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LIAM JOHN NEESON OBE (born 7 June 1952) is an actor from Northern Ireland . 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 and Anthony Hopkins in _The Bounty _ (1984) and Robert De Niro and 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
Academy Award
-winning film, _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 _ (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 voice of Aslan in _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".

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 References * 9 External links

EARLY LIFE

Neeson was born in Ballymena , County Antrim
County Antrim
, Northern Ireland, the son of Katherine "Kitty" Neeson (née Brown), a cook, and Bernard "Barney" Neeson, a caretaker at the Ballymena Boys All Saints Primary School. Raised as a Roman Catholic , he was named Liam after the local priest. He said growing up as a Catholic in a predominately Protestant town made him cautious. The third of four siblings, he has three sisters: Elizabeth, Bernadette and Rosaleen. At age nine, Neeson began boxing lessons at the All Saints Youth Club and later became Ulster
Ulster
's amateur senior boxing champion.

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. He continued to act in school productions over the following years.

Neeson's interest in acting and decision to become an actor was also influenced by minister Ian Paisley , into whose Free Presbyterian church 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". In 1971, Neeson was enrolled as a physics and computer science student at Queen\'s University Belfast
Belfast
, Northern Ireland, before leaving to work for the Guinness Brewery
Guinness Brewery
. At Queen's, he discovered a talent for football and was spotted by Seán Thomas at Bohemian F.C. There was a club trial in Dublin
Dublin
and Neeson played one game as a substitute against Shamrock Rovers F.C. , but he was not offered a contract.

CAREER

EARLY CAREER (1976–1993)

After leaving the university, Neeson returned to 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
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 _ (1978). Neeson moved to 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
Project Arts Centre
. He acted in several other Project productions and joined the Abbey Theatre (the National Theatre of Ireland). 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.

In 1980, filmmaker John Boorman saw him on stage as Lennie Small in _ Of Mice and Men _ and offered him the role of 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 at this time, whom he met working on _Excalibur_. Between 1982 and 1987, Neeson starred in five films; most notably alongside Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins in 1984's _The Bounty _ and Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons in 1986's _The Mission _. Neeson guest-starred in the third season of the television series _ Miami Vice _ in 1986 and moved to Hollywood
Hollywood
to star in more high-profile roles in the next year. That year, he starred alongside Cher
Cher
and 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
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 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 _, after seeing him in _ Anna Christie _ on Broadway. Even with Kevin Costner , Mel Gibson and Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
all expressing interest in portraying Schindler, (the last auditioning), Neeson was cast in December 1992 after formally auditioning for the role. Neeson read the Keneally book and concluded that his character "enjoyed fookin' 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." 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 for his performance in _Philadelphia _. Neeson also garnered BAFTA and Golden Globes nominations for his work as Oskar Schindler
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
Venice Film Festival
and another Golden Globe nomination. He went on to star as 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 in _Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace _. Director 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." 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_ 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." Despite mixed reviews from critics and fans, _The Phantom Menace_ was an enormous box-office success and remained the most financially successful _Star Wars_ film unadjusted for inflation, until _Star Wars: The Force Awakens _ (2015). Neeson's performance as Qui-Gon received several positive reviews, and a 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). Neeson was later reported to be making an appearance in _Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith _ (2005) portraying Qui-Gon again, 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.

MAINSTREAM ROLES (2001–2007)

Neeson and Ralph Fiennes at a U2 concert in 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 for his role opposite Laura Linney in _ The Crucible _, Neeson appeared with 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
Martin Scorsese
's _ Gangs of New York _ with Leonardo DiCaprio , Brendan Gleeson , Cameron Diaz and Daniel Day-Lewis , and played a recently widowed writer in Richard Curtis ' ensemble comedy _ Love Actually _ (2003). His role as Alfred Kinsey in _Kinsey _ again put the actor up for nomination for a Golden Globe Award but he lost to 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?"

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 _ episode " The Father, the Son, and the Holy Guest Star " (2005), he voiced the kindly priest who (briefly) converts Bart and Homer to Catholicism. 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 _. 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
Fallout 3
_. Executive producer Todd Howard said, "This role was written with Liam in mind, and provides the dramatic tone for the entire game". _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.

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
Northern Ireland
/Big Fish Films television drama _ Five Minutes of Heaven _, which tells the true story of a young Protestant man convicted of murdering a Catholic boy during The Troubles .

LATER SUCCESS (2008–PRESENT)

He starred in the action film _Taken _ in 2008, a French-produced film also starring Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace . Based on a script by Luc Besson
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. _Taken_ brought Neeson back into the center of the public eye and resulted in his being cast in many more big-budget Hollywood
Hollywood
movies. That year he also narrated the documentary _Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity_ and again lent his voice to Aslan in _The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian _ (2008). He also provided a voice for Hayao Miyazaki 's anime film _Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea _, which received an August 2009 release. _ 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. 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. Later the same year, he played John "Hannibal" Smith in the spin-off movie from the television series _ The A-Team _.

