Gabriel Byrne is an Irish actor. Before becoming an actor, he worked as an archaeologist, cook, bullfighter, and Spanish schoolteacher. When he finally found acting at age 29, he began his career on stage with the Focus Theatre and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, and later joined the Royal Court Theatre and the National Theatre in London.
Byrne came to prominence on the final season of the Irish television show “The Riordans,” subsequently starring in his own spin-off series, “Bracken.” He made his film debut in 1981 as Lord Uther in John Boorman’s classic King Arthur epic, “Excalibur.” He first visited the United States when he was 37.
Byrne has won many awards for his acting: in 1979 the Jacob’s Award for Best Actor in a TV series for “Bracken”; in 1999 the Theatre World Award for “A Moon for the Misbegotten”; and in 2000 the Outstanding Award for Irish Culture for “Wild Geese.”