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Liam Neeson



Standing a burly 6'4", Liam Neeson was once described by a theatre critic as a "towering sequoia of sex." To say that he has undeniable charisma is certainly accurate, but it is a charisma composed as much of impressive talent as of broken-nosed physical appeal. Bearing both versatility and quiet forcefulness, Neeson has been touted as one of the most compelling actors of the late 20th century.



Born June 7, 1952, in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, Neeson had an upbringing partially defined by his involvement in boxing. He became active in the sport as a teenager, earning his distinctive broken nose in the process; he stayed with boxing until he began experiencing black-outs from repeated blows to the head. Initially interested in a career as a teacher, Neeson attended Belfast's Queens College, but he aborted his studies after developing a desire to act. In 1976, he joined Belfast's Lyric Theatre, and two years later he began performing the classics at Dublin's famed Abbey Theatre. While he was with the Abbey, Neeson was discovered by director John Boorman, who cast him as Gawain in 1981's Excalibur. Following his part in that action fantasy, Neeson had supporting roles in such films as The Mission (1986), and he was featured in leads opposite Cher in Suspect (1987) and Diane Keaton in The Good Mother (1988).



He got his first starring vehicle in 1990 with Sam Raimi's Darkman; unfortunately, the film was a relative disappointment. Neeson continued to do starring work in such films as Big Man (1991), which featured him as a boxer, Ethan Frome (1992), and Under Suspicion (1992), but ironically, it was his work on the stage that led to his true screen breakthrough. In 1992, the actor was turning in a Tony-nominated performance in Anna Christie opposite Natasha Richardson (whom he would marry in 1994) on Broadway. His work attracted the notice of Steven Spielberg, who was so impressed with what he saw that he cast Neeson as Oskar Schindler in his landmark Holocaust drama Schindler's List (1993). Neeson received Best Actor Oscar and British Academy Award nominations for his performance, and he subsequently didn't have to worry about finding work in Hollywood, or elsewhere, again.



More high-profile work followed for Neeson, who went on to star in such films as Nell (1994), Rob Roy (1995), and Michael Collins (1996). However acclaimed his previous work had been, none of it received the hype of one of Neeson's 1999 projects, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. Although the film, which starred Neeson as a Jedi master, ultimately earned a galaxy's worth of negative reviews, it mined box office millions. Its success further enhanced Neeson's status as one of the world's most visible actors, and it even helped to downplay the disappointment of The Haunting, his other film that year.



Neeson would enter the new millennium with a variety of projects on his to-do list, appearing in the Martin Scorsese period piece Gangs of New York in 2002, and the extremely popular romantic comedy Love Actually in 2003. The following year would find him tackling a meatier role, however, as he singed on to portray pioneering scientist and researcher on human sexuality Alfred Kinsey in the biopic Kinsey. The part would earn Neeson a Golden Globe nomination, and Neeson would follow its success with performances in Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven, as well as one in the blockbuster superhero reboot Batman Begins in 2005. He would also sign on to provide the voice of lion king Aslan in the Chronicles of Narnia fantasy franchise.



In 2008, Neeson starred in the thriller Taken, portraying a former CIA officer who employs his brutal skills learned on the job to find his kidnapped daughter. Audiences weren't accustomed to seeing the actor hold down the lead in an action film, but Neeson succeeded and the film was a categorical success. Sadly, the following year, Liam's wife actress Natasha Richards

