think about it. Learn a new language, maybe?
Ken
Just keep moving. Keep on moving. Try not to think about it. Learn a new language, maybe?
Ray
I can hardly do English. (pause) That's the one thing I like about Europe, though. You don't have to learn any of their languages.
Ray
I can hardly do English. That's the one thing I like about Europe, though. You don't have to learn any of their languages.
Yuri
Take your pick, Mr Waters.
Ken
An Uzi? I'm not from South Central Los-fucking-Angeles. I didn't come here to shoot twenty black ten-yearolds in a fucking drive-by. I want a normal gun for a normal person.
Ken
You from the States?
Jimmy
Yeah. But don't hold it against me
Ken
I'll try not to... Just try not to say anything too loud or crass.
Ken
I don't hit women. I would never hit a woman, Chloë. I'd hit a woman who's trying to hit me with her bottle, that's different, that's self defence, isn't it? ...Or a woman who could do karate. I would never hit a woman generally.
Ken
I don't hit women. I would never hit a woman, Chloë. I'd hit a woman who's trying to hit me with her bottle, that's different, that's self defence, isn't it? Or a woman who could do karate. I would never hit a woman generally.
Minerva McGonagall
What are you doing?
Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody
Just teaching.
Minerva McGonagall
Wait. Is that a student?
Ken
Ray, you're about the worst tourist in the world.
Ray
Ken, I grew up in Dublin. I love Dublin. If i grew up on a farm, and was retarded, Bruges might impress me, but I didn't so it doesn't
Ray
Ken, I grew up in Dublin. I love Dublin. If I grew up on a farm, and was retarded, Bruges might impress me, but I didn't so it doesn't.
Bunny Kelly
Do you ever remember when you was young, you could never do anything when anyone was lookin' at ya.
FBI agent Wendell Everett
You went to Disney World by yourself?
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
Yeah, great gas it was! Had me picture taken with Goofy and everything. He's my favourite, Goofy!
FBI agent Wendell Everett
You know I can't tell if you're really motherfuckin' dumb or really motherfuckin' smart.
Stephen
stephen is my name and im the most wanted man on my island, except im not on my island of course.
Stephen
I the most wanted man on my island, except I'm not on my island, of course.
Hamish
your island you mean ireland.?
Hamish
Your island you mean ireland?
Stephen
yeah, its mine.
Stephen
Yeah, it's mine.
Ken
Everybody's fuckin' suicidal!
Harry
Everybody's fuckin' suicidal!
Harry
I'm just glad I was able to do somethin' for the boy before he went.
Ken
Do what for the boy?
Harry
You know, get to see Bruges. I'd like to see Bruges again before I die.
Donnelly
[ruaidhri conroy] best day of my fuckin life that cow exploding.
Kid
Best day of my fuckin' life, that cow exploding.
Donnelly
[THE KID] did you ever shout at a sheep.
Ray
You said he was a lolipop man ?!
Ray
You said he was a lolipop man?!
Ken
He was a lolipop man
Ken
He was a lolipop man.
Ray
What's a lolipop man doing on fucking karate !?
Ray
What's a lolipop man doing on fucking karate!?
Ken
I'm just saying
Ken
I'm just saying.
Ray
How old is he ?
Ken
50
Ken
50.
Ray
What's a 50 years old lolipop man doing in fuckin karate ?! What was he a chinese lolipop man ?!
Ray
What's a 50 years old lolipop man doing in fuckin' karate?! What was he a chinese lolipop man ?!
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
now I know what you w'er tinkin'... yer tinkin' those men are armed and dangerous... an' you, bein' an FBI Agent are more used to shooting unarmed women n' children-
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
Now I know what you w'er tinkin'... yer tinkin' those men are armed and dangerous... an' you, bein' an FBI Agent are more used to shooting unarmed women n' children.
FBI agent Wendell Everett
-The Fuck-?!
FBI agent Wendell Everett
The fuck?!
Dr. Holloran
Why aren't you in fancy dress?
Albert Nobbs
I'm a waiter.
Dr. Holloran
Well I'm a doctor. We are both disguised as ourselves.
Dermot Weld
I believe he is the only man to ride that house in the cup.
Colonel Hamilton
If I can't pronounce it, I don't want to eat it.
The Pirate with Gout
(This) makes electricity look like a pile of crap.
The Pirate with Gout
This makes electricity look like a pile of crap.
Ken
Harry, let's face it. And I'm not being funny. I mean no disrespect, but you're a cunt. You're a cunt now, and you've always been a cunt. And the only thing that's going to change is that you're going to be an even bigger cunt. Maybe have some more cunt kids.
Harry
Leave my kids fucking out of it! What have they done? You fucking retract that bit about my cunt fucking kids!
Ken
I retract that bit about your cunt fucking kids.
Harry
Insult my fucking kids? That's going overboard, mate!
Ken
I retracted it, didn't I?
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
What a beautiful fuckin' day!!
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
What a beautiful fuckin' day!
Harry
So he's having a really nice time?
Ken
Well, I'm having a really nice time. I'm not sure it's really his cup of tea.
Harry
What?
Ken
You know, I'm not sure it's really his thing.
