William John "Liam" Neeson, OBE (born 7 June 1952) is an Irish actor. He is known for his roles as Oskar Schindler in Schindler's List, Michael Collins in Michael Collins, Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia film series. He has also starred in several other blockbusters, including Darkman, Rob Roy, Kingdom of Heaven, Batman Begins and Taken. He has played several characters based on real people, including Oskar Schindler, Michael Collins and Alfred Kinsey, and is set to play U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in a 2011 Steven Spielberg-directed biographical film based on the book Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Neeson was born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, the son of Katherine "Kitty" (née Brown), a cook, and Barnard Neeson, a caretaker at the local Catholic boy's primary school. He was called Liam, Irish for William, after the local priest. He was the third child in the family and the only boy among four siblings; his sisters are Elizabeth, Bernadette and Rosaline. At age nine, Neeson began boxing lessons at the All Saints Youth Club, and later became Ulster amateur senior boxing champion. It was at age