How much is Jonah Hill worth?
|Net Worth:||$55 Million|
|Date of Birth:||December 20, 1983|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Jonah Hill
Jonah Hill Feldstein is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer and director. For the last five years, he has been ranked as one of the highest-paid up-and-coming actors in Hollywood. Some people would get lazy when they reach the top, but not Jonah. He has sworn that he would film more than any other actor. He has a long way to go to catch up greats like John Wayne though, who filmed a total of 179 movies.
Both of his parents were involved in the world of show business, but only his mother on the creative side. His father worked as a tour accountant for a few bands, the biggest among them being Guns n Roses. His mother was a fashion stylist and costume designer. During his high school years, he would work in a skateboard shop, which would influence the first movie that he wrote and directed, Mid90s (2018). He attended three different colleges but failed to get a degree at any one of them. He has a younger sister who is also an actor. He had an older brother who sadly passed due to complications of a pulmonary embolism, he was only 40 years of age when he died.
As of 2020, we estimate Jonah Hill has a net worth of $55 million dollars.
How Did Jonah Hill Get So Rich?
Judd Apatow is the founder of Apatow Productions, through which movies like “Knocked Up”, “Funny People” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” were produced.
Apatow made a huge impact on the young Jonah Hill’s career casting him in a role in his smash hit, Knocked Up. While the role was small his part was hilarious and got people’s attention from the start. As Jonah improved as an actor and Apatow realized the unpolished gem he had, he offered him his first leading role in the teen comedy Superbad (2007). He played the snarky, annoying friend of Michael Cera’s character who, as in many other movies, played Michael Cera. The movie was a massive success. From that point on he was offered many more roles than he ever previously was. Saturday Night Live even offered him to host one of their shows, which he did in March of 2018.
But, Jonah didn’t want to be known exclusively as a comedic actor. He craved a serious role, to show the full range of his acting talent. His first serious role was in Moneyball starring alongside Brad Pitt, where he played the assistant GM to Brad Pitt‘s Billy Beane. People were blown away by what he brought to the role and he received many award nominations. Those nominations included an Oscar nomination for Best Supportive Actor and the Golden Globe for the same category. But he didn’t step away from comedic movies altogether. He starred next to Channing Tatum in the movie 21 Jump Street, a great satire of 80s teen/cop movies. Jonah Hill was majorly involved, in fact he co-wrote the movie. 21 Jump Street was one of the best and most successful comedies of that decade. It also spawned a sequel, yet didn’t live up to the success of the first one.
Hill’s next Oscar nomination would come a few years later, while performing, again as a supporting actor, in the movie The Wolf of Wall Street. He stared next to Leonardo DiCaprio, and the movie was directed by one of the greatest directors of all time, Martin Scorsese. Many berated Jonah for taking the part for just $60,000, yet considering it got him nominated for an Oscar it was actually well worth it to advance his career. More over Hill learned a lot from both DiCaprio and Scorsese, and that helped him direct his first movie Mid90s, which has delighted both fans and critics alike. Recently since these big successes, Jonah Hill has been making as much as $10 million dollars per movie. We calculate Jonah Hill is conservatively worth $55 million dollars in 2020.
Why Is He So Famous?
While he didn’t find success in college, he did find success performing at indie and small theaters. He also performed at bars. The bar where he started to get noticed was called “Black and White”, and it was located in the East Village, in New York City. While performing at bars, he even developed a cult-like following. He states that these performances are what made him realize that he wanted to be an actor.
While performing he would meet two people who would help him finally break into the craft. Those two people where Rebbeca and Jake Hoffman, the children of one of the greatest actors and stars of the 70s and 80s, Dustin Hoffman. It was with Hoffmans slight assistance that he was able to book his first role. He performed minor roles in all kinds of comedic movies. After being cast in Judd Apatow’s smash comedy, The 40-Year Old Virgin, he developed a friendship with Apatow as well as fellow actors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
What Makes Him So Successful?
Clearly, Jonah Hill is an immensely talented actor. He found acting later in life, in his 20, while the majority of actors start very young, in their pre-teen days. He honed his craft in small theaters and bars until he got his first breaks, which he took advantage off. One thing that Jonah seems to be very good at and pays off for him, is he takes a long term view. A long term perspective with his career.
For example when he took the iconic role of Donnie Azoff, in Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, he accepted the minimum wage of $60,000. While that doesn’t sound like much considering what he did with the role, it was a major break in his career earning him an Oscar nomination, fame and recognition that has transformed him into a big Hollywood star. Sometimes it’s not about the money short term, rather it’s about winning long term, instead.
We have to also note that Hill is a supremely talented actor both in comedic and dramatic roles. What’s more, when you compare him at the start of his career, and his character in Superbad, to what he did in Moneyball or Wolf of Wall Street you can see immense improvement, too. This is because he hones his craft.
Hill also always wanted to write and create. And judging from the movie he co-wrote, 21st Jump Street, as well as the movie that he wrote, produced and directed, Mid90s, he is quite the talented writer and director as well.
On top of that, Jonah Hill met the right people at the right time. If he hadn’t met the children of Dustin Hoffman, maybe he would never have had the chance to properly progress in the movie business and would still be working bars and small theaters. If he hadn’t met Judd Apatow, who gave him his first big role, maybe he would still be just a character actor in comedies or rom-coms.
Jonah Hill managed to turn around his confused 20s into an incredibly successful acting career. He could have been a three-time college drop out with a dead-end job, but realizing his potential as an actor, as well as writer, he managed to turn his life around and become a multi-millionaire. He is a prime example of how discovering yourself, your true aim, desire, passion and purpose, can transform your life and give it an epic, dream-like ascend to the stars.