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Birth information

7 June 1952 Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK

Given Name

William John Neeson

How tall is Liam Neeson?

1.93 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Natasha Richardson

Life Story of Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, to Katherine (Brown), a cook, and Bernard Neeson, a school caretaker. He was raised in a Catholic household. During his early years, Liam worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, a truck driver, an 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...

Significant features of Liam Neeson

Often takes roles in which he is a mentor/trainer/father figure to a younger man, as in, for example, Batman Begins (2005), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Gangs of New York (2002), and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). His character often dies early in the film and/or the...

How much money has Liam Neeson earned?

Schindler's List (1993) $1,500,000
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) $2,500,000
K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) $3,000,000
Gangs of New York (2002) $2,000,000
Love Actually (2003) ...

Publications and Magazines about Liam Neeson

Ingrid Millar Liam Neeson: The First Biography. 1996

What movies did Liam Neeson play or participate?

Producers Filmography
The White Crow (2018) , Karenina & I (2017) ,
Actors Filmography
Marlowe Philip Marlowe, Charlie Johnson in the Flames , The Minuteman , Made in Italy Robert, Honest Thief (2020) Tom, Ordinary Love (2019) Tom, Men in Black: International (2019) Agent High T, Cold Pursuit (2019) Nels Coxman, Widows (2018) Harry Rawlings, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Impresario, Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History (2018) Narrator, The Commuter (2018) Michael MacCauley, Daddy's Home 2 (2017) Liam Neeson, The Orville (2017) Jahavus...

Birth information

7 June 1952 Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK

Given Name

William John Neeson

How tall is Liam Neeson?

1.93 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Natasha Richardson

Life Story of Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, to Katherine (Brown), a cook, and Bernard Neeson, a school caretaker. He was raised in a Catholic household. During his early years, Liam worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, a truck driver, an 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...

Significant features of Liam Neeson

Often takes roles in which he is a mentor/trainer/father figure to a younger man, as in, for example, Batman Begins (2005), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Gangs of New York (2002), and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). His character often dies early in the film and/or the...

How much money has Liam Neeson earned?

Schindler's List (1993) $1,500,000
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) $2,500,000
K-19: The Widowmaker (2002) $3,000,000
Gangs of New York (2002) $2,000,000
Love Actually (2003) ...

Publications and Magazines about Liam Neeson

Ingrid Millar Liam Neeson: The First Biography. 1996

What movies did Liam Neeson play or participate?

Producers Filmography
The White Crow (2018) , Karenina & I (2017) ,
Actors Filmography
Marlowe Philip Marlowe, Charlie Johnson in the Flames , The Minuteman , Made in Italy Robert, Honest Thief (2020) Tom, Ordinary Love (2019) Tom, Men in Black: International (2019) Agent High T, Cold Pursuit (2019) Nels Coxman, Widows (2018) Harry Rawlings, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Impresario, Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History (2018) Narrator, The Commuter (2018) Michael MacCauley, Daddy's Home 2 (2017) Liam Neeson, The Orville (2017) Jahavus...

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Cher, Liam Neeson, Joe Mantegna, and Sandi Ross in Suspect - Unter Verdacht (1987)

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#74) (1995).

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He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of British Empire) in the 2000 Queen's Millennium Honours List for his services to drama.

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Liam Neeson in Suspect - Unter Verdacht (1987)

Has two sons with Natasha Richardson: Micheál Richard Antonio Neeson (born June 22, 1995) and Daniel Jack Neeson (born August 27, 1996).

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Liam Neeson in Suspect - Unter Verdacht (1987)

Was a boxer as a teenager in Northern Ireland, which resulted in getting his nose broken at age 15. Nevertheless, he went on to win the Irish Youth Championship. However, a brief blackout after one of his fights caused him to give up the ring for good.

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Won a libel case against newspapers that claimed that his marriage was in trouble. [October 1998]

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Cher and Liam Neeson in Suspect - Unter Verdacht (1987)

Ranked #69 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

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Cher and Liam Neeson in Suspect - Unter Verdacht (1987)

First worked with his future wife, actress Natasha Richardson, on the miniseries Ellis Island (1984).

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Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson in The Man Who Came to Dinner (2000)

Son-in-law of actress Vanessa Redgrave and Tony Richardson.

