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Born in Chicago, Aidan started his acting career on the Chicago stage and went on to play the title role in a modern day Hamlet directed by Robert Falls. In New York, he starred on Broadway in A Streetcar Named Desire and Off Broadway in Sam Shepherd's Fool for Love and Lie of the Mind. More recently Aidan was seen Off Broadway in The Exonerated and Salome directed by Estelle Parsons with Al Pacino. Aidan also performed The Exonerated at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival, and in Dublin and on London's West End . Recently he starred at the Public Theater as Brutus alongside David Strathairn and Brian Dennehy in Richard Nelson's "Conversation in Tusculum"
Aidan's television credits include the ground breaking AIDS drama An Early Frost for which he was Emmy Nominated and See You in My Dreams opposite Marcia Gay Harden based on the short stories of Sam Shepherd and Forbidden Territory: Stanley's search for Livingstone, title role alongside Nigel Hawthorne. Aidan also played the title character in NBC's Book of Daniel. Aidan most recently starred in HBO's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee for which he was nominated for last year's Emmy.
Aidan has starred in over 35 feature films, among them Desperately Seeking Susan, Stakeout, The Playboys, Avalon, Benny and Joon, Legends of the Fall, Michael Collings, Looking For Richard, The Assignment, Music of the Heart and Songcatcher. He was also nominated for the 2005 Independent Spirit Award for Cavedweller. He co-starred most recently with Meryl Streep in the independent feature Dark Matter that premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival.
In Ireland, Aidan produced and starred in This is My Father, written and directed by his brother Paul and filmed by his brother Declan, an award winning cinematographer. He also co-starred with Pierce Brosnan in Bruce Beresford's Evelyn and starred in Song for a Raggy Boy (Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals 2003) for which he was nominated for Best Actor at the Irish Film Awards. He will also be seen in his sister Marian's upcoming film, 32A and in Vic Sarin's Shine of Rainbows and Conor McPherson's Eclipse.
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