<p><b>Glen Hansard</b> (born 21 April 1970) is an Irish songwriter, actor, vocalist and guitarist for Irish group The Frames, and one half of folk rock duo The Swell Season. He is also known for his acting, having appeared in the BAFTA-winning film <i>The Commitments</i>, as well as starring in the film <i>Once</i>, which earned him a number of major awards and nominations between 2007–08.</p> <p></p> Career <p>Hansard quit school at age 13 to begin busking on local Dublin streets. He formed his own band The Frames in 1990, and the group have been gigging regularly in Ireland since.</p> <p>Hansard came to international attention as guitar player Outspan Foster in the 1991 Alan Parker film <i>The Commitments</i>, after attending the New York Film Academy School of Acting. He has often stated that he regretted taking the role, because he felt it distracted him from his music career. In…
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