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- “I'm ashamed to call you my son. A lay-about and a scoundrel. You'll never amount to anything more than that.”
- ―Liam's father to his son.[src]
Liam's father was a silk and linen merchant from Galway in the 1750s.
Liam's father was a moderately wealthy silk and linen merchant who lived in Galway in the 1750s. He had a wife and two children; a son named Liam and a younger daughter half Liam's age named Kathy. His son was a source of great disappointment to him. Liam's father dismissed him as a layabout, who spent his days getting drunk and cavorting with women. Despite constantly berating his son, Liam's father does appear to have cared for him, as he tried to set his son straight and was visibly deeply wounded by his son accusing him of not caring about him.His strained relationship with his son came to a head one day when Liam was returning from a night out. Upon being berated by his father once more, Liam snapped and angrily retorted that he was no more than what his father had turned him into, blaming his father's low expectations and lack of caring for his lifestyle and demeanour. Liam's father was visibly hurt by the accusations, and tried to reach out to his son, telling him that he had never been in his way. When Liam stormed out, his father angrily called out to him that if he went in search of trouble, he would surely find it, before slamming the door shut on the brink of tears. Liam's anger at his father and his wish to travel the world drove him into the arms of an exotic woman by the name of Darla that night. Unbeknownst to Liam, Darla was in fact a vampire, and she sired him on the spot, leaving his corpse on the street.
While everyone else at the funeral was in tears, Liam's father stood silently over the grave long after everyone else had left, weeping only when he was alone and departing only as night set. Later that night, Liam rose from his grave as a vampire and began feeding off the village, killing its inhabitants one by one before eventually arriving at his old home. His sister Kathy invited him in, naively believing him to have returned to her as an angel. Mocking his father's inadequacy in the face of his new vampiric strength, Liam smugly informed his father that he had made something of himself after all before proceeding to him. However, Darla ultimately deflated Liam, stating that in the end, Liam's victory over his father had lasted for minutes, whereas his father's victory over him would last for all of eternity, as he would never approve of his son.
Angel's issues with his father continued long after the restoration of his soul. Angel once admitted to Buffy that he always wondered if his father was always like that, or if he merely made his father the way he was because of his failure as a son, although Buffy assured him that he could still be grateful to him for being his father if nothing else.
When Angel Investigations took over the Los Angeles branch of Wolfram & Hart, Angel attempted to comfort Wesley, who was traumatized over having shot down a highly convincing cyborg duplicate of his father, by recounting how he murdered his own father, to little avail.
When the demon Archaeus- the 'founder' of the Aurelius bloodline as the demon that turned The Master into a vampire- attempted to attack the world, it attempted to take control of Angel by appearing to him as an illusion of his father, playing on Angel's continued desire to win his father's approval, although Spike was able to help him ignore the vision and focus on the current fight.
Liam's father was a strict man, expecting his son to respect and obey him. He was relatively pious, and tried to teach his son to fear the lord. Despite this, Liam claimed to know that his father "had his fair share of sinning" in his youth.
Despite his very hard and disciplinary demeanour, Liam's father appears to have genuinely cared for his son. He desperately tried to correct what he felt was destructive and dangerous behaviour in his son the only way he knew how, in order to save him from meeting a bad end. He was visibly hurt when Liam tried to leave their house, and when Liam accused him of never seeing him as more than a failure.
After Liam's death, his father was racked by grief, and stood weeping at his son's gravesite long after the funeral had concluded, proving that he had truly loved his son.
Behind the Scenes
- He was portrayed by J. Kenneth Campbell.
- Some of Liam's attitude towards his father could be explained by the fact that, at the time when Liam was alive, the cotton industry was taking off and far surpassing the silk and linen trade. Combined with the anti-Catholic laws of the time, this would have made it increasingly difficult for Liam's father to earn a living, thus prompting Liam's increased disinterest in his father's way of life.
- Additionally Liam's father could not legally disown him. The British rulers of Ireland had passed the Penal Laws according to which all sons had an equal claim on their father's inheritence if the father was Catholic.
