Liam Aiken

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Liam Aiken
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Born(1990-01-07) January 7, 1990 (age 24)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1997–present
 
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Liam Aiken
Liamaiken.jpg
Born(1990-01-07) January 7, 1990 (age 24)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1997–present

Liam Pádraic Aiken (born January 7, 1990) is an American actor. He has starred 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.

Early life[edit]

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.[1] Bill died of cancer in October 1992, at age 34, when Liam was two years old. Shortly after the death of his father, Aiken was urged by his mother to start acting so he could fund his college education.[citation needed] He attended Dwight Englewood School, graduating in 2008. He then went on to major in film at New York University.[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 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] He was also considered for the role of Harry Potter as he had previously worked with director Chris Columbus on Stepmom.[3] However, as he is not British,[4] 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. 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".

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1997Henry FoolNed
1998MontanaKid
1998Object of My Affection, TheThe Object of My AffectionNathan
1998StepmomBen Harrison
2000I Dreamed of AfricaEmanuele Gallmann (age 7)
2001Sweet NovemberAbner
2001Rising Place, TheThe Rising PlaceEmmett Wilder
2002Road to PerditionPeter Sullivan
2003Good Boy!Owen Baker
2004Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate EventsKlaus Baudelaire
2006Fay GrimNed Grim
2010Killer Inside Me, TheThe Killer Inside MeJohnnie Pappas
2012Electrick ChildrenMr. Will
2012Girls Against BoysTyler
2012MunchausenSonShort film
2013How to Be a ManBryan
2014Ned RifleNed

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1998Law & OrderJack EricsonEpisode: "Disappeared"
2002Law & Order: Criminal IntentRobbie BishopEpisode: "Bright Boy"
2007Law & OrderTory QuinlannEpisode: "Captive"
2009Law & Order: Criminal IntentJasonEpisode: "Salome in Manhattan"
2011Gifted Man, AA Gifted ManMilo2 episodes
2013Mad MenRoloEpisode: "The Quality of Mercy"

Stage[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1997Doll's House, AA Doll's HouseBobby HelmerBelasco Theatre

Video games[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2004Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate EventsKlaus BaudelaireVoice

Awards and nominations[edit]

AwardYearCategoryResultWork
1999Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actor Age Ten or YoungerWonStepmom
2003Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young ActorNominatedRoad to Perdition
2004Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActorNominatedGood Boy!
2005Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActorNominatedLemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
2005Critics Choice AwardBest Young ActorNominatedLemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

References[edit]

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

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