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Liam John Neeson, OBE (born 7 June 1952)[3] is an actor from Northern Ireland.[4] In 1976, he joined the Lyric Players' Theatre in Belfast for two years. He then acted in the Arthurian film, Excalibur (1981). Between 1982 and 1987, Neeson starred in five films, most notably alongside Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson
and Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
in The Bounty (1984), and Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
and Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
in The Mission (1986). He landed a leading role alongside Patrick Swayze
Patrick Swayze
in Next of Kin (1989). Neeson rose to prominence when he starred in the title role in Steven Spielberg's Academy Award-winning film, Schindler's List
Schindler's List
(1993). He has since starred in other successful films, including the title role in the historical biopic Michael Collins (1996), the 1998 film adaptation of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, the epic space opera Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), the biographical drama Kinsey (2004), the superhero film Batman Begins
Batman Begins
(2005), the action thriller series Taken (2008–2014), the thriller-survival film The Grey (2011), and the historical drama Silence (2016). He also provided the voices of Aslan
Aslan
in The Chronicles of Narnia
The Chronicles of Narnia
trilogy (2005–2010) and the titular monster in A Monster Calls (2016). He has been nominated for a number of awards, including an Academy Award for Best Actor, a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and three Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama. Empire magazine ranked Neeson among both the "100 Sexiest Stars in Film History" and "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time".[5]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Early career (1976–1993) 2.2 Rise to prominence (1993–2000) 2.3 Mainstream roles (2001–2007) 2.4 Later success (2008–present)

3 Political views 4 Personal life 5 Honours and awards 6 Filmography 7 Awards and nominations 8 Notes 9 References 10 External links

