Gender
Male
Born
Jan 09, 1929
Killyclogher, NORTHERN IRELAND
Died
Oct 02, 2015
Greencastle, IRELAND
Writer
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Biography: Brian Patrick Friel was born on January 9, 1929 in Knockmoyle, Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland to Patrick "Paddy" Friel and Mary McLoone. He studied for the priesthood before teaching mathematics in Derry. He wrote radio plays for the BBC, and published several short stories.Tyrone Guthrie invited him to the Guthrie Theater in 1963. He co-founded the theater company Field Day with actor Stephen Rea in 1980. He married Anne Morrison, with whom he had four daughters and one son.

Film/TV Credits: Film credits include: "Philadelphia, Here I Come" and "Dancing at Lughnasa." Television credits include: "Philadelphia, ich bin da!" and "The Loves of Cass Maguire."

Other Awards: Received a lifetime achievement award from The Irish Times in 1999.

Trivia:
The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in his honor on December 8, 2015.
Translations (Jan 25, 2007 - Mar 11, 2007)
  • Written by Brian Friel
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Faith Healer (May 04, 2006 - Aug 13, 2006)
  • Written by Brian Friel
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Translations (Mar 19, 1995 - Apr 09, 1995)
  • Written by Brian Friel
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Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Sep 08, 1994 - Oct 22, 1994)
  • Written by Brian Friel
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Wonderful Tennessee (Oct 24, 1993 - Oct 31, 1993)
  • Written by Brian Friel
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Dancing at Lughnasa (Oct 24, 1991 - Oct 25, 1992)
  • Written by Brian Friel
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Faith Healer (Apr 05, 1979 - Apr 22, 1979)
  • Written by Brian Friel
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The Freedom of the City (Feb 17, 1974 - Feb 23, 1974)
  • Written by Brian Friel
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The Mundy Scheme (Dec 11, 1969 - Dec 13, 1969)
  • Written by Brian Friel
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Lovers (Jul 25, 1968 - Nov 30, 1968)
  • Winners
  • Written by Brian Friel
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  • Losers
  • Written by Brian Friel
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The Loves of Cass McGuire (Oct 06, 1966 - Oct 22, 1966)
  • Written by Brian Friel
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Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Feb 16, 1966 - Nov 26, 1966)
  • Written by Brian Friel
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Tony Award®

Best Play

1992 | Winner  | Dancing at Lughnasa
Written by Brian Friel
 

Best Play

1969 | Nominee  | Lovers
Written by Brian Friel
 

Best Play

1966 | Nominee  | Philadelphia, Here I Come!
Written by Brian Friel

Drama Desk Award

 

Outstanding Play

1996 | Nominee
Brian Friel (for "Molly Sweeney")
 

Outstanding New Play

1992 | Nominee  | Dancing at Lughnasa
Written by Brian Friel

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