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Liam Neeson cuts a slender figure as he attends Spirit of Ireland Gala... months after gaunt appearance sparked concern

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Published: 01:02 EST, 10 October 2015 | Updated: 04:27 EST, 10 October 2015

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He sparked fears over his health when he was pictured looking skinny and frail in July.  

And while Liam Neeson was still displaying a dramatically thinner frame on Friday, he appeared a little healthier and in good spirits as he attended the Spirit of Ireland Gala in New York.

The 63-year-old actor wore a simple dark suit which swamped his upper body as he mingled with members of the Irish-American arts community.   

Supporting the arts: Liam Neeson walked the red carpet at the Spirit of Ireland Gala on Friday

Supporting the arts: Liam Neeson walked the red carpet at the Spirit of Ireland Gala on Friday

The action hero arrived at Cipriani 42nd Street along with other guests including actress Roma Downey and singer Cassandra Wilson.

Liam - who was born in Northern Ireland - acts as honorary chair at the annual function and as well as dishing out awards on Friday, the evening played host to special guest Sting.

Meanwhile, it has been suggested that Liam's dramatic weight loss was triggered by his role in Silence, which he filmed earlier this year. 

Weight loss: The actor looked a little healthier than he has done in recent months

Weight loss: The actor looked a little healthier than he has done in recent months

Representing: The 63-year-old actor posed alongside Roma Downey 

Representing: The 63-year-old actor posed alongside Roma Downey 

Due to hit cinemas in 2016, the drama sees the star take on the role of Jesuit priest, Father Sebastiao Rodrigues. 

A source told Radar Online: '[Liam] blames the weight loss on his changing diet, which was meant to just shave a bit off his beer gut for his movie Silence but went a little too far. 

'He cut a lot of calories and started just drinking black coffee.'

The insider adds that the actor is going for some big roles so plans to put the weight back on, calling it a 'minor glitch'  

Looking good: The Taken star kept it simple in a dark suit while Roma, 55, looked chic in a green dress

Looking good: The Taken star kept it simple in a dark suit while Roma, 55, looked chic in a green dress

Friendly: The Love Actually star caught up with singer Cassandra Wilson 

Friendly: The Love Actually star caught up with singer Cassandra Wilson 

Liam's spokesperson told Mailonline in August: 'He has just completed work on one film and starts another in September' and added 'he couldn't be healthier' 

Starring opposite Star Wars VII actor Adam Driver and former Spiderman leading-man Andrew Garfield, the film tells the story of two priests who travel to 17th Century Japan.

As the story unfolds Liam and Andrew's characters witness the persecution of Japanese Christians at the hands of their own government which wishes to purge Japan of all western influence.

With Silence in post-production the actor shows no sign of his schedule slowing down, as he will also be working on Korean War drama, Operation Chromite.

For a role? The actor sparked fears over his health earlier this year when he was pictured looking gaunt. He is seen in New York in July

For a role? The actor sparked fears over his health earlier this year when he was pictured looking gaunt. He is seen in New York in July

Fit: The action hero is famous for his starring role in the Taken franchise

Fit: The action hero is famous for his starring role in the Taken franchise

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