Liam McIntyre is an Australian actor, best known for playing the title role in the second and third season of ‘Starz’ network's television series ‘Spartacus.’ Spartacus was initially played by actor Andy Whitfield who passed away on September 11, 2011, after suffering from non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Before his death, Whitfield had suggested McIntyre's name to replace him in the series. As it turned out, McIntyre's role in ‘Spartacus’ ended up being his big breakthrough in his acting career. In 2014, he was honored with ‘IGN Award’ for ‘Best TV Hero’ for his performance in ‘Spartacus.’ Subsequently, McIntyre landed supporting roles in films, such as ‘The Legend of Hercules’ and ‘Security.’ Apart from acting, McIntyre has also voiced video game characters in games, such as ‘Gears of War 4’ and ‘Gears 5.’
Childhood & Early Life
Liam James McIntyre was born on February 8, 1982, in Adelaide, Australia. His parents got divorced when he was just two years old. Subsequently, he and his mother moved to Melbourne, where he was raised by his mother and maternal grandmother.
Influenced by his grandmother, McIntyre developed an interest in painting at a young age. H e then moved to Ireland to study business as an exchange student. After returning to Australia, he started his acting career by appearing in short films.
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Liam McIntyre started his career in 2007 when he was cast to play Antonio in Alistair Marks-directed short film ‘Shotgun! [An Opening Sequence].’ In the same year, he landed the role of Nigel in another short film titled ‘Fancy’ which was written and directed by Luke Richardson.
He made his feature film debut in 2009 when he was cast to play Lance Corporal Christopher Bragi in Nathaniel Iwaszko-directed horror film ‘Niflheim: Blood & Bullets.’ In 2009, he also played the lead role of Harry in Cassie Dart-directed comedy short film ‘Anniversary.’
McIntyre made his TV debut in 2010 when he made guest appearances in popular television series ‘Neighbours’ and ‘Rush.’ He also made his US television debut in the same year, when he played Lew in an episode titled ‘Iwo Jima’ in the popular TV mini-series ‘The Pacific.’ In 2010, he was also seen playing prominent roles in three short films, namely ‘Bottled Up,’ ‘Radev,’ and ‘A Bitter Sip of Life.’
In 2011, he played Simon in Ben Shackleford-directed science-fiction film ‘Ektopos.’ He then portrayed Ryan in Daniel Knight-directed short comedy film ‘Blood on the Game Dice’ for which he also wrote additional dialogue.
When Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, McIntyre replaced him to play the lead role in ‘Spartacus: Vengeance.’ After Whitfield's death, ‘Starz’ television network signed McIntyre to play the title role in the third and final season, ‘Spartacus: War of the Damned.’ McIntyre played Spartacus from 2012 to 2013, appearing in 20 episodes.
McIntyre’s popularity increased after playing Spartacus. Subsequently, he landed the role of Sotiris in the 2014 Renny Harlin-directed American action fantasy film ‘The Legend of Hercules.’ In 2014, he was also cast to play Mark Mardon (Weather Wizard) in the superhero television series ‘The Flash.’ The following year, he portrayed Luke Delaney in Robert Chuter-directed drama film ‘The Dream Children.’
In 2016, he played Bronlo the Slayer in a television series titled ‘The Wizards of Aus.’ He then played Eremon in Castille Landon-directed adventure-comedy film ‘Albion: The Enchanted Stallion.’ In the same year, he voiced the lead character JD Fenix in the fourth installment of the popular third-person shooter video game series, ‘Gears of War.’ Apart from lending his voice, McIntyre also lent his moves and facial features to the lead character. He would go on to reprise his role as JD Fenix in 2019 in ‘Gears 5.’
From 2016 to 2017, he played Girth Hemsworth in three episodes of comedy series ‘Con Man.’ In 2017, he became part of the main cast of an Australian television drama series titled ‘Pulse.’ In the series, he played Dr. Eli Nader, appearing in eight episodes. In the same year, he was cast to play important roles in three feature films, namely ‘Apple of My Eye,’ ‘Security,’ and ‘The Clearing.’
In 2018, he was cast to play a prominent role in a romantic-drama film titled ‘See You Soon.’ In the same year, he voiced George Harkness (Captain Boomerang) in Sam Liu-directed animated superhero film ‘Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay.’ From 2018 to 2019, he voiced Commander Pyre in 11 episodes of an American animated television series titled ‘Star Wars Resistance.’
Family & Personal Life
Before establishing himself as an actor, Liam McIntyre took up odd jobs to support himself. Interestingly, he was working as a film booker for a chain of theatres at the time when he landed the opportunity to play the title role in ‘Spartacus: Vengeance.’
McIntyre started dating Australian actress and singer Erin Hasan in 2010. The couple got engaged in December 2012 at ‘Disney World.’ McIntyre married Hasan on January 5, 2014, at ‘St John’s Anglican Church’ in Toorak. The wedding was attended by many celebrities, including McIntyre's ‘Spartacus’ costars. The wedding was followed by a reception at ‘Rippon Lea Estate’ in Melbourne.
On January 6, 2017, McIntyre was at the ‘Fort Lauderdale’ airport in Florida, USA, when a mass shooting took place at the airport. McIntyre was supposed to be in ‘Terminal 2’ at about 1 pm when the gunman opened fire, killing five people. Fortunately, the actor had left ‘Terminal 2’ to wish his wife farewell. He then shared details of the incident on his Twitter page.
McIntyre is active on social media platforms, such as Twitter and Instagram. His Twitter account, which was created on March 15, 2009, has managed to accumulate more than 98,000 followers. His Instagram page, where he posts pictures depicting his personal life, has gathered more than 50,000 followers.