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Liam Neeson: Why we’re all still Taken with unlikely action man

NI actor’s good looks, charm and on-screen presence have made him one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars

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Birthday: Liam Neeson. Credit: Arthur Mola

Birthday: Liam Neeson. Credit: Arthur Mola

Liam Neeson as industrialist Oskar Schindler in the film Schindler's List. Credit: SNAP / Rex Features

Liam Neeson as industrialist Oskar Schindler in the film Schindler's List. Credit: SNAP / Rex Features

Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills in Taken

Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills in Taken

Lesley Manville as Joan and Liam Neeson as Tom in Ordinary Love. Credit: Aidan Monaghan

Lesley Manville as Joan and Liam Neeson as Tom in Ordinary Love. Credit: Aidan Monaghan

Liam Neeson in Silence. Photo credit: Kerry Brown

Liam Neeson in Silence. Photo credit: Kerry Brown

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Birthday: Liam Neeson. Credit: Arthur Mola

In 2017, Liam Neeson announced his retirement from action films and the setting aside of his “particular set of skills”.

I’m sixty-f***ing-five,” he told guests at the Toronto Film Festival. “Audiences are eventually going to go, ‘Come on’.”


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