Liam John Neeson OBE (born 7 June 1952) is an Irish actor who has been nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He was born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland 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 the United States, 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, Agent Bryan Mills in Taken, Michael Collins in Michael Collins, Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Alfred Kinsey in Kinsey, Ras Al Ghul in Batman Begins 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, The Haunting, Clash of the Titans, and The A-Team.