Liam Neeson in Taken

Oscar-nominated actor and late-blooming star of shoot-em-up revenge thrillers Liam Neeson has announced that he is retiring from action movies. Neeson is currently garnering Oscar buzz for his very serious, non-action-star role as the real-life Deep Throat in the drama Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House.

Having already established himself as a commanding Hollywood lead through roles in Rob Roy, Schindler’s List and Michael Collins, Neeson took a mid-career turn into movies that can kindly be characterized as action schlock, beginning in 2008 with the revenge thriller Taken. After starring in a string of movies casting him as a skilled killer pitted against various enemies, Neeson has become somewhat typecast, though he continues to ...

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