Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Co. Antrim,
William John Neeson is Liam Neeson's birth name. Neesam made a fantastic screen debut in the role of Sir Gawain in the film EXCALIBUR in 1981. He played in various lesser known films, until he played the benevolent Nazi offcer managing a factory, who saved hundreds of people from extermination in Spielberg's film, SCHINDLER'S LIST. With his sexy Irish accent, cat-like grace and handsome looks, a broken nose notwithstanding, Liam was sought after for many leading roles in films.
Neeson went on to more leading roles as an adulterer who gets his just desserts in ETHAN FROME, the doctor who helps the mute protagonist to rehabillitation in NELL, the great-kilted rebel in Rob Roy, the political rebel in Michael Collins, and the prisoner Valjean in Les Miserables. He also played to great aclaim in the movie KINSEY and played memorable leading roles in GANGS OF NEW YORK, LOVE ACTUALLY, BATMAN BEGINS, CLASH OF THE TITANS AND THE A-TEAM.
In 1984 Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson first
worked together in the TV mini-series ELLIS ISLAND. A decade later they were married and had 2 sons together. Natasha Richardson has been seen in
MAID IN MANHATTAN with Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes and
THE PARENT TRAP with Lindsay Lohan and Dennis Quaid just to
name a few of hee hit movies. Natasha died of injuries sustained in a skiing accident in Canada in 2009. She was the daughter of Vanessa Redgrave and Tony Richardson.
In 1993, Liam Neeson made his Broadway debut in ANNA CHRISTIE,
Neeson also received a nomination for his role in the play.
Natasha Richardson costarred with Liam Neeson in this play. They co-starred together in the Jodie Foster movie NELL.
In 1995 Liam Neeson was chosen by Empire magazine as one
of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history.
Laura Linney and Liam Neeson have worked together in several
films usually playing a married couple. They were
paired up in hits like KINSEY, LOVE ACTUALLY and in the Boardway
revival of THE CRUCIBLE.
For the role of Oskar Schindler, Liam Neeson was nominated
for a Academy Award. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his roles in KINSEY, MICHAEL COLLINS AND SCHINDLER'S LIST. Neeson won the Best Actor prize at the 1996 Venice Film Festival for his role in MICHAEL COLLINS.
Liam Neeson's other notable credits include...