Liam Aiken

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Liam Aiken
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Born
Liam Pádraic Aiken

(1990-01-07) January 7, 1990 (age 31)
New York City, U.S.
Education Dwight-Englewood School
Alma mater New 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), Ned Rifle (2014) and The Bloodhound (2020).

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Personal life

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

Aiken made his professional acting debut in a Ford Motor Company commercial by Ford Aerostar. [3] He made his stage debut in the Broadway play A Doll's House at the age of seven, [5] 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. [3] 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). [8] In September 2011, he appeared in the CBS series A Gifted Man . [9] From 2012 to 2015, he narrated the audiobook versions of All the Wrong Questions , a prequel series to A Series of Unfortunate Events. [10]

In 2012, he portrayed a boy who returns home after being missing for years in Nor'easter , directed by Andrew Brotzman. [11] In 2014, he played the title role in Ned Rifle , the third film in a trilogy that began with Henry Fool and continued with Fay Grim (2006). [12] In 2020, he co-starred The Bloodhound , a mystery film inspired by the Edgar Allan Poe short story "The Fall of the House of Usher." [13]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1997 Henry Fool Ned [14]
1998 Montana Kid
The Object of My Affection Nathan
Stepmom Ben Harrison [14]
2000 I Dreamed of Africa Emanuele Gallmann (age 7) [14]
2001 Sweet November Abner [14]
The Rising Place Emmett Wilder
2002 Road to Perdition Peter Sullivan [14]
2003 Good Boy! Owen Baker [14]
2004 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Klaus Baudelaire [14]
2006 Fay Grim Ned Grim [14]
2010 The Killer Inside Me Johnnie Pappas [14]
2012 Electrick Children Mr. Will [14]
Girls Against Boys Tyler [14]
Nor'easter Boy/Josh Green [14] [15]
2013 Munchausen SonShort film
How to Be a Man Bryan
2014 Ned Rifle Ned [14]
2015 The Frontier Eddie [14]
Weepah Way for Now Reed
Let Me Down EasyHezekiahShort film
2016 Like Lambs Charlie Masters [16]
2017 The Emoji Movie Ronnie Ram Tech [14]
2017 The Honor Farm Sinclair [14]
2020 The Bloodhound Francis [14] [17]
2021 [18] MontaukJ.R.previously called Kingfish [19]
TBABashiraAndy [20]
TBAClevelandEthan

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1998, 2007 Law & Order Jack Ericson/Tory Quinlann2 episodes [14]
2002, 2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Robbie Bishop/Jason2 episodes [14]
2011 A Gifted Man Milo2 episodes [14]
2013 Mad Men RoloEpisode: "The Quality of Mercy" [14]
2018 I'm Dying Up Here HowardEpisode: "Plus One"

Stage

YearTitleRoleNotes
1997 A Doll's House Bobby Helmer Belasco Theatre [5]

Video games

YearTitleRoleNotes
2004 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Klaus BaudelaireVoice

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryResultWorkNotes
1999 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actor Age Ten or YoungerWon Stepmom [21]
2003Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young ActorNominated Road to Perdition [22]
2004Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActorNominated Good Boy! [23]
2005Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young ActorNominated Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events [24]
Critics Choice Award Best Young ActorNominated [25]

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