Liam John Neeson OBE is an Irish actor who has
been nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He was born
in Ballymena, County Antrim, and educated at Saint Patrick's College
and Queen's University Belfast. He moved to Dublin after university
to further his acting career, joining the renowned Abbey Theatre.
In the early 1990s, he moved again to America, where the wide acclaim
for his performance in Schindler's List led to more high-profile
work. He is widowed and lives in New York with his two sons.
He has starred in a number of notable roles including Oskar Schindler
in Schindler's List, Michael Collins in Michael Collins, Jean Valjean
in Les Miserables, Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom
Menace, Alfred Kinsey in Kinsey, and the voice of Aslan in The Chronicles
of Narnia film series. He has also starred in several other notable
films, including Excalibur, The Dead Pool, Darkman, Rob Roy, Nell,
Gangs of New York, Love Actually, Kingdom of Heaven, Batman Begins,
Taken, Chloe, Clash of the Titans, and The A-Team.
In 1999, Neeson starred as Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, in director
George Lucas' Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. As it was
the first Star Wars film to be released in over sixteen years, it
was surrounded by a large amount of anticipation from the media.
The Phantom Menace was an enormous box-office success and remains
the most financially successful Star Wars film unadjusted for inflation.
Qui-Gon's voice, provided by Neeson, would later be heard during
a brief scene in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002).
Qui-Gon was supposed to make an appearance in Star Wars Episode
III: Revenge of the Sith (2005) as a Force Ghost, and Neeson had
hinted at involvement. However, he was ultimately unable to appear
due to a motorcycle injury, and his character is only mentioned
in the film .....