An impish child actor, Liam Aiken made his name in the late 1990s by stealing scenes from such seasoned pros as Ed Harris, Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Kim Basinger and Parker Posey--all before his...
TV debut on an episode of the top-rated series "Law & Order"
Played Susan Sarandon and Ed Harris' mischievous, scene-stealing son in the family comedy/drama "Stepmom"
Acted opposite Janet McTeer in the Broadway revival of Ibsen's "A Doll's House"
Had featured role as Kim Basinger's son in the adventure drama "I Dreamed of Africa"
Starred as orphan Klaus Baudelaire in "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" an adaptation of Daniel Handler's beloved children's-book series
Feature film acting debut, played Parker Posey's son in "Henry Fool"
Appeared in "Sweet November", a remake of the 1968 Sandy Dennis/Anthony Newley film starring Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron
Cast as Tom Hanks' son in "Road to Perdition" directed by Sam Mendes
Had minor role as Paul Rudd's student in the romantic comedy "The Object of My Affection"
Co-starred in the World War II drama "The Rising Place" (lensed 1999)
An impish child actor, Liam Aiken made his name in the late 1990s by stealing scenes from such seasoned pros as Ed Harris, Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Kim Basinger and Parker Posey--all before his tenth birthday. Born in New York City, this adorable little boy made his Broadway debut at age seven in the award-winning production of Ibsen's "A Doll's House" (1997) as one of the two sons abandoned by Janet McTeer's confused Nora. Next came the small, but memorable role as the long-suffering child of Posey's sharp-tongued tart in the delightful comedy "Henry Fool" (1997), followed by a cameo as Paul Rudd's student in the romantic comedy "The Object of My Affection" (1998) and a turn as Harris and Sarandon's precocious offspring in the maudlin misfire "Stepmom" (1998). Although Aiken was praised for the range of emotion he revealed, alternating between lovable moppet and distraught child facing his mother's death, this by-the-books, big screen disease-of-the-week movie received a lukewarm response from critics and audiences alike. Aiken offered another good performance as Emanuele, son to Kim Basinger's Kuki, in the overblown, critically panned travelogue "I Dreamed of Africa" (2000). He later appeared in the World War II drama "The Rising Place" (lensed 1999) and "Sweet November" (2001), a remake of the 1968 Sandy Dennis/Anthony Newley weeper that starred Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron.
worked at MTV; died of cancer in October 1992 at age 34
"The moment Liam stepped in the room, I knew our search was over. Liam was adorable. Mischievous. Funny. Smart. And, most importantly, real. His reading of the film's final scene was heartbreaking. We had our Ben." --Chris Columbus, director "Stepmom".