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Liam Neeson and Chris Hemsworth in Men in Black: International (2019)

Was considered for the role of James Bond in GoldenEye (1995), which went to Pierce Brosnan.

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Liam Neeson and Tessa Thompson in Men in Black: International (2019)

Attended Queen's University of Belfast for a short while to study physics and computer science, but flunked out.

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Liam Neeson in Good Morning Britain (2014)

Brother-in-law of Joely Richardson, Carlo Gabriel Nero and Katherine Grimond.

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Liam Neeson in Hard Powder (2019)

Was connected to David Lean's production of "Nostromo," but withdrew before preproduction began and Lean's subsequent death.

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Liam Neeson in Hard Powder (2019)

He was considered for the role of Van Helsing in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) (and reportedly very much wanted the role). However, he was turned down after Anthony Hopkins showed an interest in the role and ultimately got the role.

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Liam Neeson and Nicholas Holmes in Hard Powder (2019)

Has worked repeatedly with Laura Linney, including in Kinsey (2004), Love Actually (2003), and in a Broadway revival of "The Crucible", playing husband and wife in Kinsey (2004) and "The Crucible". The two have joked about feeling like "an old married couple".

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Liam Neeson and Michael Eklund in Hard Powder (2019)

Wanted to be in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) so badly, he did not even bother reading the script.

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Liam Neeson and Emmy Rossum in Hard Powder (2019)

Attended and graduated from the Gaiety School of Drama in Dublin, Ireland.

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Liam Neeson in Hard Powder (2019)

Is a member of the Dublin Shakespeare Theatre Festival, where his past credits include "Hamlet", "King Richard II" and "All's Well That Ends Well".

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Liam Neeson in Excalibur (1981)

He recalled his most embarrassing moment in acting as when, relatively early in his career, he auditioned for the role of Fezzik, the giant in The Princess Bride (1987). Director Rob Reiner had a look of disgust on his face when he realized that Neeson was "only" six-feet-four. André the Giant ended up getting the role.

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Liam Neeson and Thomas Brodie-Sangster in Tatsächlich... Liebe (2003)

Was chosen for the role of Gawain in Excalibur (1981) primarily because director John Boorman wanted a large man in the role for the duel between Gawain and Lancelot (Nicholas Clay). It was on this film where he met Helen Mirren, who was playing Morgana.

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Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville in Ordinary Love (2019)

Auditioned for, and was accepted by, the Bristol Old Vic Drama School in England, but decided to attend the Gaiety School of acting instead so he could stay active with the Dublin Shakespeare Festival while in school.

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Was an honorary board member of the CDS (Conference of Drama Schools) in England, which also included Sir Anthony Hopkins, Brian Cox, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole and Jeremy Irons, to name a few. The board oversaw all drama schools in England.

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Liam Neeson and Tom Bateman in Hard Powder (2019)

During the 1990s, he was very active with the Royal National Theatre in London, where he performed a wide range of Shakespeare's works.

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Was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actor (Play): in 1993 for a revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie", and in 2002 for a revival of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible".

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Liam Neeson in Schindlers Liste (1993)

It was his role in Shining Through (1992) as a high Nazi party official that got him noticed by Steven Spielberg, and that eventually led to him being cast as Oskar Schindler in Schindler's List (1993).

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Liam Neeson in Schindlers Liste (1993)

Schindler's List (1993) is ranked #3 on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time.

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Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson in Schindlers Liste (1993)

Was Oliver Stone's first choice for the role of King Philip of Macedonia in Alexander (2004), which went to Val Kilmer.

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Was considered for the role of Count Dracula in the cult classic The Monster Squad (1987), which went to Duncan Regehr.

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Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson in Schindlers Liste (1993)

In an interview with the BBC, he said that Northern Irish Protestant minister Ian Paisley influenced his decision to become an actor. Neeson used to sneak into the church in his hometown, Ballymena, and watch Paisley preach. "He had a magnificent presence and it was incredible to watch this six-foot-plus man just Bible-thumping away. It was acting but it was also great acting and stirring too".

