Tuesday 20 March 2018

Neeson is only Irish actor on list of top earners in Hollywood

Liam Neeson in ‘Taken 2’
Liam Neeson in ‘Taken 2’
Liam Neeson with Salma Hayek
Liam Neeson

Ryan Nugent

Hollywood action hero Liam Neeson is the only Irish actor to make it onto the Forbes highest-paid actors list.

The 'Taken' star made €18m in the past year and no other Irish actor came close to the Antrim man's pay packet.

Neeson came 22nd in the annual Forbes Actor Rich List, thanks to a string of big-budget productions in 2014.

The 63-year old, who recently featured in 'Ted 2' and 'Entourage', had major roles in the third instalment of the 'Taken' series, 'Run All Night' and 'A Walk Among the Tombstones'.

Neeson shared his spot on the list with 'Gone Girl' star Ben Affleck. Australian superstar Hugh Jackman came in at number 21 with €21m.

Although Neeson still ranks highly on the list, he has made a big drop from sixth place in 2014.

He earned a staggering $36m (€27m) in the previous year.

This year's list sees 'Iron Man' star Robert Downey Jnr come out on top for the third year running, earning $80m (€74m), followed by Jackie Chan $50m (€46m).

Actor and producer Vin Diesel came in third with $47m (€43m), while Bradley Cooper ranked fourth, taking home $41.5m (€38m) in 2014.

Having originally made a name for himself in drama films, Neeson's career took a turnaround when he became an action hero in his mid-50s.

This transformation took off in 2009 with 'Taken', which grossed more than $24m (€22m) in its opening weekend.

In a recent interview, he was a little embarrassed by his new-found fame.

"Action heroes used to be for much younger men, but now I get all these scripts where it's 'Scratch 35 and now it's 60'," he said.

Irish Independent

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