[[caption-width-right:350:[[{{WebVideo/CinemaSins}} Liam Neeson isn't killing anyone in this image. (*DING!*)]]]]

->'''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.
-->-- ''Series/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'' and Dr. Jerome Lovell in ''Film/{{Nell}}'') to fantasy (Zeus in ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}'' and 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'', and The Monster in ''Literature/AMonsterCalls''. Also said to have been the inspiration behind Captain Carrot of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fame. In recent years, Neeson seems to have replaced the now retired Creator/SeanConnery as Hollywood's go-to-actor for playing TheMentor and the CoolOldGuy.

Following his shift to bona fide action star with the ''Taken'' series, his roles have included TheNarrator in Music/JeffWaynesMusicalVersionOfTheWarOfTheWorlds, [[LiteralSplitPersonality Good Cop/Bad Cop]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', Air Marshal Bill Marks in ''Film/NonStop'', Clinch in the Creator/SethMacFarlane comedy ''Film/AMillionWaysToDieInTheWest'', and Matthew Scudder in ''Film/AWalkAmongTheTombstones''. He also did the voice of James from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''.

Neeson was married to Creator/NatashaRichardson 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:
* 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.
* TheBigGuy: He's 6'4", and often towers over most of his castmates. Appropriately, he was cast as Michael Collins in the [[Film/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.
* CoolOldGuy: He gets cooler and cooler by the years, from playing increasingly hardassed characters to performing comical skits in talk shows.
* DistractedByTheSexy: He needed 57 takes for a scene in ''Third Person'' because he kept getting distracted by Creator/OliviaWilde's naked body.
* EvilSoundsDeep: When he plays a villain.
* IrishmanAndAJew: In [[http://mag.walla.co.il/item/2818024?page=10 this]] interview, the interviewer says that despite the massive contribution of ''Film/SchindlersList'' to the memory of UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust, Jews still had a lot of complaints about it, because Jews [[JewishComplaining complain constantly]]. Neeson says that the Irish do too, which is why the Jews and the Irish ‘get along so well’.
* 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.
* MentorArchetype: As [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Qui-Gon Jinn]] and [[Film/BatmanBegins Henri Ducard]].
* 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 ''Series/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 ''WesternAnimation/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 JustForFun/{{egregious}} case of this in ''Film/K19TheWidowmaker'', which explains that cutaway joke on ''WesternAnimation/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.
** He's also the closest to a father figure for Anakin in ''Film/StarWarsThePhantomMenace''.
** In ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'', [[spoiler:this is inverted, as his ''daughter'' raises bloody hellfire in his name]].
** He plays this role again in Film/TheCommuter.
* 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.
* TypeCasting: He has a vocation for TheMentor -- ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', ''Film/BatmanBegins'', ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'', ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'', ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}'', ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''...
* SesameStreetCred: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhDJe8IP8A0 Doing his best Count von Count!]]
* UsefulNotes/TheTroubles: Has done roles encompassing both the all-Ireland Troubles of 1919-1923 and the Northern Ireland Troubles of 1968-1998.
** 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.
-->"[[{{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.]]"