Early life Neeson was born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, the son of Katherine "Kitty" Neeson (née Brown), a cook, and Bernard "Barney" Neeson, a caretaker at the Ballymena
Ballymena
Boys All Saints Primary School.[6] Raised as a Roman Catholic,[7] he was named Liam after the local priest.[8] The third of four siblings, he has three sisters: Elizabeth, Bernadette, and Rosaleen.[9] Neeson said growing up as a Catholic in a predominately Protestant
Protestant
town made him cautious,[10] and once said he felt like a "second class" citizen in the town;[11] though he also stated that he was never made to feel "inferior or even different" at the town's predominantly Protestant
Protestant
technical college.[12] Neeson has described himself as out of touch with the politics and history of Northern Ireland, until becoming aware of protests by fellow students after Bloody Sunday in 1972, during the Troubles conflict. The experience of these protests encouraged him to learn more about local history.[12][13] In a 2009 interview, Neeson said "I never stop thinking about it [the Troubles]. I've known guys and girls who have been perpetrators of violence and victims. Protestants and Catholics. It's part of my DNA."[14] At age 9, Neeson began boxing lessons at the All Saints Youth Club and later became Ulster's amateur senior boxing champion.[15] Neeson first stepped on stage at age 11, after his English teacher offered him the lead role in a school play, which he accepted because the girl he was attracted to was starring in it.[16] He continued to act in school productions over the following years.[17] Neeson's interest in acting and decision to become an actor were also influenced by Ian Paisley, founder of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), into whose Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster
Ulster
Neeson would sneak. Neeson has said of Paisley: "He had a magnificent presence and it was incredible to watch him just Bible-thumping away... it was acting, but it was also great acting and stirring too".[18] In 1971, Neeson was enrolled as a physics and computer science student at Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, before leaving to work for the Guinness Brewery.[19] At Queen's, he discovered a talent for football and was spotted by Seán Thomas at Bohemian F.C.
Bohemian F.C.
There was a club trial in Dublin, and Neeson played one game as a substitute against Shamrock Rovers F.C., but he was not offered a contract.[20] Career Early career (1976–1993) After leaving the university, Neeson returned to Ballymena
Ballymena
where he worked in a variety of casual jobs, from a fork-lift operator at Guinness to a truck driver. He also attended teacher training college for two years in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, before again returning to his hometown. In 1976, Neeson joined the Lyric Players' Theatre in Belfast
Belfast
where he performed for two years. He got his first film experience in 1977, playing Jesus Christ and Evangelist in the religious film Pilgrim's Progress
Pilgrim's Progress
(1978). Neeson moved to Dublin
Dublin
in 1978 after he was offered a part in Ron Hutchinson's Says I, Says He, a drama about The Troubles, at the Project Arts Centre. He acted in several other Project productions and joined the Abbey Theatre
Abbey Theatre
(the National Theatre of Ireland).[citation needed] In 1980, he performed alongside Stephen Rea, Ray McAnally and Mick Lally, playing Doalty in Brian Friel's play Translations, the first production of Brian Friel and Stephen Rea's Field Day Theatre Company, first presented in the Guildhall, Derry, on 23 September 1980.[21] In 1980, filmmaker John Boorman
John Boorman
saw him on stage as Lennie Small in Of Mice and Men and offered him the role of Sir Gawain
Sir Gawain
in the Arthurian film, Excalibur. After Excalibur, Neeson moved to London, where he continued working on stage, in small budget films and in television. He lived with the actress Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
at this time, whom he met working on Excalibur.[22] Between 1982 and 1987, Neeson starred in five films; most notably alongside Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson
and Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
in 1984's The Bounty and Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
and Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
in 1986's The Mission. Neeson guest-starred in the third season of the television series Miami Vice
Miami Vice
in 1986 and moved to Hollywood
Hollywood
to star in more high-profile roles in the next year.[22] That year, he starred alongside Cher
Cher
and Dennis Quaid
Dennis Quaid
in Suspect in a role that brought him critical acclaim. In 1988, he starred alongside Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
in the fifth Dirty Harry film "The Dead Pool" in the role of Peter Swan, a horror film director. In 1990, he followed this with a starring role in Sam Raimi's Darkman. Although the film was successful, Neeson's subsequent years would not bring him the same recognition. In 1993, he joined Ellis Island co-star and future wife Natasha Richardson
Natasha Richardson
in the Broadway play Anna Christie. They also worked together in Nell, released the following year. Rise to prominence (1993–2000) Director Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
offered Neeson the role of Oskar Schindler in the film about the Holocaust, Schindler's List,[23] after seeing him in Anna Christie
Anna Christie
on Broadway. Even with Kevin Costner, Mel Gibson and Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
all expressing interest in portraying Schindler,[24][25] (the last auditioning),[24] Neeson was cast in December 1992 after formally auditioning for the role.[25] Neeson read the Keneally book and concluded that his character "enjoyed fookin' [sic] with the Nazis. In Keneally's book, it says he was regarded as a kind of a buffoon by them... if the Nazis were New Yorkers, he was from Arkansas. They don't quite take him seriously, and he used that to full effect."[26] His critically acclaimed performance earned him a nomination for a Best Actor Oscar, and helped the film earn Best Picture of 1993. However, the best actor award went to Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
for his performance in Philadelphia. Neeson also garnered BAFTA and Golden Globes nominations for his work as Oskar Schindler. Soon after these accolades, Neeson became an in-demand leading actor. He starred in the subsequent period pieces Rob Roy (1995) and Michael Collins (1996), the latter earning him a win for Best Starring Role at the Venice Film Festival and another Golden Globe nomination. He went on to star as Jean Valjean
Jean Valjean
in the 1998 adaptation of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables and in The Haunting (1999) as Dr. David Marrow. In 1999, Neeson starred as Jedi
Jedi
Master Qui-Gon Jinn
Qui-Gon Jinn
in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Director George Lucas
George Lucas
cast Neeson in the role because he considered the actor to have great skills and presence, describing him as a "master actor, who the other actors will look up to, who has got the qualities of strength that the character demands."[27] As the first Star Wars
Star Wars
film to be released in sixteen years, it was surrounded by a large amount of media anticipation. Neeson's connection to Star Wars
Star Wars
started in the Crown Bar, Belfast. Neeson stated to Ricki Lake, "I probably wouldn't have taken the role if it wasn't for the advice of Peter King in the Crown during a Lyric reunion."[clarification needed] Despite mixed reviews from critics and fans,[28] The Phantom Menace was an enormous box-office success and remained the most financially successful Star Wars
Star Wars
film unadjusted for inflation, until Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).[29] Neeson's performance as Qui-Gon received several positive reviews,[30][31] and a Saturn Award
Saturn Award
nomination. A stock recording of Neeson's voice from The Phantom Menace can be heard during a scene in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002).[32] Neeson was later reported to be making an appearance in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) portraying Qui-Gon again,[33] but ultimately did not. In the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008–14), Neeson reprised the role of Qui-Gon once again by voicing the character in two episodes of the third season and one episode of the sixth season.[32] Mainstream roles (2001–2007)

