Bosco Hogan

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Name: Bosco Hogan
Date of Birth: 1949
Home town: Ireland

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"Bosco Hogan's consummate skill and wide versatility have made him one of the most sought after and respected actors in Irish theatre and television. Hogan's range has stretched from roles in the repertoire of classic writers such as Shakespeare, Chekhov and Wilde, to the innovative contemporary work of Frank McGuinness and Jennifer Johnston. To each area of his work he brings a dedication and integrity matched with an innate and profound understanding of character.

Hogan's rich and powerfully effective speaking voice has been a distinctive feature of all his work and is particularly admirable in his approach to the speaking of verse.

In his one-man show I am of Ireland: An Entertainment of W.B.Yeats, by Edward Callan, he brings together a unique blend: a clear understanding of the nuances of Yeats' language with a distinctive interpretation of well known and much loved verse. He also conveys, with brilliant ease, the humour and indomitable spirit of a man whose place as one of the great Irish figures of the 20th century is undisputed.

Bosco Hogan is not only one of the finest stage actors of his generation but has also established a strong and growing reputation in the world of film and television. Dividing his time between Dublin and London has given him a high profile in both cities and makes him one of the most effective ambassadors for the world of Irish arts and entertainment. "

- Joe Dowling
Artistic Director, The Guthrie Theatre, Minnesota

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Non-acting careers:

  • Zardoc, 1973 - George Saden
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,1979 - Stephen Dedalus
  • In the Name of the Father, 1993 - Defence Counsel
  • The Life of Reilly, 1995 - Priest
  • Some Mother's Son, 1996 - British Captain
  • How to Cheat in the Leaving Certificate, 1997 - Newsreader
  • Evelyn, 2002 - Father O'Malley
  • King Arthur, 2004 - Bishop Decoy
  • Recoil, 2004 - Detective
  • Tara Road, 2005 - Accountant
  • My Boy Jack, 2007 - Colonel Brooks
  • Poetic Justice, 2007 - Butch
  • Time Passing, 2008
  • Play for Today, 1974 - Noel
  • Great Performances, 1977 - Jonathan Harjker
  • Farmers, 1978 - Sean
  • Walt Disney's Wonderful Worls of Color, 1978 - Phil Garrison
  • The Dancing Princesses, 1978 - Jamie
  • Prince Regent, 1979 - Frederick, Duke of York
  • A Question of Guilt, 1980 - Rev. George Dyson
  • Sense and Sensibility, 1981 - Edward Ferrars
  • Tales of the Unexpected, 1980-1983 - Tom, Tony Medway
  • Foreign Bodies, 1987 - Dermot
  • Act of Betrayal, 1988 - Brady
  • A Taste for Death, 1988 - Sir Paul Brown
  • August Saturday, 1990
  • The Treaty, 1991 - Erskine Childers
  • Screenplay, 1993 - Rory McGinn
  • The Chief, 1995 - Deputy Chief Constable Wes Morton
  • Kidnapped, 1995 - Rankeillor
  • The Tale of Sweeney Todd, 1997 - Head Clerk
  • DDU, 1999 - Chief Inspector Cody
  • Ballykissangel, 1996-2001 - Dr. Michael Ryan
  • The Magnificent Ambersons, 2002 - Frank Bronson
  • No Tears, 2002 - Civil Servant 1
  • The Tudors, 2007-2008 - Bishop Fisher
  • Whistleblower, 2008 - Consultant
  • Waking the Dead, 2009 - Father Quinn
  • The Borgias, 2011 - Cardinal Piccolomini
  • Primeval, 2011 - Admiral Marston
  • (1968) He acted in Frank McMahon's stage adaptation of Brendan Behan's novel, "Borstal Boy," at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland with Frank Grimes, Micheal O Haonghusa, Maire Ni Grainne, Vincent Dowling, Robert Carlyle, Patrick O'Callaghan, and Niall Buggy in the cast. Tomas Mac Ann was director.
Big break:
  • His first major film role was as Stephen Dedalus in the 1977 Joseph Strick film version of James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
Best known for:
  • Cardinal Fisher on The Tudors Season 1, and 2
  • Dr Michael Ryan in Ballykissangel

Upcoming projects:
  • Titanic: Blood and Steel (TV series) 2012 - to play Edward Carson

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  • Hogan has played men of God several times before; notably in King Arthur, Evelyn, Amongst Women, The Life of Reilly, Miss Morrison's Ghost, and A Question of Guilt, The Tudors, and The Borgias

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