Colin Farrell: Snapshot

Name
Colin Farrell
Date of Birth
May 31, 1976
Birth Place
Castleknock, Ireland
Fiery Colin Farrell was spotted by Kevin Spacey while performing in a London play, recruiting Farrell for the film Ordinary Decent Criminals. Then a searing role as an infantryman in Tigerland propelled the hard-partying Irishman to Hollywood's A-list.

Farrell instantly found himself working with top guns including Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg. Meanwhile Farrell's talk of beer, women and sex tapes distinguished him as a likeable if sometimes wayward character.

After entering rehab in 2005 for exhaustion and dependency on prescription medication, Farrell – now a father of two boys – bounced back, winning a best actor Golden Globe award for his starring role in the action comedy In Bruges.

Colin Farrell: Five Fun Facts

  1. Colin Farrell's first crush? "I think I was 8 or 9 when I had a f------ mad thing for Marilyn Monroe," the actor told Playboy. "I used to leave Smarties, the Irish equivalent of M&M's, under my pillow with a little note saying, 'I know you're dead, but these are very f------ tasty, and you should come have a few. I won't tell anyone.'"
  2. He's been mistaken for another dark and handsome celebrity. "I was in Los Angeles and someone asked me if I was Enrique Iglesias. I had on my hat," Colin Farrell told PEOPLE. "And I had Anna Kournikova on my arm."
  3. Fame runs in the family: in the '60s, Colin Farrell's father, Eamonn, and his uncle Tommy were well-known soccer players for Ireland's Shamrock Rovers.
  4. Look out, Brad Pitt. At the London premiere of Alexander, Colin Farrell proclaimed costar Angelina Jolie his "perfect woman."
  5. He might party hard, chain smoke and put away pints of Guinness, but "My mother taught me amazing manners," Colin Farrell told Interview. "I consider myself – and I know I am considered by some people – to be polite."

Colin Farrell: Biography

1995

Colin Farrell

Colin the Model

At 19, Farrell does his first modeling shoot, taken in an abandoned Colgate plant in Sydney. But the fit actor claims he invests little effort in maintaining his physique – his methods for staying fit include laying off food and indulging in his beloved pints of Guinness. "I don't go to the gym or practice yoga," he tells In Style in 2002. "The closest thing I have to a nutritionist is the Carlsberg Beer Co. I just have the appetite of a pigeon."

1998

October

His Big Two Minutes

Farrell hits the small screen in the first of seven episodes on the BBC series Ballykissangel. He lands the role quickly. "His audition ended in two minutes flat," Irish actor Victor Burke tells PEOPLE. But "a few weeks later, Colin rang me to say he'd got the job."

2000

Colin Farrell

October 06

Breakthrough Role

Without having read the script for Tigerland, Farrell auditions and earns himself a callback and the part on charm alone. The movie kicks off Farrell's rapid ascent to stardom. In it, he plays Bozz, a rebellious soldier who helps his friends escape the army before they are sent off to Vietnam. Though the film grosses only $139,500, it wins Farrell acclaim and a professional relationship with director Joel Schumacher.

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Chris Ashford/Retna

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): STUART CAMPBELL/ZUMA; 20th Century FOX/Everett

Edited by Julia Wang

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