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William John 'Liam' Neeson OBE (born June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland) is an Oscar-nominated Northern Irish actor who provided the voice for James in Fallout 3.
Neeson is the son of Katherine "Kitty" (née Brown), a cook, and Barnard "Barney" Neeson, a caretaker at the local Catholic girls' primary school. Before his acting career, he had worked as a fork-lift driver at a Guinness factory, and a truck driver. He even spent a short amount of time playing for Bohemians, a professional Irish football club, due to prowess in football while he was enrolled in college.
In his first film appearance, he starred as Jesus Christ in the religious film Pilgrim's Progress directed by Ken Anderson. His movie and TV roles include Dr. Peyton Westlake in Darkman, Oskar Schindler in the 1993 film Schindler's List, the Star Wars prequel trilogy as Qui-Gon Jinn, in Kingdom of Heaven as Godfrey, The Chronicles of Narnia where he voiced Aslan and Batman Begins as Ra's al Ghul. In the 2007 movie, Taken, he plays a retired Central Intelligence Agency agent who travels to Europe to save his daughter from kidnappers, who intended to sell his daughter. He has also played real-life characters, including Michael Collins, Alfred Kinsey and Oskar Schindler. He starred as John "Hannibal" Smith in the A-Team movie released on June 11, 2010. He reprised his role as Bryan Mills in the 2012 film Taken 2.
Other work (excerpt)
|1993||Schindler's List||Oskar Schindler|
|1999||Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace||Qui-Gon Jinn|
|2005||Batman Begins||Henri Ducard/Ra's al Ghul|
Behind the scenes
Being in a main role in Fallout 3, Neeson recorded a considerable amount of dialogue for the game. The game designers intended the character of James to be very similar to the stance, behaviors and traits of Neeson (even the model is similar to an extent). "It's been a pleasure bringing the father to life and working with the wonderfully talented people at Bethesda on Fallout 3", said Neeson. "I hope the fans of the franchise and the game will be excited by the results."
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