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Made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in December 1999

Neeson suffered a broken pelvis when his motorcycle collided with a deer near his upstate New York home on July 11, 2000.

"Doing ['Schindler's List'] made me aware of the importance of what you say on a 20-foot screen that 20 million people are going to see. There's a responsibility. It's not that I wanted to play good guys all the time. But it made me wary of doing a piece of trash just because it had a large budget. Not that there's anything wrong with entertainment, and Hollywood will churn that out regardless. It's just that I was suddenly made aware of the responsbilities I have as an actor."---Liam Neeson quoted in Los Angeles Times, November 20, 1994.

"It comes to the point where you feel raped, where nothing is private and everybody and his fucking mother knows something about my personal life. You come away feeling cheap and tacky."---Neeson on the tabloid press to USA Today, April 3, 1995.

"I'm the luckiest guy in the world. I get a chance to do something I love and they pay me lots of money for it. This is an honor to sit with you in this beautiful hotel in Los Angeles. It should be wintertime, man. I should be working in some factory in Belfast. But I'm not. I give thanks for that."---Neeson quoted in Movieline, May 1999.

"There's actors who want to know what their character had for breakfast last Tuesday. I'm not from that school. I had this amazing costume, half samurai, half Arthurian, and just having that on I got the guy. I knew how he stood. So do I know this world? Yes, I do. But if I have to describe it, I can't."---Neeson on how he as an actor approached Qui-Gon Jinn, his character in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" to Movieline, May 1999.

In perhaps a pique of anger, he reportedly told Jeannie Williams of USA Today that he was quitting movie work. Neeson later backtracked claiming it had been prompted by overwork.

"I don't set out to play real people; what usually motivates me is the quality of the writing. But yeah, I guess I may subconsciously seek them out. These are people who stand for something, something that is good to remind audiences of; they had a code of ethics that you perhaps don't find anymore."---Neeson on playing historical characters such as Oskar Schindler and Alfred Kinsey to The Observer, October 13, 2002.

"We're all groping our way through life and hoping we'll be accepted and tolerated. And, God bless people like Kinsey who can kind of shine a light into a murky area of our humanity."---Liam Neeson talking about Alfred Kinsey, who he portrayed in "Kinsey" to Cynthia McFadden of ABC's Primetime Live, October 14, 2004.

"I thought I'd be the pipe-smoking, roaring-fire, cardigan-wearing dad, and I became totally frozen," he admits. "I looked at my wife with pleading eyes: 'You go first!' She went first."---Neeson, on how he reacted when he sons asked him about sex, quoted to People, November 22, 2004.

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