Neeson and Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
at a U2 concert in Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
in October 2005

Neeson narrated the 2001 documentaries Journey into Amazing Caves, a short film about two scientists who travel around the world to search for material for potential cures, and The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Adventure. The latter won awards at a number of film festivals including Best Documentary from both the Chicago Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review. After being nominated for a Tony Award
Tony Award
for his role opposite Laura Linney
Laura Linney
in The Crucible, Neeson appeared with Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
in Kathryn Bigelow's 2002 submarine thriller K-19: The Widowmaker as Captain Mikhail Polenin. He was also on the cast of Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York with Leonardo DiCaprio, Brendan Gleeson, Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz
and Daniel Day-Lewis, and played a recently widowed writer in Richard Curtis' ensemble comedy Love Actually
Love Actually
(2003).[34] His role as Alfred Kinsey
Alfred Kinsey
in Kinsey again put the actor up for nomination for a Golden Globe Award, but he lost to Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
for The Aviator. In 2004, Neeson hosted an episode of the NBC
NBC
sketch show Saturday Night Live. He starred as a redneck trucker, Marlon Weaver, in an "Appalachian Emergency Room" sketch and a hippie in a one-off sketch about two stoners (the other played by Amy Poehler) who attempt to borrow a police dog to find their lost stash of marijuana. Despite vowing not to play any Irish stereotypes, Neeson did play a stereotypically Irish man named Lorcan McArdle in the home makeover show parody "You Call This A House, Do Ya?"[35] In 2005, Neeson played Godfrey of Ibelin in Ridley Scott's epic adventure Kingdom of Heaven, Ra's al Ghul, one of the main villains in Batman Begins, and Father Bernard in Neil Jordan's adaptation of Patrick McCabe's novel, Breakfast on Pluto. In The Simpsons
The Simpsons
episode "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Guest Star" (2005), he voiced the kindly priest who (briefly) converts Bart and Homer to Catholicism.[36] That same year, he gave his voice to the lion Aslan in the blockbuster fantasy film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.[37] In 2007, he starred in the American Civil War epic Seraphim Falls. He also voiced the main character's father, James in the video game, Fallout 3.[38] Executive producer Todd Howard said, "This role was written with Liam in mind, and provides the dramatic tone for the entire game".[39] Fallout 3, the third game in the Fallout series, was extremely well received by critics and shipped 4.7 million copies by the end of 2008, the year it was released.[40] In the director's commentary of the 2007 Transformers DVD, Michael Bay said that he had told the animators to seek inspiration from Neeson in creating Optimus Prime's body language. Neeson appeared as Alistair Little in the BBC Northern Ireland/Big Fish Films television drama Five Minutes of Heaven, which tells the true story of a young Protestant
Protestant
man convicted of murdering a Catholic boy during The Troubles.[41] Later success (2008–present) He starred in the action film Taken in 2008, a French-produced film also starring Famke Janssen
Famke Janssen
and Maggie Grace. Based on a script by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen and directed by Pierre Morel, the film stars Neeson as a retired CIA operative from their elite Special Activities Division who sets about tracking down his teenage daughter after she is kidnapped. Taken was a worldwide box office hit, grossing $223.9 million worldwide, making almost $200 million more than its production budget. Neeson has stated in interviews that he believed that Taken had put some people off the idea of actually travelling to Europe.[42] Taken brought Neeson back into the center of the public eye and resulted in his being cast in many more big-budget Hollywood movies. That year he also narrated the documentary Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity and again lent his voice to Aslan
Aslan
in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008).[43] He also provided a voice for Hayao Miyazaki's anime film Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, which received an August 2009 release.[44]

