How much is Billy Bob Thornton worth?
|Net Worth:||$50 Million|
|Date of Birth:||August 4, 1955|
|Country:||United States of America|
Who Is Billy Bob Thornton
From starting out waiting tables in Hollywood and coming from nothing, Billy Bob Thornton is now an established actor and writer who is best known for playing jerks on screen. Thornton established himself as one of the best actors of the 90s, starring in both indie movies and Hollywood blockbusters, and went on to become one of the most celebrated TV actors in the 2010s with his roles in Fargo and Goliath. Outside of movies, Thornton has made a name for himself playing music and for his heavily documented romances with several actresses. Some of Thornton’s most popular movies include Sling Blade, Armageddon, and Bad Santa.
As of 2021, Billy Bob Thornton has a net worth of $50 million dollars.
How Did Billy Bob Thornton Get So Rich?
The first financial success Thornton saw was with Sling Blade, which kept him from waiting tables ever again. Not only did the film make $24 million off a minuscule $1 million budget, but it has since made tens of millions in DVD and syndication deals too. His other most financially successful movies include Love Actually, grossing $250 million, Armageddon, which made over $540 million, and Puss In Boots, coming in at $555 million.
Thornton has also made a name for himself in the real estate game, as he has bought several mansions before offloading them for millions more. In 2000, Thornton and Jolie, his wife at the time, bought a mansion in Beverly Hills from none other the the Guns N Roses guitarist Slash. The couple bought the mansion for $3.7 million, and 11 years later Thornton sold the property for $8 million, more than four million than he bought it for. Ever since 2013, Thornton has been living in a $2.7 million property in Beverley Hills, which sits on the cliff side of Mandeville Canyon, and he’ll probably sell it for $10 million in a couple of years.
Why Is He So Famous?
Thornton was a struggling actor for a while before he caught his big break, as he was waiting tables and living off the tips he made. He had roles in some huge movies including Indecent Proposal and Tombstone, but his roles in the movies were so minor that his character would be so far down the credits list, and his character in Indecent Proposalwas so minor that he didn’t even have a name. However, when Thornton shifted his energy in to writing he finally found a modicum of success. Thornton wrote, directed, and starred in Sling Blade, a drama about an intellectually challenged murderer. The movie was a critical success and it launched Thornton in to stardom, as he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and was even nominated for Best Acting in a Leading role.
After the success of Sling Blade, the offers came flooding in for Thornton, but the next tent pole movie in his career would swing on the other side of the pendulum. Where Sling Blade was an indie movie that was shot on a microscopic budget of one million dollars, he then starred in Armageddon, a Michael Bay blockbuster production with a budget of $140 million, costarring Ben Affleck and Bruce Willis. Though it was completely scientifically inaccurate and received mostly negative reviews, Armageddon was a huge success at the worldwide box office and it was totally outside of Thornton’s comfort zone.
Outside of his filmography, Thornton is known for his relationships with the actresses he has worked with on set. Though he has said many times that he hates celebrity culture and stays away from the paparazzi the best he can, his relationships with Laura Dean and Angelina Jolie have been well documented. Being engaged to the former and then married to the latter for three years, his marriage with Jolie made headlines for there being a 20 year age gap between them, and they even carried a vile of each others’ blood around their necks.
What Makes Thornton So Successful?
In a completely random meeting when Thornton was still waiting tables, the actor ran in to the multi-award winning director, Billy Wilder. When Thornton asked for advice, Wilder told him something that would change his life. Wilder told Thornton to stop focusing on acting and to instead put all of his energy in to writing. Thornton took his advice by completing Sling Blade, which made him the star he is today.
Following Armageddon’s success, Thornton gained a reputation of taking on roles of characters who tended to be assholes, or down on their luck men who were angry at the world and had a chip on their shoulders. This is portrayed no better than in Bad Santa, a black-comedy Christmas movie without the warm and comforting aesthetic. In the movie, Thornton plays a mall Santa who is a gambling addicted, stripper loving alcoholic that hates the holiday season. This continued in to TV, as in Fargo, a semi-sequel to the movie of the same name, Thornton played a fearless assassin who is talked about as if he is the devil in human form.
Thornton’s relationship with the celebrated filmmakers, the Coen brothers, has significantly helped the actor. Together, the actor-director trio have made the cult classic, The Man Who Wasn’t There, and Intolerable Cruelty. Spring boarding off that, Thornton earned one the best roles of his career, not in a film but on TV, as Lorne Malvo in Fargo. Thornton wouldn’t have gotten that role if it wasn’t for the Coen bros being executive producers after having created the movie of the same name.
After a bizarre meeting of the minds between him and Wilder, it seemed like the universe was actively trying to make a star out of Thornton. With several cult classics, a handful of totally underrated movies, and a couple of high concept space movies for good measure, Bill Bob Thornton has built a rich filmography that has helped him reach an astounding net worth of $45 million. In the coming months, Thornton will be back on set, filming the fourth season of Goliath, returning as Billy McBride ,a role for which Thornton won a Golden Globe.