neeson Liam NEESON | William John Neeson
* 07.06.1952, Ballymena, Antrim, Nordirland

ca. 1961-69 Amateurboxer (nordirischer Jugendmeister im Schwergewicht) * erste Bühnenerfahrungen bei der Amateurtruppe The Slemish Players (Philadelphia, Here I Come, 1970) * verschiedene Gelegenheitsjobs (u.a Gabelstaplerfahrer in einer Brauerei) * Lehrerausbildung (nach zwei Jahren abgebrochen) an St Mary's Teaching College in Newcastle, England * ab 1976 tritt am Lyric Players' Theatre in Belfast auf (erste Rolle in The Risen People) * 1977 geht nach Dublin und arbeitet dort u.a. am Abbey Theatre (Erfolg als Lenny in Of Mice and Men, 1980) * 1980/81 Filmdebüt in Excalibur - danach zieht nach London um und spielt Nebenrollen in einer Anzahl britischer Produktionen * ab 1982 auch Fernseharbeit (Serien A Woman of Substance, 1983; Ellis Island, 1984; If Tomorrow Comes, 1985) * 1986 geht nach Amerika (Los Angeles, später New York City) und erhält dort seinen ersten wichtigen Part als tauber Mordverdächtiger in Suspect (1987) * ab 1990 leading man (Titelheld in Darkman; The Big Man) * 1993 prämiertes (Theatre World Award) Debüt am Broadway in Anna Christie - in folgenden Jahren setzt seine Bühnenarbeit fort (Oscar Wilde in The Judas Kiss, 1998; John Proctor in The Crucible, 2002) * 1993 weltweiter Erfolg und internationaler Durchbruch als Oskar Schindler in Steven Spielbergs Schindler's List * seit 2009 besitzt auch die amerikanische Staatsbürgerschaft * verheiratet mit Natasha Richardson (1994-2009)
"Liam Neeson, quite frankly, is sex on legs. Always has been". Emma Thompson
FILMS
# Excalibur (Excalibur, 1980/81-USA; R: John Boorman, B: Rospo Pallenberg, John Boorman, K: Alex Thomson, M: Trevor Jones, D: Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi, Paul Geoffrey, Nicol Williamson; LN-Gawain) 140m-Fantasy (Prosawerk von Thomas Malory) (8104)
Krull (Krull, 1982-GB * Peter Yates / Kegan)
# The Bounty (Die Bounty, 1983-GB; R: Roger Donaldson, B: Robert Bolt, K: Arthur Ibbetson, M: Vangelis, D: Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins / LN-Churchill) 133m-Abenteuerdrama (Buch von Richard Hough) (8405-USA)
The Innocent (1984-GB * John Mackenzie / John Carns)
Lamb (1985-GB * Colin Gregg / Michael Lamb [Bruder Sebastian])
The Mission (Mission, 1985/86-GB * R: Roland Joffé, B: Robert Bolt, K: Chris Menges, M: Ennio Morricone, D: Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons / LN-Fielding) 126/8m-Drama
Duet for One (1986-GB * Andrei Konchalovsky / Totter)
A Prayer for the Dying (Auf den Schwingen des Todes, 1986-GB * Mike Hodges / Liam Docherty)
Suspect (Suspect - Unter Verdacht, 1987-USA * Peter Yates / Carl Wayne Anderson)
Satisfaction (Satisfaction, 1987-USA * Joan Freeman / Martin Falcon)
High Spirits (High Spirits, 1987-GB/USA * R+B: Neil Jordan, K: Alex Thomson, M: George Fenton, D: Peter O'Toole, Daryl Hannah / LN-Martin Brogan)°° 97m-Komödie
# The Dead Pool (Das Todesspiel, 1988-USA * Buddy Van Horn ... Peter Swan)
The Good Mother (Der Preis der Gefühle, 1988-USA * Leonard Nimoy / Leo Cutter)
