Liam Neeson and his sons are "taking each day as it comes."

So said the 57-year-old thespian in his first official sit-down since losing his actress-wife Natasha Richardson to a brain injury suffered in a ski accident last March.

In an interview with ABC's Good Morning America to promote his latest flick, Five Minutes of Heaven, Neeson thanked well-wishers for all their condolences.

"I'm still getting extraordinary condolence letters from American people that's deeply touching," he told co-host Diane Sawyer, remarking that he and sons Daniel, 13, and Michael, 12, are getting along the best they can.

At the same time, the Irish native paid tribute to Senator Ted Kennedy who died of brain cancer last night at the age of 77. He recalled how the the "Lion of the Senate" comforted him in the wake of his own family's tragedy.

"I met him a couple of times over the years, and he wrote my family a very, very beautiful, touching condolence letter when Natasha died earlier this year," said Neeson. "He was a special man. It's the end of an era."

With no disrespect to his Irish roots, the Schlindler's List star also expressed how grateful and proud he was to be an American citizen given the outpouring of sympathy from people across the country in the wake of Richardson's death.

"I've been living here for 20 years and America's been very very good to me," he reflected. "I'm still a proud Irishman, of course, but I've become an American citizen. I'm very, very proud of that."


E! Online paid tribute to Natasha with a nice photo gallery.

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