Gabriel Byrne was born in Dublin, Ireland on May 12, 1950. Before becoming an actor, he held a variety of jobs, including archaeologist, teacher, cook and bullfighter.
Gabriel James Byrne is an Emmy- and Tony-nominated Irish actor, film director, film producer and writer, as well as a Grammy-nominated audiobook narrator. His acting career began in the Focus Theatre before he joined London's Royal Court Theatre in 1979. Byrne's TV début came in the Irish soap opera The Riordans and the spin-off show Bracken. The 1981 Arthurian epic, Excalibur, marked the start of his film career; the actor has now starred in over thirty-five feature films, such as The Usual Suspects, Miller's Crossing, Stigmata and The Man in the Iron Mask, in addition to writing two. Byrne's producing credits include the Academy Award-nominated In the Name of the Father.