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Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson
Full name
Liam John Neeson
Date of birth
June 7, 1952 (1952-06-07) (age 72)
Place of birth
Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Liam John Neeson, born June 7, 1952 (1952-06-07) (age 72) in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland is an Irish actor who portrays Admiral Shane in the 2012 feature film Battleship - based on the iconic board game of the same name. In recent years he is most recognizable as the characters Qui-Gon Jinn from Star Wars Episodes I, II, and III, as Zeus from Clash of the Titans and the upcoming Wrath of the Titans, and as the voice of Aslan from The Chronicles of Narnia film series. His breakout role was as Oskar Schindler in Schindler's List, which led to more high-profile work such as his roles in the aforementioned "Star Wars," "Titans," and "Narnia" film series.


Early life[]

Neeson was born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland to Katherine "Kitty" (née Brown), a cook, and Barnard Neeson, a caretaker at the local Catholic girls' school. He was the third child in the family and the only boy among four siblings; his sisters are Elizabeth, Bernadette and Rosaline. Neeson is an Academy Award-nominated Irish actor. He was raised as a Roman Catholic in the predominantly Protestant and Unionist town of Ballymena in Northern Ireland and later attended Queen's University of Belfast. However, he left the university without graduating. Neeson played Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace, and his voice can be heard in Attack of the Clones after Anakin Skywalker murders the w:c:starwars:Tusken Raiders saying "Anakin! Anakin! No!". He was slated to be heard in a scene with Yoda in Revenge of the Sith, but was unable to do so because of a motorcycle injury and his character is only mentioned. He returned to the role in 2011, voicing Jinn in two episodes of the Clone Wars TV series.


Neeson in his role as Qui-Gon Jinn

At age nine, Neeson began boxing lessons at the All Saints Youth Club. It was at age eleven that Neeson first stepped on stage. His English teacher gave him the lead role in a school play, which he accepted because the girl he fancied would be starring. From then on, he kept acting in school productions for the following years. His interest in acting and decision to become an actor was also influenced by Ian Paisley whose church Neeson would sneak into. Neeson has said of Paisley that "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. And his Baptisms skills are second to none." Still boxing at sixteen, he had been Youth Heavyweight Champion of Ireland for three consecutive years, aided by his height of six foot three.


Neeson's most famous role is that of Oskar Schindler in Steven Spielberg's epic Schindler's List (1993). The role won Neeson an Academy Award nomination. The film itself won both Best Picture and Best Director, and Neeson's co-star, Ralph Fiennes, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

More recently, Neeson voiced the lion Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005). He reprised the role in the sequel, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008). He also played Batman's corrupt mentor Henri Ducard / Ra's al Guhl in Batman Begins (2005). Neeson played the character of Bryan Mills in the movie Taken, and in 2010, Neeson played the role of Zeus in the remake of Clash of the Titans. He is set to return as Zeus in Wrath of the Titans also returned to voice Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Selected Filmography[]


Year Film Role
1990 Darkman Peyton Westlake/Darkman
1993 Schindler's List Oskar Schindler
1995 Rob Roy Robert Roy MacGregor
1998 Les Misérables Jean Valjean
1999 The Haunting Dr. David Marrow
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Qui-Gon Jinn
2000 Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition Narrator
2002 Gangs of New York 'Priest' Vallon
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Qui-Gon Jinn (voice only, uncredited)
2003 Love Actually Daniel
2005 Kingdom of Heaven Godfrey of Ibelin
Batman Begins Henri Ducard/Ra's al Ghul
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Aslan (voice)
2008 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Aslan (voice)
Taken Bryan Mills
2010 Clash of the Titans Zeus
The A-Team John "Hannibal" Smith
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Aslan (voice)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Qui-Gon Jinn (voice)
2012 The Grey Ottway
Wrath of the Titans Zeus
Battleship Admiral Shane
The Dark Knight Rises Ra's al Ghul (cameo)
Taken 2 Bryan Mills