Liam Neeson kicks way on to Forbes rich list
HOLLYWOOD action hero Liam Neeson is the only Irish actor to make it on to the Forbes 'highest paid actors' list.
The Taken trilogy star made a whopping €18m in the past year, with no other Irish actor coming 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 earnings of €21m.
Although Neeson still ranks highly on the list, he has made a significant drop from sixth place in 2014.
Neeson 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 with $50m (€46m).
Action man 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Having originally made a name for himself in drama films, Neeson's career took a turnaround when he became an action hero in his mid-fifties.
This transformation took off in 2009 with the first instalment of the kidnap drama Taken, which grossed more than $24m (€22m) in its opening weekend.
Neeson went on to play Hannibal in blockbuster movie The A Team.
Roles in thrillers such as The Grey, Unknown and mythological feature film Clash of the Titans secured his position as a bankable box office leading man in Hollywood.
In a recent interview, the actor told the Independent UK 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, now it's 60," he said.