Liam Neeson is one of Hollywood’s hottest leading men; he’s had a storybook career which includes starring roles in dozens of television shows and movies, an Academy Award nomination, and earning millions of dollars. Neeson’s film credits range from everything to Schlinder’s List to Michael Collins to Gangs of New York. Throughout most of Neeson’s career, he was seen as a dramatic film star, but it wasn’t until the 2008 movie Taken that he became Hollywood’s newest action star, and movie entrepreneurs have been clamoring for him ever since.
Taken earned over $200 million at the box office and the film’s success catapulted Neeson to star in more action movies. Since then he’s starred in 11 action movies, including 2 Taken sequels. While Neeson’s movies have become popular with fans, he recently announced that he doesn’t expect to keep doing action movies the rest of his career.
“I’m in a very, career-wise, great place. The success of certainly the ‘Taken’ films… Hollywood seems to see me in a different light. I get sent quite a few action-oriented scripts, which is great. I’m not knocking it. It’s very flattering. But there is a limit, of course. Maybe two more years. If God spares me and I’m healthy. But after that, I’ll stop [the action], I think.”
No matter what direction Neeson goes in his career, there’s no doubt his popularity will continue to rise.