Fame took a long time to reach Liam Neeson but when it did, it transformed him from near obscurity to becoming the first choice for strong, leading-man roles in Hollywood. Although he began acting as young as 11 years, he spent his late twenties struggling to make a mark in Irish regional theater.
In his mid-thirties, he found himself doing supporting roles in television miniseries. It was only in his forties he became successful in sculpting an image of an intense actor.
After essaying the lead role of Oskar Schindler in Schindler’s List (1993), a Holocaust film by Steven Spielberg nominated for an Oscar, Neeson started gaining recognition. People started putting him in the category of Michael Collins, Rob Roy, and Gangs of New York. Neeson bagged the starring role in the much-awaited prequel to the Star Wars trilogy, Episode I - The Phantom Menace when he was 47. The film put him right at the top of the Hollywood list.