Liam Neeson Biography
Birthday: June 7, 1952
Nationality: American, Northern Irish
Famous: Actors Voice Actors
Age: 67 Years, 67-Year-Old Males
Sun Sign: Gemini
Also Known As Liam John Neeson
Born In: Ballymena, County Antrim
Famous As: Actor
Height: 6’4″ (193 cm), 6’4″ Males
Spouse/Ex-: Natasha Richardson (M. 1994–2009)
Siblings: Bernadette, Elizabeth, Rosaline
Children: Daniel Neeson, Micheál Neeson
Life of Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952, in Northern Ireland. He rose to the limelight when he acted as Oscar Schindler in Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List. This opened opportunities for him in big-budget films such as Taken, Batman Begins, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Taken II, Kinsey, The Chronicles of Narnia and Les Miserables among others.
Due to his great performance, he has been nominated for a number of awards such as Academy Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama and BAFTA Award for the Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Neeson was born in Northern Ireland in a small town called Ballymena in County Antrim. He is the third born of four siblings. He has three sisters: Rosaline, Elizabeth, and Bernadette. Neeson began boxing at the age of nine. This took place at All Saints Youth Club. This happened before he became Ulster’s amateur senior boxing champion. Neeson first started acting when his English teacher assigned him a lead role during a school play.
He was aged eleven years old then. Starting at that point, he never stopped acting. His high interest in acting was equally influenced by Ian Paisley, a minister at the local Presbyterian Church. Neeson liked watching Paisley because he always had a controlling presence during his bible teaching at the church.
Neeson started attending Queen’s University Belfast in 1971 to pursue a course in physics and computer science. Later on, he left to work for Guinness Brewery. While at Queen’s Neeson discovered that he had a football talent. That is how he ended up being seen hanging out at Bohemian F.0 and socializing with Sean Thomas.
He went as far as attempting a dub trial in Dublin where he played as a substitute during a game against Shamrock Rovers. Despite that, he did not get the contract.
Immediately after leaving university in 1978, Neeson stayed at Ballymena where he worked in a number of casual jobs. At one point he worked as a fork-lift driver at Guinness Breweries. Later on, he worked as a truck driver. For two years Neeson attended a teacher training college in Newcastle. After the training, he returned to his hometown.
In 1976 Neeson became a member of Lyric Players’ Theatre in Belfast. He performed for two years with this band. His first chance to act in a film came in 1977 when he played the role of Jesus Christ and Evangelist in Pilgrim’s Progress. In 1978, Neeson moved to Dublin to take a role in Says I, Says He directed by Ron Hutchinson.
He also joined Abbey Theatre to hone his skills further. In 198o, John Boorman gave Leeson a role in Of Mice and Men. He acted as Lennie Small. Later on, he played Sir Gawain in Arthurian film Excalibur. After shooting Excalibur, Neeson moved to London where he continued with his acting career focusing on television and small budget films.
At this time, he lived with Helen Mirren who he had first met while acting on Excalibur. Neeson starred in five films between 1982 and 1987. The most notable were Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson in 1984. He worked alongside Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson. He took a role in the Bounty (1984) where he worked alongside Robert De Niro. He also worked with Jeremy Irons in The Mission (1986).
Neeson was a guest actor during the third series (guest-starred) in the Miami Vice television series. In 1986 he moved to Hollywood to take high profile roles in the acting industry. In his first year at Hollywood, Liam Neeson starred alongside Dennis Quaid and Cher in Suspect. This is the role that brought him great popularity. He again starred in Darkman (1990) with a high level of success.
The subsequent movies did not bring him as much acclaim. In took a role in the Broadway Anna Christie where he joined his wife-to-be Natasha Richardson. Natasha was a co-star at Ellis Island. The two again worked together in Nell which was released in 1994. During the 1994 Van Morrison tribute, Neeson recited “Coney Island” a Van Morrison song. The album No Prima Donna: The Songs of Van Morrison was released in his memory.
Neeson was offered a role in the film the Holocaust, Schindler’s List to act as Oskar Schindler by director Steven Spielberg. The Director made his decision after seeing Neeson in Broadway’s Anna Christie. Warren Beatty, Kevin Coster, and Mel Gibson had also expressed interest in playing Schindler at the last auditioning. Neeson formally auditioned for the role and was subsequently cast in December 1992.
Neeson’s performance in Holocaust, Schindler’s List was superb and it earned him a nomination for a Best Actor Oscar and the film earned the Best Picture in 1993. Despite that, the Best Actor award was given to Tom Hanks for his role in Philadelphia. For his role as Oskar Schindler, Neeson also got nominated for the Golden Globes and BAFTA awards.
After these accolades, Neeson was in high demand as a leading actor. In 1995 Neeson starred in period pieces Rob Roy and then Michael Collins (1996). As a result of his roles, he won the Best Starring Role during the Venice Film Festival in addition to a second Golden Globe nomination.
In the Haunting (1999), he starred as Dr. David Marrow. This was an adaptation from Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables.
In 1999, Neeson starred in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace as Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn. Neeson was cast in this film by George Lucas, the director. The director considered Neeson to be highly skilled and he described him as a master actor. This was the first Star Wars film to be released in sixteen years. That is why it was accompanied by large media attention.
The Crown Bar, Belfast was the starting point of Neeson’s connection with Star Wars. Neeson reported that he took the role in Star Wars due to the advice he received from his friend Peter King whom he met at the Crown during a Lyric reunion. The film received mixed reactions from fans and critics.
The Phantom Menace became a hit in the box office and it has maintained its reputation as the most successful Star Wars film. Neeson received a lot of positive reviews for his performance as Qui-Gon. Due to his role in Star Wars, he was nominated for the Saturn Award. Qui-Gon was expected to appear as a Force Ghost in Star Wars Episode HI: Revenge of the Sith (2005) and even Neeson had revealed that in an interview.
However, he did not appear due to an injury he got as a result of a motorcycle accident. That is why his character was only mentioned in the film. Later on, the animated television series was produced titled the Star Wars: The Clone Wars. This series ran from 2008 to 2014.
The role of Qui-Gon was once again repressed by Neeson by just voicing the character in two episodes in the third season and another episode in the sixth season. Neeson was the narrator in the 2001 documentaries, Journey, into Amazing Caves.
This was a story of two scientists who went around the world in search of ingredients to use in creating potential cures. He also narrated The Endurance: Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure.
Academy Awards, USA
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
Cognac Festival du Film Policier
Evening Standard British Film Awards
Golden Camera, Germany
Golden Globes, USA
Independent Spirit Awards
Irish Film and Television Awards
London Critics Circle Film Awards
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
MTV Movie Awards
Palm Springs International Film Festival
People’s Choice Awards, USA
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards
Taormina International Film Festival
Venice Film Festival
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards
WAFCA Award (Best Motion Capture Performance)
WAFCA Award (Best Voice Performance)