Neeson attending the premiere of The Other Man in September 2008.

In 2010, Neeson played Zeus
Zeus
in the remake of the 1981 film, Clash of the Titans. The film went on becoming a huge box office hit, grossing $475 million worldwide.[45] Neeson also starred in Atom Egoyan's erotic thriller Chloe, theatrically released by Sony Pictures Classics on 26 March 2010. Chloe had enjoyed commercial success and became the Canadian director's biggest money maker ever.[46] Later the same year, he played John "Hannibal" Smith
John "Hannibal" Smith
in the spin-off movie from the television series The A-Team.[47][48] In 2010, Neeson voiced the character Aslan
Aslan
again in the sequel The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. In 2011, Neeson starred in Unknown, a German-British-American co-production of a French book, it was filmed in Berlin in early 2010. It has been compared to Taken, which was set in Paris. Neeson reunited with director Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
with plans to star as Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
in the 2012 film Lincoln, based on the book Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.[49] In preparation for the role, Neeson visited the District of Columbia and Springfield, Illinois, where Lincoln lived prior to being elected, and read Lincoln's personal letters.[50] Neeson eventually declined the role, claiming he was "past his sell date" and had grown too old to play Lincoln.[51] He was later replaced in the role by Daniel Day-Lewis.

Liam Neeson, Deauville Film Festival, 2012.

