Newsletter January 2012 – The Faces of US Immigrants: Liam John Neeson, Irish-American Actor

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The Faces of US Immigrants: Liam John Neeson, Irish-American Actor

Liam John Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. He has been has been nominated for an Oscar, a BAFTA and three Golden Globe Awards. Mr. Neeson has starred in a number of important roles including Oskar Schindler in Schindler’s List, Michael Collins in Michael Collins, Peyton Westlake in Darkman, Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Ra’s al Ghul in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises as well as the voice of Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia film series.

He has also starred in several other well known films such as (e.g. Excalibur, The Dead Pool, Nell, Rob Roy, Love Actually, Kingdom of Heaven, Taken, Clash of the Titans, The A-Team, Unknown) to smaller arthouse films (e.g. Deception, Breakfast on Pluto, Chloe). He was ranked at number 69 on Empire magazine’s 100 greatest movie stars of all time in 1997.

In the early 1990s, he moved again to the United States, where the wide acclaim for his performance in Schindler’s List led to more high-profile work. Neeson was married to actress Natasha Richardson from 3 July 1994, until her death on 18 March 2009, when she suffered a severe head injury in a skiing accident at the Mont Tremblant Resort, in Quebec. Richardson and Neeson had two sons: Michael and Daniel. He lives in New York with his two sons.

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