More Colin Farrell Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Alexander)Colin Farrell's first starring role was in Deirdre Purcell's miniseries Falling for a Dancer. He subsequently starred in the BBC series Ballykissangel and in Tim Roth's directorial debut, The War Zone. He also had a small role in Thaddeus O'Sullivan's Dublin gangster movie Ordinary Decent Criminal, opposite Kevin Spacey.
Farrell recently wrapped filming A Home at the End of the World, based on the novel by Michael Cunningham (The Hours). His first U.S. film was Tigerland, directed by Joel Schumacher, and Farrell was next seen as Jesse James in American Outlaws.
Other film credits include the World War II drama Hart's War opposite Bruce Willis, co-starring with Tom Cruise in Steven Spielberg's hit film Minority Report, starring opposite Ben Affleck in Daredevil, as well as co-starring with Al Pacino in The Recruit and Samuel L. Jackson in S.W.A.T. In addition, Farrell reunited with Joel Schumacher as the star in the hit thriller Phone Booth, and had a cameo role in the director's Veronica Guerin. He can also be seen in the Irish film Intermission.
Following the completion of his role in Alexander, Farrell traveled to South Africa to star for writer-director Robert Towne in Ask the Dust, based on the classic novel by John Fante, and then segued to Virginia and English locations to portray Captain John Smith in filmmaker Terrence Malick's The New World, about early encounters between European and American Indian cultures.
Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Alexander" (21-Nov-2004)
Biography #3 (for A Home at the End of the World)Farrell first came to the attention of U.S. filmgoers in Joel Schumacher's Tigerland, which follows the story of a handful of American soldiers who are taken to the backwoods of Louisiana in 1971 to play war games in preparation for their first tour of duty in Vietnam. Farrell was next seen as Jesse James in DIRECTOR TK's American Outlaws.
Born in Ireland, Farrell is the son of former football player Eamonn Farrell and nephew of Tommy Farrell, both of whom played for the Irish Football Club, Shamrock Rovers, in the 1960's. As a teenager, Colin's ambition was to follow in his father's footsteps; however, his interest soon turned toward acting and he joined the Gaiety School of Drama in Dublin. Before completing his studies, Farrell landed a starring role in Deirdre Purcell's miniseries Falling for a Dancer. Farrell subsequently starred in the BBC series Ballykissangel and in Tim Roth's directorial debut The War Zone; he also had a small role in Ordinary Decent Criminal opposite Kevin Spacey.
Other film credits include the World War II drama Harts War opposite Bruce Willis, co-starring with Tom Cruise in Steven Spielberg's Minority Report, opposite Ben Affleck in Daredevil as well as co-starring with Al Pacino in The Recruit. Farrell also reunited with director Joel Schumacher to star in last summer's hit thriller Phone Booth; and appeared in a cameo role in Schumacher's most recent film Veronica Guerin starring Cate Blanchett.
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