Ever since I saw Schindler’s List, I just fell in love with Liam Neeson. He is one of my favourite Hollywood actors, who definitely knows how to portray a wide range of characters. Although nowadays Liam Neeson is one of the most respected and well known actors in Hollywood, he actually wanted to be a teacher. Liam Neeson was born in Northern Ireland and worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, truck driver, assistant architect and amateur boxer. Who would have thought that he would later join the Belfast Lyric Players Heater, where he made his debut. It was here that Liam Neeson was spotted by director John Boorman and was cast in the film Excalibur, 1981, which dealt with the Arthurian legend.
In the early stages of his career, Liam Neeson played various role in low budget movies, until he was noticed by director Steven Spielberg. Spielberg was so impressed by his performance in Nell, opposite Jodie Foster, that he offered him the role that would establish him as a wonderful actor, Oskar Schindler, from Schindler’s List. Liam Neeson was critically acclaimed for his performance and it later earned him a nomination for a Best Actor Oscar. Liam Neeson garnered BAFTA and Golden Globes nominations for Schindler’s List. The movie, thus, established him as a very sought after actor. Liam Neeson went on to star, opposite John Malcovich, as Jean Valjean in the 1998 adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables.
Here is some interesting information about Liam Neeson that you probably do not know. In his career’s recent years, Liam Neeson has often taken roles in which he is a mentor, trainer, father figure to a younger man, as in Batman Begins, Kingdom of Heaven, Gangs of New York and Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace. His character often must die early in the movie so that the young man can apply the Neeson character’s lessons to his ongoing struggle. Moreover, Liam Neeson frequently portrays characters based on real people, such as Rob Roy, Oskar Schindler, Michael Collins or Alfred Kinsey. Regardless of the role, Liam Neeson is a wonderful actor who can play in almost any role and receive positive critics.