Air date: 9/30 Episode 11003 "Solitary"
Stephen Rea is originally from Ireland and attended the Queen's University of Belfast, where he studied English. Rea trained for the stage at the Abbey School in Dublin and in the late 1970s he acted alongside Gabriel Byrne in the Focus Company. In 1980 he co-founded the Field Day Theatre with playwright Brian Friel.
Rea spent many years doing stage in Britain and Ireland and appeared in several television productions. His first notable performance on the big screen was in "Angel," but in 1992 he gained international attention when he received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in "The Crying Game." Other films that have followed are: "Interview with the Vampire," "Michael Collins," and "The Butcher Boy."
Stephen Rea continues to do work on the small screen, having recently played in HBO's "Crime of the Century" depicting the accused Lindbergh baby kidnapper, Bruno Richard Hauptman.