In 2010, Neeson voiced the character 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 . 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. Neeson eventually declined the role, claiming he was "past his sell date" and had grown too old to play Lincoln. He was later replaced in the role by Daniel Day-Lewis . Liam Neeson, Deauville
Deauville
Film Festival , 2012

It was announced in July 2010 that Neeson would guest-star on the new Showtime series _The Big C _. 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 as John Ottway in Joe Carnahan 's _The Grey _. The film received mostly positive reviews and Neeson's performance as Ottway received critical acclaim. He also starred in _ Taken 2 _, a successful sequel to his 2008 blockbuster. That year, he once again played 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 _. 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 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 _ commercial with him playing the game as "AngryNeeson52" and vowing revenge on his opponent "BigBuffetBoy85" while waiting for his scone at a bakery. The appearance was a parody of his role in _Taken_. In 2016 Neeson narrated the RTÉ One three-part documentary on the Easter Rising , _1916_. In 2016, he voiced the Monster in the Spanish film _A Monster Calls _, and on 12 December 2016, he appeared on BBC's _The One Show _ to talk about the film.

POLITICAL VIEWS

Neeson opposes the unrestricted right to own firearms in the United States and has made calls for gun control. In January 2015, he repeated his views, calling US gun laws a "disgrace" in an interview with Emirati newspaper _ Gulf News _ when replying to a question about the _Charlie Hebdo_ shootings in Paris earlier that month. 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."

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 _ citing the carriage trade as a safe one for employees, horses and tourists and noted it was a livelihood for many immigrants.

Neeson narrated a video for 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."

PERSONAL LIFE

Neeson lived with actress 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 _ on Broadway in 1993. They married on 3 July 1994. In August 2004, Neeson and his wife purchased an estate in Millbrook, New York . 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
Montreal
. Neeson donated her organs following her death. She and Neeson had two sons together, Micheál Richard Antonio (born 22 June 1995, in Dublin) and Daniel Jack (born 27 August 1996, in New York City).

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. In August 2009, Neeson said that he had been naturalised as a United States citizen. In March 2011, he was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF
UNICEF
. Neeson is a patron of Belfast
Belfast
based charity and film festival CineMagic , which encourages and helps young people to get involved in the movie industry.

In June 2012, Neeson's publicist denied reports that Neeson was converting to Islam
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 _ in Istanbul
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." He also expressed admiration for the _Spiritual Exercises _ of Saint Ignatius of Loyola .

HONOURS AND AWARDS

In the year 2000, Neeson was offered the "Freedom of the Town of Ballymena" by the Ballymena Borough Council, but because of objections made by members of the 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. 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." Subsequently, on 28 January 2013, Neeson received the Freedom of the Borough from Ballymena Borough Council at a ceremony in the town.

Neeson was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
in her 2000 New Year Honours . 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
New York City
. In 2009, at a ceremony in New York, Neeson was awarded an honorary doctorate by Queen\'s University, Belfast
Belfast
. On 9 April 2016, Neeson was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award by the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) at the Mansion House, Dublin
Dublin
, with Irish President Michael D. Higgins presenting the award. 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.

FILMOGRAPHY

Main article: Liam Neeson filmography

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

YEAR AWARDS CATEGORY RECIPIENT OUTCOME

1990 Saturn Awards Best Actor _ Darkman _ Nominated

1993 Tony Awards Best Actor in a Play _ Anna Christie _ Nominated

Academy Awards
Academy Awards
Best Actor _Schindler\'s List _ Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actor Won

London Film Critics\' Circle Actor of the Year Nominated

BAFTA Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated

Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Actor Nominated

Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Nominated

1996 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama _Michael Collins _ Nominated

Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Actor Won

Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actor Nominated

1999 Saturn Awards Best Actor _Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace _ Nominated

MTV Movie Awards Best Fight Nominated

2002 Tony Awards Best Actor in a Play _ The Crucible _ Nominated

Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actor in a Play Nominated

2003 Phoenix Film Critics Society Award Best Actor _ Love Actually _ Nominated

2004 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama _Kinsey _ Nominated

Irish Film & Television Academy Best Actor Won

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actor Won

Independent Spirit Awards
Independent Spirit Awards
Best Male Lead Nominated

London Film Critics\' Circle Actor of the Year Nominated

Satellite Awards Best Actor – Motion Picture Nominated

Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Actor Nominated

2005 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor _ Batman Begins _ Nominated

MTV Movie Awards Best Fight Nominated

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