Natasha Richardson died nearly five years ago in a skiing accident, but husband Liam Neeson tells CBS' "60 Minutes" that his grief remains strong.
"[Her death] was never real. It still kind of isn't," Neeson tells Anderson Cooper. "There's periods now in our New York residence when I hear the door opening, especially the first couple of years … any time I hear that door opening, I still think I'm going to hear her."
Of his anguish, he tells Cooper: "It hits you. It's like a wave. You just get this profound feeling of instability … the Earth isn't stable anymore and then it passes and it becomes more infrequent, but I still get it sometimes."
The interview airs at 7 p.m. Sunday on WKMG-Channel 6.
Neeson said he and Richardson had made a pact to pull the plug if either was in a vegetative state. He kept her alive briefly so family members could say goodbye. Richardson was the daughter of Vanessa Redgrave and the sister of Joely Richardson.
Then Neeson gave his wife's life new meaning. "Donated three of her organs, so she's keeping three people alive at the moment … her heart, her kidneys and her liver," Neeson says. "It's terrific … and I think she would be very thrilled and pleased by that."
Neeson is best known for his performances in "Schindler's List" and "Taken." He has a new action film, "Non-Stop," set aboard an airplane in flight.
He acknowledges that he might not be the action hero much longer.
"I'm 61 years of age, man, you know?" he tells Cooper. "Going around, fighting these guys, yeah, I feel a wee bit embarrassed, you know?"