Michael Byrne (actor)
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7 November 1943 |
London, England, UK
He has often been cast in Nazi military roles such as Colonel Vogel in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Major Schroeder in Force 10 from Navarone, Reinhard Beck in The Scarlet and the Black and Obergruppenführer Odilo Globocnik in the BBC radio dramatisation of the novel Fatherland by Robert Harris. Byrne appeared as a Jewish concentration camp survivor who is instrumental in the capture of a Nazi war criminal (played by Ian McKellen) in the film Apt Pupil.
He is also familiar to audiences as Smythe, a soldier who attempts to rape William Wallace's wife and first inspires Wallace to seek independence from England in the film Braveheart.
His other film credits include: The Image(co-starring with David Bowie. This is Bowie's film debut; Byrne's was a few years earlier)., Vampyres, The Eagle Has Landed, Butley, A Bridge Too Far, The Medusa Touch, Proof of Life, Champions, Braveheart, The Saint, Tomorrow Never Dies, The Good Father, The Sum of All Fears, Gangs of New York, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Sharpe's Company, Sharpe's Honour and Sharpe's Enemy.
On television, he has appeared in Z-Cars, Secret Army, Tales of the Unexpected, The Professionals, The Devil's Crown, Smiley's People, Yes, Prime Minister, Lord Mountbatten - the Last Viceroy, Between The Lines, Sharpe, The Mists of Avalon, Waking the Dead, The Body Farm, Honest, Hamish Macbeth, and Casualty.
From April 2008 to January 2010, Michael starred in Coronation Street, as Ted Paige, Gail Platt's long lost father and the ex-lover of Audrey Roberts. It is not known whether he will return to the show.
Father of actress Allie Byrne.
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