Neeson earned just $1m for his role as a butt-kicking father and spy in the thriller Taken. But the success of the franchise saw him get a whopping $30m for the final part of the trilogy, becoming one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood.
But Neeson has now seen his films make $4.1bn at the US box office, churning out hit after hit; ranging from The Lego Movie to Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Batman: The Dark Knight. He'll play General Douglas McArthur in the big budget Korean War actioner Operation Chromite, which with the Watergate thriller Felt is coming to the big screen over the next year. He has narrated a documentary about 1916 for RTÉ.
The Ballymena man, who played for Bohemians, boxed at a high level and drove a forklift for Guinness, lives on a country estate in Wassaic outside New York. Last year he underwent "wilderness therapy" in Utah and opened a boutique in Soho.