Liam Neeson

BirthDay:

07 Jun 1952

BirthPlace:

Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK

BirthName:

William John Neeson

Bio:

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).
Filmography

Actor ( 213 credits )

The Commuter (2018)
The Trainer (2018) John Moore
A Willing Patriot (2017)
Felt (2017) Mark Felt
A Monster Calls (2016)
Operation Chromite (2016) Douglas MacArthur
The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) Narrator (uncredited)
Operation Chromite (2016) Douglas MacArthur
1916: The Irish Rebellion (2016)  Narrator (1 episode, 2016)
A Christmas Star (2015) Narrator / Radio DJ
Ted 2 (2015)
Entourage (2015) Liam Neeson
Run All Night (2015) Jimmy Conlon
Drew Pearson Live (2015)  Himself - Special Guest (1 episode, 2015)
Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)  Mr. Toffee (1 episode, 2015)
The Prophet (2014) Mustafa (voice)
Taken 3 (2014) Bryan Mills
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) Matt Scudder
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) Clinch
Manny (2014) Narrator (voice)
Non-Stop (2014) Bill Marks
The Lego Movie (2014) Bad Cop / Good Cop / Pa Cop (voice)
The Nut Job (2014) Raccoon (voice)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Himself (2 episodes, 2014)
The Drunken Peasants (2014)  Qui-Gon Jinn (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2015-2016)
Saving My Tomorrow (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Nature Is Speaking (2014)  Ice (1 episode, 2015)
Third Person (2013) Michael
Khumba (2013) Phango (voice)
Behind the Sword in the Stone (2013) Himself
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) History Channel Host (uncredited)
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of the War of the Worlds Alive on Stage! The New Generation (2013) The Journalist
Girl Rising (2013) Narrator (voice)
Weekend Ticket (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Inside Amy Schumer (2013)  Don Cheadle (1 episode, 2016)
Taken 2 (2012) Bryan Mills
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Ra's Al Ghul
Battleship (2012) Admiral Shane
Wrath of the Titans (2012) Zeus
IC Places Hollywood (2012)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2012)
The Gentleman Prizefighter (2012)  Narrator
Evening Urgant (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
The Grey (2011) Ottway
Unknown (2011) Dr. Martin Harris
Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Life's Too Short (2011)  Liam Neeson (1 episode, 2011)
The Jonathan Ross Show (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
1st Look (2011)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2012)
Highly Questionable (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) Aslan (voice)
The Next Three Days (2010) Damon Pennington
The A-Team (2010) Hannibal
Clash of the Titans (2010) Zeus
Sundance Skippy (2010) Himself
The Wildest Dream (2010) Narrator (voice)
The Big C (2010)  Bee Man (1 episode, 2010)
Conan (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Rev. (2010)  The Stranger (uncredited) (1 episode, 2014)
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Daybreak (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Hollywood's Top Ten (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
The Many Faces of... (2010)  Gawain (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episode, 2013
In Character With... (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Chloe (2009) David Stewart
After.Life (2009) Eliot Deacon
Five Minutes of Heaven (2009) Alistair Little: 2008
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2012)
Cubed (2009)  Liam Neeson (1 episode, 2010)
Watch What Happens: Live (2009)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2010-2012)
The 7PM Project (2009)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
Lopez Tonight (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Mark at the Movies (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
ES.TV HD (2009)  Himself - Guest (3 episodes, 2011-2012)
Ponyo (2008) Fujimoto (voice)
Taken (2008) Bryan Mills
The Other Man (2008) Peter
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) Aslan (voice)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)  Qui-Gon Jinn (3 episodes, 2011-2014)
Entertainers with Byron Allen (2008)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Trumbo (2007) Himself
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Bill Marks in 'Non-Stop' (2 episodes, 2014)
The Graham Norton Show (2007)  Himself (3 episodes, 2011-2012)
Xposé (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (4 episodes, 2010-2012)
5 Second Movies (2007)  Qui-Gon Jinn (archive footage) (1 episode, 2008)
Vera Exklusiv (2007)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Resting Places (2007) Narrator (voice)
Seraphim Falls (2006) Carver
Home (2006) Himself
Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity (2006) Narrator
30 Rock (2006)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2012)
The ONE Show (2006)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2008)
Space Top 10 Countdown (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) Aslan (voice)
Breakfast on Pluto (2005) Father Liam
Batman Begins (2005) Ducard
Fire Ball (2005) Sandy (voice)
Kingdom of Heaven (2005) Godfrey de Ibelin
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (7 episodes, 2010-2014)
Cinema mil (2005)  Darkman / ... (1 episode, 2005)
Mike & Mike (2005)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2010)
The Suite with Dave Karger (2005)  Himself - Guest (2005)
CBS Evening News with Bob Schieffer (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Making a Scene (2005)  Godfrey of Ibelin (archive footage) (1 episode, 2005)
