Liam Neeson Trivia: 9 Essential Facts of the Famous Irish Star of Taken and Unknown
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1) Liam Neeson was born in 1952, in Northern Ireland.
2) He is one of the most famous Irish actors. Another fellow famous Irish actor is Pierce Brosnan.
Pierce Brosnan was also born in the early 50s (in 1953), is also tall (at 6' 1½" (1.87 m)), and he had a marriage ending in his wife’s death. In addition to these similarities, the two also made a movie together called Seraphim Falls in 2006. The movie is western/thriller and it takes its time to tell its audience that none of the main characters is actually villain, but a victim of war and its consequences.
3) One of Hollywood’s tall actors, he stands at 6' 4" (1.93 m). He even tried auditioning for the role of a giant, but the role went to André the Giant who stood at 7' (2.13 m), making Liam Neeson look relatively small.
4) He was happily married to Natasha Richardson for 15 years. Their marriage ended at her death in 2009 when she died after a skiing accident. He has two children from Natasha Richardson.
5) He was nominated for Oscar in the category of Best Actor in a Leading Role in 1994 for the movie Schindler’s List. His co-star Ralph Fiennes was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting role, but neither actor won the award.
6) He has been appearing on the screen since 1978.
7) Actors he worked with more than once include Alan Rickman, Laura Linney, Cillian Murphy, Aidan Quinn, Ralph Fiennes, Oliver Platt, Julia Roberts and Natasha Richardson.
8) Liam Neeson's most famous action roles are in the movies Taken and Unknown. In both films, he beats the hell out of bad guys in different Europe cities, and in both roles Neeson was well over 50.
9) His co-stars include January Jones, Diane Kruger, Aidan Quinn (Unknown), Famke Janssen (Taken), Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley (Schindler’s List), Aidan Quinn, Alan Rickman, Julia Roberts (Michael Collins), Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried (Chloe), Laure Linney, Antonia Banderas (The Other Man), Pierce Brosnan (Seraphim Falls), Edward Norton, Orlando Bloom, Kevin McKidd, Alexander Siddig, Michael Sheen, Eva Green, Jeremy Irons (Kingdom of Heaven), Sandra Bullock (Gun Shy), Meryl Streep (Before and After), Claire Danes, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman (Les Misérables), Leonardo Di Caprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day Lewis (Gangs of New York), Colin Firth, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Billy Bob Thornton (Love Actually), Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson (The A-Team), Christina Ricci, Justin Long (After.Life), Christian Bale, Michael Cane, Morgan Freeman, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Ken Watanabe, Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins), Russell Crowe (The Next Three Days), Dermot Mulroney (The Grey), Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes (Clash of the Titans). Chris O'Donnell, Laura Linney, Peter Sarsgaard, John Lithgow, Timothy Hutton, Oliver Platt (Kinsey), Ewan McGergor, Natalie Portman (Star Wars: Episode I- The Phantom Menace), Jodie Foster, Natasha Richardson (Nell) and more.