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Liam Neeson in Schindlers Liste (1993)

On March 16, 2009, his wife Natasha Richardson suffered a brain injury in a skiing accident. On March 18, 2009, she died in a hospital. Liam interrupted filming of his movie Chloe (2009) to be by her side.

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Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley in Schindlers Liste (1993)

Received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Queen's University of Belfast, at the British consulate on May 6, 2009, in New York.

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Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley in Schindlers Liste (1993)

Friends with Ralph Fiennes, Henry Herman and Ciarán Hinds.

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Liam Neeson in Schindlers Liste (1993)

Appeared with Daniel Day-Lewis in The Bounty (1984) and Gangs of New York (2002). Neeson later appeared on stage as John Proctor in a 2002 production of "The Crucible," a role played by Day-Lewis in the 1996 film version of the play. After dropping out of Steven Spielberg's biography of Abraham Lincoln, Neeson was replaced by Day-Lewis.

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Regarding some rumors saying that he "felt like a puppet while working on Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)," Neeson said, "That's simply not true," and that he had "absolutely no misgivings" about being in "Star Wars," adding that Lucas was "very good" to work with. "He was clear about what he wanted," said Neeson.

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Liam Neeson in Schindlers Liste (1993)

Neeson is a National Goodwill Ambassador to Ireland.

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Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson in Schindlers Liste (1993)

Is a huge fan of boxing and said that Muhammad Ali was the most famous boxer he ever met. Was an amateur boxer, a sport he started participating in at the age of 9. He had his last fight at age 17.

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Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson in Schindlers Liste (1993)

Originally planned to become a teacher before discovering acting.

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Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley in Schindlers Liste (1993)

Started acting in his early twenties, upon joining the Belfast Lyric Players' theater.

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Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley in Schindlers Liste (1993)

Admitted in 2014 that he had to quit alcohol, after having began to quietly drink heavily following Natasha Richardson's death in 2009, and eventually drinking up to two to three bottles of wine per night.

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Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley in Schindlers Liste (1993)

As of 2015, he has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Mission (1986), Schindler's List (1993) and Gangs of New York (2002). Of those, Schindler's List (1993) is the only one to have won the award.

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Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, and Embeth Davidtz in Schindlers Liste (1993)

For a couple of years, he was the original choice to play the lead role in Lincoln (2012), which would reunite his partnership with Steven Spielberg after their massive success with Schindler's List (1993). However, due to the many delays with the filming, Neeson felt he was too old for the role and he turned down, which went to Daniel Day-Lewis, who won his third Oscar for the role.

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Liam Neeson and Magdalena Dandourian in Schindlers Liste (1993)

He has two roles in common with his The Bounty (1984) co-star Laurence Olivier: (1) Olivier played Zeus in Clash of the Titans (1981) while Neeson played him in the remake Clash of the Titans (2010) and its sequel Zorn der Titanen (2012) and (2) Olivier played General Douglas MacArthur in Inchon (1981) while Neeson played him in Battle for Incheon: Operation Chromite (2016).

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Liam Neeson, Beata Rybotycka, and Andrzej Seweryn in Schindlers Liste (1993)

His character, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, was trained by Count Dooku, who was played by Christopher Lee. Lee ended up passing away on Neeson's birthday, June 7.

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Liam Neeson, Mark Ivanir, and Jonathan Sagall in Schindlers Liste (1993)

Was scheduled to produce a television mini series based on the early years of the IRA based on the Leon Uris book Trinity.

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Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, and Ezra Dagan in Schindlers Liste (1993)

After first meeting on the set of Excalibur (1981), Liam and Helen Mirren lived together for 4 years, after which time Helen met husband-to-be Taylor Hackford when he directed her in White Nights (1985).

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Liam Neeson and Caroline Goodall in Schindlers Liste (1993)

One of his oldest and dearest friends is Irish actor Ciarán Hinds, both having met as struggling actors on the set of Excalibur (1981).

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Liam Neeson and Henryk Bista in Schindlers Liste (1993)

Dated Barbra Streisand in 1991.

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Liam Neeson, Joachim Paul Assböck, and Grzegorz Damiecki in Schindlers Liste (1993)

Is a longtime supporter of the legalization of abortion in Ireland.

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Liam Neeson, Joachim Paul Assböck, and Grzegorz Damiecki in Schindlers Liste (1993)

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