Who is Brian Geraghty?
Brian Timothy Geraghty is an actor from America who has garnered popularity for portraying Specialist Owen Eldridge in ‘The Hurt Locker’, Ken Evans in ‘Flight’, Agent Warren Knox/James "Jim" Tolliver in ‘Boardwalk Empire’, and Officer Sean Roman in the Chicago TV franchise. After graduating from high school, Geraghty enrolled at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre to study acting. He subsequently started his professional life in New York and ultimately relocated to Los Angeles. Geraghty made his screen debut in 1999 in an episode of ‘Law & Order’. In 2002, he had his cinematic debut in the comedy-drama ‘Petty Crime’. He has appeared in over a dozen commercials and is prominently active in the American theatre scene. In 2014, he joined the Chicago TV franchise and has appeared in three of the four shows in the franchise. In 2009, as part of the cast of ‘The Hurt Locker’, Geraghty was awarded the Gotham Award for Best Ensemble and the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble.
Geraghty landed his first screen role in 1999, portraying Philip Ludwick in a season nine episode of NBC’s ‘Law & Order’. In 2010, he appeared in another show of the franchise, ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’, playing a womanising Wall Street banker in a season eleven episode. Geraghty returned to the set of ‘Law & Order: SVU’ to reprise his Chicago TV franchise character Officer Sean Roman in a crossover episode between the two NBC police/legal dramas.
In 1999, Geraghty also guest-starred in ‘The Sopranos’, playing a counter boy in the eighth episode of the first season. He then made a cameo appearance in the comedy-drama series ‘Ed’. In 2002, he was cast in his first film, the comedy-drama movie ‘Aller simple pour Manhattan’ (Petty Crimes). That year, he also appeared in the drama film ‘Town Diary’, playing the younger version of Luke Reilly’s character. He had other small roles in films like ‘Stateside’ (2004), ‘Cruel World’ (2005), and ‘Conversations with Other Women’ (2005) before landing the role of Private First Class Fergus O'Donnell in the 2005 biographical war drama ‘Jarhead’. In one of the most memorable scenes in the film, Geraghty’s character engages in a volatile face-off with Jake Gyllenhaal's Anthony "Swoff" Swofford.
After ‘Jarhead’, he starred in ‘Art School Confidential’ (2006), ‘When a Stranger Calls’ (2006), ‘Bobby’ (2006), ‘An American Crime’ (2007), ‘I Know Who Killed Me’ (2007), and direct-to-video film ‘Love Lies Bleeding’ (2008).
In 2008, Geraghty shared screen space with Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Christian Camargo, and Ralph Fiennes in the Oscar-winning film ‘The Hurt Locker’. Geraghty’s character, Specialist Owen Eldridge, is a member of an elite bomb-defusing squad serving in the US military during the Iraq War. Made on a $15 million budget, the film earned $49.2 million at the box office. It received six Academy Awards, including the Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.
Since his move to Los Angeles, Geraghty had not been part of any major theatre production. That changed when he landed the role of Timmy Cleary opposite Martin Sheen’s John Cleary in Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum’s 2010 production of ‘The Subject Was Roses’. Incidentally, it was Sheen who played the war veteran Timmy in the 1964 original production.
Geraghty played the lead character Davy Mitchell in the critically acclaimed drama ‘Easier with Pride’ (2009). His other film credits include ’The Chameleon’ (2010), ‘10 Years’ (2011), ‘Flight’ (2012), ‘Kilimanjaro’ (2013), ‘Loitering with Intent’ (2014), ‘My Days of Mercy’ (2017), and ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile’ (2019). He is set to star in films like ‘Supreme Ruler’ and ‘Violet’.
In 2013, he joined the cast of HBO’s historical crime drama series ‘Boardwalk Empire’ as Agent Warren Knox/James "Jim" Tolliver. He appeared in ten episodes before his character was killed off. Geraghty portrayed Officer Sean Roman in ‘Chicago P.D.’ (2014-16), ‘Chicago Fire’ (2014-16), and ‘Chicago Med’. The only Chicago franchise he did not appear in is the short-lived ‘Chicago Justice’. In the 2018 TNT series ‘The Alienist’, he portrayed a young Theodore Roosevelt.
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Family & Personal Life
Born on May 13, 1975, in Toms River, New Jersey, USA, Brian Geraghty is of Irish ancestry. His father, Dennis Geraghty (1956-2014), had worked as a bus driver. Geraghty attended Toms River High School East, from where he graduated in 1993. He was then trained for two years in the conservatory program at the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse School, in New York City, New York. After graduating, he began his professional career on stage in New York. He later moved to Los Angeles to work in films and TV shows.
Geraghty previously dated actress Laura Ramsey from 2009 to 2010. He then had a relationship with actress, former model, and musician Krysten Ritter between 2011 and 2013. They starred together in the 2011 romantic comedy ‘Audrey Hepburn’s Neck’. After their split, Geraghty reportedly started dating Spanish model Amber Kekich.
Geraghty is an avid surfer.