We’re not sure when it happened, or how it happened, but Liam Neeson went from a beloved gentle giant of a character actor to one of the biggest badasses in all of cinema, and today he’s celebrating his 62nd birthday (wow, really?)
Not many actors get a career revival like this when they’re over 60, but Liam is defying the odds left and right. He’s become legendary for his badassery over the past fifteen years thanks to his roles as an ex-CIA agent in the Taken films, Zeus in the Titans films, Ra’s Al Ghul in Batman Begins, a Jedi knight in The Phantom Menace, a method-acting wolf killer in The Grey, a killer priest in Gangs of New York, and whatever the hell he was in Unknown and Non-Stop. He’s currently kicking ass and taking names in A Million Ways to Die in the West, he just kicked ass in The LEGO Movie, and he’s about to reprise his ass-kicking role as Bryan Mills in Taken 3.
He’s also become an internet meme, which in out current society is akin to being inducted into the hall of fame. We’ve included some of our favorites below, but be sure to let us know if there are any that you love that we might have missed.