Liam Aiken

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Liam Aiken
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Born
Liam Pádraic Aiken

(1990-01-07) January 7, 1990 (age 31)
EducationDwight-Englewood School
Alma materNew York University
OccupationActor
Years active1997–present

Liam Pádraic Aiken (born January 7, 1990)[1] is an American actor. He has starred in films such as Stepmom (1998), Road to Perdition (2002), and Good Boy! (2003), and played Klaus Baudelaire in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004), based on the series of books. He also starred in the films Nor'easter (2012), How to Be a Man (2013), Ned Rifle (2014) and The Bloodhound (2020).

Personal life[edit]

Aiken was born in New York City, the only child of Moya Aiken, an Irish-born artist;[2] and Bill Aiken, an MTV producer.[3] Bill died of esophageal cancer in September 1992, at age 34, when Liam was two years old.[2] Aiken grew up in New Jersey and attended Dwight-Englewood School, graduating in 2008. He then went on to major in film at New York University.[4] As of 2017, Aiken resides in Los Angeles.[2]

Career[edit]

Aiken made his professional acting debut in a Ford Motor Company commercial. He made his stage debut in the Broadway play A Doll's House at the age of seven, and his film debut in Henry Fool (1997). His first major film role came when he starred in Stepmom (1998). He appeared in Road to Perdition (2002) and the family film Good Boy! (2003). He was considered to play Cole Sear in The Sixth Sense (1999), but the character went for Haley Joel Osment.[5] He was also considered for the role of Harry Potter due to his Irish ancestry and his previous work with director Chris Columbus on Stepmom.[6] However, Daniel Radcliffe took the part.[7]

Aiken went on to play intelligent 12-year-old orphan Klaus Baudelaire in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004). He also appeared in The Killer Inside Me (2010). In September 2011, he appeared in the CBS series A Gifted Man. From 2012 to 2015, he narrated the audiobook versions of All the Wrong Questions, a prequel series to A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Henry Fool Ned
1998 Montana Kid
The Object of My Affection Nathan
Stepmom Ben Harrison
2000 I Dreamed of Africa Emanuele Gallmann (age 7)
2001 Sweet November Abner
The 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 The Killer Inside Me Johnnie Pappas
2012 Electrick Children Mr. Will
Girls Against Boys Tyler
Nor'easter Boy/Josh Green [8]
2013 Munchausen Son Short film
How to Be a Man Bryan
2014 Ned Rifle Ned
2015 The Frontier Eddie
Weepah Way for Now Reed
Let Me Down Easy Hezekiah Short film
2016 Like Lambs Charlie Masters [9]
2017 The Emoji Movie Ronnie Ram Tech
2017 The Honor Farm Sinclair
2020 The Bloodhound Francis [10]
2021[11] Montauk J.R. previously called Kingfish[12]
TBA Bashira Andy [13]
TBA Cleveland Ethan

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998-2007 Law & Order Jack Ericson/Tory Quinlann 2 episodes
2002-2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Robbie Bishop/Jason 2 episodes
2011 A Gifted Man Milo 2 episodes
2013 Mad Men Rolo Episode: The Quality of Mercy
2018 I'm Dying Up Here Howard Episode: Plus One

Stage[edit]

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

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Klaus Baudelaire Voice

Awards and nominations[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WHEN WAS LIAM AIKEN (ACTOR) BORN?". Almanac. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Christopher, Rita (May 31, 2017). "Moya Aiken: Finding the Inner Artist". Zip06.com. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  3. ^ Hill, Logan. "Unfortunate Son". New York.
  4. ^ Ja, Irene (September 2, 2008). "Famous faces join campus". Washington Square News. Archived from the original on December 3, 2008. Retrieved October 22, 2008.
  5. ^ "Unfortunate Son". New York Magazine. Retrieved December 22, 2020.
  6. ^ "Rumours raging over American Harry Potter". The Guardian. July 20, 2000. Retrieved December 22, 2020.
  7. ^ "BBC News - ENTERTAINMENT - Python joins Potter cast". news.bbc.co.uk.
  8. ^ "Nor'easter". Variety. Retrieved December 24, 2020.
  9. ^ "First Wave of Features from 40th Annual Atlanta Film Festival Announced!". Atlanta Film Festival. Retrieved February 14, 2021.
  10. ^ "Arrow Buys Mystery-Thriller 'The Bloodhound' For English-Speaking Territories – AFM". DeadLine. November 30, 2020.
  11. ^ "Montauk (2021)". SSS Entertainment. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  12. ^ "Charlyne Yi Boards 'Second Act'; Molly Ringwald Cast In YA Film 'Kingfish'; Robert Scott Wilson Joins 'Relic'". DeadLine. November 8, 2017.
  13. ^ "Horror film 'Bashira' shooting in Buffalo, creating local jobs". News.WBFO. July 25, 2018.

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