John Kavanagh Biography

John Kavanagh is an Irish actor. The audience knows him for portraying The Seer and Pope Leo IV in the History Channel series Vikings.

The actor often gets confused with his fellow Irishman of the same name, John Kavanagh, a martial arts coach. However, John Raymond Kavanagh is an Irish martial arts coach, Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner and former professional mixed martial artist. His students include fighters such as Conor McGregor and Gunnar Nelson. As far as we know, the two men are not related.


John Kavanagh in “Braveheart”

John Kavanagh Age

A very little detail is available on John Kavanagh personal info such as his date of birth and his exact age. Anyway, some information indicates that the Irish actor is around 60 years old.

John Kavanagh Net Worth

John Kavanagh is one of underrated character actors. However, he appeared in a wide range of famous films and television series alongside biggest names from Hollywood. Therefore, it is hard to find the information about Kavanagh net worth and income.

John Kavanagh Vikings and other Roles

Apart from his role as The Seer in popular history drama Vikings, John Kavanagh played supporting roles in many other movies and television series. In addition, he acted on the stage.

Nevertheless, John Kavanagh’s most notable roles include his portrayal of Craig in Mel Gibson’s Braveheart, cardinal Campeggio in The Michael Hirst’s Tudors and Parmenion in Oliver Stone’s history drama Alexander.

Kavanagh won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play award in 1989.


John Kavanagh in “Vikings”

In Vikings Kavanagh plays The Seer. The ancient Seer is one of key figures in Viking life because the Vikings believe in fate. The Seers can read the symbols and translates the wishes of the Gods.

Kavanagh began his acting career with the Irish comedy Paddy in 1970. He played a small role of Willie Egan. In addition, he played another supporting role in the World War II movie The McKenzie Break in the same year. It was the film about a P.O.W. camp in Scotland whose prisoners are preparing an escape.

Movies and Series

Kavanagh recent roles include the one of Arturo Toscanini in Florence Foster Jenkings. Furthermore, he played the role of Rev. William Benham in Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman and Inspector Michaud in In Secret, directed by Charlie Stratton.

John Kavanagh was a member of The Abbey Theatre Company for ten years. After that he played a great number of roles, including One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Healer and Twelfth Night.


John Kavanagh as a Parmenion in “Alexander”

John’s credits at the Gate Theatre include; “A Dublin Carol” and “See You Next Tuesday” by Robin Lefevre; The Homecoming, “Eccentricities of a Nightingale, by Dominic Cook, “Dancing at Lughnasa directed by Joe Dowling, A View From the Bridge directed by Mark Brokaw, “The Speckled People” directed by Toby Frow and Present Laughter directed by Alan Stanford, which went on to the Spoleto Festival in the US.

Furthermore, John’s television work includes numerous series like Jack Taylor: Priest, Titanic: Blood and Steel, Father & Son, The Clinic, The Tudors, Any Time Now, Rebel Heart Vicious Circle , Vikings and many others.

Moreover, Kavanagh played roles in many movies. Some of his work include roles on Closing the Ring, The Tiger’s Tail, The Halo Effect, A love Divided and other movies.


John Kavanagh as Pope Leo IV

After a numerous less significant films, John Kavanagh acted in a historical epic. It was the Oliver Stone film Alexander (2004), starring Colin Farrell, Val Kilmer and Anthony Hopkins. Kavanagh played the role of Parmenion, the old general who questions Alexander’s actions.

John Kavanagh Wife and Family

Married to an actress Anne Kavanagh. She is known for her roles on The Widow in 2015, Man in Fear (2011) and Doctors (2000). Although it is very hard to find information on actor’s personal life, we know that John Kavanagh and his wife have three children together. In addition, we learned that his daughter Rachel Kavanagh is also an actress. The viewers know Rachel from movies talk of the Town (2009), Shattered (2007) and 7th Heaven (1999).


John Kavanagh and his wife Anne Kavanagh

The actor has two siblings, sisters Phillis Kavanagh and Anne Bushnell.

Ethnicity and Nationality

Kavanagh belongs to white ethnicity. As for his nationality, he is an Irish.

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