Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK, to Katherine (Brown), a cook, and Bernard Neeson, a school caretaker. Liam worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, truck driver, assistant architect and an amateur boxer. He had originally sought a career as a teacher by...

Born on June 07, 1952

Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK

Height 1.93m / 6' 4"

Biography

Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK, to Katherine (Brown), a cook, and Bernard Neeson, a school caretaker. Liam worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, truck driver, assistant architect and an amateur boxer. He had originally sought a career as a teacher by attending St. Mary's Teaching College, Newcastle. However, in 1976, Neeson joined the Belfast Lyric Players' Theater and made his professional acting debut in the play "The Risen People". After two years, Neeson moved to Dublin's Abbey Theater where he performed the classics. It was here that he was spotted by director John Boorman and was cast in the film Excalibur (1981) as Sir Gawain, his first high-profile film role.Through the 1980s Neeson appeared in a handful of films and British TV series - including The Bounty (1984), A Woman of Substance (1984), The Mission (1986), and Duet for One (1986) - but it was not until he moved to Hollywood to pursue larger roles that he began to get noticed. His turn as a mute homeless man in Suspect (1987) garnered good reviews, as did supporting roles in The Good Mother (1988) and High Spirits (1988) - though he also starred in the best-to-be-forgotten Satisfaction (1988), which also featured a then-unknown Julia Roberts - but leading man status eluded him until the cult favorite Darkman (1990), directed by Sam Raimi. From there, Neeson starred in Under Suspicion (1991) and Ethan Frome (1993), was hailed for his performance in Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives (1992), and ultimately was picked by Steven Spielberg to play Oskar Schindler in Schindler's List (1993). The starring role in the Oscar-winning Holocaust film brought Neeson Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor.Also in 1993, he made his Broadway debut with a Tony-nominated performance in "Anna Christie", in which he co-starred with his future wife Natasha Richardson. The next year, the two also starred opposite Jodie Foster in the movie Nell (1994), and were married in July of that year. Leading roles as the 18th century Scottish Highlander Rob Roy (1995) and the Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins (1996) followed, and soon Neeson was solidified as one of Hollywood's top leading men. He starred in the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) as Qui-Gon Jinn, received a Golden Globe nomination for Kinsey (2004), played the mysterious Ducard in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins (2005), and provided the voice for Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005).Neeson found a second surprise career as an action leading man with the release of Taken (2008) in early 2009, an unexpected box office hit about a retired CIA agent attempting to rescue his daughter from being sold into prostitution. However, less than two months after the release of the film, tragedy struck when Richardson suffered a fatal head injury while skiing and passed away days afterward. Neeson returned to high-profile roles in 2010 with two back-to-back big-budget films, Clash of the Titans (2010) and The A-Team (2010), and returned to the action genre with Unknown (2011), The Grey (2011), Battleship (2012) and Taken 2 (2012), as well as the sequel Wrath of the Titans (2012).Neeson was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1999 Queen's New Year's Honours List for his services to drama. He has two sons from his marriage to Richardson: Micheal Richard Antonio Neeson (born June 22, 1995) and Daniel Jack Neeson (born August 27, 1996).Read More

Known For

TradeMarks

In his career's recent years, Neeson has very often taken roles in which he is a mentor/trainer/father figure to a younger man, as in, for example: Batman Begins (2005), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Gangs of New York (2002) and Star Wars: Episode I - The ...

Often plays agents or ex-agents in an unusual situation

Northern Irish accent

Deep gravelly voice

Towering height

Frequently portrays characters based on real people. (e.g. Rob Roy, Oskar Schindler, Michael Collins, Alfred Kinsey)

Trivia

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#74) (1995).

Was considered for the role of James Bond in GoldenEye (1995), which went to Pierce Brosnan.

Son-in-law of actress Vanessa Redgrave and Tony Richardson.

First worked with his future wife, actress Natasha Richardson, on the miniseries Ellis Island (1984).

Ranked #69 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

Won a libel case against newspapers that claimed that his marriage was in trouble. [October 1998]

Was a boxer as a teenager in Northern Ireland, which resulted in getting his nose broken at age 15. Nevertheless, he went on to win the Irish Youth Championship. However, a brief blackout after one of his fights caused him to give up the ring for good.

Loves fly-fishing.

Has two sons with Natasha Richardson: Micheál Richard Antonio Neeson (born June 22, 1995) and Daniel Jack Neeson (born August 27, 1996).

He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of British Empire) in the 2000 Queen's Millennium Honours List for his services to drama.

Quotes

I never did think of myself as handsome--terribly attractive, yes, but not handsome.

