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Real Name: Colin James Farrell
Birthday: March 31,1976
Place of Birth: Dublin, Ireland

 

Biography:

A fine-looking, black haired Irish actor with an powerful screen presence, Colin Farrell rocketed to stardom in the United States as a evasive army recruit with a fondness for getting into trouble in "Tigerland" (2000). Like many actors who seem to get overnight recognition, the Dublin born actor had paid his toll with his movie and TV appearances. Raised in the Castleknock section of Dublin, the son of a soccer player tells of a somewhat unruly adolescence, attending quite a few schools and partaking in beer drinking. 

After enjoying a year in Australia, he came back to Ireland and enrolled at the Gaiety School of Acting, but quit after one year because his profession began to take off. He received his first motion picture role in "Drinking Crude" (1997) and the subsequent year had a supporting role in the television drama "Falling For a Dancer" (1998) a romantic drama set in rural Ireland of the 1930s. The story begins when 19-year-old Elizabeth has a brief fling with an actor and falls pregnant. He then graced audiences in the ordinary role of Danny Byrne on the admired Irish sitcom "Ballykissangel", where he stayed for two seasons. 

The actor then took a small role in Tim Roth's film debut, "The War Zone" (1999) and starred as an autistic young boy in the Donmar Warehouse dramatization of "In a Little World of Ours". As it turned out, actor Kevin Spacey saw the production and suggested the young actor to the director of "Ordinary Decent Criminals" (2000), the fictional account of Irish crook Martin Cahill that was to star Spacey. 

Next was "Tigerland", where he performed well as the Texan who shows an anti establishment way of thinking despite having all the makings of a leader. 

He swiftly leaped onto the A-list and found himself getting offers for roles formerly developed for stars like Jim Carrey, Matt Damon and Edward Norton. In 2001, he starred as Jesse James in the feebly received rendition of western "American Outlaws", and was cast as a attorney turned World War II pilot who is retained by the Germans, and then must defend a fellow prisoner of war on murder charges in "Hart's War" (2002) alongside of Bruce Willis. 

His biggest role to date came in 2002, when he starred alongside Tom Cruise (as Danny Witwer, who chases after Cruise's character) in the Steven Spielberg directed science fiction adventure "Minority Report." His first key starring role in a film release was set to be the Schumacher directed "Phone Booth" with Kiefer Sutherland and Katie Holmes, about a man who finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle, but the film was delayed from its original release date because of a series of similar, real life sniper murders in Maryland making headline news during the same period. 

Despite the setback, the critics were high on the actor, whose press interviews always showcased the shameless, candid actor drinking, smoking and cursing, as he starred in two high-profile films - "The Recruit," where he plays a mounting young operative at the CIA who becomes mixed up in the mysterious scheming of his teacher (Al Pacino) and his lover (Bridget Moynahan); second, in his outstanding role as the comic book scoundrel Bullseye, a murderer with extremely deadly accuracy, who feuds with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner in the movie thriller version of Marvel Comics' "Daredevil" (2003). 

The admired celebrity next starred in the big budget, action adventure "S.W.A.T." (2003), playing a former S.W.A.T. team member removed from the squad after a disastrous decision, but gets an opportunity to clear himself when he's recruited by squad leader Samuel L. Jackson for a high risk mission.

He then amazed critics with an out of character role in "A Home at the End of the World" (2004), playing the good natured, soft spoken Bobby, a young man coming of age in the 1970's and 1980's who, after being accepted by a family after the death of his adored older brother, is thrown into a rare family dynamic and romantic triangle as he tries to live up to his brother's antiviolence lifestyle. He followed with an outstanding performance, complete with dyed blonde hair, as Macedonian conqueror Alexander the Great in Oliver Stone's ambitious historical drama "Alexander" (2004) with Angelina Jolie and Val Kilmer. 

But his role as the troubled conqueror failed to lift the film into a hit, at least within the United States. The actor starred in another historical performance in “The New World” with Christian Bale (2005), a romantic, but confusing take on the settlement at Jamestown, Virginia in 1607 and the subsequent love affair between Captain John Smith and a young Native American girl, Pocahontas (Q’Orianka Kilcher).

He was next seen in “Ask The Dust” with Salma Hayek (2006), a film project that finally saw completion after being stalled in development for over 30 years. Farrell was cast as a young, starving writer who fled from Colorado because of his Italian legacy to Los Angeles where he excels as a writer and becomes obsessed with a Mexican bar worker. He then began to film “Pride And Glory” (2008), a crime drama about the private and professional lives of three generations of New York cops. 

The actor was next tapped by director Michael Mann to play Sonny Crockett in the remake of the hit 1980's police adventure, “Miami Vice” (2006). Filming began in April 2005, and from the start the production endured one problem after another. Known for working his performers harder than most directors, Mann told Colin to bulk up for his role. He started working out with weights, but hurt his back and ribs while lifting - that pushed filming back six weeks into the middle of hurricane season. Then while riding in an expensive Ferrari with fellow star Jaime Foxx, who played partner Ricardo Tubbs, a strong wind blew out the windows of an office building sending large shards of glass onto the street below where the two actors were riding. They escaped unharmed.

After an exhausting three months of principal film shooting that saw a local resident shot by the films security staff after he flashed a gun near the production, the star checked himself into a drug rehabilitation center for his mounting dependence on prescription drugs. He finished the rehab successfully, and took vacation time to relax and prepare for his next role. 

Returning to mainstream work during 2006, he did the normal press for “Miami Vice” before next starting Woody Allen’s 2006 summer film project in London "Cassandra's Dream" (2007), about the adventures of two brothers with severe money troubles, who are approached by a man to commit a crime that goes awry, eventually turning them into enemies. Colin started off 2008 with crime drama "In Burges" (2008), a story about being holed up in Bruges, Belgium after a difficult job, two hit men begin to differ on their views of life and death as they become used to local customs.

Next up was the crime drama "Pride And Glory" (2009) starring Edward Norton, a tale centered on a multi-generational family of New York City Police officers. The family's moral codes are tested when Ray Tierney (Edward Norton), investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother-in-law. For Ray, the truth is revelatory, a Pandora's Box that threatens to upend not only the Tierney legacy but the entire NYPD. 

He then appeared with Johnny Depp in the adventure-fantasy "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" (2009) with Heath Ledger and Jude Law, about a traveling theater company that gives its audience much more than they were expecting. This was one of Heath Ledgers last roles before his early death on January, 2008. He then ventured back to the mystery thrillers with "Triage" (2009), about the girlfriend of a photojournalist who sets out to discover why he came home from a recent assignment without his colleague.

Finally, He stared in "Dirt Music" (2009) with Rachel Weisz, a film based on the novel by Tim Winton, and focuses on the lives of an alcoholic mother and a gloomy poacher living in a remote fishing village in Western Australia.

 

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