Birthdate: May 16, 1953
Birthplace: Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland
1 His childhood in Ireland was grim: when he was an infant his father left; his grandparents died when he was little; and then he lived with an aunt and uncle while his mother made a new life for them in England.
2 He is a professional fire eater and performed with the circus as a kid.
3 He originally wanted to be a painter.
4 His production company is called Irish Dreamtime.
5 His beloved first wife died of ovarian cancer a day after their 11th anniversary.
"When I got to L . A. , I was suddenly free. I was free of being Irish or English — I could be anything I wanted to be … Ultimately, it felt like putting on a beautiful coat; it j ust felt easy. It came with a lot of feelings of displacement, but I was doing something I had always dreamt of." — Interview.
2006: Golden Globe: nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, The Matador1985: Golden Globe: nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV, Nancy Astor