As a respected American supporting player in film, television, and theater who occasionally moonlights as a screenwriter, Patrick Breen first culled recognition in the American press in 1991. That spring, the then-30-year-old delivered a bravura performance as an emotionally damaged son in Jon Robin Baitz’s play The Substance of Fire.
Breen hit his zenith as a film actor during the mid-’90s, with turns in several memorable odd movies. These included three films for Barry Sonnenfeld: For Love or Money (1993), Get Shorty (1995), and Men in Black (1997); as well as Carl Franklin’s One True Thing (1998).
In 1999, Breen appeared in the cult classic Galaxy Quest, playing Quellek, opposite the late Alan Rickman.
In 2004, he appeared in the holiday comedy Christmas with the Kranks, starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis.
He was away from movie screens for five years, returning next in 2009’s Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant and had the leading role two years later in the horror film The Bleeding House.
In recent years, Breen has worked on television in such shows as Boston Legal, Royal Pains, Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, Blacklist: The Redemption, and Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.