- J. Kenneth also guest-starred with Brian Thompson (Luke/The Judge), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase), Teddy Lane Jr. (Bouncer), Christopher Wiehl (Owen Thurman), Geoff Meed (Andrew Borba/Mag), Jennifer Sky (Heidi Barrie), Armin Shimerman (Principal Snyder), J. Robin Miller (Laura Egler), Denise Dowse (Ms. Miller), Gregory Scott Cummins (Big Ugly), Gil Birmingham (Peru Man), Greg Vaughan (Richard Anderson), Robin Atkin Downes (Machida/Pockla Demon), Marjorie Lovett (Mrs. Parker), Julia Lee (Anne Steele), Spice Williams (Patrice/Debbie), Lorna Scott (Ms. Beakman), Wendy Worthington (Lunch Lady), Andrew Ducote (Ryan), Max Perlich (Whistler), Jack McGee (Doug Perren), Zitto Kazann (Kalderash Elder), Mary-Pat Green (Joan), Barbara Pilavin (Unidentified Old Woman), Jeremy Roberts (Kakistos), Danielle Weeks (Debbie Foley), Harry Groener (Richard Wilkins), Ian Abercrombie (Old Man), Peg Stewart (Ms. Barton), Suzanne Krull (Magic shop owner), Mariah O'Brien (Nancy), Jeff Kober (Zachary Kralik/Rack), David Haydn-Jones (Hobson), Channon Roe (Jack O'Toole), Whitney Dylan (Lysette Torchio/Marelda), Darin Heames (Parker), Keith Brunsmann (vampire lackey), Andrea Baker (Rhonda), Michael Mantell (Oliver Simon), Sam Pancake (Bobby (City of)), Phina Oruche (Olivia Williams) Mike Rad (Rookie), Jennifer Tung (Talamour female victime),Aldis Hodge (Unidentified Masked Teen), Eric Matheny (Colm), Stephen M. Porter (Jack), Ron Marasco (Allen Lloyd), Bailey Chase (Graham Miller), Lauri Johnson (Martha Straley), Margaret Easley (Gerhardt), Anthony Cistaro (Trask/Ethros Demon), Lee Arenberg (Tiernan), Maury Sterling (Barney), Louis E. Rosas (Number 112/Male Psychic), Ken Marino (Wilson Christopher), Colby French (Tay), Tracey Costello (Laura), P.J. Marino (Peter Wilkers), Will Kempe (Seth Anderson), Alastair Duncan (Collins), Jeff Ricketts (Weatherby), Chris Flanders (Matthew Winslow), Michael Philip (Unidentified announcer), Tyler Christopher (Brett Folger), Kathryn Joosten (Genevieve Holt), Jennifer Badge Martin (Vanessa Brewer), David Wells (Cheese Man), Susan Savage (Dr. Evans), J.P. Manoux (Frank Gilnitz), Julie Araskog (Unidentified actress), Michael Bailey Smith (Toth), Cathy Cohen (Building Manager), David Reivers (Foreman), Charlie Weber (Ben Wilkinson), Dierdre Holders (Unidentified Doctor (Out of My Mind)), Time Winters (Overheiser), Erik Betts (Brown/a Turok-Han/Demon (Get It Done)/Keeper of the Name), James Wellington (Night Watchman), Stewart Skelton (Harold Jeakins), Sal Rendino (Marty), Amy Adams (Beth Maclay), Brigid Brannagh (Virginia Bryce), Patrick Kilpatrick (Paul Lanier), Ken Feinberg (Chaos Demon), Kevin Weisman (Dreg), W. Earl Brown (M. James Menlo), Tony Todd (Vyasa), Randy Thompson (Aaron Kriegel), Keith Allan (Unidentified lunatic), Joel Stoffer (Unidentified vampire (Redefinition)), Gerry Becker (Nathan Reed), Troy Blendell (Jinx), Jeffrey Patrick Dean (Dwight), Frank Novak (Mr. Bointon), Darin Cooper (Peter Harkes), Pat Healy (Doug Sanders), Marcus Shirok (Tibor), Michael Dempsey (Irv Kraigle),Todd Duffey (Murk), Daniel Dae Kim (Gavin Park), Brody Hutzler (Landok), Leland Crooke (Lillian/Sebassis), Pat Skipper (McCarthy), Wade Andrew Williams (Gregor), Tom McCleister (Mother of the Vile Excrement), Lee Reherman (The Captain), Frank Ross (Razor), Bru Muller (Mr. Davis), Keith Szarabajka (Daniel Holtz), Ron Melendez (James), David J.Miller (Rat-faced Demon), Andrew Cooper Wasser (Slime-Cover demon), John Rubinstein (Linwood Murrow), Derrick McMillon (Ron), Rey Gallegos (Sanchez), Fleming Brooks (Mandraz), Daniel Hagen (Frank), Andrew Reville (Timothy Blane), Douglas Bennett (Phillip Todd), Ivana Milicevic (Samantha Finn), Mel Fair (Tentacle Demon), Rebecca Jackson (Tarantula), Susan Santiago (Mrs. Ferguson), Jason Carter (Repo Demon), Anthony Starke (Tyke), Alex Breckenridge (Kit Holburn), Megan Corletto (young Gwen Raiden), Clayton Rohner (Lee DeMarco), Brittany Ishibashi (Vivian), Glenn Morshower (Phillip Newton), Thomas Crawford (Eater Demon), Nynno Ahli (Carlo), Kam Heskin (Lola), Lisa Jay (Linda), Kevin Daniels (Bouncer (Sleeper)), Tina Morasco (Mrs. Pritchard), Christopher Neiman (Francis), Derek Anthony (Imposing Demon), Adrienne Wilkinson (Betty), Damani Roberts (young Robin Wood), Miranda Kwok (Dianne), Christine Healy (Last Guardian), Annie Wersching (Margaret), Tawny Rene Hamilton (Trish (Shiny Happy People), David Figlioli (Unidentified vampire leader (Shiny Happy People), Patrick Fischler (Ted), Danny Woodburn (Finger eating demon), Kristin Richardson (Tracy Bellows), Jim Abele (Laurence Reilly), Rodney Rowland (Corbin Fries), Peter Breitmayer (Desmond Keel), Joshua Hutchinson (Novac), Simon Templeman (Matthias Pavayne), Robert Alonzo (Carlos), Michael Maize (Artode), David Mattey (Behemot Lorne), Treva Etienne (Emil), Stacy Reed (Charlotte), Eyal Podell (Sam Lawson), Scott Klace (Mr. Fury), Bart McCarthy (Nostroyev), David Lee (Alfonso) and Andrew Ableson (Unnamed henchmen)on Charmed.
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