Leading international film star LIAM
NEESON (Charlie) was nominated for a 1993 Academy Award, a Golden Globe
Award and a British Film and Television Academy Award (BAFTA) for Best Actor for
his performance as the charismatic Oskar Schindler in "Schindler's
List," directed by Steven Spielberg.
Neeson recently starred in "Star
Wars: Episode One - The Phantom Menace" for George Lucas; as the ill-fated
Jean Valjean in the 1998 screen adaptation of Victor Hugo's Ă’Les Miserables"
opposite Geoffrey Rush and Uma Thurman; and in Jan De Bont's "The
In 1996, Neeson starred in the title
role in Neil Jordan's "Michael Collins," for which he received Best
Actor honors at the Venice Film Festival, London's prestigious Evening Standard
Award for Best Actor, and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. The film
also received The Golden Lion Award, the highest accolade at Venice.
The Irish-born actor entered Queens
College, Belfast, intending to become a teacher. Instead, in 1976 he joined the
renowned Lyric Players Theatre in Belfast making his professional stage debut in
Joseph Plunkett's "The Risen People." Two years later he moved to
Dublin's Abbey Theatre and appeared in a production of Brian Field's
"Translations" and in Sean O'Casey's "The Plough and the
Stars" for the Royal Exchange Theater, garnering a Best Actor Award.
In 1980, director John Boorman spotted
Neeson playing the character of Lennie in John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and
Men" and cast him in his first feature film role in "Excalibur."
Since then Neeson has demonstrated his wide-ranging versatility in more than 30
films, including "The Bounty"; "Lamb," for which he received
an Evening Standard Drama Award nomination for his sensitive portrayal of a
priest tormented by doubts about his faith; Andrei Konchalovsky's "Duet for
One" with Julie Andrews; "A Prayer for the Dying" as a political
terrorist opposite Mickey Rourke and Bob Hoskins; and in Roland Joffe's
"The Mission," also starring Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons.
Neeson's other films include
"Before & After" with Meryl Streep, "Suspect," "The
Good Mother" with Diane Keaton, Sam Raimi's fantasy-thriller "Darkman,"
"The Big Man," "Shining Through," "Under
Suspicion," "The Dead Pool," Woody Allen's "Husbands and
Wives," "Leap of Faith" with Steve Martin, "Nell" with
Jodie Foster and Natasha Richardson, and the title role in Michael Canton-Jones'
"Rob Roy" with Jessica Lange.
For the stage, Neeson portrayed Oscar
Wilde in David Hare's new play, "The Judas Kiss" in both the London
and New York productions in 1998. He made his Broadway debut in 1993 in the
Roundabout Theater's revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie," for
which he received a Tony Award nomination. Neeson has in addition starred in the
telefilms "Sworn to Silence," "Sweet as You Are," and
"Hold the Dream"; in the miniseries "If Tomorrow Comes" and
"A Woman of Substance"; and in the American Playhouse production of
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