(Sheriff Hank Keough) is one of Ireland's foremost leading actors.
Often referred to as "The Celtic Depardieu," Gleeson
began his acting career only in 1990 after many years as a school
Gleeson is currently filming Mission: Impossible II in
Australia, and his film, theater and television career also includes
his recent success as Bunny in Paddy Breachnach's I Went Down,
which took awards at San Sabastian and Fipresci. His internationally
acclaimed role alongside Mel Gibson in Braveheart and his
much loved performance as Michael Collins in The Treaty together
garnered him the Jacobs Award.
In John Boorman's The General, released last year, Gleeson
played Martin Cahill, the Irish crime lord whose potent mix of
violence, humor and generosity made him a legend in his lifetime,
a legend that has grown largely since his death in 1994.
For The General and I Went Down, Gleeson won the
Boston Film Critics Award for Best Actor of the Year, and the
1998 London Film Critics Award for Best Actor in The British Isles
for The General.
Additional credits include Neil Jordan's The Butcher Boy and
Michael Collins, Jim Sheridan's The Field, Michael
Winterbottom's Love Lies Bleeding and Stephen Frear's The
Gleeson continues to live in Ireland and will soon be seen as
the lead in Stephen Bradley's feature film Sweety Barrett.
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