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Aiken at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Liam Pádraic Aiken
January 7, 1990
New York City, New York, U.S.
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".
Liam Aiken was born in New York City, the only child of Bill Aiken, an MTV producer, and an Irish-born mother, Moya Aiken. 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. 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; 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. However, as he is not British, 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".
|1998||Object of My Affection, TheThe Object of My Affection||Nathan|
|2000||I Dreamed of Africa||Emanuele Gallmann - Age 7|
|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|
|2013||How to Be a Man||Bryan|
|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"|
|1997||Doll's House, AA Doll's House||Bobby Helmer||Belasco Theatre|
Awards and nominations
|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|