Possibly Ireland's hottest cinematic export since Liam Neeson got his kilt off in Rob Roy, colin farrell enjoyed a generous helping of trans-Atlantic buzz for his work in Joel Schumacher's 2000 military drama Tigerland. Previously known in his native Ireland for supporting parts in film and television productions, colin farrell earned both industry recognition and international heartthrob status for his portrayal of a young drifter recruited to fight in the Vietnam War, winning over critics and audiences with talent, charisma, and his fearless assumption of a Texan accent.
The son of famed footballer Eamon Farrell, colin farrell was born in Dublin, on May 31, 1976. Growing up, he planned to follow in the footsteps of his father and an uncle, who was also a well-known footballer in the 1960s. However, colin farrell's plans changed when, while he was still in high school, his sister enrolled in acting classes at Dublin's Gaiety School of Drama. His interest piqued, the nascent actor followed suit, signing up for classes at the Gaiety School and then making his film debut in a low-budget production called Drinking Crude before he even made it to the Gaiety's classrooms.
Having dropped out of high school in order to pursue acting, colin farrell dropped out again -- this time from the Gaiety -- after a successful audition for the Irish TV series Ballykissangel. Joining the show in 1996, he earned a degree of fame in his native country, which opened the door for further work in the U.K. In 1999, he could be seen in the family drama The War Zone, Tim Roth's directorial debut, and on TV in Love in the 21st Century, a segmented series that also featured such up-and-comers as Ioan Gruffudd and Catherine McCormack.
His first glint of overseas recognition came the following year, when colin farrell was cast in a supporting role in Thaddeus O'Sullivan's Ordinary Decent Criminal, an Irish gangster drama starring Kevin Spacey and Linda Fiorentino. Criminal, which didn't fare well on U.S. shores, was quickly followed by Joel Schumacher's Tigerland. Although the low-key ensemble film, which was set in a Louisiana boot camp in 1971, received a lukewarm reaction from critics and audiences, colin farrell's performance was the subject of almost ubiquitous praise. Quickly labeled as one of the most exciting new actors to be detected by the Hollywood radar, the young Dubliner subsequently found himself enmeshed in the distinctly American phenomenon of almost overnight success; before the year was out, he had secured starring roles in a number of projects, including American Outlaws, in which he starred as Jesse James alongside Scott Caan and Kathy Bates, and Joel Schumacher's Phone Booth, a thriller about a young man (colin farrell) fighting for his life inside the titular enclosure. Although the long-delayed Outlaws did little for colin farrell's career, far more ticket buyers were able to see the young actor alongside Bruce Willis in the somber POW drama Hart's War in early 2002. The following year, colin farrell would continue to set his status as a talented Tinseltown newcomer in The Recruit before shedding his mane as the villainous Bullseye in the comic book superhero film Daredevil (also 2003). This was quickly followed by Phone Booth and the movie remake of the TV show SWAT.
In 2004, colin farrell's star continues to rise as he appears in the gritty Irish film Intermission, the indie film A Home at the End of the World, and the Oliver Stone epic Alexander, where colin farrell portrays one of the greatest conquerors in human history, Alexander the Great.
Dublin native colin farrell began turning heads in Hollywood
when he starred in Joel Schumacher's Tigerland, which portrays
the story of American soldiers taken to the backwoods of Louisiana
in 1971 to play war games in preparation for their first tour
of duty in Vietnam. colin farrell garnered a Best Actor Award from
the Boston Society of Film Critics for his portrayal of "Bozz",
a roughneck Texan recruit who helps his boot-camp buddies
avoid Vietnam combat. colin farrell also starred alongside Kevin Spacey
in Thaddeus O'Sullivan's Dublin gangster movie, Ordinary Decent
Criminal. It was Spacey who suggested him for the part after
catching colin farrell's riveting performance in the play, In a
Little World of Our Own at the Donmar Warehouse in London.
Born on May 31, 1976, colin farrell studied acting at the Gaiety
School of Drama in Dublin and has established himself as a
recognizable talent back home with a starring role in the
BBC series Ballykissangel and Dierdre Purcell's miniseries
Falling for a Dancer, in addition to a featured role in Tim
Roth's directoral debut, The War Zone. After Tigerland, colin farrell
took on the role of Jesse James in American Outlaws. colin farrell
then shot a starring role in the film Phone Booth, reuniting
him with director Joel Schumacher. He also co-starred with
Bruce Willis in Hart's War which was shot on location in Prague,
Czech Republic. Along the way colin farrell has managed to work with
legendary directors such as Stephen Spielberg in the film
Minority Report, which starred Tom Cruise. All this has happened
for colin farrell by the age of 25, earning him the title of one of
Hollywood's A-list young actors.
Ask the Dust (2005) (pre-production) .... Arturo Bandini
Alexander (2004) (filming) .... Alexander
Home at the End of the World, A (2004) (post-production) ....
Intermission (2003) .... Lehiff
S.W.A.T. (2003) .... Jim Street
Veronica Guerin (2003) .... Tattooed Boy
Daredevil (2003) .... Bullseye
Recruit, The (2003) .... James Clayton
Phone Booth (2002) .... Stu Shepard
Doctor Sleep (2002) .... Theatre security man
Minority Report (2002) .... Detective Danny Witwer
Hart's War (2002) .... Lt. Thomas W. Hart
American Outlaws (2001) .... Jesse James
Tigerland (2000) .... Roland Bozz
Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000) (as Colin Farrel) .... Alec
David Copperfield (1999) (TV) .... Milkman
"Love in the 21st Century" (1999) TV Series ....
War Zone, The (1999) (as Colin J. Farrell) .... Nick
Falling for a Dancer (1998) (TV) .... Daniel McCarthey
Drinking Crude (1997)
"Ballykissangel" (1996) TV Series (as Col Farrell)
.... Danny Byrne