It was announced in July 2010 that Neeson would guest-star on the new Showtime series The Big C.[52] In 2011, he played himself, in BBC2's series Life's Too Short. In late 2011, Neeson was cast to play the lead character, a journalist, in a new album recording and arena production of Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds. He replaced Richard Burton, who had posthumously appeared in the arena production through CGI animation. Neeson did not physically appear on the stage, instead playing the role through the use of 3D holography. In 2012, Neeson starred in Joe Carnahan's The Grey. The film received mostly positive reviews and Neeson's performance received critical acclaim. He also starred in Taken 2, a successful sequel to his 2008 blockbuster.[53] That year, he once again played Ra's al Ghul
Ra's al Ghul
in The Dark Knight Rises, the third and final film in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy. He narrated the first trailer for the film. On 31 January 2014, it was reported that Neeson would work with director Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
again in an adaptation of the novel Silence.[54] Neeson had a supporting role as the henchman Bad Cop/Good Cop in the animated film The Lego Movie, which was a critical and commercial success. Neeson later played Bill Marks in the 2014 action film Non-Stop. The film was released on 28 February 2014. He also appeared, uncredited, as God in the BBC2
BBC2
series Rev.. Neeson stars in the 2014 film A Walk Among the Tombstones, an adaption of the best-selling novel of the same name, in which he plays former cop Matthew Scudder, a detective hired to hunt the killers of a drug dealer's wife. During Super Bowl XLIX, Supercell did a Clash of Clans
Clash of Clans
commercial with him playing the game as "AngryNeeson52" and vowing revenge on his opponent "BigBuffetBoy85" while waiting for his scone at a bakery.[55] The appearance was a parody of his role in Taken. In 2016 Neeson narrated the RTÉ One
RTÉ One
three-part documentary on the Easter Rising, 1916.[56] In 2016, he voiced the Monster in the Spanish film A Monster Calls.[57] Political views Neeson opposes the unrestricted right to own firearms in the United States[58] and has made calls for gun control.[59] In January 2015, he repeated his views, calling US gun laws a "disgrace" in an interview with Emirati newspaper Gulf News
Gulf News
when replying to a question about the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris earlier that month.[60] In response, U.S gun manufacturer Para USA, which provided the weapons used by Neeson in the Taken film series, expressed regret at working with him, saying: "We will no longer provide firearms for use in films starring Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson
and ask that our friends and partners in Hollywood
Hollywood
refrain from associating our brand and products with his projects."[60] In 2014, he protested against the anti-carriage horse campaign of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said he would outlaw horse-drawn carriages in Central Park
Central Park
once he took office. Neeson wrote an opinion page published in The New York Times
The New York Times
citing the carriage trade as a safe one for employees, horses and tourists and noted it was a livelihood for many immigrants.[61] Neeson narrated a video for Amnesty International
Amnesty International
in favour of the legalisation of abortion in Ireland, which some conservative and pro-life commentators criticised, calling it "creepy" and "anti-Catholic".[62][63] Personal life Neeson lived with actress Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
during the early 1980s. They had met while working on Excalibur (1981). Interviewed by James Lipton for Inside the Actors Studio, Neeson said Mirren was instrumental in his getting an agent. Neeson met his future wife, actress Natasha Richardson, while performing in a revival of the play Anna Christie
Anna Christie
on Broadway in 1993.[64] They married on 3 July 1994.[65] She and Neeson had two sons together, Micheál Richard Antonio (born 22 June 1995, in Dublin)[66] and Daniel Jack (born 27 August 1996, in New York City).[67] In October 1998, Neeson and Richardson won £50,000 ($85,370) in libel damages after the Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror
tabloid wrongly claimed that their marriage was on the line. They donated the money to victims of the August 1998 Omagh bombing.[68] In August 2004, Neeson and his wife purchased an estate in Millbrook, New York.[69][70] On 18 March 2009, Richardson died when she suffered a severe head injury in a skiing accident at the Mont Tremblant Resort, northwest of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Neeson donated her organs following her death.[71] A heavy smoker earlier in his career, Neeson quit smoking in 2003, while working on Love Actually. When he took the role of Hannibal for the 2010 film adaptation of The A-Team, Neeson had reservations about smoking cigars (which is a signature trait of the character) in the film due to being an ex-smoker, but agreed to keep that personality trait of Hannibal intact for the film.[72] In August 2009, Neeson said that he had been naturalised as a United States citizen.[2] In March 2011, he was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.[73] Neeson is a patron of Belfast-based charity and film festival CineMagic, which encourages and helps young people to get involved in the movie industry.[74] In 2009, nearly four decades after he was an undergraduate in Physics and Computer Science at Queen's University, Belfast, Neeson was awarded an honorary doctorate. He was a student at the university in 1971, before leaving to work for Guinness. His honorary doctorate was presented to him, in New York, by Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Gregson.[75] In June 2012, Neeson's publicist denied reports that Neeson was converting to Islam. However, the actor has expressed an affection for the adhan, the Islamic call to prayer, that he grew accustomed to while filming Taken 2
Taken 2
in Istanbul: "By the third week, it was like I couldn't live without it. It really became hypnotic and very moving for me in a very special way. Very beautiful."[76] He also expressed admiration for the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.[77] Honours and awards In the year 2000, Neeson was offered the "Freedom of the Town of Ballymena" by the Ballymena
Ballymena
Borough Council, but because of objections made by members of the Democratic Unionist Party
Democratic Unionist Party
regarding his comments that he had felt like a "second-class citizen" growing up as a Catholic in the town, he declined the award, citing tensions.[78] Following the controversy, Neeson wrote a letter to the council, stating; "I will always remain very proud of my upbringing in, and association with, the town and my country of birth, which I will continue to promote at every opportunity. Indeed I regard the enduring support over the years from all sections of the community in Ballymena as being more than sufficient recognition for any success which I may have achieved as an actor."[79] Subsequently, on 28 January 2013, Neeson received the Freedom of the Borough from Ballymena
Ballymena
Borough Council at a ceremony in the town.[79] Neeson was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
(OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
in her 2000 New Year Honours.[80] The American Ireland Fund honoured Neeson with their Performing Arts Award for the great distinction he has brought to Ireland at their 2008 Dinner Gala in New York City.[81] In 2009, at a ceremony in New York, Neeson was awarded an honorary doctorate by Queen's University, Belfast.[82] On 9 April 2016, he was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award by the Irish Film and Television Academy
Irish Film and Television Academy
(IFTA) at the Mansion House, Dublin, with Irish President Michael D. Higgins presenting the award.[83] In 2017, Neeson was listed by UK-based company Richtopia at number 74 in the list of 200 Most Influential Philanthropists and Social Entrepreneurs Worldwide.[84][85] Filmography Main article: Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson
filmography Awards and nominations Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Liam Neeson Notes

