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   Source:  Cosmopolitan, Dec 1991 v211 n6 p60(1).
    Title:  Rugged, romantic Liam Neeson.
   Author:  Susan Spillman
 Abstract:  Irish-born actor Liam Neeson began his career in the theater in
Britain and then moved to Hollywood for film and TV roles. Neeson is unmarried
and has been linked with Julia Roberts and Barbra Streisand.
 Subjects:  Motion picture actors and actresses - Biography
   People:  Neeson, Liam - Biography
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Full Text COPYRIGHT The Hearst Corp. 1991

Irish-born Liam Neeson admits that fans have asked for autographs, thinking
he's William Hurt.  And just the other night at a disco, some star watchers
insisted he was Harrison Ford.

"It's amusing, and it's kind of flattening," says the easygoing Neeson--who's
been linked romantically with Julia Roberts and Barbra Streisand--in his
melodic brogue.  Maybe so, but this misidentification is unlikely to continue,
since moviegoers will soon be seeing much, much more of the
thirty-nine-year-old actor, who played Diane Keaton's sexy lover in 1988's The
Good Mother and starred as the tragically disfigured scientist in last year's

Nesson, currently on-screen as an unemployed coal miner forced to become a
bare-knuckle boxer in Crossing the Line, will be seen nationwide next month as
a nasty Nazi who makes life miserable for Melanie Griffith and Michael Douglas
in Shining Through.  Then, before you can catch your breath, Neeson will
appear as a seedy private investigator who checks out Laura San Giacomo in the
erotic thriller Under Suspicion.  At the moment, he's filming Ruby Cairo, a
suspenseful love story with Andie MacDowell, due out next year.

Such demand should dash the regrets Neeson has about flunking out of Saint
Mary's teaching school in England.  Initially headed for a career in
education, following the path of two of his three sisters, he failed the exam
to be promoted into his third year at the training college.  "I always regret
not actually finishing," he muses.

Yet Neeson confesses that even before the exam, he suspected he might not be
cut out for the classroom.  "I was a dead pushover," he admits of his efforts
to discipline spirited thirteen- and fourteen-year-old girls while student
teaching.  "At that age, they've so clever," he says, "and they'd flirt."

It's easy to see why too.  Chatting over chardonnay at the bar of the Four
Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Neeson exudes a gentle warmth that belies his
six-foot-four-inch frame and rugged good looks.  Dressed in a jacket over
sweatshirt and sweatpants, with high-top Converse sneakers, he's also
remarkably down-to-earth.

Neeson has enjoyed acting from an early age.  He peformed in school plays and
continued studying drama at Saint Mary's.  But it wasn't until a friend dared
him to that he actually took the plunge professionally.  After leaving
college, Neeson moved back to Belfast and worked--"in charge of Xerox machines
and copying"--in an architect's office.  He used to brag to coworkers about
his plans to become an actor.  "One day, someone called my bluff," Neeson
recalls.  "He said, 'There's a phone. . . .  Call up the Lyric Players Theater
and ask for an audition.'"  Neeson did and, by fluke, reached the theater's
owner, who just happened to need an actor his height and age for an upcoming

After a few years with the Lyric, Neeson moved to Dublin, where he joined the
distinguished Abbey Theater.  While starring in Of Mice and Men in 1980, he
was spotted by director John Boorman and cast in his first feature film, as
Sir Gawain in Excalibur.

The next stop was London, where Neeson spent seven years, working in theater,
film, and television, including parts in several American miniseries.  His
experience with the latter encouraged Neeson to move, four years ago, to Los
Angeles, where most major movie and TV roles are cast.

Never married, he lives alone in a home in the Hollywood Hills.  Being solo
suits Neeson's spontaneous and casual life-style, he says.  "I like being able
to pack a suitcase and head off somewhere."  Even so, Neeson, who describes
himself as "a late developer," confesses he's starting to feel a biological
clock of sorts ticking inside.  "I really gravitate to children, "he says.  "I
always have, but over the last year, I've begun to seek them out. . . .  I'd
like to have kids maybe someday, you know . . . but you have to find

Still unattached, Neeson lived with Julia Roberts for a time after the two met
while making 1988's hugely unsung Satisfaction.  He's also been linked with
Barbra Streisand, whom he says is "a great lady.  She's also a friend."

Neeson confides that he has a nightmare of finding himself, in his midfifties,
in a bar trying to hit on two young women.  In the fantasy, he excuses himself
to go to the men's room.  The walls are so thin there that he overhears the
same two women talking about what a pathetic old codger he is.  "Then I look
in the men's-room mirror," he says, "and see myself as I really am.  I'm kind
of going bald, but the hairs are all combed forward to hide the baldness. . .

"I laugh about it now," he adds, "but the more I think about it, the more it
becomes a warning."

Still, Neeson is also quick to note, "I don't like the expression settling
down.  It's important to keep your individuality."
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