Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson


6/7/1952, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK

Birth Name

William John Neeson



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Liam Neeson (born June 7, 1952 as William John Neeson) is a respected Irish actor who has become a Hollywood action star, best known for his performances in "Schindler's List" and "Michael Collins." Neeson grew up in Ireland and began his professional career at the Abbey Theatre. After…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Liam has a fear of heights.

    • Liam Neeson is a UNICEF Ireland Goodwill Ambassador.

    • Liam Neeson is one of seven actors who has played a character from Star Wars and Batman. William Hootkins, who played an X-Wing pilot in the first Star Wars, played Lt. Eckhardt in Batman. Garrick Hagon, who played Biggs, played a mugging victim. Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian, originated the role of Harvey Dent. Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, also voiced The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series. Clive Revill, the first actor to play Darth Sidious, voiced Alfred Pennyworth before being replaced by Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. Brock Peters, who voiced Darth Vader in the radio adaptation of the original trilogy, voiced Lucuis Fox on the television series. Neeson played Qui-Gon Jinn and Henri Ducard/ Ra's-Al-Ghul. He is the only Star Wars actor who shares his Batman role with a Star Trek actor. In Batman: The Animated Series, Ra's-Al-Ghul is voiced by David Warner, who appeared in Star Trek V and VI.

    • Liam Neeson played the voice of the wise and benevolent lion Aslan in the movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005).

    • In the past it really got in the way of Liam Neeson's creative process, when Liam Neeson got obsessed about acting.

    • Liam Neeson was the Narrator in the TV mini-series Evolution (2002).

    • Liam Neeson played the role of Jean Valjean in the movie Les Misérables (1998).

    • Liam Neeson played the role of Father Bernard in the movie Breakfast on Pluto (2005).

    • Liam Neeson played the role of Henri Ducard in the movie Batman Begins (2005).

    • Liam Neeson played the role of Charles 'Charlie' Mayeaux in the movie Gun Shy (2000).

    • Liam Neeson played the role of Michael Collins in the movie Michael Collins (1996).

    • Liam Neeson played the role of Daniel in the movie Love Actually (2003).

    • Liam Neeson played the role of 'Priest' Vallon in the movie Gangs of New York (2002)

    • Liam Neeson played the role of Dr. David Marrow in the movie The Haunting (1999).

    • Liam Neeson played the role of Mikhail Polenin in the movie K-19: The Widowmaker (2002).

    • Liam Neeson played the role of Godfrey in the movie Kingdom of Heaven (2005).

    • Liam Neeson played the role of Carver in the movie Seraphim Falls (2006).

    • Liam Neeson played a role in the movie The White Rose (2006).

    • In 1976, Liam Neeson joined the Belfast Lyric Players' Theater and made his professional acting debut in the play The Risen People.

    • Liam Neeson worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, truck driver, assistant architect, and an amateur boxer.

    • It was his role in Shining Through as a Nazi high party official that gained him notice with Steven Spielberg, and that eventually led to Liam Neeson as being cast as Oskar Schindler in Schindler's List.

    • Liam Neeson was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actor (Play): in 1993 for a revival of Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie, and in 2002 for a revival of Arthur Miller's The Crucible.

    • Liam Neeson graduated from the Gaiety School of Drama in Dublin, Ireland.

    • member LisaGansky named her puppy "Liam" after Liam Neeson.

    • Many people didn't recognize that Liam voiced the role of the Lion, Aslan, in 2005's The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.

    • In 1996, Liam won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor for: Michael Collins (1996).

    • In 2000, Liam was nominated for a Taormina Arte Award.

    • In 2004, Liam won the LAFCA Award for Best Actor for: Kinsey (2004).

    • In 1995, Liam was nominated for the ALFS Award for Actor of the Year for: Schindler's List (1993).

    • In 2005, Liam was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead for: Kinsey (2004).

    • In 2005, Liam was nominated for a Golden Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for: Kinsey (2004).

    • In 1994, Liam was nominated for a Golden Globe Best for Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for: Schindler's List (1993).

    • In 1997, Liam was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for: Michael Collins (1996).

    • In 2005, Liam was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for: Kinsey (2004).

    • In 1997, Liam won the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor for: Michael Collins (1996).

    • In 1992, Liam won Best Actor award at Cognac Festival du Film Policier for: Under Suspicion (1991).

    • In 2000, Liam was nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor - Favorite Actor - Horror for: The Haunting (1999).

    • In 2000, Liam was nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor - Action/Science Fiction for: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).

    • In 1994, Liam was nominated for a BAFTA Film Award for Best Actor for: Schindler's List (1993).

    • In 2000, Liam was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Actor for: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).

    • In 1994, Liam was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for: Schindler's List (1993).

    • Liam was very active with the Royal National Theatre in London during the 90's where he performed a wide range of Shakespeare's works.

    • Liam is an honorary board member of the CDS (Conference of Drama Schools) in England, which also includes Sir Anthony Hopkins, Brian Cox, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole and Jeremy Irons (to name a few). The board oversees all drama schools in England.

