Elijah Wood Net Worth

How much is Elijah Wood worth?

Net Worth:$30 Million
Profession:Professional Actor
Date of Birth:January 28, 1981
Country:United States of America
1.68 m

Who Is Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood is a famous American voice actor and film producer. He began his acting career in 1989 and had his breakthrough in acting in the early 2000s. He gained international acceptance after his role as Frodo Baggins in the well-received “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. The trilogy began in 2001 and ended in 2003. Thanks to that, he was also asked to reprise his role in 2012’s “The Hobbit”.

Immediately after the release of the first film, “Lord of the Rings” became one of the highest-grossing trilogies of the 21st century. Thanks to that, the talented actor was asked to star in many other films and television series, which further boosted his popularity and wealth. Among some of the other films that he’s known to take part in are “Happy Feet”, “The Last Witch Hunter”, and “Come to Daddy” among many others. Outside of acting, Wood has found success as a DJ, producer, and has also done voiceovers for several video games.

We calculate Elijah Wood has a net worth of $30 million dollars, as of 2021.

How did Elijah Wood get so rich?

What made Wood so rich are his acting skills, especially in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, where he was playing the leading role of Frodo Baggins. Just before that, he spent the 1990s improving his acting skills and making a name for himself. The first film that he starred in after the aforementioned “Back to the Future” was “Avalon”. The 1990 production was very successful and received four nominations for the prestigious Academy Awards.

Throughout his teen years, Elijah Wood continued to thrive. Among some of the most popular movies that he took part from that time were “Forever Young”, “The Good Son”, “North”, and “Ice Storm”. The fact that he acted alongside other well-known actors such as Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Kevin Costner, and Macaulay Culkin helped the aspiring actor at that time even more and soon he received an offer to take part in what is now the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

His first appearance was in the first installment of the trilogy, released in 2001. One year prior to the film’s release, Wood, alongside the rest of the cast, spent almost a year to film their roles and complete the project. In the epic films, Elijah Wood portrayed the character of the protagonist named Frodo Baggins – a young hobbit that inherits the highly-wanted One Ring. The filming of the first film began in October 1999. A few months earlier, in July, Wood was the first to audition for the role and was eventually chosen for it. Thanks to his impressive acting skills, he was chosen over more than 150 actors, including Jake Gyllenhaal.

Why is he so famous?

The actor became famous almost instantly after he began acting. He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on January 28, 1981. Elijah became interested in acting during his high school years when he starred in various plays and musicals such as “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and “The Sound of Music”. By the age of 15, Wood’s parents divorced and he moved with his mother to Los Angeles, in the search of more acting opportunities.

In the late 1980s, while he was still a child, Elijah Wood was used mainly as a model for television commercials. At that time, he was offered a small role in the movie that’s not considered a phenomenon – “Back To The Future (Part 2)”. He portrayed the role of a video game that meets the main character, Michael J. Fox’s Marty McFly, at an arcade where the two boys play school games. Despite the small role, the aspiring actor drew a lot of attention and received offers to star in other films.

What makes him so successful?

What made Elijah Wood so successful is his first leading role, which happened to be in the first of three “Lord of the Rings” films. It became the second-highest-grossing film of 2001 and that really helped Wood’s name stand out. Following the success of the first film, Wood starred in the other two films that were released in 2002 and 2003, respectively.

Thanks to his amazing performance in one of the greatest film trilogies, Elijah has received many awards, including an Empire, MTV Movie, and a few Saturn Awards. All of the awards just confirmed he has the acting skills necessary to succeed in the industry. Fresh off his leading role in the epic fantasy, Wood received more opportunities. The first film that he took part in after completing the trilogy was “Eternal Sunshine of the Mind” from 2004.

Elijah Wood’s success continued throughout the rest of the 2000s, as when he starred in “Paris, je taime” and “Happy Feet”. The latter is still one of his most successful films. In “Happy Feet”, he animated the voice of the penguin Mumble – the main character in the film. Besides having commercial and critical success, the film earned more than $390 million in box office and won prestigious awards such as Academy and BAFTA.

A few years later, it was announced that there will be another trilogy that focuses on the “Lord of the Rings”. The trilogy was named “The Hobbit” and it premiered in 2012. For the first installment, Wood reprised the role of his world-renowned character Frodo Baggins.

The admired actor triumphed after his participation in the “Lord of the Ring” and “Hobbit” trilogies. His career hit its peak in the early 2000s and even now, he continues to act in different productions. His most recent performances are in the horror films ” Come to Daddy”, “Coloraturas Out of Space” and “Daniel Is Not Real” from 2019.


Established as one of the most impressive actors, Elijah Wood quickly gained international fame thanks to his spectacular performance in “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit”. Apart from these, the talented actor starred in many other films and has teamed with a lot of other well-received actors.

Besides acting, Elijah Wood also found success as both a producer and disk jockey. Since 2013, he and his friend Josh Waller founded a production company called “The Woodshed” (later re-branded under the name “Spectre Vision”) which aims to support and promote horror films.

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Written by Victoria Rothstein

Victoria Rothstein entered the financial industry in 2002 and worked with an investment firm in Singapore until 2014. After more than ten years and as a shareholder as well as an executive, she left to focus on her own investments. Originally from New York she continues to live and work within emerging markets. Hong Kong is now her base, yet she is also often in Thailand, Indonesia and mainland China.

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