Next of Kin (Ruf nach Vergeltung, 1989-USA * John Irvin / Briar Gates)
# Darkman (Darkman, 1989-USA * Sam Raimi ... Peyton Westlake/Darkman) (04-08; 9008)
The Big Man (Big Man, 1990-GB * David Leland / Danny Scoular)
Shining Through (Wie ein Licht in dunkler Nacht, 1990/91-USA * David Seltzer / Franz-Otto Dietrich)
# Under Suspicion (Unter Verdacht, 1991-GB * Simon Moore ... Tony Aaron) (02-04; 9109)
Deception / Ruby Cairo (Ruby Cairo, 1991-USA; R: Graeme Clifford, B: Robert Dillon, Michael Thomas, K: Laszlo Kovacs, M: John Barry, D: Andie MacDowell, LN-Fergus Lamb) 90m-Thriller
Husbands and Wives (Ehemänner und Ehefrauen, 1991/92-USA * Woody Allen / Michael)
Leap of Faith (Der Schein-Heilige, 1992-USA * Richard Pearce / Sheriff Will)
Ethan Frome (Ethan Frome, 1992-USA/GB * John Madden / Ethan Frome)
# Schindler's List (1993-USA * Steven Spielberg ... Oskar Schindler) (Tatsachenroman von Thomas Keneally) (03-05; 9312)
# Nell (1994-USA * Michael Apted ... Jerome Lovell) (Bühnenstück von Mark Handley) (9412)
# Rob Roy (1994-USA * Michael Caton-Jones ... Rob Roy) (9504)
# Before and After (1995-USA * Barbet Schroeder ... Ben Ryan) (Buch von Rosellen Brown) (9602)
# Michael Collins (1995-GB/USA * Neil Jordan ... Michael Collins) (9610)
# Les Misérables (1997-GB/USA * Bille August ... Jean Valjean) (Roman von Victor Hugo) (9805)
# Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1997-USA * George Lucas ... Qui-Gon Jinn) (9905)
# Gun Shy (Ein Herz und eine Kanone, 1998-USA * Eric Blakeney ... Charlie) (10-12; 0002)
# The Haunting (Das Geisterschloß, 1998/99-USA; R: Jan de Bont, B: David Self, K: Karl Walter Lindenlaub, M: Jerry Goldsmith, D: LN-Dr. David Marrow, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson, Lili Taylor) 114m-Horror (ne Roman von Shirley Jackson)
Gangs of New York (Gangs of New York, 2000/01-USA * Martin Scorsese / Priest Vallon)
# K-19: The Widowmaker / K-19 - Showdown in der Tiefe (2001-USA/D * Kathryn Bigelow ... Michail Polenin) (02-06; 0207)
# Love Actually (Tatsächlich... Liebe, 2002-GB * Richard Curtis ... Daniel) (09-11; 0311)
Kinsey (2003-USA/D * Bill Condon / Alfred Kinsey)
# Kingdom of Heaven (2004-GB/E/USA/D * Ridley Scott ... Godfrey von Ibelin) (01-05; 0505)
# Batman Begins (Batman Begins, 2004-GB/USA * Christopher Nolan ... Henri Ducard) (03-09; 0506)
Breakfast on Pluto (2004/05-IRL/GB * Neil Jordan / Pater Bernard)
Seraphim Falls (2005/06-USA * David Von Ancken / Carver) (DZ: 10-01)
# Taken (96 Hours, 2007-F * Pierre Morel / Bryan) (02-03; 0802)
# The Other Man (Der Andere, 2008-GB * Richard Eyre ... Peter) (Erzählung von Bernhard Schlink) (02-?; 0812)
# Five Minutes of Heaven (2008-GB * Oliver Hirschbiegel / Alistair Little) 90m-Drama (05-06; 0907-F) > TVM (0905)
# After.Life (2008-USA * Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo / Eliot Deacon) (11-12; 1004)
# Chloe (2009-USA * Atom Egoyan ... David Stewart) (1003)
# Clash of the Titans (2009-USA * Louis Leterrier ... Zeus) (1004)
# The A-Team (2009-USA * Joe Carnahan ... Hannibal) (1006)
# The Next Three Days (72 Stunden - The Next Three Days, 2009-USA * Paul Haggis ... Damon Pennington) (10-12; 1011)
# Unknown (2009/10-USA/GB/D/F * Jaume Collet-Serra ... Dr. Martin Harris) (Roman von Didier Van Cauwelaert) (12-03; 1102)
# Battleship (Battleship, 2010-USA * Peter Berg / Admiral Shane) (08-12; 1204)
# The Grey (The Grey - Unter Wölfen, 2011-USA * Joe Carnahan / John Ottway) (01-03; 1201)
# Wrath of the Titans / Ira de Titanes (Zorn der Titanen, 2011-USA/E * Jonathan Liebesman / Zeus) (03-08?12; 1203)
# The Dark Knight Rises (The Dark Knight Rises, 2011-GB/USA * Christopher Nolan / cameo als Ra's Al Ghul) (05-11; 1207)
# Taken 2 (96 Hours - Taken 2, 2011/12-F * Olivier Megaton / Bryan Mills) (10-02; 1210)
# Third Person (Dritte Person, 2012/13-B/USA * Paul Haggis / Michael) (10-02; 1406)
# Non-Stop (Non-Stop, 2012/13-USA/F * Jaume Collet-Serra / Bill Marks) (11-01; 1402)
# A Walk among the Tombstones (Ruhet in Frieden, 2013-USA * Scott Frank / Matt/hew Scudder) (03-05; 1409)
# A Million Ways to Die in the West (A Million Ways to Die in the West, 2013-USA * Seth MacFarlane / Clinch Leatherwood) (05-08; 1405)
# Run All Night (Run All Night, 2013-USA * Jaume Collet-Serra / Jimmy Conlon) (10-?; 1503)
# Entourage (Entourage, 2014-USA * Doug Ellin / er selbst) (01-04; 1506)
# Taken 3 (96 Hours - Taken 3, 2014-F * Olivier Megaton / Bryan Mills) (03-?; 1501)
# Ted 2 (Ted 2, 2014-USA * Seth MacFarlane / cameo) (07-11; 1506)
# Silence (Silence, 2015-USA/RC/MEX * Martin Scorsese / Pater Cristóvão Ferreira) (01-05; 1612)
# Incheon Sangryuk Jakjeon / Operation Chromite (Operation Chromite, 2015/16-ROK * John H. Lee / Douglas MacArthur) (12-03; 1607)
# Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (The Secret Man, 2016-USA * Peter Landesman / Mark Felt) (05-?; 1709)
# The Commuter (The Commuter, 2016-USA/F * Jaume Collet-Serra / Michael MacCauley) (07-09; 1801)
# Cold Pursuit (Hard Powder, 2017-USA/GB; R: Hans Petter Moland, B: Frank Baldwin, K: Philip Øgaard, M: George Fenton, D: Liam Neeson: Nels Coxman, Tom Bateman: Trevor "Viking" Calcote, Tom Jackson: White Bull, Emmy Rossum: Kim Dash, Domenick Lombardozzi: Mustang, Julia Jones: Aya, John Doman: John "Gip" Gipsky & Laura Dern: Grace Coxman) 118m-Actionthriller (Film Kraftidioten von Hans Petter Moland, 2013) (03-?; 1902)
# Widows (Widows - Tödliche Witwen, 2017-USA/GB; R: Steve McQueen, B: Gillian Flynn, Steve McQueen, K: Sean Bobbitt, M: Hans Zimmer, D: Viola Davis: Veronica, Michelle Rodriguez: Linda, Elizabeth Debicki: Alice, Cynthia Erivo: Belle, Colin Farrell: Jack Mulligan, Brian Tyree Henry: Jamal Manning, Daniel Kaluuya: Jatemme Manning, Jacki Weaver: Agnieszka, Carrie Coon: Amanda & Robert Duvall: Tom Mulligan & Liam Neeson: Harry Rawlings) 130m-Thriller (Fernsehserie, 1983) (05-07; 1811)
# The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, 2017-USA; R+B: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, K: Bruno