He attended St. Paul's School in Clontarf, Dublin
Directed 4 actors in Oscar nominated performances: Bob Hoskins, Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, and Julianne Moore.
Good friends and fellow Dubliners Bono and Ali Hewson named their first daughter, Jordan Hewson, who was born in 1989, after him.
His father, a university professor, would never let him read comic books, but read them himself so he knew what children would be interested in.
Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1992.