The Hollywood movie hunk about to star in a remake of "Total Recall"
was born Colin James Farrell in Dublin, Ireland on March 31,1976.
a youth, he planned to follow in the footsteps of his famous father,
footballer Eamon Farrell, but the admitted "wild lad"
was barely out of his teens when he was encouraged by older brother
Eamon to attend acting classes in Dublin.
out for bit parts, the 22-year old actor was billed as Col
Farrell in the TV series Ballykissangel, in the role
of working-class Danny Byrne. The part soon led to others
on British television before his big film break came in 2000 playing
a young Louisiana army recruit in TIgerland. The movie
received mediocre reviews, but garnered the actor almost unanimous
A string of
notable roles followed, including appearances in American Outlaws;
in Hart's War opposite Bruce Willis; in Minority
Reportwith Tom Cruise; and as the comic book
villain Bullseye in Daredevil.
In 2004, the
long-awaited release of the historical epic, Alexander opened
to lukewarm reviews all around for Farrell, co-star Angelina
Jolie, and director, Oliver Stone.
again to mixed reviews in A Home at the End of the World,
with more news made of the sexy full-frontal nude scene of the
actor (later cut in test previews as "too distracting")
than for the film's quirky plot. The actor then retreated back
to the small screen in 2005, resulting in a very successful appearance
as host of Saturday
most recent & varied film projects have included the
Depression-era drama, Ask the Dust, the role of explorer
John Smith in The New World, as undercover
detective Sonny Crockett in Miami
Vice, and as a hapless hitman in In Bruges, for which he won a Golden Globe award for Best Actor in 2009.
offscreen the actor has also settled a lawsuit filed against former
Playboy Playmate Nicole
Narain, seeking compensatory damages as well as a restraining
order and injunction prohibiting the sale and exploitation of
a 14-minute sex tape which the Hollywood leading man says the
pair recorded with the agreement it would never be made public.
Back at work filming In Bruges, Farrell took home a Best Actor award at the Golden Globes in 2009 for his performance as an Irish hitman in the offbeat comedy.
2009, more news headlines were made about Farrell's personal life
when it was reported that he was to be a father for the second
time with current girlfriend, Polish actress Alicja
Bachleda. The couple, who met while filming Odine,
welcomed son Henry Tadeusz Farrell on October 7, 2009.
In 2010, Farrell starred in the drama The Way Back about prisoners who escape a 1940's Siberian gulag, and returned to light comedy with a starring role in Horrible Bosses in 2011 and then in the horror comedy Fright Night playing a charismatic vampire.
Another remake was in the works in 2012 as Colin Farrel starred in Total Recall, a new take on the Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi hit about a sleeper agent who is compelled to travel to a colony on Mars.
More about Colin Farrell around the Web:
- Complete filmography, bio, a list of notable TV appearances,
gallery, related message board from the IMDb.
Farrell - Yahoo! Movies - Biography, details on the actor's
past, present and future films, photo galleries, with links to
messageboards and Yahoo! Groups pages and related Web sites.
Farrell :: Fansite - Frequently updated with news and
the latest rumors, plus details on film appearances and upcoming
releases, a complete biography, photo galleries, messageboard.