May 31, Birthplace: Castleknock, Dublin, Ireland Colin James Farrell born May 31, is an Irish actor known for appearing in a series of high-profile Hollywood films, as well as for his controversial off-screen lifestyle. His father was a football soccer player who played and managed Shamrock Rovers FC, one of Ireland's famous clubs.
Farrell has three siblings, including two sisters, Claudine and Catherine, and a brother, Eamon Jr. Farrell was educated at St. In the late s and early s, he was a promising young football player for Dublin team, Castleknock Celtic, as a goalkeeper.
Farrell appeared on the show from to Career Farrell had a number of small parts in various TV shows and movies, until , when he was cast in the part of Private Roland Bozz in Tigerland, an American film directed by Joel Schumacher. Farrell's next American films, American Outlaws and Hart's War , were not commercially successful, but his films, including The Recruit, S. Although he has a pronounced Irish accent, Farrell uses an American accent in some of his films including American Outlaws and his breakthrough role, Tigerland.
Farrell is also a proven supporting actor, given his performances as an ambitious cop who chases after a potential criminal, played by actor Tom Cruise in Minority Report , and as the skilled villain Bullseye in Daredevil In , Farrell appeared in several films that received only a limited theatrical release, including Intermission and A Home at the End of the World, both of which received some positive reviews.
Farrell appeared in the title role of Alexander the Great in 's Alexander, which received mixed reviews. The film was marked by controversy, including homoerotic scenes with other men. Both the movie, including Oliver Stone's directing and story telling of Alexander, and Hephaistion's bisexual aspects, were heavily criticized by some historians and film critics who saw it as an inaccurate and misleading representation of the characters' sexualities.
Though it failed at the US box office, it made a profit on its overseas revenues. Farrell also appeared as a bisexual character in A Home at the End of the World. He has credited his homosexual brother, Eamon Farrell Jr.
Farrell played the leading role of captain John Smith, the founder of 17th century colonial Jamestown, Virginia who falls in love with a beautiful American Indian maiden, Pocahontas, played by actress Q'Orianka Kilcher.
The film achieved success, despite being released on theatres worldwide and having a relatively low box office gross. It received a very limited theatrical release and was not a financial success. He has a son, James, born on September 12, , with American model Kim Bordenave, from whom he is now estranged.
In December , Farrell voluntarily checked into a rehabilitation treatment center for addictions to recreational drugs and painkillers. His publicist commented that Farrell had started taking painkillers due to a back injury. He was released on January In May , Farrell started attending rehabilitation meetings. The tape is believed to have been made at Narain's apartment. Farrell claims he understood the tape as being "strictly private and confidential and will take legal court actions to anyone who tries to distribute it" , but it was leaked to Schmidt and ICG who tried to release it publicly.
A Los Angeles judge issued an injunction barring the sale, distribution, or display of the tape. Narain claimed that she did not give the tape to anyone and was not sure if or how copies were taken from her. She originally said that she would work with Farrell to ensure that it remained private, but Farrell said Narain was trying to release it along with Schmidt in order to damage his career and " make money out of it", which Narain denies.
In January , the tape surfaced on website named dirtycolin. The site was shut down on the same day because of server overload, but re-opened a week later. The tape was then pirated through BitTorrent and other file sharing systems.
Both Farrell's and Narain's lawyers denounced the site, which was shut down again a few days later for unknown reasons. Farrell's legal team said it would take legal action against sites that hosted the tape. A trial date for the Narain lawsuit was set for July 17, , but the judge allowed Farrell and Narain to mediate until April On April 16, the two reached a settlement with confidential terms.
Dessarae Bradford's accusations Farrell has been sued twice for alleged harassment and sending foul messages to telephone sex worker Dessarae Bradford. The lawsuits were later dismissed due to a lack of evidence provided by Bradford. Bradford, who has announced that she is "waging war on Colin Farrell ", has recorded a song entitled "Colin Farrell is My Bitch" and has self-published a book called "Colin Farrell: A Dark Twisted Puppy". Bradford took a lie detector test on an i TV program in an attempt to support her claims and stories.
She failed the test. I am concerned that her harassing behavior has escalated and may pose an immediate threat to my well-being and the well-being of my family. The temporary restraining order was granted and will remain in effect until August, The restraining order was upheld during a later appeal.
Was a line dancing instructor in a nightclub in Limerick called Docs now known as Trinity Rooms. He often cites actor Al Pacino and Steve McQueen as having a huge influence on him, both as an actor and a person.
Auditioned for Boyzone at the age of Sister, Claudine Farrell is his personal assistant. Became an official games spokesman for the Special Olympics. Best Actor for Tigerland in Best Actor in a film for S. London Critics Circle Film Awards: Best Newcomer of the Year for Tigerland in Best Trans-Atlantic Breakthrough Performer in Best Actor in a Movie for S. Shanghai International Film Festival: Best Actor for Hart's War in Best Movie Villain for Daredevil in Nominations Emire Awards, UK: Best Actor for Minority Report in Best Actor for Intermission in Best Villain for Daredevil in