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LIAM NEESON (Bad Cop/Good Cop/Pa Cop) is an award-winning
actor who has been internationally recognized for his work in both major studio
blockbusters and acclaimed independent features. He has been honored for his
depictions of three very different real-life figures. Neeson received Academy
Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for his performance as Oskar
Schindler in Steven Spielberg's 1993 Oscar-winning Best Picture "Schindler's
List." Three years later, he played the title role in Neil Jordan's biopic
"Michael Collins," earning another Golden Globe nomination and winning an
Evening Standard British Film Award and the 1996 Venice Film Festival's Volpi
Cup for his impassioned portrayal of the Irish Republican hero. In 2004, Neeson
starred as controversial sex researcher Alfred Kinsey in Bill Condon's "Kinsey,"
for which he garnered his third Golden Globe nomination and an Independent
Spirit Award nomination, and won a Los Angeles Film Critics Award.
Neeson most recently appeared in the hit comedy "Anchorman 2: The Legend
Continues," and in writer/director Paul Haggis' romantic drama "Third Person."
In 2012 Neeson reprised his role as unstoppable CIA operative Bryan Mills in
"Taken 2," the successful follow-up to the 2008 hit crime thriller "Taken." He
also starred in Peter Berg's actioner "Battleship," was Zeus in "Wrath of the
Titans," and starred in Joe Carnahan's thriller "The Grey," which topped the box
office in its opening weekend. His recent film credits also include Jaume Collet-Serra's
thriller "Unknown"; Paul Haggis' thriller "The Next Three Days"; "The A-Team";
and "Clash of the Titans"; as well as the indie films "Chloe," directed by Atom
Egoyan, and "After.Life."
Among his upcoming projects will be Jaume Collet-Serra's "Non-Stop" and "Run
All Night," Seth MacFarlane's comedy "A Million Ways to Die in the West," the
animated feature "The Prophet," based on the classic Kahlil Gibran book, and the
much-anticipated "Taken 3."
Neeson is also well known to film fans for his work in two blockbuster film
franchises: playing the role of Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn in "Star Wars: Episode
1 - The Phantom Menace," and the enigmatic Henri Ducard in Christopher Nolan's
"Batman Begins." In addition, Neeson lends his distinctive voice to the
character of Aslan in "The Chronicles of Narnia" films: "The Lion, the Witch and
the Wardrobe," "Prince Caspian" and "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader."
Born in Ireland, Neeson began acting in 1976 with the Lyric Players Theatre
in Belfast, and made his professional debut in Joseph Plunkett's "The Risen
People." After two years, he joined the famed repertory company of Dublin's
Abbey Theatre, appearing
in their production of Brian Friel's "Translations." He later won a Best Actor
award for his performance in Sean O'Casey's "The Plough and the Stars" at the
Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, England.
In 1980, director John Boorman spotted Neeson as Lennie in John Steinbeck's
"Of Mice and Men," and cast him in the Arthurian epic "Excalibur." During that
decade, he played a wide range of characters in such films as Roger Donaldson's
"The Bounty"; Roland Joffe's "The Mission"; "Lamb," in the title role; Andrei
Konchalovsky's "Duet for One"; "A Prayer for the Dying"; Peter Yates' "Suspect";
"The Good Mother"; and "High Spirits," which marked his first collaboration with
director Neil Jordan.
Neeson's film work includes Sam Raimi's "Darkman"; "Crossing the Line";
"Under Suspicion"; Woody Allen's "Husbands and Wives"; John Madden's "Ethan
Frome," playing the title role; Michael Apted's "Nell," with Jodie Foster and
Natasha Richardson; "Rob Roy," as the title character; Barbet Schroeder's
"Before and After," opposite Meryl Streep; "Les Miserables"; Kathryn Bigelow's
"K-19: The Widowmaker"; Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York"; Richard Curtis'
ensemble hit "Love Actually"; Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven"; and Neil
Jordan's "Breakfast on Pluto."
Throughout his film career, Neeson returned to the stage. He made his
Broadway debut in the 1993 revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie," for
which he garnered a Tony Award nomination. In 1998, he played Oscar Wilde in
David Hare's play "The Judas Kiss," which opened in London's West End and later
moved to Broadway. He returned to Broadway in 2002 to play Proctor in Sir
Richard Eyre's acclaimed production of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," opposite
Laura Linney, earning a second Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award
nomination. Neeson also starred in the 2008 Lincoln Center Festival presentation
of Samuel Beckett's "Eh Joe," directed by Atom Egoyan and produced by Dublin's
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