“He’s taken, officially, the name of his mother. He’s Micheal Richardson, not Micheal Neeson,” the 81-year-old actress revealed. “That wasn’t because he wanted to avoid his father’s fame, which is enormous. He wanted to hold his mother close to him, because she was a remarkable actress. Absolutely remarkable.”
Micheal was only 13 when his mother died in 2009 after hitting her head in a skiing accident. Neeson and Richardson married in 1994 and shared two sons together: Michaál and Daniel, 22.
In 2014, the “Love Actually” star opened up about his wife’s death to Anderson Cooper during a sit-down with “60 Minutes”.
“[Her death] was never real. It still kind of isn’t,” the actor expressed. “There’s periods now in our New York residence when I hear the door opening — especially the first couple of years — anytime I hear that door opening, I still think I’m going to hear her.”
“It hits you. It’s like a wave,” he added of dealing with his grief. “You just get this profound feeling of instability… the Earth isn’t stable anymore, and then it passes and it becomes more infrequent, but I still get it sometimes.”
The actor also admitted that he began drinking too much after Richardson died, but quit in 2013.
“I was just — I was drinking too much. It started since my wife died,” Liam told GQ in March 2014. “Pinot Noir: That’s all I drink. I was never into spirits or liquor, hard liquor. And I gave up the Guinness years ago, because it just past an age, it sticks to you, you know? So last year, I just thought — they’ve been throwing these action movies at me, and I thought, ‘Okay, let’s just change it a little bit.’ And it’s been great. I love it.”