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->'''Lewis''': No, now I'm curious. Let's say you're going to prison for a long time. Plus, your parents? Very understanding. [[SituationalSexuality Who's your cellmate?]]\\
'''Oswald''': ...Liam Neeson.
-->-- ''TheDrewCareyShow'', first episode

'''Liam John Neeson''' (born 7 June 1952) is a multi-award winning actor originally from [[UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland Stroke Country]]. Has a long and multi-faceted career, from serious drama (as Oskar Schindler in ''Film/SchindlersList'') to fantasy (the voice of Aslan in ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'') to action (Bryan Mills in ''Film/{{Taken}}'') to Sci-Fi (Qui-Gon Jinn in ''Franchise/StarWars Episode 1: Film/ThePhantomMenace''), to historical film (''Film/RobRoy'', ''Film/MichaelCollins''). Animated characters that Neeson voiced include Fujimoto, the dad of the eponymous character in ''Anime/PonyoOnTheCliffByTheSea'', and Bad Cop/Good Cop, in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie''. Also said to have been the inspiration behind Captain Carrot of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fame.

His latest roles are TheNarrator in Music/JeffWaynesMusicalVersionoftheWaroftheWorlds, [[LiteralSplitPersonality Good Cop/Bad Cop]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', Air Marshal Bill Marks in ''Film/NonStop'', and Clinch in the SethMacFarlane comedy ''Film/AMillionWaysToDieInTheWest''.

Neeson was married to Creator/NatashaRichardson between 1994 and 2009, when she died in a tragic skiing accident.

Also, he doesn't look like his photo anymore. But we like to keep it there. Looks close enough, though...
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!!This actor provides examples of:
* {{Badass}}: Has played quite a few of them, most notably Qui Gon Jinn in ''The Phantom Menace'' and Bryan Mills in ''Film/{{Taken}}''. Henri Ducard[[spoiler: /Ra's Al Ghul]] from ''Film/BatmanBegins'' counts as well.
** BadassBaritone: Has a distinct deep, somewhat gruff voice. Though hilariously inverted in ''The LEGO Movie'', where Bad Cop is how he usually sounds and Good Cop is a silly high-pitched voice.
** BadassGrandpa: After a career of mostly heavy dramatic roles, ''Taken'' abruptly transformed him into a regular action hero at age 56.
* TheBigGuy: He's 6'4", and often towers over most of his castmates. Appropriately, he was cast as Michael Collins in the [[MichaelCollins film of the same name]]-Collins was called "the Big Fellow" for his height. In fact, he's so tall that [[Franchise/StarWars Qui-Gon Jinn]] action figures almost throw the other figures out of scale. As Qui-Gon, he's also the only Jedi whose robe has a seam down the back. Because of his height, they couldn't make the robe out of one piece of fabric because bolts of cloth don't come that wide.
** They also had to spend thousands of dollars making the walls of the sets taller before they could start filming, because apparently the set designers didn't realize just how tall he was.
* ChronicallyKilledActor: Which makes it ironic that his character in ''Film/LesMiserables1998'' is SparedByTheAdaptation.
* TheComicallySerious / CannotTellAJoke: His deep, serious voice is parodied in this ''Series/LifesTooShort'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKTh7zBIcrM sketch]], where he horribly fails at doing improv comedy.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: He's been getting cast as either [[Film/{{Taken}} brutal antiheroes]] or outright [[Film/BatmanBegins villains]] recently. Of course, he's known in real life as being one of the sweetest men in the world.
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* UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland: He was born and raised in Stroke Country.
* {{Oireland}}: Subverted -- Neeson has let it be known that he will "not do Irish stereotypes"...[[RuleOfFunny unless it's funny]].
** Such as the ''SaturdayNightLive'' sketch, "Ya Call This A House, Do Ya?" in which he played a drunken, churlish Irishman. Of course, in this case, it was [[PlayedForLaughs meant to be funny]].
** ...and in ''High Spirits'' when he played a horny Irish ghost with curly red hair...in green pants.
** ...and on ''TheSimpsons'' episode "The Father, The Son, and the Holy Guest Star," where he played a Catholic priest who was a former alcoholic brawler (fighting with his own father, no less).
* OneManArmy: His roles in ''Film/DarkMan'', ''Franchise/StarWars'', and ''Film/{{Taken}}''. Heck, even his role as Aslan qualfies seeing as how [[spoiler:he singlehandedly turned the battle against the Witch in the good side's favor]].
** Not to mention his role as James in VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}. [[TechnicalPacifist A kindly Doctor]] who managed to travel across the [[CrapsackWorld hell of the Wasteland]] in order to bring his newborn safely to a Vault. Then 19 years later, ''did it again''.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: While a wonderful actor, he might be the poster boy for this trope when attempting anything other than his native Irish. Both he and Creator/HarrisonFord have an especially {{egregious}} case of this in ''Film/K19TheWidowmaker'', which explains that cutaway joke on ''FamilyGuy'' about kids not knowing about sex ed being as lost and confused as Liam Neeson trying to do an American accent.
** That said, he does normally tone his accent ''way'' down in most of his films. In real life his accent is much, much stronger and a touch harder.
* PapaWolf: His role in ''Film/{{Taken}}'' was a quite brutal version of the trope, in which an ex CIA agent goes to ''huge'' extremes to save his kidnapped daughter from being sold into prostitution.
** Ain't the only time, either. He's played Jean Valjean of ''Film/LesMiserables1998'', a role in which being Papa Wolf is a requirement.
* PlayingAgainstType: A mild version -- in the fact-based drama ''Five Minutes of Heaven'', the Roman Catholic Neeson played a Protestant killer (and the Protestant James Nesbitt played the Catholic brother of his victim). Both actors are actually from Northern Ireland.
** Also, any time he plays the villain. It's not very common. [[spoiler:This is specifically why he was chosen to be [[BigBad Ra's al Ghul]] in ''Film/BatmanBegins'', because they thought it would shock fans that Liam was the true villain]].
** In ''The LEGO Movie'', he plays Bad Cop/Good Cop. He usually isn't as mean as the former, and not as nice and wimpy as the latter. He still pulls it off, though.
* SesameStreetCred: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhDJe8IP8A0 Doing his best Count von Count!]]
* SoMyKidsCanWatch: He signed onto ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'' solely because his two sons were into ClassicalMythology and thought it would be cool to see their dad play Zeus.
* UsefulNotes/TheTroubles: Has done roles encompassing both the all-Ireland Troubles of 1919-1923 and the Northern Ireland Troubles of 1969-1998.
** In Ireland, Neeson is primarily known not for ''Film/SchindlersList'', or even ''Franchise/StarWars'', but for ''Film/MichaelCollins'', which was not widely seen abroad but was a huge, huge hit with Irish viewers, since Collins is often considered a national hero there.
* TypeCasting: He has a vocation for TheMentor -- ''ThePhantomMenace'' (where he's TheObiWan for Obi-Wan Kenobi himself!), ''Film/BatmanBegins, Film/KingdomOfHeaven, Film/GangsOfNewYork, Film/ClashOfTheTitans, Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''...
* WhatMightHaveBeen: He turned down the role of Film/JamesBond... [[HilariousInHindsight because he didn't want to be typecast as an action star]].
** He was the original choice for the title role in ''Film/{{Lincoln}}'', until he lost interest during its DevelopmentHell.
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-->"[[{{Film/Taken}} I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. What I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.]]"