How much is Ed Harris worth?
|Net Worth:||$30 Million|
|Date of Birth:||November 28, 1950 (age 72)|
|Country:||United States of America|
|Height:||5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)|
About Ed Harris
Though he started out as an athlete at Columbia University, Ed Harris became 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 and his stiff and authoritative demeanor. 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 The Hours.
Not many of Harris’ paychecks for his movies have been disclosed, however by extrapolating data from what we know of other actors’ earnings, we know that Harris is a very rich man. By the year 2000, before it was common for movies to make hundreds of millions of dollars like they do now, Harris’ movies already had combined worldwide box office intake of well over a billion dollars.
His biggest box office movie of the 90s was Apollo 13 with $355.2 million, but it is closely followed by The Rock’s earnings of $335.1 million. It is estimated that his film career earnings are around $35 million dollars. Ed Harris is paid a per episode salary of $250,000 for Westworld. At the peak of his career it is estimated that he earned income equal to a salary of $7-15 million dollars per year.
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.
After that, Harris has enjoyed a consistently successful career, he notably starred in James Cameron’s The Abyss, and then Glengarry Glen Ross in 1992. 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 earned $270.2 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 earned $355.2 million at the box office and was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including for “Best Picture”.
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 into 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 four seasons. The reviews for the show are patchy, but the one consistent praise the show received was Harris’ performance in it.
Harris’ biggest ever earning movie was in 2006, when he worked with his The Rock costar, Nicholas Cage, in National Treasure: Book of Secrets, which grossed $459.2 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 has earned $250,000 per episode of HBO’s Westworld since 2018. He is the highest paid actor on the show, and as there have now been 36 episodes produced, that would likely make the actor’s total pay for the entire series to date, a comfortable $7 million dollars.
Harris’ Total Net Worth
It is estimated that Ed Harris has earned some $35 million dollars from his work in film, plus another $9 million dollars for his work in TV series and perhaps another $5 million from appearances that he has made as himself, including in advertising. His earnings have been negligible from anything else, making his total career earnings $49 million dollars.
In the beginning of his career between the years of 1975 and 1981 the highest federal tax brackets were 70% until the Reagan tax cuts brought that figure down to 50% in 1982. Then in 1987 that figure became 38.5% and then a year later, in 1988, 28%, and stayed that way until 1991 when it increased to 31%. Then in 1993, it blasted back up to 39.6% for the top tax bracket. It became 35% in 2003 and finally settled at 37% in 2018.
The high tax years of Harris’ career were also some of his lowest earning years, however they still impacted his after-tax income. When considering his high earning years as well as his high tax years, combined with his California state taxes, which have likewise fluctuated, it appears that Harris may have paid around 52% in taxes.
Therefore, as the $49 million dollars income, is expected to include around $3-4 million in business related costs. The remainder, $45.5 million, will have then become $21.84 million dollars, having paid likely around $23.66 million in taxes.
Harris invested in a property in Malibu, California some 25 years ago and he and his wife Amy Madigan have lived there ever since. It is estimated that he purchased the property for less than $1 million dollars and it is worth about $6 million dollars today. That makes sense considering there is a mansion for sale right next door for $35 million dollars. The property that Ed snatched up at a record low price however is far smaller, but it is still positioned above California’s “Billionaires Beach”.
A very tidy investment considering the property has saved the couple on rent as well as appreciated some six times or more. Harris also purchased 2-acres of undeveloped land on the property adjacent to his for $660,000, in 1998. It has likely also seen land appreciation of over 250%, making the land worth around $2.3 million dollars today.
Ed Harris married Amy Madigan in 1983 and they have stayed together. They have one child together, Lily Dolores Harris, and have seemed to have had a happy and content family lifestyle. It is unlikely that Harris is one to lose or fritter away money, however, it is considered that he will have incurred some losses, in addition to his personal costs.
With inflation having been so high during his career, it is very likely that Harris has profited from investments made in the stock market. Most actors of his era have. However, it is not like a man like him to put all of his eggs in one basket or invest too much, he has likely also held onto some cash and also perhaps hedged with bonds and stored some precious metals.
Harris has likely spent $3-4 million dollars of his career earnings but also probably possesses assets valued at around $1-2 million, not including investment assets. In his investments, he may have earned investment returns of $9-12 million dollars. Therefore, it is estimated that Ed Harris has a net worth of around $30 million dollars.
It’s Harris’ deep voice that audiences are addicted to. They hear it before they see him, his gruff voice is hugely commanding and demands attention as much as any panoramic vista of the desert that can be seen in Westworld. “A voice is such a deep, personal reflection of character,” Daniel Day-Lewis has said. Ed Harris developed his and it was already one of his major assets by the time he played the role of Major König, in the 2001 film Enemy at the Gates.
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.
Owing to these features, he also tends to be typecast as the antagonist in 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”. Harris also tends to choose roles with historic 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 recognizable 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. Most recently, Ed Harris appeared in the Tom Cruise led Top Gun sequel, Top Gun: Maverick (2022).