Delbonnel, M: Carter Burwell, D > The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: Tim Blake Nelson: Buster Scruggs | Near Algodones: James Franco: Cowboy | Meal Ticket: Liam Neeson: Impresario | All Gold Canyon: Tom Waits: Goldgräber | The Gal Who Got Rattled: Zoe Kazan: Alice Longabaugh | The Mortal Remains: Tyne Daly: Dame in Kutsche, Brendan Gleeson: Ire) 133m-Episodenfilm (07-09; 1811)
# Ordinary Love (2018-GB; R: Lisa Barros D'Sa & Glenn Leyburn, B: Owen McCafferty, K: Piers McGrail, ISC M: David Holmes & Brian Irvine, D: Lesley Manville: Joan * Liam Neeson: Tom) 92m-Liebesdrama (07-08; 1912)
# Men in Black: International (Men in Black: International, 2018-USA; R: F. Gary Gray, B: Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, K: Stuart Dryburgh, M: Danny Elfman & Chris Bacon, D: Chris Hemsworth: Agent H, Tessa Thompson: Agent M, Rebecca Ferguson: Riza, Kumail Nanjiani [nur Stimme], Rafe Spall: Agent C, Laurent Bourgeois + Larry Bourgeois: Alien-Zwillinge & Emma Thompson: Agent O & Liam Neeson: High T) 115m-Sci-Fi-Actionkomödie (Comic von Lowell Cunningham) (07-10; 1906)
# Honest Thief (2018-USA/GB; R: Mark Williams, B: Steve Allrich, Mark Williams, K: Shelly Johnson, M: Mark Isham, D: Liam Neeson: Tom, Kate Walsh: Annie, Robert Patrick: Agent Sam Baker, Anthony Ramos: Agent Hall & Jeffrey Donovan: Agent Meyers & Jai Courtney: Agent Nivens) 99m-Actionthriller (11-12; 2010)
# Made in Italy (Made in Italy, 2019-GB; R+B: James D'Arcy, K: Mike Eley, M: Alex Belcher, D: Liam Neeson: Robert ° Micheál Richardson: Jack ° Valeria Bilello: Natalia & Lindsay Duncan: Kate) 94m-Tragikomödie (05-06; 2008-EU)
# The Marksman (The Marksman - Der Scharfschütze, 2019-USA; R: Robert Lorenz, B: Chris Charles, Danny Kravitz, Robert Lorenz, K: Mark Patten, BSC M: Sean Callery, D: Liam Neeson: Jim Hanson, Katheryn Winnick: Sarah Pennington, Juan Pablo Raba: Maurico, Teresa Ruiz: Rosa) 108m-Actionthriller (09-10; 2101)
# The Ice Road (The Ice Road, 2020-USA; R+B: Jonathan Hensleigh, K: Tom Stern, M: Max Aruj, D: Liam Neeson: Mike McCann, Benjamin Walker: Tom Varnay, Amber Midthunder: Tantoo, Marcus Thomas: Gurty McCann, Holt McCallany: René Lampard, Martin Sensmeier: Cody Mantooth, Matt McCoy: George Sickle, Matt Salinger: Thomason & Laurence Fishburne: Jim Goldenrod) 109m-Actionthriller (02-03; 2108-F)
# Blacklight (2020/21-USA/AUS; R: Mark Williams, B: Nick May, Mark Williams, K: Shelly Johnson, ASC M: Mark Isham, D: Liam Neeson: Travis Block, Emmy Raver-Lampman: Mira Jones, Taylor John Smith: Dusty Crane & Aidan Quinn: Gabriel Robinson) 104m-Action (11-01; 2202)
AWARDS
Coppa Volpi (bester Darsteller) für Michael Collins [Filmfestspiele Venedig 1996]
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award für Kinsey (bester Darsteller, 2004)
BOOKS
Ingrid Millar: Liam Neeson: The First Biography. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1995
+ Liam Neeson - Das sanfte Rauhbein. München: Heyne, 1997
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