Australian-born actor Liam McIntyre is best known for the title role in Spartacus: Vengeance, the second season of the Starz TV series Spartacus. He also resumed his role in the third season of the franchise, Spartacus: War of the Damned.
His outstanding performance as a gladiator in Spartacus has also brought him to other projects such as the 2014 action movie The Legend of Hercules and the superhero TV series The Flash (2014-16).
The talented actor was tipped to return to television during prime time with a regular role in the horror drama The Haunted. Unfortunately, the pilot did not receive a full series contract. However, McIntyre returned in 2017 to play the role of Dr. Eli Nader in the medical ABC series Pulse.
Liam Mcintyre Biography
Liam James McIntyre was born on 8 February 1982 in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. His parents divorced when he was just 2 years old. He then moved to Melbourne with his mother Barbara McIntyre-Conway. His maternal grandmother also helped him with his upbringing.
Already at a young age, Liam McIntyre developed an interest in painting thanks to his grandmother, who was very creative. As an exchange student, he studied economics in Ireland. It was never his dream to become an actor, he only ventured into show business to earn a living.
The Australian actor first began acting in short films in his home country before he appeared in the popular series Rush and Neighbours. He found his way to international audiences with a guest appearance in the HBO mini-series The Pacific from the Second World War.
Liam McIntyre made his professional breakthrough in 2011 with the title role of Gladiator in the television series Spartacus. At the time when McIntyre was cast in the leading role, he was still working as a movie bookmaker for a chain of theatres in Melbourne. The talented actor replaced Andy Whitfield, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2010 and finally died in 2011. McIntyre played this leading role for the last two seasons of the series.
The actor made his feature film debut in the role of Sotiris in the 3D action movie The Legend of Hercules (2014) and also starred in the Australian telefilm The Killing Field (2014). He also played the recurring villain Weather Wizard in four episodes of the superhero series The Flash.
5 Fast Facts You Need To Know About Liam
1. Spartacus Was His Big Bang
For his career-changing role in Spartacus, Liam McIntyre had to gain a lot of weight. Before the audition, the actor had lost an incredible amount of weight for another film role. However, the creator of the show, Steven DeKnight, was able to look past his physique and see that he was very promising. When McIntyre finally won the role, he had to go through a tough training program to achieve the 6-pack gladiator figure.
2. Relationship with Andy Whitfield
McIntyre also became friends with Andy Whitfield, the former actor in the title role on Spartacus. Due to Whitfield’s deteriorating health, the two Spartacus couldn’t meet as often as they wanted. But before he died, Andy Whitfield agreed that McIntyre should take over the role.
3. Liam McIntyre’s Marriage
Liam McIntyre is married to the Australian singer and actress Erin Hasan McIntyre. The two have known each other since 2010 and got engaged in Disney World in December 2012. The couple finally entered into the marriage in a fairytale ceremony on January 5, 2014. Liam’s Spartacus costume was present when the couple took their vows at the Anglican church of St. John’s in Toorak, followed by a reception at the Rippon Lea estate in his home town of Melbourne.
4. He Had a Close Shave with Death
In 2017, Liam McIntyre escaped death by the skin of his teeth. The Australian actor was at Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida on January 6, 2017, when a gunman opened fire on the crowd, killing five people. McIntyre would have been in the same place at the time of the tragic incident, but he left the terminal to say goodbye to his wife. His wife is certainly his good luck charm!
5. He’s Into Video Games
In 2016 McIntyre played the main character J.D. Fenix in the popular video game Gears of War 4, the fourth part of the series Gears of War. The Australian hunk lent his voice, features, and gameplay to the main character of the video game, which received both positive reviews and a huge commercial success.
For the actor, who at some point in his life worked in a computer game store, this is a dream come true. Liam McIntyre has gone from being a video game salesman to the actual leading actor in a video game.