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Colin Farrell Biography

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Colin Farrell Biography

Colin Farrell at the 64th Venice Film Festival premiere of 'Cassandra's Dream.'

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Colin Farrell's Birth Date:

May 31, 1976

Place of Birth:

Castleknock, Dublin, Ireland

Family Facts:

His father, Eamonn Farrell, was a former football player. Colin Farrell's the nephew of football player Tommy Farrell, and both Tommy and Eamonn played for the Shamrock Rovers, an Irish Football Club, in the '60s. Farrell wanted to follow in his father's footsteps, but wound up acting instead.

TV History:

Farrell appeared on TV in the BBC's Ballykissangel and in the miniseries Falling for a Dancer. In 2005, he appeared on the "My Lucky Charm" episode of Scrubs.

What Colin Farrell's Known For:

His quick wit, expletive-filled language, and devil-may-care attitude. Colin Farrell pretty much says whatever's on his mind in interviews, often having to be bleeped while appearing on TV.

Role That Got Him Noticed:

Colin Farrell made his North American theatrical debut in the dramatic movie Tigerland, directed by Joel Schumacher. Farrell reunited with Schumacher in 2002 for the dramatic film Phone Booth.

Colin Farrell's Notable Movie Credits:

Farrell's starred in such diverse films as Hart's War, Minority Report, Phone Booth, The Recruit, Daredevil, S.W.A.T., Alexander, The New World, Ask the Dust, Miami Vice, In Bruges, Pride and Glory, Ondine, Crazy Heart, Triage, The Way Back, and Fright Night.

Interesting Casting News:

In 2008, Farrell, along with Jude Law and Johnny Depp, stepped in to fill the role left vacant in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus when Heath Ledger died from a drug overdose.

Dating History:

He's known for dating - or being rumored to have dated - a bevy of Hollywood beauties including Demi Moore and Britney Spears. In 2003, Farrell agreed to be filmed having sex with Playboy model Nicole Narain, a decision he later said was made while he was high. In 2005, Farrell sued to try and keep the film from being distributed. The sex tape was later posted on a website, prompting Farrell and Narain to take legal action to shut the site down.

On Being a Father:

Farrell became a dad for the first time when model Kim Bordenave gave birth to his son, James, on September 12, 2003. Asked in a 2004 interview if fatherhood has changed him, Farrell said, "I don't know, man. Again, it's just not like a major metamorphosis. The first time you hold your baby in your arms, I mean, a sense of strength and love washes over you. It washed over me and I never thought that possible. Maybe I thought it was possible, but I thought that it was possible for my mother and father to me. But I mean, I love him in a different way and in a stronger way than I love my mother. It's a very strange thing. I mean, I adore my mother and she's everything to me. But it's a very strange love, and very beautiful love and very pure love, unconditional to the extreme. How it's changed me? I don't know."

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