Saturday 14 December 2019

From Schindler's List to rich list – Neeson joins top-earning stars with €27m a year

Ballymena native Liam Neeson was the world's 6th highest paid actor last year
Ballymena native Liam Neeson was the world's 6th highest paid actor last year
Liam Neeson in Taken; the movie has helped make the Ballymena native one of the highest-paid actors in the world
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Liam Neeson has secured his place among the highest paid actors in the world, jostling for position with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Leonardo DiCaprio

The huge success of the 'Taken' films and 'Lego' movie last year has propelled Neeson to number six in the Forbes acting rich list.

The Ballymena star is believed to have earned in the region of $36m (€27m) in the past year alone.

This makes Neeson one of Ireland's most bankable leading men – outshining the likes of Michael Fassbender and Colin Farrell.

'Iron Man' star Robert Downey Junior topped the list for the second year running with estimated earnings of $75m (€56m).

The American business magazine Forbes notes that Neeson is perhaps not the most recognisable face on the list but he "still makes plenty of money".

Neeson has openly admitted he is regularly mistaken for another actor, Ralph Fiennes.

And he will not have been recognisable in his role as a Lego character in the movie which has become the highest grossing film of the year so far.

But Forbes concludes: "When Hollywood needs an actor with a certain set of skills, they turn to Neeson."

Meanwhile Downey Jr's success comes as a result of his role as Iron Man, the Marvel Comics superhero, in the long running film franchise.

Dwayne Johnson has successfully made the transition from wrestler to Hollywood superstar starring in big budget movies like 'Hercules' and 'San Andres' and is worth $52m (€39m).

Oscar nominated actor Bradley Cooper is believed to have netted $42m (€31m) thanks to his performances in 'Silver Linings Playbook' and 'American Hustle'.

Leonardo DiCaprio's role in 'The Wolf of Wall Street' and 'The Great Gatsby' saw him take home $39m (€29m).

Chris Hemsworth was fifth place with $37 Million (€27m) as a result of his role as Thor in 'The Avengers'.

'Batman' stars Ben Affleck and Christian Bale are in joint seventh place with $35m (€26m) while Will Smith and mark Wahlberg both made $32m (€24m).

Neeson's upcoming feature films include 'A Monster calls' and 'Silence', he will also make a guest appearance on popular animated series 'Family Guy'.

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