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KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

LIAM NEESON (Godfrey of Ibelin) has twice been nominated for Tony Awards; first for his Broadway debut in 1993 in the Roundabout Theater's revival of Eugene O'Neill's 1921 drama Anna Christie; and second in March of 2002, for his Broadway role as John Proctor in Arthur Miller's The Crucible, opposite Laura Linney.

For his highly acclaimed performance in Steven Spielberg's watershed film Schindler's List, Neeson earned Academy Award, Golden Globe, and BAFTA nominations. Neeson's recent film roles include starring as sex researcher Alfred Kinsey, again opposite Linney, who portrayed his wife, in the highly acclaimed Oscar nominated Kinsey, directed by Bill Condon. Recently Neeson has been seen among the ensemble cast of Love Actually. He also starred in Martin Scorsese's epic Gangs of New York and appeared with Harrison Ford in the nuclear submarine film K-19: The Widowmaker, directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

Neeson starred as the archetypal Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn in George Lucas's Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Additional motion picture credits include Gun Shy, opposite Sandra Bullock; and the role of Jean Valjean in the screen adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic Les Misérables.

In 1996, Neeson starred as the Irish hero in Neil Jordan's Michael Collins, for which he received Best Actor honors at the Venice Film Festival, a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor, and London's prestigious Evening Standard Award for Best Actor.

The Irish-born actor joined the prestigious Lyric Players Theatre in Belfast in 1976 and made his professional acting debut in Joseph Plunkett's The Risen People. After two years with the Lyric Players he joined the famed repertory company of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.

In 1980, John Boorman spotted him playing Lennie in a stage production of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men and cast him in Excalibur, the epic saga of the Arthurian legend.

Since then Neeson has appeared in more than 30 films, playing a wide range of characters. These include: Dino De Laurentiis's epic remake of The Bounty, opposite Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins; the critically acclaimed Lamb, for which he received an Evening Standard Drama Award nomination for his haunting portrayal of a priest tormented by doubts; Andrei Konchalovsky's Duet for One with Julie Andrews; A Prayer for the Dying, opposite Mickey Rourke and Bob Hoskins; Roland Joffe's The Mission, opposite Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons; the courtroom drama Suspect, with Cher; The Good Mother, with Diane Keaton; Sam Raimi's fantasy-thriller Darkman; and David Leland's boxing drama Crossing the Line. Subsequent films include Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives, Before and After with Meryl Streep, and Rob Roy, opposite Jessica Lange.

Neeson's passion for the classics was again rewarded critically in the PBS American Playhouse production of Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome. Neeson's theater work also includes portraying Oscar Wilde in David Hare's critically acclaimed The Judas Kiss, which opened in London's West End and subsequently on Broadway in 1998.

Neeson next stars in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, opposite Christian Bale.

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