Thursday, May 30, 2024

Vanessa Redgrave’s Grandson, Micheal Neeson, Joins Family Acting Dynasty


The Redgraves do have a family business.

First there was Sir Michael Redgrave and his wife Rachel Kempson, each famous and revered British actors. Then there were the children– Vanessa, Lynn, and Corin. The granddaughters, Vanessa’s kids– Natasha (Richardson) and Joely (Richardson), joined the business next. Not to mention those girls’ father, Natasha’s late husband, director Tony Richardson.

Now there’s Micheal Neeson, son of Liam Neeson and the beloved, late Natasha. The 20 year old grandson of Vanessa Redgrave is going to make his acting debut playing Michael Collins, the Irish revolutionary. Liam Neeson, his dad, played the role in a movie named “Michael Collins” 19 years ago.

Micheal Neeson joins the Redgrave family dynasty now. It was only a month ago that he opened a fashion boutique in London’s SoHo neighborhood. He also gave interviews about going off the deep end when his mother tragically died. Neeson went to rehab and straightened himself out.

He immediately becomes a new character for the London press to hound into submission. I hope he’s ready.

Oh that weird way of spelling Michael as “Micheal”– it’s a variant, it’s hard to remember, but will make him stick out. It was very popular in the 1950s, not so much now.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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