Liam Aiken

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Liam Aiken
Born Liam Pádraic Aiken
(1990-01-07) January 7, 1990 (age 24)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1997–present

Liam Pádraic Aiken (born January 7, 1990) is an American actor who has starred in a number of films, such as Stepmom and Good Boy!. He starred as Klaus Baudelaire in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, based on the series of books. His newest movie is called "How to Be A Man".

Early life[edit]

Liam Aiken was born in New York City, the only child of Bill Aiken, an MTV producer, and an Irish-born mother, Moya Aiken.[1] His father died of cancer in October 1992 at age 34, when Liam was 2 1/2 years old. Shortly after the death of his father, Liam was urged by his mother to start acting so he could fund his college education.[citation needed] He attended Dwight Englewood School and graduating 2008. He then went on to major in film at NYU. He made his professional acting debut in a Ford Motor Company Windstar commercial. Aiken made his stage debut in the Broadway play A Doll's House at the age of seven and his film debut playing Parker Posey's son in Henry Fool in the same year.


Aiken's first major film role was playing Susan Sarandon's character's young son in Stepmom in 1998, which also starred Julia Roberts and Jena Malone. He appeared as Tom Hanks' younger son in the 2002 film Road to Perdition. He starred in the 2003 family film Good Boy! about dogs from space, playing the lead Owen Baker. He turned down the role of Cole Sear in The Sixth Sense (1999) because his mother felt he was too young for the death-fixated role;[citation needed] the role went instead to Haley Joel Osment. Aiken was also considered for the role of Harry Potter as he had previously worked with director Chris Columbus on Stepmom.[2] However, as he is not British,[3] Daniel Radcliffe took the part. In 2004 Aiken went on to play the intelligent 12-year-old orphan Klaus Baudelaire in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. In March 2009, Aiken was cast as Johnnie Pappas in Michael Winterbottom's remake of The Killer Inside Me, starring Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson.

In September 2011 he starred in the American TV show A Gifted Man on CBS.

In 2012, he read the audiobook version of Who Could That Be At This Hour?, the first installment of All the Wrong Questions, a prequel series to A Series of Unfortunate Events. In 2013, he again read the second audiobook installment of "all the wrong questions".

In the fall of 2008, Aiken entered New York University as an undergraduate, studying film and television.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Henry Fool Ned
1998 Montana Kid
1998 Object of My Affection, TheThe Object of My Affection Nathan
1998 Stepmom Ben Harrison
2000 I Dreamed of Africa Emanuele Gallmann - Age 7
2001 Sweet November Abner
2001 Rising Place, TheThe Rising Place Emmett Wilder
2002 Road to Perdition Peter Sullivan
2003 Good Boy! Owen Baker
2004 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Klaus Baudelaire
2006 Fay Grim Ned Grim
2010 Killer Inside Me, TheThe Killer Inside Me Johnnie Pappas
2012 Electrick Children Mr. Will
2012 Girls Against Boys Tyler
2012 Munchausen Son Short film
2013 How to Be a Man Bryan
2014 Ned Rifle Ned Production


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Law & Order Jack Ericson Episode: "Disappeared"
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Robbie Bishop Episode: "Bright Boy"
2004 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Klaus Baudelaire (voice) Video game
2007 Law & Order Tory Quinlann Episode: "Captive"
2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jason Episode: "Salome in Manhattan"
2011 Gifted Man, AA Gifted Man Milo Episodes: "Pilot", "In Case of Missed Communication"
2013 Mad Men Rolo Episode: "The Quality of Mercy"


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Doll's House, AA Doll's House Bobby Helmer Belasco Theatre

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Category Result Work
Young Artist Award 1999 Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actor Age Ten or Younger Won Stepmom
2003 Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor Nominated Road to Perdition
2004 Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor Nominated Good Boy!
2005 Nominated Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Critics Choice Award 2005 Best Young Actor Nominated


  1. ^ Hill, Logan. "Unfortunate Son". New York. 
  2. ^ Guardian UK (accessed June 24, 2007)
  3. ^ Rowling insists actor to play Harry Potter is British
  4. ^ Ja, Irene (September 2, 2008). "Famous faces join campus". Washington Square News. Retrieved October 22, 2008. 

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