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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. He has starred in films such as Stepmom (1998) and Good Boy! (2003), and played Klaus Baudelaire in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004), based on the series of books.
Aiken was born in New York City, New York, the only child of an Irish-born mother, Moya Aiken, and Bill Aiken, an MTV producer. Bill died of cancer in October 1992, at age 34, when Liam was two years old. He attended Dwight Englewood School, graduating in 2008. He then went on to major in film at New York University.
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 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. He 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.
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 starred 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.
|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|
|Let Me Down Easy||Hezekiah||Short|
|1998||Law & Order||Jack Ericson||Episode: "Disappeared"|
|2002||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Robbie Bishop||Episode: "Bright Boy"|
|2007||Law & Order||Tory Quinlann||Episode: "Captive"|
|2009||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Jason||Episode: "Salome in Manhattan"|
|2011||Gifted Man, AA Gifted Man||Milo||2 episodes|
|2013||Mad Men||Rolo||Episode: "The Quality of Mercy"|
|1997||Doll's House, AA Doll's House||Bobby Helmer||Belasco Theatre|
|2004||Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events||Klaus Baudelaire||Voice|
Awards and nominations
|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|
|2005||Critics Choice Award||Best Young Actor||Nominated||Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events|
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- Ja, Irene (September 2, 2008). "Famous faces join campus". Washington Square News. Retrieved October 22, 2008.
- Guardian UK (accessed June 24, 2007)
- Rowling insists actor to play Harry Potter is British