Liam Neeson is an Irish actor born in 1952, in Northern Ireland. He had tried his hand at fork lifting, truck driving, amateur boxing, before getting a break in the movie Excalibur. In 1980, he moved to London and started working in small budget films, television and on stage. In 1987 he moved to Hollywood and started working in high budget and high profile roles. If you’re intrigued with his life and would like to know, here’s telling you 6 things you didn’t know about Liam Nesson.
7. One of the Sexiest stars in film history:
Neesons trademark is his deep gravelly voice and his slender frame. His Northern Irish accent is very distinct and he is one of the tallest leading men in Hollywood at six feet and four inches. He was chosen as one of the 100 sexiest stars in film history at number 74. He likes to play roles in which he gets to play a mentor or a father figure to a younger man. As a result his character mostly dies early so that the student can follow his footsteps.
6. Chain Smoker:
He married Natasha Richardson in 1994 and they have two sons. However she died in a terrible ski accident in 2009. He was a chain smoker early in his life and has since quit smoking. He is ranked 69 in a British magazine list of top 100 Movies stars. He was considered for the role of James Bond in GoldenEye. He has graduated from the Gaiety school of Drama in Dublin. He is friends with Ralph Fiennes, Henry Herman and Carian Hinds.
5. Countless Awards:
He was awarded the Officer of the order of British Empire in 2000, for his services to encourage drama. As a teenager he used to box and despite breaking his nose at 15, he went on to win the Irish Youth Championship. He was awarded Freedom of the Borough from the Ballymena Borough Council in 2013. The Queens University awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2009.
4. Early struggle:
His notable early break was in the movies Excalibur in 1980, in which he played the part of Sir Gawain. He then starred with Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins in 1984s “The Bounty” and with Robert De Niro in “The Mission.” He also worked with Cher in “Suspect,” the film brought him a lot of critical acclaim. “Darkman,” released in 1990 and was very successful. The years after that were not very significant. He then joined his future wife Natasha Richardson for the Broadway play “Anna Christie” they also worked together in “Nell.”
3. Famous Movies:
After working for almost fifteen years, he was offered the role of his lifetime by Steven Spielberg, in Schindlers List. He was to play Oskar Schindler, the main lead and the movie was about the holocaust. This performance earned him a nomination for a Best Actor Oscar and the movie for Best Picture. He was also nominated at BAFTA and Golden Globes for this performance. In 1999, the Star Wars: Episode 1- The Phantom Menace was released. Neeson played the role of Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn in it. And then came “Taken,” an action film about a retired CIA agent, who rescues his daughter from being sold for flesh trade. It was a huge success and brought back everybody’s attention to him.
Neeson has rendered his voice to many famous characters. He narrated “The endurance: Shackletons Antarctic Adventure,” and it won many awards for the Best Documentary. He gave the voice of a kind priest on “The Simpsons.” He also played the voice of Aslan the lion in “Chronicles of Narnia” and also to the second part of the movie “Prince Caspian.” His playback is featured in the video game “Fallout 3.”
1. Attachment To His Family:
Neeson is always careful when he talks about politics, as he does not want his family to face the consequences. He is a fan of Knicks and is often seen at the games with his sons. He’s a poodle man and takes very good care of him. He was in a motorcycle accident in 2000,which almost killed him. And he enjoys his glass of pinot noir.