Brendan Gleeson – Mario Antonio Pena Zapatería – cc

Brendan Gleeson

Brendan Gleeson – Mario Antonio Pena Zapatería – cc

Brendan Gleeson is an Irish actor, used to shoot in Hollywood movies. His talent and charisma have allowed him to play in major feature films such as Braveheart, Harry Potter, Kingdom of Heaven, Troy, Gangs of New York, and The Legend of Beowulf.

Biography of Brendan Gleeson

A theatre lover

Brendan Gleeson was born on 29 March 1956 in Dublin, where he spent a childhood rocked by his proven taste for literature and the great Irish writers. From high school, he tried his hand at theatre, then joined the Dublin Shakespeare Festival, while he spent his time playing music in the street.

But Gleeson wants more, and decides to leave his native Ireland to join the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, a school that allows him to obtain a diploma after 3 years. He then joins the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he spends a few years acting in plays…

The call of the cinema…

Gleeson is soon looking for new challenges and wants to try his hand at filmmaking. He quickly auditioned for the role of Michael Collins in “The Treaty”, a TV movie produced by RTE One.

In 1990, Brendan Gleeson was spotted by Hollywood and played in Far Horizons (with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman), “Le Cheval venu de la mer”, then the famous film “Braveheart”, where he played William Wallace’s best friend, played by Mel Gibson.

Success was then on the cards, and Gleeson multiplied the roles, thanks to his talent as an actor and his atypical bonhomie. We then find him in Mission Impossible 2, Lake Placid, The General, 28 Days Later, Gangs of New York, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Kingdom of Heaven, Good Kisses from Bruges (with Colin Farell) or Harry Potter.


  • 1995: Braveheart by Mel Gibson: Hamish Campbell
  • 1996: Neil Jordan’s Michael Collins: Liam Tobin
  • 1998: John Boorman’s The General: Martin Cahill
  • 1999: Harrison’s Flowers
  • 1999: Steve Miner’s Lake Placid: Sheriff Hank Keough
  • 2000 : Mission: Impossible 2 by John Woo : John C. McCloy
  • 2001 : The tailor of Panama by John Boorman : Michelangelo ‘Mickie’ Abraxas
  • 2001: A.I. Artificial Intelligence (AI) by Steven Spielberg: Lord Johnson-Johnson
  • 2002 : 28 Days Later (28 Days Later…) by Danny Boyle : Frank
  • 2002: Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York: Walter ‘Monk’ McGinn
  • 2002: Ron Shelton’s Dark Blue: Jack Van Meter
  • 2003 : Return to Cold Mountain by Anthony Minghella : Stobrod Thewes
  • 2003: In My Country by John Boorman: De Jager
  • 2004: Troy (Troy) by Wolfgang Petersen: Menelas
  • 2004: M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village: August Nicholson
  • 2005 : Kingdom of Heaven of Ridley Scott : Renaud de Châtillon
  • 2005: Breakfast on Pluto by Neil Jordan: John-Joe
  • 2005: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by Mike Newell: Alastor Maugrey
  • 2007: Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix by David Yates : Alastor Maugrey
  • 2007: The Legend of Beowulf by Robert Zemeckis: Wiglaf
  • 2008: Good kisses from Bruges (In Bruges) by Martin McDonagh: Ken
  • 2010: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (Harry Potter and the deathly hallows): Alastor Maugrey
  • 2010 : Green Zone by Paul Greengrass: Martin Brown