Kinsey (2004) Alfred Kinsey
Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004) (archive footage)
The X Factor (2004)  Himself - Red Carpet Attendee (1 episode, 2010)
The Culture Show (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008-2010)
Dos rombos (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Omg! Insider (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Love Actually (2003) Daniel
Coral Reef Adventure (2003) Narrator (voice)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Gangs of New York (2002) 'Priest' Vallon
K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) Capt. Mikhail Polenin
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) Qui-Gon Jinn (archive sound) (uncredited)
Reflections of Evil (2002) Oskar Schindler (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776 (2002)  John Paul Jones (1 episode, 2002)
Tinseltown TV (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
The Buzz (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Evolution (2002)  Narrator / ... (7 episodes, 2002)
Har Haosher (2002) Narrator (voice)
History vs. Hollywood (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Journey Into Amazing Caves (2001) Himself - Narrator (voice)
The Endurance (2000) Himself - Narrator (voice)
Gun Shy (2000) Charles 'Charlie' Mayeaux
The Wright Stuff (2000)  Himself - Actor (1 episode, 2012)
Empires: The Greeks - Crucible of Civilization (2000)  Himself - Narrator (1 episode, 2000)
Breakfast (2000)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2010)
The Haunting (1999) Dr. David Marrow
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) Qui-Gon Jinn
Family Guy (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Directors (1999)  Himself (2 episodes, 2000)
The Early Show (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Omagh the Legacy: Claire and Stephen's Story (1999) Himself - Narrator
Les Misérables (1998) Valjean
Everest (1998) Himself - Narrator (voice)
The View (1997)  Himself (2 episodes, 2004-2005)
Clark Gable: Tall, Dark and Handsome (1996) Himself - Host
Michael Collins (1996) Michael Collins
Before and After (1996) Ben Ryan
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself (4 episodes, 1996-2000)
Mundo VIP (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 1999)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (4 episodes, 2009-2014)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2005)
A Leap of Faith (1996) Himself - Narrator (voice)
Lumière and Company (1995) (segment "John Boorman")
Rob Roy (1995) Rob Roy
Nell (1994) Jerome Lovell
Touched by an Angel (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Top of the Pops 2 (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 1994)
Subaru Primal Quest, San Juan Islands (1994)  Narrator
Extra (1994)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
Schindler's List (1993) Oskar Schindler
Ethan Frome (1993) Ethan Frome
Intimate Portrait (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (3 episodes, 2004-2008)
Ruby Cairo (1992) Dr. Fergus Lamb, Feed the World
Leap of Faith (1992) Sheriff Will Braverman
Husbands and Wives (1992) Michael
Shining Through (1992) Franze-Otto Dietrich
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (3 episodes, 1999-2005)
Getaway (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Gomorron (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 1995)
Under Suspicion (1991) Tony Aaron
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (3 episodes, 1997-2004)
Revolver (1991) Man
Crossing the Line (1990) Danny Scoular
Darkman (1990) Peyton Westlake / Darkman
Next of Kin (1989) Briar Gates
The Simpsons (1989)  Father Sean (1 episode, 2005)
High Spirits (1988) Martin Brogan
The Good Mother (1988) Leo
The Dead Pool (1988) Peter Swan
Satisfaction (1988) Martin Falcon
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself / ... (7 episodes, 2004-2014)
Sidewalks Entertainment (1988)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
ITV Lunchtime News (1988)  Himself (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2009)
The American Experience (1988)  Himself / ... (1 episode, 2006)
Suspect (1987) Carl Wayne Anderson
A Prayer for the Dying (1987) Liam Docherty
Biography (1987)  Himself (2 episodes, 1998-2007)
CBS This Morning (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 1995)
Duet for One (1986) Totter
The Mission (1986) Fielding
The Delta Force (1986) Delta Force member (uncredited)
Siskel & Ebert (1986)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Lamb (1985) Michael Lamb
The Innocent (1985) John Carns
Screen Two (1985)  Martin Perry (1 episode, 1988)
The Bounty (1984) Seaman Charles Churchill
Miami Vice (1984)  Sean Carroon (1 episode, 1986)
Showbiz Today (1984)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Krull (1983) Kegan
Nature (1982)  Himself - Narrator (1 episode, 2014)
Excalibur (1981) Gawain
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (9 episodes, 2009-2010)
Nailed (1981) Young Catholic
Christiana (1979) Greatheart
Pilgrim's Progress (1978) Pilgrim
The South Bank Show (1978)  Himself (1 episode, 1996)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2004-2014)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself (4 episodes, 1993-2012)
BBC2 Playhouse (1973)  Blacksmith (1 episode, 1980)
Film '72 (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Play for Today (1970)  Dermot (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Sesame Street (1969)  Himself (2 episodes, 1999-2001)
60 Minutes (1968)  Himself - Actor (segment "Liam Neeson") (2 episodes, 2
Today (1952)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
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