How much is Ed Harris worth?
|Net Worth:||$20 Million|
|Date of Birth:||November 28, 1950|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Ed Harris
Though he started out as an athlete at Columbia University, Ed Harris is now an American actor who is best known for playing villains in several movies. Ever since the 90s, the actor has played menacing roles that he earned largely thanks to his deep and commanding voice. Most recently, the actor is most well-known for his role as the Man In Black in the HBO series Westworld, for which he has been nominated for several awards. Some of his most popular movies include The Truman Show, Apollo 13, and Snowpiercer.
How did Ed Harris earn his net worth?
Not many of Harris’ pay checks for his movies have been disclosed, but if box office success is anything to go by, Harris is a very rich man. In the 1990s, before it was common for movies to make hundreds of millions of dollars like they do now, Harris’ movies had combined worldwide box office intake of well over a billion dollars. His biggest earning movie of the 90s was Apollo 13 with $350 million, but it is closely followed by The Rock’s earnings of $335 million. Harris’ biggest ever earning movie arrived in 2006, when he worked with his The Rock costar, Nicholas Cage, in National Treasure: Book of Secrets, which grossed almost $450 million.
Though Harris made his name in huge action movies and high concept sci-fi movies, the actor is one of the highest paid performers in television. Surprisingly enough, despite the show’s decreasing ratings and low scores from critics, Harris earns a whopping $250,000 per episode of HBO’s Westworld. He is the highest paid actor on the show, and as there have now been 28 episodes, that would make the actor’s total pay for the entire series sit at a comfortable $7 million.
Why is he so famous?
Harris’ breakout role was in 1983, when he starred in the historical drama, The Right Stuff. The movie wasn’t successful at the time, but it has since reached cult status thanks to its massive DVD sales and syndication deals. It was a critical darling too, as it was nominated for eight academy awards, going on to win four of them. After that, Harris has enjoyed a consistently successful career, as he starred in James Cameron’s The Abyss, and then Glengarry Glen Ross in 1992, which is an adaptation of the award winning stage play of the same name. The actor was able to perform alongside his peers such as Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, and Jack Lemmon.
What came after that was a string of huge box office successes, starting with The Firm. Largely thanks to Tom Cruise being a rising star at the time, The Firm made more than $250 million worldwide. Just two years after that, Harris starred in a movie about space that was much more successful at the box office than The Right Stuff. Apollo 13 made $350 million at the box office and was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Though the movie features huge stars such as Kevin Bacon and Tom Hanks, Harris wasn’t overshadowed as he was one of the most praised actors of the movie by critics.
In 1996, Harris shared top billing with none other than Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage in the Michael Bay directed movie The Rock. It was Harris’ biggest action movie up to that point and his highest billed film too. The Rock is considered by many to be the best movie directed by Bay. Two years later, Harris starred in the Jim Carey vehicle, The Truman Show, which was a surprisingly more dramatic movie for 1990s audiences as Jim Carey was most well known for Ace Venture, The Mask, and Batman Forever. In the movie, Harris plays the deranged creator of The Truman Show, who has turned a human being’s life in to reality TV.
In the 2010s, Harris remained as relevant as ever, as he had a major role in one of the few Chris Evans led movies that isn’t a Marvel film, Snowpiercer. The movie is an action packed thrill ride that catapulted director Bong Joon-Ho into the limelight and even spawned a TV adaptation. Most notably, Harris stars in the HBO remake of Westworld, in which he has played the Man In Black for three seasons. The reviews for the show are patchy, but the one consistent praise the show continues to receive is, again, Harris’ performance.
What makes him so successful?
It’s Harris’ deep voice that audiences hear before they see him, as his gruff voice is hugely commanding and demands attention as much as any panoramic vista of the desert that can be seen in Westworld. His voice combined with his distinguished eye wrinkles, which gives him a very Clint Eastwood type look, has helped him become what other actors have called “the thinking woman’s sex symbol”, along with the likes of Hugh Laurie, Denzel Washington, and Jude Law.
Because of these features, he also tends to be typecast as the antagonist of many movies. His most notable villainous roles include Minister Wilford in Snowpiercer, Mitch Wilkinson in National Treasure: Book of Secrets, and, of course, the Man In Black in Westworld. Harrison’s success is also aided by his tendency to be more serious than other actors on set, as he has been known to get impatient with actors who need more takes, and he despises the idea of a blooper reel. And with that, Harris tends to choose roles with meaty dramatic backgrounds, even in comedies.
Though it comes as no surprise that Harris has earned such roles due to his gruff voice and likeness to Clint Eastwood, it’s his fearful and intimidating ora that has gotten him dozens of roles as an antagonist. He has one of the most recognisable faces and voices in the industry today, and his impact on HBO as the villainous Man In Black is one of the most esteemed performances on TV today. Thanks to his role on Westworld and his insane run in the 90s, Ed Harris reportedly has an estimated net worth of $20 million. In the coming months, Ed Harris will be starring alongside Tom Cruise once more in the long in production Top Gun sequel, Top Gun: Maverick.