Martin McDonagh

Filmmaker / Playwright
Date Of Birth:
26 March 1970
Place Of Birth:
London, England
Best Known As:
The playwright who made the film 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Martin McDonagh is a playwright and filmmaker, known for violent and comic stories in plays such as The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and films such as Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Born in London to Irish parents, McDonagh left school as a teenager. Living alone and in his early 20s, he began writing stories and then plays. By the time he was 27, four of his plays were running simultaneously in London. He was an enfant terrible of the theater world, and his snappy, profane dialogue and gruesome comic touches made his plays successful in the late 1990s and early 2000s. They include The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Pillowman, The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Lonesome West. His first feature film, In Bruges, starred Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson and earned good reviews if not box office cash. McDonagh's second film was Seven Psychopaths (2012), a dark comedy that was perhaps unfairly dismissed as a Quentin Tarantino rip-off. His third film was Three Billboard Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), and starred Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson.

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