Harry
What do you mean it's not really his thing? What's that supposed to mean? It's not really his thing. What the fuck is that supposed to mean?
Ken
Nothing, Harry.
Harry
It's a fairytale town, isn't it? How's a fairytale town not somebody's fucking thing?
Hank Keogh
[the U.S. and Florida game officials finally show up] We, uh, trapped him with our chopper.
Mrs. Bickerman
Murders and rapes in the city, people bomb planes, can the police stop 'em? No! But feed one little cow to a crocodile...
Hank Keogh
You're gonna stay right here until the police show. You're under full house arrest.
Mrs. Bickerman
Thank you, officer fuck-meat!
Hector Cyr
[Upon finding a decaying toe] Is this the man that was killed?
Hank Keogh
He seemed... taller.
David Barlow
First rule is to protect your house guest
David Barlow
First rule is to protect your house guest.
David Barlow
Im your house guest
David Barlow
I'm your house guest.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
I'm Irish, sir. Racism is part of my culture.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
You lads always announce seizure of drugs worth a street value at $10 million or $20 million or half a billion dollars. I wonder what street it is you're buying your cocaine on, because it's not the same street as I'm buying my cocaine on.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
Ever been shot?
FBI agent Wendell Everett
Yeah
FBI agent Wendell Everett
Yeah.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
Does it hurt?
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
Any kids?
FBI agent Wendell Everett
Two boys. Stokely's five years old. Huey just turned three months old. I got a picture of him.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
I don't want to see it.
FBI agent Wendell Everett
Excuse me?
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
I don't want to see it. Babies all look the same. The only time a baby doesn't look like every other baby is when it's a really ugly baby. So, unless it's a photo of a really ugly baby, I don't want to see it.
FBI agent Wendell Everett
Well, that's pretty fuckin' rude.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
Maybe it is, maybe it isn't.
FBI agent Wendell Everett
Oh, it is!
Dr. Holloran
We are both disguised as ourselves.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
A fucking latte's my drink!!
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
A fucking latte's my drink!
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
Hot whiskey, John-Joe, please. And a cold one while I'm waiting. Yourself?
FBI agent Wendell Everett
Er, Guinness.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
Two Guinnesses as well, John-Joe. Like the fat man said, if you have to be careful not to drink too much, it's because you're not to be trusted when you do.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
What a beautiful fuckin' day.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
Chilly out, ha?
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
I'm Irish. Racism is part of me culture.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
I'm Irish, sir, racism is a part of me culture.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
I'm Irish, sure, racism is a part of me culture.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
â??He probably hasn't had this much fun since they burnt all those kids at Waco.â??
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
He probably hasn't had this much fun since they burned down those kids at Waco.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
He probably hasn't had this much fun since they burned all those kids at Waco.
Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
Fair Warning,It Tastes Like Goblin Piss
Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
Fair warning, it tastes like goblin piss.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
I'll go slip into something a little less comfortable.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
You lost me at 'we'.
FBI agent Wendell Everett
We. You and I.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
It's my day off.
Minerva McGonagall
Professor Moody! What are you doing?
Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody
Teaching.
Minerva McGonagall
Is that a student!?!
Minerva McGonagall
Is that a student?!
Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody
Technically, it's a ferret.
Lester
Your a great little ride Sharon
Lester
Your a great little ride Sharon.
Harry Potter
You put my name in the goblet of fire, you bewitched Krum...
Harry Potter
You put my name in the goblet of fire, you bewitched Krum.
Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody
But but but. You won because I made it so potter.
Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody
And they say i'm mad!
Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody
And they say I'm mad!
Minerva McGonagall
Is that a student?
Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody
Technically its a ferret.
Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody
Technically it's a ferret.
Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody
Technically, it's a ferret.
Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
(too everyone who are taking polyjuice potion) For those of you who haven't taken polyjuice potion before: fair warning it tastes like goblin piss
Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
For those of you who haven't taken Polyjuice Potion before, fair warning. It tastes like goblin piss.
Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
[about Harry]: He looks gorgeous now lets get him inside before someone murders him.
Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
[about Harry]: He looks gorgeous now lets get him inside before someone murders him.
Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
[about Harry]: He looks gorgeous now lets get him inside before someone murders him.
Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
Potter, you're underage. Which means you still have the trace on you.
Harry Potter
What's the trace?
Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
If you sneeze, the Ministry will know who wipes your nose. Point is we'll have to use those means of transport the trace can't detect. Brooms, thestrals, and the like. We'll go in pairs, that way if anyones out there waiting for us, and I reckon there will be, they won't know which Harry Potter is the real one.
Harry Potter
The real one?
Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
[Brings out Polyjuice potion] I believe you're familiar with this particular brew.
Harry Potter
No, absolutely not.
Hermione Granger
Told you he'd take it well.
Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
Be warned...it tastes like Goblin piss.
Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
Fair warning, it tastes like Goblin piss.
Fred Weasley
You've had much experience with that I suppose, Mad Eye?
Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
.....
Fred Weasley
Just trying to defuse the tension.
Martin Brown
You cannot just hand this country over to an exile no one's ever heard of, and a bunch of interns from Washington.
Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
Piss off, Bruce Bennett.