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet In Order of Disappearance
  • Actor
2018
No Score Yet The Commuter
  • Actor
2017
83% Silence
  • Father Ferreira
2017
87% A Monster Calls
  • The Monster
2017
No Score Yet Felt
  • Mark Felt
2017
33% Operation Chromite
  • Douglas MacArthur
2016
30% Love Thy Nature
  • Narrator Sapiens
2016
No Score Yet A Willing Patriot
  • Actor
2016
68% Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
  • Mustafa
2015
46% Ted 2
  • Customer
2015
32% Entourage
  • Himself
2015
60% Run All Night
  • Jimmy Conlon
2015
25% Manny
  • Actor
2015
11% Taken 3
  • Bryan Mills
2015
No Score Yet 1916: The Irish Rebellion
  • Actor
2015
65% A Walk Among the Tombstones
  • Matt Scudder
2014
24% Third Person
  • Michael
2014
80% Road
  • Actor
2014
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West
  • Clinch
2014
60% Non-Stop
  • Bill Marks
2014
96% The LEGO Movie
  • Bad Cop/Good Cop
2014
10% The Nut Job
  • Raccoon
2014
44% Khumba
  • Phango
2013
No Score Yet The War Of The Worlds - Alive On Stage!
  • Actor
2013
89% Girl Rising
  • Narrator
2013
21% Taken 2
  • Bryan Mills
2012
87% The Dark Knight Rises
  • Ra's al Ghul
2012
34% Battleship
  • Admiral Shane
2012
26% Wrath of the Titans
  • Zeus
2012
78% The Grey
  • Ottway
2012
No Score Yet Dynamic Earth
  • Actor
2012
33% The Hangover Part II
  • Actor
2011
56% Unknown
  • Dr. Martin Harris
2011
49% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • Aslan
2010
52% The Next Three Days
  • Damon Pennington
2010
76% The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest
  • Narrator
2010
47% The A-Team
  • Hannibal Smith
2010
26% After.Life
  • Eliot Deacon
2010
28% Clash of the Titans
  • Zeus
2010
51% Chloe
  • David Stewart
2010
No Score Yet Black Holes
  • Actor
2010
92% Ponyo
  • Fujimoto
2009
58% Taken
  • Bryan
2009
75% Five Minutes of Heaven
  • Alistair
2009
15% The Other Man
  • Peter
2008
67% The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  • Voice of Aslan
2008
82% Trumbo
  • Actor
2007
54% Seraphim Falls
  • Carver
2007
No Score Yet Fly Fishing - The World
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Andrew T. Miller: The Birth of Christ
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Xavier: Missionary & Saint
  • Narrator
2006
76% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
  • Aslan
2005
57% Breakfast on Pluto
  • Father Bernard
2005
84% Batman Begins
  • Henri Ducard
2005
39% Kingdom of Heaven
  • Godfrey
2005
No Score Yet Riverdance: The Ten Years
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde
  • Actor
2004
90% Kinsey
  • Alfred Kinsey
2004
No Score Yet Patrick
  • Narrator
2004
91% Coral Reef Adventure
  • Narrator
2004
63% Love Actually
  • Daniel
2003
75% Gangs of New York
  • "Priest" Vallon
2002
60% K-19: The Widowmaker
  • Capt. Polenin
2002
No Score Yet Evolution
  • Actor
2002
95% The Endurance
  • Actor
2001
80% Journey Into Amazing Caves
  • Narrator
2001
No Score Yet The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition
  • Narrator
2001
No Score Yet Evolution: The Mind's Big Bang
  • Actor
2001
24% Gun Shy
  • Charlie
2000
17% The Haunting
  • Dr. David Marrow
1999
55% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
  • Qui-Gon Jinn
1999
No Score Yet Greeks: Crucible Of Civilization
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet The Stars of Star Wars: Interviews from the Cast
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Discovery Channel - Eco Challenge: Morocco - 2 videos
  • Actor
1999
74% Les Miserables
  • Jean Valjean
1998
93% Everest
  • Narrator
1998
78% Michael Collins
  • Michael Collins
1996
32% Before and After
  • Ben Ryan
1996
72% Rob Roy
  • Rob Roy
1995
No Score Yet Crusades
  • Actor
1995
53% Nell
  • Jerome Lovell
1994
No Score Yet Out of Ireland
  • Actor
1994
96% Schindler's List
  • Oskar Schindler
1993
No Score Yet Ruby Cairo
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Deception
  • Dr. Fergus Lamb
1993
56% Ethan Frome
  • Ethan Frome
1993
67% Leap of Faith
  • Sheriff Will Braverman
1992
97% Husbands and Wives
  • Michael
1992
36% Shining Through
  • Dietrich
1992
25% Under Suspicion
  • Tony
1991
20% Crossing the Line
  • Danny
1990
83% Darkman
  • Peyton Westlake/Darkman
1990
50% Next of Kin
  • Briar Gates
1989
17% High Spirits
  • Martin Brogan
1988
55% The Good Mother (The Price of Passion)
  • Leo
1988
54% The Dead Pool
  • Peter Swan
1988
No Score Yet Satisfaction
  • Martin Falcon
1988
69% Suspect
  • Carl Wayne Anderson
1987
63% A Prayer for the Dying
  • Liam Docherty
1987
No Score Yet Sworn to Silence
  • Vincent Cauley
1987
No Score Yet Lamb
  • Michael Lamb
1986
65% The Mission
  • Fielding
1986
No Score Yet Hold the Dream
  • Blackie O'Neill
1986
No Score Yet Duet for One
  • Totter
1986
No Score Yet If Tomorrow Comes
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Arthur the King (Merlin & the Sword)
  • Grak
1985
No Score Yet A Woman of Substance
  • Blackie
1984
82% The Bounty
  • Churchill
1984
33% Krull
  • Kegan
1983
No Score Yet Across the Water
  • Actor
1983
82% Excalibur
  • Gawain
1981
No Score Yet Christiana
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Pilgrim's Progress
  • Evangelist
1977
No Score Yet Taken 2 UNCUT
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
Inside the Actors Studio
1994
  • Guest
57% Life's Too Short
2011
  • Himself
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
2008
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saving My Tomorrow
2014
  • Voice
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Appearing
69% The Big C
2010-2013
  • The Bee Man
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
85% Inside Amy Schumer
2013-2016
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Performer
  • Appearing

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