But the 33-year-old keeps a low profile in Hollywood, refusing to appear on television talk shows or discuss his private life with the press.
Instead, Murphy sticks to talking about his work, including roles in hits like “28 Days Later” and “Cold Mountain.”
If this Irishman can tackle challenging roles like a transgender Irish orphan in “Breakfast on Pluto,” he most certainly can do justice to any character in O’Brien’s “At Swim.”
Gabriel Byrne – the professional Pat Packer
Not only is Gabriel Byrne a famous actor, but he’s also a celebrated film director, producer and writer.
This Hollywood pro got his start in the theater in Ireland, but quickly became a recognizable face with appearances in films like “Excalibur” in 1981, and made his star turn in the critically acclaimed “Miller’s Crossing” in 1990.
Byrne has also given memorable performances in hit films like “The Usual Suspects” and “Little Women.”
The 59-year-old Dubliner is best known for his starring role as therapist Dr. Paul Weston in the HBO hit series “In Treatment.”
Byrne has won a Golden Globe for the role, and is nominated for a 2009 Emmy. The New York Times has dubbed even dubbed the Irishman TV's "latest Dr. McDreamy.”
But the Irish actor has always stayed close to his roots. He wrote the first drama in Irish, “Draíocht,” for Irish TV in the 90s, is active in various Irish organizations and takes part in Irish film festivals.
Byrne rounds out the Pat Pack quite nicely with his prominence and long-standing successful career.
It’s about time these four Irish acting giants all got together in a film.
Can’t wait to the powerhouse Pat Packers bring a classic Irish novel to Hollywood!