Liam Neeson hails from Ballymena, the 8th largest town in Northern Ireland and is one veteran actor who has done it all from humble beginnings before he made it big in Hollywood. He made his first film appearance in the1970s and became quite popular for his role in the Oscar-winning film Schindler’s List I. Ever since, he has starred in several other films for which he was nominated for numerous awards like Golden Globe and Academy Awards.
He was decorated by the Queen of England, Elizabeth II in 2000 as Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his immense contributions to the Arts, was given an honorary doctorate degree in 2009 from Queen’s University, Belfast. He holds the citizenship of Ireland his birth country, United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Liam Neeson’s Biography (Age)
Liam John Neeson was born on 7th June 1952 in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, and he was named Liam after the local priest of his town by his parents Bernard and Katherine Brown Neeson. He is a citizen of three countries; Ireland, England, and America. Liam has 3 sisters; Bernadette, Elizabeth, and Rosaleen.
As a young chap, he attended the Ballymena Boys All Saint Primary School, and at the tender age of 9 entered a boxing club in All Saints where he actively participated iand won several titles in the regional competitions till he was 17 years.
He had his first stage experience at the age of 11 when he acted alongside a girl he had a crush on, he then proceeded to Queen’s University to pursue a degree in Computer Science and physics in 1971 where he picked interest in Football and eventually got the opportunity to play just one game for Bohemian F.C. a club side in Dublin though he was not offered any contract to continue with the club. He abandoned his studies to pick up a job as a trucker for the Guinness Brewery.
Having always had a desire to become a teacher, he enrolled in the St. Mary Teaching College for 2 years but did not follow through the education profession as he veered into theater and drama school where he took a course in Gaiety School of Drama.
In the late 1970s, Liam Neeson started acting drama and stage plays with the Lyric Players Theatre in Belfast for 2 years before he got a better role in the film industry to take on the role of Jesus Christ and Evangelist in the renown Christian Film titled Pilgrim’s Progress in 1977 -1978. Liam Neeson relocated to Dublin in the same year where he landed himself yet another role in a drama Says I, Says He. He later joined the National Theatre of Ireland participating in numerous drama sketches and several productions.
The OBE holder later broke out fully in the early 1990s featuring in prominent lead roles in several high earning box office hit films and movies such as the Schindler’s List in 1993, Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace in 1999. In 2005, he tried his hands on the superhero film The Batman Begins and in the final film of Dark Knight Rises where he played the character Ra’s al Ghul. Since then, it’s been from one sucess to the next with many nominations for many prestigious awards like the Golden Globe, Academy, BAFTA to mention but a few.
The legend has obviously made a lot of bucks for himself in the entertainment industry as his current net worth is well over $85 million which he earned from his many hits and high grossing movies like Taken Ted 2 and Commuters among others. Among his very famous car collection are a Bentley, Porsche, Mercedes Benz, and Range Rover.
Does he Have a Wife or Girlfriend?
In the past, Liam Neeson was romantically linked to about 7 beautiful women, Helen Mirren (Whom he lived with when he relocated to Hollywood and who gave him the agent he used in sourcing for jobs in the Hollywood), Julia Roberts, Barbra Streisand, Brooke Shields, Janice Dickinson. He met Natasha Richardson on the set of the movie Nell and they instantly connected and started a relationship. After one year, they happily tied the knot on 3rd July 1994.
They were very happy and fulfilled together till the cold hands of death took Natasha away in 2009 after she slipped and fell while skiing in Canada and was in a vegetative state for a long while before her Husband was saddled with the unfortunate task of pulling the plug from her life support machine then he donated her essential organs. Her death was a big blow to Liam Neeson and their teenage kids as they all had trouble coping with her loss.
About 7 years after the tragic demise of his beloved wife, Liam Neeson found love again in August 2010 with the blonde American Actress Freya St Johnston. Though it was rumored that they got engaged, they never made it to the altar as they went their separate ways in 2012.
Liam shared 2 sons with his late wife; Micheal Richard Antonio Neeson who was born on the 22nd of June 1995 while his younger brother Daniel Jack Neeson was birthed a year after on 27th August 1996.
Michael Richard Neeson had a rough time after the loss of his mother and he turned to drugs and alcohol but thankfully got help in a rehab and came out clean in 2014. He followed in his parents’ steps and became an actor, he has been picked to play a lead role in a new film that is set to air in 2019 titled The Two Wolves. He would be acting alongside popular actors Sir Derek Jacobi and Frances Barber.
The Irish man was once named as one of the sexiest men in film history and he stands at a height of 6ft 4 inches supported by a weight of about 102 kilograms.