    • Liam was accepted to the Bristol Old Vic Drama School in England, but decided to attend the Gaiety School of acting instead so he could stay active with the Dublin Shakespeare Festival while in school.

    • Liam was chosen for the role of Gawain in Excalibur primarily because director John Boorman wanted a large man in the role for the duel between Gawain and Lancelot (the late Nicholas Clay). Liam met Hellen Mirren (Morgana) on the Excalibur set.

    • Though Liam was eager to be a part of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, he reportedly hated working on the film, once shooting started, remarking that he "felt like a puppet."

    • He recalled his most embarrassing moment in acting as when, relatively early in his career, he auditioned for the role of Fezzik, the giant, in The Princess Bride (1987). He said Rob Reiner had a look of disgust on his face when he realized that Neeson was "only" 6' 4", and 'Andre the Giant' ended up getting the role.

    • Liam is a member of the Dublin Shakespeare Theatre Festival where his past credits include Hamlet, King Richard II, and Alls Well That Ends Well.

    • Has worked together repeatedly with Laura Linney, including in Kinsey (2004), Love Actually (2003), and in a Broadway revival of The Crucible, having played husband and wife in Kinsey (2004) and The Crucible. The two have joked about feeling like "an old married couple."

    • Liam was connected to David Lean's production of Nostromo, but he withdrew before pre-production began and Lean's subsequent death.

    • Liam attended Queen's University of Belfast for a short while to study physics and computer science, but flunked out.

    • Liam is the Son-in-law of actress Vanessa Redgrave and Tony Richardson.

    • Liam first worked with future wife actress Natasha Richardson on the TV mini-series Ellis Island (1984).

    • Liam won a libel case in 1998 against newspapers who claimed that his marriage was in trouble.

    • Liam made his Broadway debut in Anna Christie in which he co-starred with Natasha Richardson. (1993).

    • Liam played the role of an Evangelist in the first two films he ever appeared in: Pilgrim's Progress (1979) and Christiana (1979).

    • Liam also worked as a truck driver, and an assistant architect before he began to study acting.

    • Liam originally sought a career as a teacher by attending St. Mary's Teaching College in Belfast.

    • Liam used to work as a forklift operator for Guinness.

    • Liam is married to actress Natasha Richardson (July 3, 1994 - present), they have 2 sons together, Michael Antonio (birth 1995) and Daniel Jack (birth 1997).

    • Liam is the brother-in-law of Joely Richardson.

    • Liam was considered for the role of Van Helsing in Dracula (1992) (and reportedly he very much wanted the role), however, he was turned down when Anthony Hopkins showed an interest in the role and ultimately got it.

    • Liam was considered for the role of James Bond in Golden Eye, but lost out to Pierce Brosnan.

    • In July 2000, Liam fractured his right pelvis and chipped his left pelvis and sustained multiple abrasions to his legs after hitting a deer while riding his 1989 Harley Davidson motorcycle in Connecticut. He was thrown off the motorcycle just before it smashed into a nearby tree. A passing motorist found Neeson crawling along the roadside.

    • Liam has dated actresses Helen Mirren, Julia Roberts, Brooke Shields, Barbra Streisand and singer Sinéad O'Connor.

    • Liam ranked #69 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.

    • Liam was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#74).

    • Liam was named an Officer of the Order of British Empire (OBE) by Britain's Queen Elizabeth on New Year's Eve, 1999.

    • Liam was nominated for Tony award for Best Leading Actor in a play for his role in The Crucible in 2002.

    • One of Liam's hobbies is fly-fishing.

    • Liam stands 6'4" tall.

    • Liam was a boxer as a teen-ager in Northern Ireland, which resulted in getting his nose broken at the age of 15. Nevertheless, he went on to win the Irish Youth Championship. A brief blackout after one of his fights, however, caused him to give up the ring for good.

    • Liam wanted to be in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace so badly, that he accepted the role before he even read the script!

  • Quotes

    • Liam Neeson: (during a HIV/AIDS broadcast for UNICEF) The cause of making the world a better place for children unites us all - today HIV/AIDS is the biggest threat to this one universal objective. UNICEF needs us all to help them change the world for children.

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

    • Liam Neeson: 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." - on the widespread unemployment of actors and their fear of it.

    • Liam Neeson: Before Schindler's List, 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.

    • Liam Neeson: 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.

    • Liam Neeson: I think I realised 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.

    • Liam Neeson: I never did think of myself as handsome, terribly attractive yes, but not handsome.

  • Doesn't get the credit he deserves.

    Great actor. It was sad how he lost his wife though.
  • A great actor.

    Liam Neeson is one of the better actors in the movie world. I think that he is very underrated and is a very versatile actor as well. I have seen many of his movies and he's been great in all of them. I have to say that he probably is very much an old school type of actor. Can't explain why, but that's just what I think. My favorite Liam Neeson movies are Star Wars Episode 1 and Taken. I thought that he was great in both and was some of his best work. Overall, he is a great actor and is talented. Thank you.moreless