BYRNE (Captain Sean
Murphy) is not only a gifted and highly acclaimed actor, but an Academy Award
nominated Producer and Tony Award nominated stage actor as well. Returning
to Broadway in 2000, he was nominated for the prestigious Tony Award for his
lead role as James Tyrone Jr. in Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the
Misbegotten in a hugely successful revival.
his acting career with the Abbey Theater, Byrne later joined the Royal Court
Theater in London. The Dublin-born actor made his feature film debut in
John Boorman's Excalibur. Other European films include the
acclaimed Defense of the Realm and Hannah K. During this
time, he worked for several noteworthy European directors including Costa-Gavras,
Ken Russell and Ken Loach. In 1990, he made his American debut in the Coen
brothers' film Miller's Crossing.
1998 and 1999, Byrne starred in three number one box office successes in a row: End
of Days as the Devil, Stigmata, and as D'Artagnan in The Man in
the Iron Mask opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich and
1995 he starred in the groundbreaking The Usual Suspects, and then in Smilla's
Sense of Snow with Julia Ormond. He was then seen in Wim Wenders' End
of Violence and Polish Wedding with Lena Olin and Claire Danes.
1993, Byrne produced the film In the Name of the Father, which earned
several Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. Then in 1994, he
produced and starred in Into the West opposite Ellen Barkin.
has been dividing his time between writing, producing, and acting. His
first book, Pictures in my Head, was published in Ireland where it became
a critically acclaimed best seller.
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