THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK
(d'Artagnan) is not only a gifted actor but an Academy Award®-nominated
producer as well. As an actor, he recently starred in the compelling
drama Smilla's Sense of Snow, opposite Julia Ormond, and
last year earned acclaim for his role in the mystery thriller
The Usual Suspects. Behind the camera, he executive produced
the historic drama In the Name of the Father, which earned
several Oscar® nominations, including one for Best Picture.
In addition, Byrne co-wrote and produced the film Into the
West, in which he also starred with Ellen Barkin.
Byrne began his acting career on the stage
in his native Ireland and in England. He performed with the Abbey
Theatre and later joined the Royal Court Theatre in London.
He made his feature film debut in John Boorman's
epic Excalibur and went on to star in Costa-Gavras's Hanna
K and the acclaimed British feature Defence of the Realm.
His first American film was the Coen brothers' Miller's Crossing,
and he has since had starring roles in such films as Cool World,
A Dangerous Woman, Trial by Jury, Point of No Return and
Little Women. His recent projects include Frankie Starlight,
opposite Matt Dillon and Anne Parillaud, Jim Jarmusch's Dead
Man, in which he starred opposite Johnny Depp, Mad Dog
Time, the HBO project Weapons of Mass Distraction,
and the forthcoming feature Polish Wedding, opposite Claire
Danes. He also made a cameo appearance in Miramax's Last of
the High Kings, which he co-wrote. He most recently starred
in Wim Wenders's The End of Violence.
In addition to his work in films, Byrne has
recently found success as an author. His first book, Pictures
in My Head, became an immediate best-seller in Ireland and
last year came out to excellent reviews in America.
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