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Awards for Liam Neeson

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Drama League's Distinguished Performance Award

Katharine Cornell
Katharine Cornell
(1935) Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
(1936) Maurice Evans (1937) Cedric Hardwicke
Cedric Hardwicke
(1938) Raymond Massey
Raymond Massey
(1939) Paul Muni
Paul Muni
(1940) Paul Lukas
Paul Lukas
(1941) Judith Evelyn
Judith Evelyn
(1942) Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
(1943) Lynn Fontanne
Lynn Fontanne
(1944) Mady Christians
Mady Christians
(1945) Louis Calhern
Louis Calhern
(1946) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1947) Judith Anderson
Judith Anderson
(1948) Robert Morley
Robert Morley
(1949) Grace George
Grace George
(1950) Claude Rains
Claude Rains
(1951) Julie Harris (1952) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1953) Josephine Hull (1954) Viveca Lindfors
Viveca Lindfors
(1955) David Wayne
David Wayne
(1956) Eli Wallach
Eli Wallach
(1957) Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy
(1958) Cyril Ritchard
Cyril Ritchard
(1959) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1960) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1961) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1962) Charles Boyer
Charles Boyer
(1963) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1964) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1965) Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
(1966) Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(1967) Zoe Caldwell (1968) Alec McCowen
Alec McCowen
(1969) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1970) Anthony Quayle
Anthony Quayle
(1971) Eileen Atkins / Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom
(1972) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1973) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1974) John Wood (1975) Eva Le Gallienne
Eva Le Gallienne
(1976) Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1977) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(1978) Frances Sternhagen
Frances Sternhagen
(1979) Roy Scheider
Roy Scheider
(1980) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1981) Milo O'Shea
Milo O'Shea
(1982) Edward Herrmann
Edward Herrmann
/ Kate Nelligan (1983) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1984) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1985) Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters
(1986) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1987) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1988) Pauline Collins
Pauline Collins
(1989) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1990) Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing
(1991) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1992) Stephen Rea
Stephen Rea
(1993) Sam Waterston
Sam Waterston
(1994) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(1995) Uta Hagen
Uta Hagen
(1996) Charles Durning
Charles Durning
/ Bebe Neuwirth
Bebe Neuwirth
(1997) Brian Stokes Mitchell
Brian Stokes Mitchell
(1998) Kathleen Chalfant (1999) Eileen Heckart (2000) Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
/ Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
(2001) Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson
(2002) Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(2003) Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
(2004) Norbert Leo Butz
Norbert Leo Butz
(2005) Christine Ebersole
Christine Ebersole
(2006) Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber
(2007) Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone
(2008) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2009) Alfred Molina
Alfred Molina
(2010) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2011) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(2012) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(2013) Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris
(2014) Chita Rivera
Chita Rivera
(2015) Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
(2016) Ben Platt (2017)

