Liam John Neeson, OBE is an Irish actor. In 1976, he joined the Lyric Players' Theatre in Belfast for two years. He then acted in the Arthurian film, Excalibur. Between 1982 and 1987, Neeson starred in five films; most notably alongside Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins in The Bounty and Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons in The Mission.\nHe rose to prominence when he starred in the title role in Steven Spielberg's 1993 Oscar winner Schindler's List. He has since starred in other successful films, including the title role in the historical biopic Michael Collins, the film adaptation of Victor Hugo's 1862 novel Les Misérables, the epic space opera Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace as Qui-Gon Jinn, the biographical drama Kinsey, the superhero film Batman Begins as Ra's al Ghul, the action thriller series Taken, the fantasy adventure film Clash of the Titans, the fantasy films in the The Chronicles of Narnia series, and the thriller-survival film The Grey.\nHe has been nominated for a number of awards, including an Academy Award for Best Actor, a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and three Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama.