Oscar Actors: Neeson, Liam

As a leading man, the Oscar-nominated Liam Neeson has appeared in both Hollywood and international productions, mainstream as well as indies. 


Whether it is his Oscar nominated role of Oskar Schindler in Spielberg’s highly acclaimed Holocaust drama Schindler’s List (1993), his award-winning portrayal of legendary Irish Republican hero in Michael Collins (1996), or his role as controversial sex therapist Alfred Kinsey in the critically acclaimed Kinsey (2004), Neeson continues to display an impressive acting range. 


In 2007, Neeson cappeared in Pierre Morel’s Taken, which was released in the U.S. in January of 2009.  Neeson stars as an ex-soldier trying to track down the Albanian slave masters who have kidnapped his daughter. Neeson also recently starred in Five Minutes of Heaven for BBC Northern Ireland, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.


In May of 2008 Neeson appeared in Disney's box office success The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, where he reprised his role as the voice of the Lion, Aslan, in the sequel to the 2005 hit The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. 


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 Christopher Nolan.


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 (1999).


Neeson’s portrayal of Alfred Kinsey in Bill Condon’s Kinsey, co-starring Laura 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 Knightly in the Working Title film Love Actually (2003), written and directed by Richard Curtis.


Neeson returned to Broadway in 2002, co-starring with his friend Laura Linney in Arthur Miller’s classic The Crucible.  Neeson’s performance as John Proctor earned both he and Linney Tony- Award nomination.