POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Pound Ridge’s Gabriel James Byrne!
Gabriel James Byrne, a long time Pound Ridge resident, turns 66 on Thursday.
Byrne, an Irish actor, film director, film producer, writer, cultural ambassador and audiobook narrator, was born 12 May, 1950, in Dublin, Ireland. Byrne came to prominence on the final season of the Irish television show "The Riordans," subsequently starring in his own spin-off series, "Bracken." His first play for television was Michael Feeney Callan's "Love Is ... ". He made his film debut in 1981, as King Uther Pendragon in John Boorman's King Arthur epic, "Excalibur." In 2007 Gabriel Byrne topped Kerry Film Festival's jury lineup.
Byrne is also actively involved in various charities, in addition to being a human rights activist. In 2004, Byrne was appointed a UNICEF Ireland Ambassador. He became a patron of Croí (The West of Ireland Cardiology Foundation) in 1997 in response to the care given to his mother while she was a patient in a Galway hospital.
He has now starred in more than 35 feature films, such as "The Usual Suspects," "Miller's Crossing," "Stigmata" and "End of Days," in addition to writing two. Byrne's producing credits include the Academy Award–nominated "In the Name of the Father." More recently, he has received much critical acclaim for his role as Dr. Paul Weston in the HBO drama "In Treatment."