Athletes & Celebrities

Five Surprisingly Bad-Ass Actors

From careers built on comedies and romantic leads, these stars went bad -- and did it very well.


Liam Neeson

Actors in their late 50s normally veer toward character actor roles as they enter the "mature" stage of their careers. Not Liam Neeson. He decided to jump into action movies when he teamed up with Luc Besson and made Taken. Anyone who has seen the movie can attest to how much ass he kicked and how he delivered this unforgettable threat in that Irish brogue:

"If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you."

And well, that is exactly what he goes and does. Taken made so much cash at the box office that Neeson came back and made Taken 2, which has cleaned up at the box office this fall ($50 million in its first weekend alone—nothing wimpy about that, right?)

Remember, Neeson was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in the lead role in Schindler's List and has played Alfred Kinsey and Michael Collins in a long and distinguished career.

To go bad-ass—and so bad-ass—at that stage of his career is hugely impressive. Not only that, but Neeson, now 60, turned up on Ellen this fall and literally stripped down to his knickers on the comedienne's show (and didn't care that he wasn't in the best shape of his life) to earn $20,000 for breast cancer research. That is even more bad-ass, check it out below:

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