Liam John Neeson OBE was born in Ballymena in the County Antrim in Northern Ireland on June 7th 1952. Liam is the son of Katherine, known as Kitty, and Bernard, known as Barney Neeson. Barney was a caretaker at the local Catholic boys’ primary school, Ballymena Boys All Saints Primary School. Liam is the Irish word for William and Liam was named after the local priest. Liam is the third child of the Neeson family and is the only boy. His sisters names are Elizabeth, Bernadette and Rosaline.
Liam began boxing lessons at age nine at the All Saints Youth Club. He became the Ulster Amateur Senior Boxing Champion. Liam first graced the stage at age eleven. He had the lead role in the school play, and he only took the role on because the girl he was infatuated with was starring opposite him. Liam continued to act in school productions. He attributes his interest in acting to his school experiences and to Ian Paisley. Ian Paisley had a church that Liam would sneak into to watch Ian bible thumping. Liam found a talent for football while in University. He was spotted by a Bohemian Football Club manager. There was a club trial in Dublin. He only played one game with the club and was not offered a contract to continue playing. Liam was enrolled in a Physics and Computer Science undergraduate course and Queen’s University Belfast, in Belfast, but left before completing his studies to work for Guinness.
Some of Liams’ best known works include, Schindler’s List, Michael Collins, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Kinsey, the Chronicles of Narnia film series, Rob Roy and Batman Begins. Liam will play John Hannibal Smith in the 2010 A-Team movie.