Liam Neeson was born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland on June 7, 1952 and was the only son of Barney and Kitty Neeson.
Liam Neeson started appearing on stage in school plays at the age of 10 and was also involved in boxing which later came to an abrupt end at the age of 16.
Neeson told The Belfast Telegraph, “Everything revolved around school, amateur boxing, sports after school. My happiest memories were working on my uncle’s little farm in the summertime, making hay and milking cows.”
He got his first lead role in 1981 in a movie, Excalibur. He went on to get another lead role Steven Spielberg’s classic Schindler’s List. The movie earned him an award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, even though he wasn’t all that happy with his performance.
He said when appearing on The Late Late Show, one of Ireland’s most popular television shows, “To me, it’s not one of my better performances. I think it’s a wonderful film.
Steven’s done a really extraordinary film. I’m not happy with my performance. Because I don’t see any of me in it, me, Liam Neeson. And Steven directed me very, very, very, very minutely.
There were times — there’s a shot there of me with a cigarette, and I was a smoker at the time — he’d be telling me when to smoke, he’d be telling me when to breathe, and I remember thinking, ‘I can’t handle this, I’m not a puppet.”
He continued: “Anyway, there’s a lot of scenes, so when I see it, I’m aware of Steven directing me and exactly how I’d hold the cigarette, and when to breathe, and when to look here, and when to look there,” Liam Neeson added. “So I’m not happy with my performance, even though I think the film is masterful.”
Liam Neeson continued climbing the ladder of success and was at the peak of his career when he lost his wife Richardson.
While working on the set of Excalibur, he met co-star Helen Mirren. At that point Helen was already a star was seven years older than Liam.
Liam told the New York Times, “She was so sexy. I thought, ‘Gosh, that’s Helen Mirren’! She was as beautiful up close as on stage. Just so human, I was in love with this extraordinary human being.”
The two decided to live together and they never split until after 5 years.
Liam knew Helen was older but never cared to ask about her age before starting things with her, they were so in love.
While they were living together, Helen was already a big star while Liam was struggling with getting gigs.
“It was difficult for him to be under my shadow,” Mirren told The New York Times. “I was well known; I had the money.”
They decided to part ways and Liam handled it withe “great elegance and grace.”
After losing his wife Richardson, Liam was strong enough to make a comeback and we hope we is doing perfectly fine.