A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST
Award-winning actor LIAM NEESON (Clinch
Leatherwood) 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,
an Independent Spirit Award nomination and a Los
Angeles Film Critics Award.
Neeson most recently appeared in the hit comedy
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, writer/director
Paul Haggis' romantic drama Third Person and Jaume
Among his upcoming projects are Collet-Serra's
Run All Night, Universal Pictures' A Walk Among the
Tombstones, directed by Scott Frank, and the much-anticipated
Neeson also lent his voice to Open Road Films'
animated film The Nut Job, directed by Peter Lepeniotis;
the mega-success The Lego Movie, directed by Phil Lord
and Christopher Miller; The Prophet, based on the classic
Kahlil Gibran book; and Millennium Entertainment's
animated film Khumba, directed by Anthony Silverston,
which was released in December 2013.
In 2012, Neeson reprised his role as unstoppable CIA
operative Bryan Mills in Taken 2, the successful followup
to the 2008 hit crime-thriller Taken. He also starred in
Peter Berg's action/sci-fi 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 Collet-Serra's thriller
Unknown; Paul Haggis' thriller The Next Three Days;
The A-Team; Clash of the Titans; and the indie films
Chloe, directed by Atom Egoyan, and After Life, opposite
Christina Ricci. He was the voice of Aslan the Lion in The
Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
In July 2012, he appeared in The Dark Night Rises for
director Christopher Nolan.
Neeson starred in the BBC film Five Minutes of
Heaven, which debuted in 2009 and received rave reviews
at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
In 2008, Neeson starred in Taken, the runaway
box-office hit about an ex-soldier trying to track down
the Albanian slave masters who have kidnapped his
daughter. Additionally that year, Neeson teamed up with
Laura Linney in Richard Eyre's The Other Man. In May
2008, Neeson reprised his role as the voice of Aslan in
Disney's box-office success The Chronicles of Narnia:
Prince Caspian, the sequel to the 2005 hit The Chronicles
of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. That
same year, he returned to the stage at the Lincoln Center
Festival in Gate/Beckett, directed by Egoyan.
In 2006, Neeson graced the screen in the classic
revenge drama Seraphim Falls, opposite Pierce
Brosnan. In 2005, he appeared in Ridley Scott's
crusades epic Kingdom of Heaven. He also co-starred
that year in Batman Begins, directed by Nolan.
Neeson's portrayal of Kinsey in Condon's Kinsey,
which co-starred Linney, garnered him a Best Actor
Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
Prior to that, Neeson co-starred with Hugh Grant,
Emma Thompson and Keira Knightley in the Working
Title film Love Actually (2003), written and directed
by Richard Curtis.
Neeson returned to Broadway in 2002, when he co-
starred with his friend Linney in Arthur Miller's classic
The Crucible. Neeson's performance as John Proctor
earned him a Tony Award nomination.
In 2002, Neeson starred opposite Harrison Ford
in K-19: The Widowmaker, the true story of Russia's
nuclear submarine tragedy. He also starred in the black
comedy Gun Shy (2000), opposite Sandra Bullock.
Neeson starred in the box-office phenomenon
Star Wars: Episode I-The Phantom Menace (1999)
in the role of Qui-Gon Jinn, the Master Jedi Knight
who bestows his "force"-ful wisdom upon Obi-Wan
Kenobi and the young Anakin Skywalker. In the same
year, he starred opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones in
Jan de Bont's The Haunting.
In addition, Neeson starred as Jean Valjean in the
screen adaptation of Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables,"
which co-starred Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman and
Claire Danes, and played Oscar Wilde in David Hare's
The Judas Kiss, which opened in London's West End and
subsequently on Broadway.
Neeson starred in the title role in Jordan's Michael
Collins (1996), for which he received Best Actor honors
at the Venice Film Festival, a Golden Globe nomination
for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-
Drama and London's prestigious Evening Standard
Award for Best Actor. The film also received the highest
honor at Venice, the Golden Lion.
Neeson received worldwide attention in 1993 for
his starring role in the Academy Award-winning film
Schindler's List. In addition to receiving an Academy
Award nomination for Best Actor, he was nominated
for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA.
The Irish-born actor had originally sought a career
as a teacher after majoring in physics, computer science
and math at Queen's University Belfast. Neeson set
teaching aside and, in 1976, joined the prestigious Lyric
Theatre in Belfast, making his professional acting debut
in Joseph Plunkett's The Risen People. After two years
with the Lyric Players, he joined the famed national
theater of Ireland, the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Neeson
appeared in the Abbey Theatre Festival's production
of Brian Friel's Translations and a production of Sean
O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars for the Royal
Exchange Theatre in Manchester, England, where he
received a Best Actor Award.
In 1980, John Boorman spotted him playing Lennie
in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men and cast him in the
epic saga of the Arthurian legend, Excalibur. Following
this motion picture debut, Neeson has appeared in more
than 40 films, portraying a wide range of characters,
including Dino De Laurentiis' epic remake of The
Bounty (1984), which was directed by Roger Donaldson
and co-starred Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins; the
critically acclaimed Lamb (1985), for which he received
an Evening Standard Drama Award nomination for his
haunting portrayal of a priest tormented by doubts
about his faith; Andrei Konchalovsky's Duet for One
(1986), which co-starred Julie Andrews; as a political
terrorist in A Prayer for the Dying (1987), with Mickey
Rourke and Bob Hoskins; and as a Jesuit priest in
Roland Joffe's The Mission (1986), which co-starred
Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons.
Neeson received critical acclaim as a deaf and
mute Vietnam veteran, opposite Cher, in Peter Yates'
courtroom drama Suspect (1987); as a passionate Irish
sculptor, opposite Diane Keaton, in The Good Mother
(1988); and as scientist Peyton Westlake, whose
disfiguring accident forces him into hiding, in Sam
Raimi's fantasy-thriller Darkman (1990).
Neeson next starred in David Leland's gritty
contemporary drama Crossing the Line, based on William
McIlvanney's acclaimed novel "The Big Man," about an
unemployed Scottish miner desperate for money who is
thrust into the high-stakes world of bare-knuckle boxing.
In 1992, he starred as a Nazi engineer in David
Seltzer's adaptation of Susan Isaacs' best-selling novel
"Shining Through," opposite Michael Douglas, and as
a disgraced policeman accused of murder in the erotic
thriller Under Suspicion.
Neeson then continued to star in a succession of films,
most notably playing the sensitive art historian vying for
the affections of Mia Farrow and Judy Davis in Woody
Allen's controversial Husbands and Wives (1992).
His other credits include Ethan Frome (1993), with
Joan Allen; Michael Apted's Nell (1994), opposite Jodie
Foster and Natasha Richardson; Before and After (1996),
with Meryl Streep; and the title role in Michael Canton-
Jones' Rob Roy (1995), which co-starred Jessica Lange.
Neeson made his Broadway debut in 1993 in the
Roundabout Theatre's revival of Eugene O'Neill's 1921
drama Anna Christie, which co-starred Richardson, and
received a Tony Award nomination for his performance.
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