On June 7, 1952, Irish actor Liam Neeson was born in Ballymena, Co Antrim. We celebrate his exceptional career with a list of his top ten movies.
Happy birthday, Liam Neeson! Today we celebrate the 66th birthday of everyone's favorite Irish actor, and what better way to do it than to look back on some of his best film roles.
The best role he’s taken on? From Michael Collins to Oskar Schindler and even Batman’s arch enemy, the Oscar-winning star has had quite a career.
Here’s a rundown of their choices and the trailers to their top movies. Disagree with us? Make sure to let us know your own favorite Liam Neeson movies in the comments section, below.
10. Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
One of the main protagonists in the first of the prequels Neeson plays a Jedi Knight and the mentor of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
9. Allister Little in Five Minutes of Heaven
Neeson plays a former leader of a UVF cell who killed a Catholic in his house, in Lurgan, in front of his little brother. Having served 12 years in prison, and after 33 years, a TV production brings Little and his victim’s brother together.
8. Peyton Westlake in Darkman
Neeson plays a superhero and scientist Peyton Westlake who was attacked and left for dead by ruthless mobsters. He produces a synthetic skin which he uses to disguise himself and seek revenge.
6. Brian Mills in Taken
Neeson plays a badass dad in this series, there are three now, of action movies. A former CIA agent Mills travels to Paris to rescue his daughter from the captures.
5. Henri Ducard / Ra's al Ghul in Batman Begins
Ra's al Ghul is a mentor and trainer to Bruce Wayne. He recruited him into the League of Shadows to destroy Gotham City. A rare occurrence where the soft-voiced actor plays the baddie!
4. Michael Collins in Michael Collins
In the title role of Michael Collins, the actor played the Irish patriot and revolutionary who died in the Irish Civil War.
3. Alfred Charles Kinsey in Kinsey
Neeson plays the title role as the famous pioneer in the area of sexology.
2. Rob Roy MacGregor in Rob Roy
Rob Roy tells the tale of an 18th-century Scottish clan chief, Neeson of course, who battles with an unscrupulous nobleman in the Scottish Highlands.
1. Oskar Schindler in Schindler’s List
This incredible movie is the story of Schindler (Neeson) a greedy German businessman who becomes an unlikely humanitarian amid the barbaric Nazi reign when he feels compelled to turn his factory into a refuge for Jews.
What's your favorite Liam Neeson movie? Let us know in the comments section, below.
*Originally published in June 2016.