Gabriel James Byrne (born 12 May 1950) is an Irish actor and Academy Award-nominated film producer. His acting career began in the Focus Theatre before joining Londonâ??s Royal Court Theatre in 1979. His TV dÃ©but came in the Irish soap opera The Riordans and the spin-off show Bracken. His film dÃ©but came in John Boormanâ??s 1981 Arthurian epic, Excalibur. Byrne has starred in over thirty-five feature films, such as The Usual Suspects, Miller's Crossing, Stigmata and The Man in the Iron Mask, as well as producing three pictures, including In the Name of the Father, and writing two.