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John Kavanagh (I)

John Kavanagh is one of Ireland's underrated character actors. Little detail is given on him, yet he has appeared in many well-known films and television series alongside a variety of actors. Kavanagh began his career with the Irish comedy, Paddy (1970), where he played the small role of "Willie Egan". That same year, he played another small role in... See full bio »
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 2018 Supervized (filming)
 2017/I Lost Memories (Short)
 2016/I Jewels (Short)
 2015 The Great Wide Open (Short)
 2015 Vikings: Athelstan's Journal (TV Series)
The Seer
- Vows (2015) ... The Seer
 2013 The Bachelor Weekend
Fionan's dad
 2013 In Secret
Inspector Michaud
 2013 The Invisible Woman
Rev. William Benham (as Mr. John Kavanagh)
 2013 Jack Taylor: Priest (TV Movie)
Father Royce
 2012 Green (Short)
Father O'Conor
 2012 The Court Astronomer (Short)
The King
 2012 Titanic: Blood and Steel (TV Series)
Edward Carson
- A Crack in the Armor (2012) ... Edward Carson
 2010 The Runway
 2009 Holby City (TV Series)
Father Thomas Logan
- Stand by Me (2009) ... Father Thomas Logan
 2009 The Clinic (TV Series)
Simon Lund
- Episode #7.3 (2009) ... Simon Lund
 2009 Father & Son (TV Mini-Series)
John O'Connor
 2008 Inspector George Gently (TV Series)
- The Burning Man (2008) ... Doyle
 2006 The Tiger's Tail
Harry (Oona's Husband)
 2006 The Black Dahlia
Emmett Linscott
 2004 The Wonderful Story of Kelvin Kind (Short)
The Tramp
 2004 The Halo Effect
 2003 Summit (Short)
 2003 Mystics
Gerry the Barman
 2003 Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor (TV Movie)
Judge Shippen
 2002 Puckoon
 2002 Sinners (TV Movie)
 2001 Rebel Heart (TV Mini-Series)
Eugene O'Brien
- Episode #1.3 (2001) ... Eugene O'Brien
 2000 Buskers (Short)
Packo's Da
 2000 Deus Ex (Video Game)
Bar Suit / Club Bartender / Data Entry Break / ... (voice)
 1999 Vicious Circle (TV Movie)
IRA Chief Charlie Rice
 1999 A Love Divided
Bishop Staunton
 1999 The Harpist
 1999 7th Heaven (Short)
 1998 Dancing at Lughnasa
Father Carlin
 1997 Painted Lady (TV Movie)
Michael Longley
 1997 The Tale of Sweeney Todd (TV Movie)
 1997 The Informant
IRA Chief
 1997 The Butcher Boy
Dr. Boyd
 1996 Fishing the Sloe-Black River (Short)
Mr. Conheeny
 1996 Some Mother's Son
 1995 Braveheart
 1995 Sharpe's Sword (TV Movie)
Father Curtis
 1995 Circle of Friends
Brian Mahon
 1994 Scarlett (TV Mini-Series)
Jamie O'Hara
- Episode #1.2 (1994) ... Jamie O'Hara
 1994 Widows' Peak
Canon Murtagh
 1993 Horse (Short)
 1990-1993 Screenplay (TV Series)
Sean Kerrigan / Father Dade / Superintendent O'Kelly / ...
- Love Lies Bleeding (1993) ... Sean Kerrigan
- Arise and Go Now (1991) ... Father Dade
- Events at Drimaghleen (1991) ... Superintendent O'Kelly
- August Saturday (1990) ... Tom Crosbie
 1993 Doctor Finlay (TV Series)
Jack Malloy
- A Bitter Pill (1993) ... Jack Malloy
 1993 Bad Company (TV Movie)
Patrick Molloy
 1993 Maigret (TV Series)
Jean Ramuel
- Maigret and the Hotel Majestic (1993) ... Jean Ramuel
 1993 Lovejoy (TV Series)
- Irish Stew (1993) ... Hennessey
 1992 Into the West
 1991 4 Play (TV Series)
- In the Border Country (1991) ... Luke
 1990 Fools of Fortune
Johnny Lacy
 1989 Theatre Night (TV Series)
- The Contractor (1989) ... Marshall
 1988 Joyriders
 1988 The Storyteller (TV Series)
- A Story Short (1988) ... Beggar
 1988 Echoes (TV Mini-Series)
Dock Dillon
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Dock Dillon
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... Dock Dillon
 1986 The Fantasist
Robert Foxley
 1985 The Irish R.M. (TV Series)
Canon Crotty
- The Muse in Skebawn (1985) ... Canon Crotty
 1985 The Price (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.6 (1985) ... Kearney
- Episode #1.5 (1985) ... Kearney
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... Kearney
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Kearney
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Kearney
 1984 Children in the Crossfire (TV Movie)
Beth's Father
 1984 Cal
 1984 Singles (TV Series)
 1984 The Country Girls (TV Movie)
 1983 Attracta
Mr. Devereux
 1982 The Ballroom of Romance
Bowser Egan
 1974 Childhood (TV Series)
Daniel Corkery
- An Only Child (1974) ... Daniel Corkery
 1970 The McKenzie Break
Police Dispatcher (uncredited)
 1970 Paddy
Willie Egan
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Other Works:

He acted in Harold Pinter's play, "The Homecoming," at the Comedy Theatre in London, England with Ian Holm, Lia Williams, Ian Hart, Nick Dunning and Jason O'Mara in the cast. Robin Lefevre was director. See more »

Alternate Names:

Mr. John Kavanagh | John Kavanaugh

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His daughter, Rachel Kavanagh, is also an actress. See more »


Frequently acts alongside fellow Irish actors Brendan Gleeson and David Kelly. See more »

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