His credits at Dublin's Abbey Theatre include: in Lennie in "Of Mice and Men" based on the novel by John Steinbeck
(1980), "I Do Not Like Thee, Dr Fell" a new play by Bernard Farrell, "The Death of Humpty Dumpty" a new play by Graham Reid
, "Juno and the Paycock" by Sean O'Casey
, Shakespare's "The Winter's Tale" (all 1979), "...
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[on Gangs of New York
(2002)] Martin [Scorsese] was interested in me for the part of Monk, that Brendan Gleeson played. But when I read it, I said, "No, I want to play this Priest Vallon character. It's a showier part." It was the perfect cameo, I think. You come in, do a bit of physical stuff, and then they talk about you for the rest of the movie. Meanwhile, I'm back home with my wife and kids,...
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#74) (1995).
Northern Irish accent, sometimes with a mid-Atlantic lilt