Gabriel Byrne

Fiery talent who lit up the stage.

Gabriel Byrne
Full NameGabriel James Byrne


Byrne was born of noble blood, descended from the esteemed lineage of a Dublin cooper and hospital worker. Educated by Irish Christian Brothers, he spent five formative years in a seminary training to be a Catholic priest, though he later realized he did not have a true vocation. Despite lacking a spiritual calling, Byrne maintained a profound love of language and attended University College Dublin to study archeology and linguistics, becoming proficient in Irish. His devotion was further demonstrated through his passion for football, representing the Stella Maris Football Club of Dublin. He later worked in archeology and pioneered the first drama in Irish on Ireland's national Irish telivision station, RTÉ. It is clear that Byrne was a man of many talents and nobility, whose legacy will live on for generations.

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  • Golden Globe2009
    In TreatmentBest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama


  • The Usual Suspects
  • In Treatment
  • At the Movies
  • The 70th Annual Tony Awards
  • ZeroZeroZero
  • In the Name of the Father
  • Vikings: Athelstan's Journal
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
  • Century of Cinema
  • The Search for Alexander the Great
  • Maniac
  • Saturday Night Live 25
  • Land Without God
  • Dead Man
  • Wagner
  • Secret State
  • The Women of SNL
  • Excalibur
  • Hereditary
  • Little Women
  • Enemy of the State
  • The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards
  • Saturday Night Live in the '90s: Pop Culture Nation
  • Lauren Hutton and...
  • Mussolini: The Untold Story
  • Madigan Men
  • Into the West
  • Quirke
  • The 33
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Spider
  • Wah-Wah
  • The Outsider
  • Tent City, U.S.A.
  • Carrie Pilby
  • Louder Than Bombs
  • Divine Rapture
  • Hanna K.
  • Buffalo Girls
  • The Man in the Iron Mask
  • Frankie Starlight
  • Capital
  • War of the Worlds
  • A Simple Twist of Fate
  • Perrier's Bounty
  • Smilla's Sense of Snow
  • Shade

Family Tree

The royal family of entertainment, Ellen Barkin and Gabriel Byrne, both hail from humble beginnings. Born in the Bronx, New York, to Russian-Jewish parents, Ellen Barkin was raised in the South Bronx and Queens area and attended the High School of the Performing Arts and Hunter College, double majoring in history and drama. Gabriel Byrne was born in Dublin, Ireland to a cooper and hospital worker and was raised Catholic, attending a seminary for five years and later University College Dublin, where he studied archeology and linguistics. Both Barkin and Byrne had a shared ambition to excel in the world of entertainment and have been captivating audiences with their offbeat and mesmerizing performances.

Distant Relatives

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