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Academy Award®-nominee LIAM NEESON (Captain Mikhail Polenin), made his feature film debut in 1980 in Martin Boorman's Arthunan legend "Excalibur." Since then, he has appeared in more than 30 films, including the box-office phenomenon, "Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace," Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables," Dino De Laurentis' epic remake of "The Bounty," the critically acclaimed "Lamb," Andrei Konchalovsky's "Duet for One," "A Prayer for the Dying," "The Mission," "Suspect," "The Good Mother," Sam Raimi's fantasy-thriller "Darkman," David Leland's gritty contemporary drama "Crossing the Line," the erotic thriller "Under Suspicion," Woody Allen's controversial "Husbands and Wives," Michael Canton-Jones' "Rob Roy," Neil Jordan's "Michael Collins," for which he garnered a Golden Globe nomination and the Venice Film Festival, Best Actor Award, and Steven Spielberg's highly acclaimed "Schindler's List," for which he was nominated for an Oscar®, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA.

Originally seeking a career in teaching, the Irish-born Neeson attended Queens University in Belfast. In 1976 he joined the Lyric Players Theater and made his stage debut in Joseph Plunkett's "The Risen People." He later joined Ireland's prestigious Abbey Theatre. He made his Broadway debut in 1993, in the Roundabout Theater's revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie," for which he garnered a Tony Award nomination. In 1998 starred on Broadway again as Oscar Wilde in David Hare's "The Judas Kiss," and in March of 2002, he began a run on Broadway in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" at The Virginia Theater. When that play goes dark, Neeson has signed on to star in the yet untitled prequel to "The Exorcist," for director John Frankenheimer.

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