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Liam Neeson

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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 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, A Woman of Substance, The Mission, and Duet for One - 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 garnered good reviews, as did supporting roles in The Good Mother and High Spirits - though he also starred in the best-to-be-forgotten Satisfaction, which also featured a then-unknown Julia Roberts - but leading man status eluded him until the cult favorite Darkman, directed by Sam Raimi. From there, Neeson starred in Under Suspicion and Ethan Frome, was hailed for his performance in Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives, and ultimately was picked by Steven Spielberg to play Oskar Schindler in Schindler's List. 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, and were married in July of that year. Leading roles as the 18th century Scottish Highlander Rob Roy and the Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins 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 as Qui-Gon Jinn, received a Golden Globe nomination for Kinsey, played the mysterious Ducard in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, and provided the voice for Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.Neeson found a second surprise career as an action leading man with the release of Taken 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 and The A-Team, and returned to the action genre with Unknown, The Grey, Battleship and Taken 2, as well as the sequel Wrath of the Titans.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).  See full bio on IMDb »

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