The actor, Liam Neeson, has become well known and respected movie star over the last decade, and some of his films were hugely successful during this period. His road to fame was not an easy one, and it took him quite a bit of time to become well known and successful actor. Liam Neeson rose to fame through his role in Steven Spielberg's 1993 Oscar winning movie, Schindler's List, in which he played a starring role. Where did it all start?

Liam John Neeson was born on 7 June, 1952, in Ballymena, Country Antrim, Northern Ireland. His mother, Katherine Neeson, was a cook and his father, Bernard Neeson, a caretaker at the Ballymena Boys All Saints Primary School. His first exposure to acting was at age 11 in a school play where he was cast in the starring role.

Liam Neeson had some interesting experiences in his early life, and he was Ulster's amateur senior boxing champion at one stage. He also excelled in football, and he played one game for Bohemian F.C. as a substitute against Shamrock Rovers.

Liam enrolled as a physics and computer science student at the Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, and went to work at the Guinness Brewery after leaving the University. He worked in some casual jobs including as a fork-lift operator and truck driver before turning to acting.

Liam NeesonCredit: Georges Biard/ Neeson's Early Acting Career

Liam performed for two years as part of the Lyric Players' Theatre in Belfast before gaining his first film experience in the religious movie, Pilgrim's Progress. In 1980, Liam played the role of Sir Gawain in the film Excalibur.

Liam starred in five films between 1982 and 1987, including The Bounty and The Mission. Liam moved to Hollywood in 1987 and starred in the movies, Suspect and Darkman, during this period. His big break came with his starring role in the Oscar winner, Schindler's List, and the critical acclaim for his portrayal in the movie made him a highly sought after, successful and high profile actor.

Behind the Scenes

Liam lived with actress Helen Mirren for a time after meeting her on the set of the movie Excalibur. He joined his future wife, Natasha Richardson, in the Broadway play Anna Christie in 1993, and they also worked together on the movie Neil. Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson married on 3 July 1994, and they had two sons before Natasha died in a tragic skiing accident on 18 March 2009.

Awards and Recognition

Liam Neeson was nominated for the best actor Oscar for his performance in Schindler's List, and he also received BAFTA and Golden Globes nominations for the same movie. Liam was nominated for a Tony Award for The Best Leading Actor for his role in the plays "Anna Christie" (1993) and "The Crucible" (2002).

Queen Elizabeth II appointed Liam an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2000 Queen's Millennium Honours List and he also received a Performing Arts Award from The American Ireland Fund in 2008 and an honorary doctorate from Queen's University, Belfast in 2009.

Liam was chosen as one of the 100 sexiest stars in film history by Empire magazine and featured in "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list published in 1997 also by Empire magazine.

The Future

Liam Neeson has become known as an action leading man since his role in the Taken movie franchise and has since starred in more action movies including the movie, Non-Stop, released in 2014. He stars in five movies scheduled for release in 2014 and another three movies scheduled for release in 2015.

It is clear that Liam Neeson is not planning to stop acting very soon, and all his fans can expect to see a lot more of this great Irish actor in the near future.

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2008 Fallout 3
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1978-9 Play for Today
1980 BBC2 Playhouse
1981 Charlie Was a Rich Man
1983 Across the Water
1984 Ellis Island
1985 A Woman of Substance
1985 Arthur the King
1986 If Tomorrow Comes
1986 Miami Vice
1986 Hold the Dream
1987 Sworn to Silence
1988 Screen Two
1996 1914-1918
2002 Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776
2004 Patrick
2005 The Simpsons
2010 Cubed
2010 The Big C
2011 A Child's Garden of Poetry
2011 Life's Too Short
2011-4 Star Wars: The Clone Wars
2014 Rev.
2014-5 Family Guy
2015 The Garden's Defining Moments
2015 Entourage
2015 The Late Show with Stephen Colbert


1978 Pilgrim's Progress
1979 Christiana
1981 Excalibur
1981 Nailed
1983 Krull
1984 The Bounty
1985 The Innocent
1985 Lamb
1986 The Delta Force
1986 The Mission
1986 Duet for One
1987 A Prayer for the Dying
1987 Suspect
1988 Satisfaction
1988 The Dead Pool
1988 The Good Mother
1988 High Spirits
1989 Next of Kin
1990 Darkman
1990 Crossing the Line
1991 Under Suspicion
1991 Revolver
1992 Shining Through
1992 Husbands and Wives
1992 Ruby Cairo
1992 Leap of Faith
1993 Ethan Frome
1993 Schindler's List
1994 Nell
1995 Rob Roy
1996 Before and After
1996 Michael Collins
1999 Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace
1999 The Haunting
2000 Gun Shy
2002 K-19: The Widowmaker
2002 Gangs of New York
2002 Martin Luther
2003 Love Actually
2004 Kinsey
2005 Kingdom of Heaven
2005 Fire Ball
2005 Batman Begins
2005 Breakfast on Pluto
2005 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
2006 Seraphim Falls
2008 Taken
2008 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
2008 Ponyo
2008 The Other Man
2009 Five Minutes of Heaven
2009 Chloe
2009 After.Life
2010 Clash of the Titans
2010 The A-Team
2010 The Next Three Days
2010 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
2011 Unknown
2011 The Grey
2012 Wrath of the Titans
2012 Battleship
2012 The Dark Knight Rises
2012 Taken 2
2013 Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of the War of the Worlds Alive on Stage! The New Generation
2013 Khumba
2013 Third Person
2013 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
2014 The Nut Job
2014 Non-Stop
2014 The Lego Movie
2014 Khalil Gibran's The Prophet
2014 Save NYC Horse Carriages
2014 A Million Ways to Die in the West
2014 A Walk Among the Tombstones
2015 Run All Night
2015 Taken 3
2015 Ted 2
2015 A Christmas Star
2016 The Huntsman: Winter's War


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