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THEN AND NOW: The cast of 'Taken' 14 years later

THEN AND NOW: The cast of 'Taken' 14 years later
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Liam Neeson in "Taken."20th Century Fox
  • "Taken" was released in US theaters on January 30, 2009.
  • The action-thriller film starred Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, and Maggie Grace.

Liam Neeson starred as the movie's protagonist, Bryan Mills.

Liam Neeson starred as the movie
Liam Neeson in "Taken."      20th Century Fox

Bryan is a divorced, retired US government agent-turned-bodyguard who flies to Paris after his 17-year-old daughter Kim is abducted during a vacation in the city.

He rescues Kim after tracking down and killing her Albanian kidnappers and the man who purchased her.

Neeson starred in two "Taken" sequels in the years that followed.

Neeson starred in two "Taken" sequels in the years that followed.
Liam Neeson at the premiere of "Marlowe" in September 2022.      Thomas Niedermueller / Getty stringer

For over 25 years, Neeson acted in a variety of roles: a Nazi in "Shining Through" (1992), a German businessman who saves the lives of his Jewish workers in "Schindler's List" (1994), and a sage Jedi in "Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace."

But "Taken" took the Oscar-nominated actor's career in a different direction, establishing him as a bonafide action star.

Following "Taken," which earned $226.8 million at the global box office, Neeson starred in two sequels, as well as action films like "The Grey" (2012), "Run All Night" (2015), "Cold Pursuit" (2019), and "The Marksman" (2021).

While Neeson experienced professional success, tragedy struck almost two months after "Taken" debuted in theaters when his wife, actor Natasha Richardson, died after suffering a head injury while skiing.

Neeson has been open about the loss of Richardson in the years since.

"She always packed so much into every day, Natasha, that maybe she knew she wasn't destined to be on this Earth for a long period of time,'" he said during a "60 Minutes" interview in 2014.

Neeson has six projects in the works, including the thriller "In the Land of Saints and Sinners," costarring Kerry Condon, and "Retribution," with Matthew Modine.

Maggie Grace portrayed Kim, the teenage daughter kidnapped in Paris.

Maggie Grace portrayed Kim, the teenage daughter kidnapped in Paris.
Maggie Grace in "Taken."      20th Century Fox

Maggie is Bryan's 17-year-old daughter and an aspiring singer.

After flying to Paris with her friend Amanda, she's abducted by a group of Albanians who traffic and drug young women, selling them to the highest bidder.

After Maggie is sold in an auction, Bryan rescues her aboard a boat. He takes his daughter back to the US, where she reunites with her mother and stepfather.

Grace has kept busy with films and TV projects, including "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" parts one and two.

Grace has kept busy with films and TV projects, including "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" parts one and two.
Maggie Grace at the LA premiere of "Driven" in 2019.      Jon Kopaloff / Getty stringer

Grace has appeared in over 30 film and TV projects since "Taken," including the two "Taken" sequels and "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" parts one and two.

She also had roles in series such as "Californication" and "Fear the Walking Dead."

Prior to "Taken," Grace won a SAG award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series for portraying Shannon Rutherford, a survivor of Oceanic Airlines Flight 815, in the hit series "Lost."

Grace has three upcoming projects, including the thriller "Blackwater Lane" costarring Dermot Mulroney and Minka Kelly, and a comedy called "The Secret Art of Human Flight," with Sendhil Ramamurthy.

Famke Janssen portrayed Lenore, Bryan's ex-wife.

Famke Janssen portrayed Lenore, Bryan
Famke Janssen in "Taken."      20th Century Fox

Having married a wealthy businessman after their divorce, Lenore and Bryan's relationship is sometimes acrimonious, but after Kim is kidnapped, she begs Bryan to rescue their daughter.

Janssen appeared in two Marvel films and starred in "Hemlock Grove."