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Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor

Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1975) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1976) Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
(1977) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
(1978) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1979) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1980) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1981) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(1982) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1983) F. Murray Abraham
F. Murray Abraham
/ Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1984) William Hurt
William Hurt
(1985) Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
(1986) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
/ Steve Martin
Steve Martin
(1987) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1988) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(1989) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1990) Nick Nolte
Nick Nolte
(1991) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1992) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1993) John Travolta
John Travolta
(1994) Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage
(1995) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(1996) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1997) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1998) Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
(1999) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2000) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2001) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
/ Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(2002) Bill Murray
Bill Murray
(2003) Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson
(2004) Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(2005) Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen
/ Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(2006) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2007) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2008) Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges
(2009) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2010) Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender
(2011) Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
(2012) Bruce Dern
Bruce Dern
(2013) Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy
(2014) Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender
(2015) Adam Driver
Adam Driver
(2016) Timothée Chalamet
Timothée Chalamet
(2017)

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Volpi Cup for Best Actor

1934–68

Wallace Beery
Wallace Beery
(1934) Pierre Blanchar
Pierre Blanchar
(1935) Paul Muni
Paul Muni
(1936) Emil Jannings
Emil Jannings
(1937) Leslie Howard (1938) Ermete Zacconi
Ermete Zacconi
(1941) Fosco Giachetti
Fosco Giachetti
(1942) Pierre Fresnay
Pierre Fresnay
(1947) Ernst Deutsch
Ernst Deutsch
(1948) Joseph Cotten
Joseph Cotten
(1949) Sam Jaffe
Sam Jaffe
(1950) Jean Gabin
Jean Gabin
(1951) Fredric March
Fredric March
(1952) Henri Vilbert (1953) Jean Gabin
Jean Gabin
(1954) Curd Jürgens/ Kenneth More
Kenneth More
(1955) Bourvil
Bourvil
(1956) Anthony Franciosa
Anthony Franciosa
(1957) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1958) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1959) John Mills
John Mills
(1960) Toshiro Mifune
Toshiro Mifune
(1961) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1962) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1963) Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1964) Toshiro Mifune
Toshiro Mifune
(1965) Jacques Perrin
Jacques Perrin
(1966) Ljubiša Samardžić
Ljubiša Samardžić
(1967) John Marley (1968)

1983–2000

Guy Boyd/George Dzundza/David Alan Grier/Mitchell Lichtenstein/Matthew Modine/Michael Wright (1983) Naseeruddin Shah
Naseeruddin Shah
(1984) Gérard Depardieu
Gérard Depardieu
(1985) Carlo Delle Piane
Carlo Delle Piane
(1986) Hugh Grant/ James Wilby (1987) Don Ameche/ Joe Mantegna
Joe Mantegna
(1988) Marcello Mastroianni/ Massimo Troisi
Massimo Troisi
(1989) Oleg Borisov
Oleg Borisov
(1990) River Phoenix
River Phoenix
(1991) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1992) Fabrizio Bentivoglio/ Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
(1993) Xia Yu/ Roberto Citran
Roberto Citran
(1994) Götz George/ Ian Hart (1995) Liam Neeson/ Chris Penn
Chris Penn
(1996) Wesley Snipes
Wesley Snipes
(1997) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(1998) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(1999) Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem
(2000)

2001–present

Luigi Lo Cascio
Luigi Lo Cascio
(2001) Stefano Accorsi
Stefano Accorsi
(2002) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2003) Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem
(2004) David Strathairn
David Strathairn
(2005) Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
(2006) Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
(2007) Silvio Orlando
Silvio Orlando
(2008) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2009) Vincent Gallo
Vincent Gallo
(2010) Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender
(2011) Philip Seymour Hoffman/ Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
(2012) Themis Panou (2013) Adam Driver
Adam Driver
(2014) Fabrice Luchini
Fabrice Luchini
(2015) Oscar Martínez (2016) Kamel El Basha (2017)

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