Brian Downey (actor)
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Downey sitting with fellow guests at the second annual Sci-Fi on the Rock convention on 20 April 2008
31 October 1944 |
St. John's, Dominion of Newfoundland
Downey is a character actor who has appeared in various films and guest starring roles on TV, including a recurring role on Millennium. His first film role was in a 1986 Andy Jones film called The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood, which features the entire cast of CODCO. Downey has enjoyed a long professional relationship with Lexx creator Paul Donovan, dating back at least to 1988, when Donovan cast Downey in the time travel adventure film Norman's Awesome Experience. Downey also appeared as Cardinal Juan de Mella in Donovan's medieval TV thriller The Conclave. Downey has worked with Jessica Lange, JoBeth Williams, Sam Rockwell, and directors such as Joe Sargent. He won the 2010 only acting award at the 2010 Atlantic Film Festival for his role in Whirligig, directed by Chaz Thorne, with whom he has worked on two previous features. He played the evil gang leader "The Drake", who runs the town in the feature film Hobo with a Shotgun, starring Rutger Hauer and directed by Jason Eisener.
Downey is also a musician and writer. Before being recruited as an actor, he spent many years as a bass player, guitarist, and blues harmonica player. He has been a writer for many stage plays and has led many script writing workshops. His first full length stage play, Peter's Other War, was produced during the summer of 2009.