With his distinguishable Northern Irish accent and steely ‘don’t-mess-with-me’ glare, Liam Neeson has always been an idol of ours. With a broad frame, standing at an impressive 1.93 meters, Neeson is undeniably a big and tall man with a dramatic presence.
Born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK, Liam Neeson’s career had a long road before the bright lights of Hollywood. Starting out as a forklift operator for Guinness, he tried his hand at a number of careers, including; truck driver, assistant architect and even amateur boxer.
In was only in 1976 that Neeson first became involved in the arts, joining the Belfast Lyric Players’ Theatre and making his professional acting debut in the play “The Risen People“.
After two years, Neeson moved to Dublin’s Abbey Theatre where he began performing regularly and was eventually spotted by director John Boorman and cast in his first high profile film ‘Excalibur’ (1981). But it was his breakout role in the unexpected box office hit ‘Taken‘ in early 2009 in which Neeson found a new surprise career as an action leading man.
After a brief sabbatical from acting to grieve the tragic loss of his wife, Neeson returned to high-profile roles in 2010 with back-to-back big-budget films, returning to his area of expertise in the action genre with films such as ‘Unknown’ (2011), ‘The Grey’ (2011), ‘Battleship’ (2012), and ‘Taken 2′ (2012), as well as the sequel ‘Wrath of the Titans’.
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It’s also nice to know, that even as one of the most distinguished actors around today, Neeson is still as humble as ever, being quoted saying:
“Some mornings you wake up and think, “Gee, I look handsome today.” Other days I think, “What am I doing in the movies? I wanna go back to Ireland and drive a forklift”.