1950 – He was born on the 12th day of March this year in Dublin Ireland, the first of six children born to devoutly Roman Catholic parents; he was educated by the Irish Christian Brothers. He attended University College Dublin, where he studied archaeology and linguistics, becoming proficient in Irish.
1979 – He finally found acting aged 29, he began his career on stage with the Focus Theatre and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, later joining the Royal Court Theatre and the National Theatre in London. He also won the Jacob's Award for Best Actor in a TV series for Bracken the Jacob's Award for Best Actor in a TV series for Bracken.
1981 - He made his film debut in this year as Lord Uther in John Boorman's classic King Arthur epic, Excalibur. He first visited the United States when he was 37.
1988 – He married Ellen Barklin this year. The couple separated amicably in 1993 and divorced in 1999.
1996 - He worked in archaeology when he left UCD but maintained his love of the language, writing the first drama in Irish, Draiocht, on Ireland's national Irish Language television station, TG4 when it began broadcasting in this year.
1999 – He won the Theatre World Award for A Moon for the Misbegotten.
2000 – He won the Outstanding Award for Irish Culture for Wild Geese.
2007 – The fifth Dublin International Film Festival presented Mr. Bryne with the first of the newly created Volta awards, for lifetime achievement in acting. On the 20th of February of the same year, he received the Honorary Patronage of the University Philosophical Society, of Trinity College, Dublin.
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