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99 Facts About Liam Neeson
5. Liam Neeson received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Queen's University of Belfast, at the British consulate on May 6, 2009, in New York.
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6. In 1971, Liam Neeson was enrolled as a physics and computer science student at Queen's University Belfast, before leaving to work for the Guinness Brewery.
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9. Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952, in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.
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10. Liam Neeson starred in Star Wars: Episode I and Kinsey, before claiming a string of action-hero roles in flicks like Taken.
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12. Liam Neeson took part in the novel adaptation of Les Miserables.
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16. Liam Neeson protested the anti-carriage horse campaign of New York City's Bill de Blasio citing the fact that the carriage trade was safe for employees, horses, and tourists, and was a source of livelihood for many immigrants.
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17. Liam Neeson narrated a video for Amnesty International in favor of legalizing abortion in Ireland which actually is a little surprising for a guy named after a priest and inspired by a minister.
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19. Liam Neeson moved to Hollywood after guest starring in the third season of Miami Vice in which main character Gina falls for his character, an Irish pacifist who was actually a member of a terrorist organization.
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21. Liam Neeson met actress Helen Mirren on the set of Excalibur and lived with her in London where, apparently, he did all the cooking.
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22. Liam Neeson credits First Minister Ian Paisley, founder of the Free Presbyterian Church, with inspiring him to act.
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23. At the age of nine, Liam Neeson started taking boxing lessons at the All Saints Youth Club and became a champion in his province.
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27. Liam Neeson went on to have supporting roles, albeit important ones, in the movies Kingdom of Heaven and Batman Begins.
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28. In 1999 Liam Neeson starred as a Jedi master in Star Wars: Episode 1—The Phantom Menace, the first installment in the popular series' prequel trilogy.
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30. In 2016, Liam Neeson reunited with director Martin Scorsese for the historical drama Silence.
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31. In 2010, Liam Neeson starred in The A-Team, an action drama based on the 1980s television series, and appeared as an escaped convict in the thriller The Next Three Days.
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32. Liam Neeson found a second surprise career as an action leading man with the release of Taken; an unexpected box office hit about a retired CIA agent attempting to rescue his daughter from being sold into prostitution; its box-office success led to sequels in 2012 and 2014.
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34. On Tuesday, Liam Neeson appeared on Good Morning America to clarify his comments.
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37. Liam Neeson stars as a snowplow driver in a glitzy Colorado resort town who seeks revenge when his son dies of an overdose.
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39. Liam Neeson has expressed an affection for the adhan, the Islamic call to prayer, that he grew accustomed to while filming Taken 2 in Istanbul: "By the third week, it was like I couldn't live without it.
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44. Liam Neeson narrated a video for Amnesty International in favour of the legalisation of abortion in Ireland, which some conservative and pro-life commentators criticised, calling it "creepy" and "anti-Catholic".
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49. In 2010, Liam Neeson voiced Aslan again in the sequel The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
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50. Liam Neeson provided a voice for Hayao Miyazaki's anime film Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, which received an August 2009 release.
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51. Liam Neeson plays a retired CIA operative from the elite Special Activities Division who sets about tracking down his teenage daughter after she is kidnapped.
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53. Liam Neeson went on to star as Jean Valjean in the 1998 adaptation of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables and in The Haunting as Dr David Marrow.
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54. Liam Neeson starred in the subsequent period pieces Rob Roy and Michael Collins (1996), the latter earning him a win for Best Starring Role at the Venice Film Festival and another Golden Globe nomination.
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55. Liam Neeson guest-starred in the third season of the television series Miami Vice in 1986 and moved to Hollywood to star in more high-profile roles in the next year.
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59. Liam Neeson attended teacher training college for two years in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, before again returning to his hometown.
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60. At age nine, Liam Neeson began boxing lessons at the All Saints Youth Club, going on to win a number of regional titles before discontinuing at age 17.
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62. Liam Neeson was born on 7 June 1952 in Ballymena, County Antrim, the son of Katherine "Kitty" Neeson, a cook, and Bernard "Barney" Neeson, a caretaker at the Ballymena Boys All Saints Primary School.
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63. Liam Neeson provided the voices of Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia trilogy and the titular monster in A Monster Calls (2016).
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67. In the third chapter, Liam Neeson plays a traveling promoter whose sole attraction is a limbless orator who delivers soulful recitations of Shelley's "Ozymandias" and Lincoln's.
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71. In August 2009, Liam Neeson said that he had been naturalised as a United States citizen.
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72. Liam Neeson wrote an opinion page published in The New York Times citing the carriage trade as a safe one for employees, horses and tourists and noted it was a livelihood for many immigrants.
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74. On 31 January 2014, it was reported that Liam Neeson would work with director Martin Scorsese again in an adaptation of the novel Silence.
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75. In late 2011, Liam Neeson was cast to play the lead character, a journalist, in a new album recording and arena production of Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds.
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76. Liam Neeson eventually declined the role, claiming he was "past his sell date" and had grown too old to play Lincoln.
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77. In 2010, Liam Neeson voiced the character Aslan again in the sequel The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
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79. Liam Neeson narrated the 2001 documentaries Journey into Amazing Caves, a short film about two scientists who travel around the world to search for material for potential cures, and The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Adventure.
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83. In 2017, Liam Neeson was listed by UK-based company Richtopia at number 74 in the list of 200 Most Influential Philanthropists and Social Entrepreneurs Worldwide.
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84. In 2009, at a ceremony in New York, Liam Neeson was awarded an honorary doctorate by Queen's University, Belfast.
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87. Liam Neeson lived with actress Helen Mirren during the early 1980s.
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91. Liam Neeson starred in Atom Egoyan's erotic thriller Chloe, theatrically released by Sony Pictures Classics on 26 March 2010.
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92. In 2010, Liam Neeson played Zeus in the remake of the 1981 film, Clash of the Titans.
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96. At age 9, Liam Neeson began boxing lessons at the All Saints Youth Club, going on to win a number of regional titles before discontinuing at age 17.
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98. Liam Neeson is slated to star in an honest-to-goodness comedy with Made In Italy, the directorial debut of actor James D'Arcy.
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