Janssen appeared in two Marvel films and starred in "Hemlock Grove."
Famke Janssen at an LA screening of "Redeeming Love" in January 2022.      Amy Sussman / Getty staff

Since "Taken," Janssen has reprised the role of Lenore in "Taken 2" (2012) and "Taken 3" (2014), as well as Jean Grey in "The Wolverine" (2013) and "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (2014).

The actor also starred for three seasons as Olivia Godfrey, the matriarch of the Godfrey family, in "Hemlock Grove" from 2013 to 2015.

In 2015, Janssen appeared for 10 episodes as death row attorney Eve Rothlo during the second season of the popular series "How to Get Away With Murder."

Janssen has at least four projects in the works, including the action thriller "Boy Kills World," with Bill Skarsgård, and the adventure film "Knights of the Zodiac," costarring Sean Bean.

Leland Orser was Sam, a former government operative who turned to private security.

Leland Orser was Sam, a former government operative who turned to private security.
Leland Orser in "Taken."      20th Century Fox

Sam is one of Bryan's former US government colleagues, who has since turned to private security with several men.

He recruits Bryan for one four-hour stint at the start of "Taken" protecting Sheerah, a 25-year-old pop star.

After Kim is kidnapped, Sam does some online sleuthing to identify her abductors.

Orser has appeared in a string of TV shows, including "24" and "Ray Donovan."

Orser has appeared in a string of TV shows, including "24" and "Ray Donovan."
Leland Orser at the premiere of "I Am THe NIght" in January 2019.      Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty stringer

Besides appearing in the two "Taken" sequels, Orser has kept busy with roles in TV series, including "24," "Ray Donovan," and "Berlin Station."

His most recent projects include the now-canceled reboot of "American Gigolo," starring Jon Bernthal, and a podcast series called "The Callisto Protocol: Helix Station."

Jon Gries was Casey, one of Sam's colleagues and a part of Sam's private security team.

Jon Gries was Casey, one of Sam
Jon Gries in "Taken."      20th Century Fox

One of Sam's former colleagues and friends, Casey is a part of Sam's private security team.

He is part of the security detail assigned to protect Sheerah, a young pop star, at the start of the film.

Most recently, Gries portrayed Greg Hunt, Tanya's husband, in seasons one and two of the HBO show "The White Lotus."

Most recently, Gries portrayed Greg Hunt, Tanya
Jon Gries recently appeared in season 2 of "The White Lotus"      JC Olivera / Getty stringer

Gries has appeared in many TV and film projects since "Taken," reprising his role as Uncle Rico in the short-lived animated series "Napoleon Dynamite" in 2012 and appearing for 30 episodes as Dr. Roberts in the show "Dream Corp LLC."

The actor will next appear in three projects including the crime thriller "The Knife Thrower" and the drama "The Myth of Mathew."

Olivier Rabourdin played Jean-Claude, a former French Intelligence field agent who took a desk job.

Olivier Rabourdin played Jean-Claude, a former French Intelligence field agent who took a desk job.
Olivier Rabourdin in "Taken."      20th Century Fox

A former field agent and old friend of Bryan's, Jean-Claude initially offers Bryan a tip about Kim's Albanian kidnappers.

But after Bryan kills several people involved in Kim's abduction, Jean-Claude tries to trap Bryan and have him arrested.

Bryan eventually learns where to find Patrice Saint-Clair, who runs the human trafficking ring, by visiting Jean-Claude's home, shooting his wife in the arm, and forcing Jean-Claude to find Patrice's address from the French Intelligence agency's database.

The French actor has since appeared in films like "Midnight in Paris."

The French actor has since appeared in films like "Midnight in Paris."
Olivier Rabourdin at the Cannes Film Festival in 2021.      Vianney Le Caer / Invision / AP

Rabourdin, who reprised his role in "Taken 2," has since appeared in more than 70 films and TV projects, including "Midnight in Paris" (2011), starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams, and "Grace of Monaco" (2014), with Nicole Kidman.

The French actor has at least four projects in the works, including the crime thriller "Fox Hunt," which follows a Homeland Security agent who works with Hong Kong's Anti-Smuggling Bureau to investigate a car smuggling ring.

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