Creator / Liam Neeson

Lewis: No, now I'm curious. Let's say you're going to prison for a long time. Plus, your parents? Very understanding. Who's your cellmate?
Oswald: ...Liam Neeson.
The Drew Carey Show, first episode

Liam John Neeson (born 7 June 1952) is a multi-award winning actor originally from Stroke Country. Has a long and multi-faceted career, from serious drama (as Oskar Schindler in Schindlers List) to fantasy (the voice of Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia) to action (Bryan Mills in Taken) to Sci-Fi (Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace), to historical film (Rob Roy, Michael Collins). Animated characters that Neeson voiced include Fujimoto, the dad of the eponymous character in Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, and Bad Cop/Good Cop, in The LEGO Movie. Also said to have been the inspiration behind Captain Carrot of Discworld fame.

Following his shift to bona fide action star with the Taken series, his roles have included The Narrator in Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, Good Cop/Bad Cop in The LEGO Movie, Air Marshal Bill Marks in Non-Stop, Clinch in the Seth MacFarlane comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West, and Matthew Scudder in A Walk Among The Tombstones.

Neeson was married to Natasha Richardson between 1994 and 2009, when she died in a tragic skiing accident. They had two sons.

Also, he doesn't look like his photo anymore. But we like to keep it there. Looks close enough, though...

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 Taken. Henri Ducard/Ra's Al Ghul from Batman Begins counts as well.
    • Badass Baritone: 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.
    • Badass Grandpa: After a career of mostly heavy dramatic roles, Taken abruptly transformed him into a regular action hero at age 56.
  • The Big Guy: He's 6'4", and often towers over most of his castmates. Appropriately, he was cast as Michael Collins in the film of the same name-Collins was called "the Big Fellow" for his height. In fact, he's so tall that 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.
  • Chronically Killed Actor: Which makes it ironic that his character in Les Misérables (1998) is Spared by the Adaptation.
  • The Comically Serious / Cannot Tell a Joke: His deep, serious voice is parodied in this Life's Too Short sketch, where he horribly fails at doing improv comedy.
  • Cool Old Guy: He gets cooler and cooler by the years, from playing increasingly hardassed characters to performing comical skits in talk shows.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: When he plays a villain.
  • Irishman and a Jew: In this interview, the interviewer says that despite the massive contribution of Schindlers List to the memory of The Holocaust, Jews still had a lot of complaints about it, because Jews complain constantly. Neeson says that the Irish do too, which is why the Jews and the Irish ‘get along so well’.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: He's been getting cast as either brutal antiheroes or outright villains recently. Of course, he's known in real life as being one of the sweetest men in the world.