William John Neeson is an actor from Northern Ireland. He has received several accolades, including nominations for an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, and two Tony Awards. In 2020, he was placed 7th on The Irish Times list of Ireland's 50 Greatest Film Actors. Neeson was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2000. In 1976, Neeson joined the Lyric Players' Theatre in Belfast for two years. He then acted in the Arthurian film Excalibur (1981). He appeared in supporting roles in The Bounty (1984), The Mission (1986), and Husbands and Wives (1992). He rose to prominence after his leading performance as Oskar Schindler in Steven Spielberg's holocaust drama Schindler's List (1993). He continued to star in dramas such as Nell (1994), Rob Roy (1995), Michael Collins (1996), and Les Misérables (1998). In 1999 he took the role of Qui-Gon Jinn in George Lucas' space opera Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999). He then started to balance his work between critically acclaimed dramas and blockbuster work in franchises. He portrayed Ra's al Ghul in Batman Begins (2005) and Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia trilogy (2005–2010). During this time he also appeared in Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York (2002), the romantic comedy Love Actually (2003), and the biographical drama Kinsey (2004). Since 2009, Neeson cemented himself as an action star with the action thriller series Taken (2008–2014), The A-Team (2010), Unknown (2011), The Grey (2011), Wrath of the Titans (2012), Non-Stop (2013), A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014), and The Commuter (2018). He has also starred in Martin Scorsese's religious epic Silence (2016), the fantasy drama A Monster Calls (2016), Steve McQueen's heist drama Widows (2018), the Coen brothers' western The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), and the romantic drama Ordinary Love (2019). Neeson is also known for his work on stage. He made his Broadway debut in 1993 with his performance in Matt Burke in the revival of Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie earning a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play nomination. He then starred as Oscar Wilde in David Hare's The Judas Kiss in 1998. He received his second Tony Award nomination for his performance in the 2002 Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's The Crucible.
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