I grew up in Northern Ireland, of course. Lived all through the Troubles; saw violence, the results of violence, at first hand. It's always terrified me and fascinated me. So it was a gut reaction, something about how that rage can eat you alive. I can understand that. I haven't known it myself, but I knew guys who did. Some of them aren't on this planet any more because of it.

In Los Angeles, it's like they jog for two hours a day and then they think they're morally right. That's when you want to choke people, you know?

Acting is invigorating. But I don't analyze it too much. It's like a dog smelling where it's going to do its toilet in the morning.

Some mornings you wake up and think, "Gee, I look handsome today." Other days I think, "What am I doing in the movies? I wanna go back to Ireland and drive a forklift".

Before Schindler's List (1993), I wouldn't have believed movies had a lot of power for social change. But having seen what happened with "Schindler's List", and touring the world with it, it really made me realize the power of images.

[on the widespread unemployment of actors and their fear of it] The truth is I love the insecurity part of it, it keeps me on my toes. I think you become bland and predictable without the stress and angst. There's a certain lethargy that sets in.

Laid-back? My wife said that? Well, I guess I am. It takes a lot to get me riled.

No, I don't get obsessed with acting. Because in the past when I have got obsessed about it, it really got in the way of the creative process. I've learned to hang the character on the coat-peg at the end of the day, and when I leave in the morning I pick it up again. And I had to work at that because the other way lies a strange sort of madness.

I think I realized there were two communities in Northern Ireland when I was about nine or 10, not because there was any trouble but because in certain years my parents would keep us indoors on the 12th of July. I couldn't figure that out, because all my mates were out dancing in the streets and I wanted to go out and join them. So it was then that I sensed a "them and us" attitude.

Spouses

Natasha Richardson Natasha Richardson July 03, 1994 - March 18, 2009 (her death) (2 children)

Salaries

Love Actually  Love Actually  $ 250,000
Taken 3  Taken 3  $ 20,000,000
Non-Stop  Non-Stop  $ 20,000,000
96 Hours - Taken 2  96 Hours - Taken 2  $ 15,000,000
Wrath of the Titans  Wrath of the Titans  $ 7,000,000
Clash of the Titans  Clash of the Titans  $ 5,000,000
Taken  Taken  $ 5,000,000
Batman Begins  Batman Begins  $ 2,000,000
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Filmography

Today Today Himself-Guest(1episode,2014)
Sesame Street Sesame Street Himself(2episodes,1999-2001)
Good Morning America Good Morning America Himself-Guest/...(8episodes,1993-2016)
Saturday Night Live Saturday Night Live Himself/...(3episodes,2004-2014)
The South Bank Show The South Bank Show Himself-Guest(1episode,1996)
Entertainment Tonight Entertainment Tonight Himself/...(14episodes,2009-2016)
Excalibur  Excalibur  Gawain
Nature Nature Himself-Narrator(1episode,2014)
A Woman of Substance A Woman of Substance BlackieO'Neill(3episodes,1985)
Miami Vice Miami Vice SeanCarroon(1episode,1986)
Arthur the King  Arthur the King  Grak
If Tomorrow Comes If Tomorrow Comes Insp.AndréTrignant(2episodes,1986)
Siskel & Ebert Siskel & Ebert Himself(1episode,1999)
The Delta Force  The Delta Force  DeltaForceMember(uncredited)
Biography Biography Himself(2episodes,1998-2007)
American Experience American Experience Himself/...(1episode,2006)
Sidewalks Entertainment Sidewalks Entertainment Himself-Guest(1episode,2012)
High Spirits  High Spirits  MartinBrogan
Satisfaction  Satisfaction  MartinFalcon
Live! with Kelly Live! with Kelly Himself-Guest/...(12episodes,2004-2016)
The Simpsons The Simpsons FatherSean/...(1episode,2005)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Himself-Guest(8episodes,1994-2012)
Shining Through  Shining Through  Franze-OttoDietrich
Under Suspicion  Under Suspicion  TonyAaron
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Late Night with Conan O'Brien Himself-Guest(3episodes,2004-2008)
Ruby Cairo  Ruby Cairo  Dr.FergusLamb,FeedtheWorld
Schindler's List  Schindler's List  OskarSchindler
Touched by an Angel Touched by an Angel LiamNeeson(uncredited)(1episode,2000)
Nell  Nell  JeromeLovell
Out of Ireland  Out of Ireland  (voice)
Lumière et compagnie  Lumière et compagnie  (segment"JohnBoorman")
The Daily Show The Daily Show Himself-Guest(4episodes,2009-2014)
1914-1918 1914-1918 AdolfHitler/...(3episodes,1996)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show The Rosie O'Donnell Show Himself-Guest(4episodes,1996-2000)
A Leap of Faith  A Leap of Faith  Himself-Narrator(voice)
Michael Collins  Michael Collins  MichaelCollins
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace  Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace  Qui-GonJinn
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones  Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones  Qui-GonJinn(archivesound)(uncredited)
60 Minutes 60 Minutes Himself-Actor(segment"LiamNeeson")(2episodes,2014)
The View The View Himself-Guest(2episodes,2004-2005)
Play for Today Play for Today Dermot/...(2episodes,1978-1979)
Inside the Actors Studio Inside the Actors Studio Himself-Guest(1episode,2012)
Gun Shy  Gun Shy  Charles'Charlie'Mayeaux
Castelul bântuit  Castelul bântuit  Dr.DavidMarrow
100 Years at the Movies  100 Years at the Movies  Himself(archivefootage)
Family Guy Family Guy LiamNeeson(2episodes,2014-2015)
Showbiz Today Showbiz Today Himself(1episode,1998)
Film 2016 Film 2016 Himself(1episode,2005)
Getaway Getaway Himself(1episode,2005)
The Stars of 'Star Wars': Interviews from the Cast  The Stars of 'Star Wars': Interviews from the Cast  Himself
The Directors The Directors Himself(2episodes,2000-2003)
Extra Extra Himself(2episodes,2015-2016)
Breakfast Breakfast Himself-Guest(2episodes,2010)
The 71st Annual Academy Awards  The 71st Annual Academy Awards  Himself-Presenter:BestVisualEffects
K-19: The Widowmaker  K-19: The Widowmaker  Capt.MikhailPolenin
Charlie Rose Charlie Rose Himself-Guest(3episodes,1997-2004)
Journey Into Amazing Caves  Journey Into Amazing Caves  Himself-Narrator(voice)
Inside the Space Station  Inside the Space Station  Himself-Narrator(voice)
The Greeks The Greeks Himself/...(voice)
The Making of 'The Haunting'  The Making of 'The Haunting'  Himself
The 68th Annual Academy Awards  The 68th Annual Academy Awards  Himself-Presenter:'IlPostino'FilmClip
Screen Two Screen Two MartinPerry(1episode,1988)
Love Actually  Love Actually  Daniel
Comic Relief VIII  Comic Relief VIII  Himself
Evolution Evolution Narrator/...(7episodes,2002)
HBO First Look HBO First Look Himself(3episodes,1999-2005)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself-Guest/...(3episodes,2014-2015)
Kingdom of Heaven  Kingdom of Heaven  GodfreydeIbelin
My Dear Palestrina My Dear Palestrina Blacksmith
The 56th Annual Tony Awards  The 56th Annual Tony Awards  Himself-Presenter:BestLeadingActressinaPlay&Nominee:BestLeadingActorinaPlay
CBS This Morning CBS This Morning Himself-Guest(1episode,1995)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe  The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe  Aslan(voice)
The 57th Annual Tony Awards  The 57th Annual Tony Awards  Himself(archivefootage)
Batman Begins  Batman Begins  Ducard
The Buzz The Buzz Himself(1episode,2002)
Tinseltown TV Tinseltown TV Himself(1episode,2003)
Martin Luther  Martin Luther  Himself-Narrator(voice)
Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust  Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust  (archivefootage)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show Himself-Guest(2episodes,2004-2011)
Días de cine Días de cine Himself(1episode,2015)
Tying the Knot  Tying the Knot 
Breakfast on Pluto  Breakfast on Pluto  FatherLiam
The X Factor The X Factor Himself-RedCarpetAttendee(1episode,2010)
Le grand journal de Canal+ Le grand journal de Canal+ Himself(2episodes,2008-2010)
Entertainers with Byron Allen Entertainers with Byron Allen Himself-Guest(1episode,2012)
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards  The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards  Himself-Nominee:BestActorinaMotionPicture[Drama]
The A-Team  The A-Team  Hannibal
Omg! Insider Omg! Insider Himself(1episode,2015)
The Culture Show The Culture Show Himself(1episode,2005)
Dos rombos Dos rombos Himself(1episode,2005)
Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde  Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde  Himself
Eco-Challenge Morocco Eco-Challenge Morocco Himself/...(unknownepisodes)
Batman Begins  Batman Begins  HenriDucard(voice)
CBS Evening News with Bob Schieffer CBS Evening News with Bob Schieffer Himself(1episode,2009)
Science of Star Wars Science of Star Wars (archivefootage)(3episodes,2005)
The Suite with Dave Karger The Suite with Dave Karger Himself-Guest(2005)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Star Wars: The Clone Wars Qui-GonJinn(3episodes,2011-2014)
The Kinsey Report: Sex on Film  The Kinsey Report: Sex on Film  Himself
'Star Wars': Feel the Force  'Star Wars': Feel the Force  Himself
Mundo VIP Mundo VIP Himself(2episodes,1999)
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Web and News

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