Michael Enright (actor)

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Michael Enright
YPG Volunteer Michael Enright on Frontline VOA 2.jpg
Enright in YPG uniform, 2015
Years of service2015–present
UnitKurdish People's Protection Units
Battles/warsSyrian Civil War

Michael Enright (born c. 1964) is a British actor. Enright played supporting characters in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (as deckhand) and Old Dogs, as well as in several TV series (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Julien Beckers, Law & Order: LA as Nick, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Sammy Cutler, Cold Case as Ric Yanko and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior as Thomas Luca, "Castle" as Noel Du Preez.[1] In 2015, Enright volunteered for the Kurdish People's Protection Units to fight ISIL.

Early life[edit]

Born in Manchester, United Kingdom, Enright became a journeyman actor at the age of 16.[2] He grew up in the Moss Side area of Manchester.[2] At the age of 19 Enright moved to Hollywood.[2] After the September 11 attacks in 2001, Enright had planned to enlist in the US Army and join the War on Terror, but was dissuaded from it by friends.[2]

Acting career[edit]

Enright decided to take up acting after winning a role in a pantomime at a Butlins holiday resort in Skegness as a teenager. He decided to move to Los Angeles at the age of 19 to pursue acting, and in the 2000s began to win roles in films like Old Doga, Knight and Day and Pirates of the Caribbean. He also acted in TV shows such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Law and Order Cold Case and CSI.[3]

Kurdish YPG[edit]

Enright joined the Kurdish YPG to fight against ISIL in January 2015, after watching the execution of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh.[2] Enright contacted the Kurdish People's Protection Units through his British SAS friend and was told to fly to the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah via Istanbul.[2] According to Enright, he passed physical training in the People's Protection Units and learned to assemble and dismantle a Kalashnikov rifle blindfolded in order to be able to perform it at night on the front line.[2] Enright was given an AK-47, and says he performs sentry duty on the front line.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Michael Enright". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Hollywood's Jihadi Hunter". Daily Mail. 9 May 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Brit actor quit Hollywood to move to Syria and fight Isis - but who is he?". The Sun. 2017-07-05. Retrieved 2017-10-13.

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