How much is Kevin Spacey worth now?
|Net Worth:||$100 Million
|Date of Birth:||July 26, 1959|
|Country:||United States of America|
Who Is Kevin Spacey
After becoming one of the most heralded character actors of our generation early in his career with movies such as Seven and The Usual Suspects, Kevin Spacey became a two time Academy Award winner faster than it takes most people to win just one. His penchant for playing criminal masterminds drew audiences of millions and it culminated in his most recent and well known role to date; Frank Underwood in one of Netflix’s first and most popular original series, House of Cards. Most recently, the actor has controversially come under fire for being accused of sexual misconduct as part of the #metoo movement.
Kevin Spacey has a net worth upwards of $100 million dollars, as of 2020.
Kevin Spacey’s Rise To Fame
Thanks to catching the eye of rom-com director Mike Nichols, Kevin Spacey got one up on his peers and was cast in the Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson led Heartburn in the late 1980s, and then in a larger role in Working Girl, both directed by Nichols. As Spacey was able to cut his teeth working alongside acting greats, it wasn’t long until he was considered one of them. Playing John Williamson in 1992’s Glengarry Glen Ross, an adaptation of a play about real estate salesmen competing for commission was the actor’s breakthrough role, as he not only starred alongside Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, and Jack Lemmon, but he outshined them all.
Glengarry Glen Ross opened the floodgates for the actor, as every script with featuring a villainous character was thrown at Spacey from every direction, and they all stuck. He played the evil psychopath, John Doe, in Seven, the unlikely mastermind that everyone fears in The Usual Suspects, and to cap the massively successful decade off, he even played the evil grasshopper, Hopper, in A Bug’s Life. In the 2000s, Spacey played one of the most famous bad guys of all time when he reunited with his Usual Suspects director, Bryan Singer, for Superman Returns, where he starred as the most iconic bald headed schemer, Lex Luthor.
Spacey’s acting has awarded him dozens of accolades, but most famously for his leading role in Sam Mendes’ American Beauty, where he plays a suburban dad living a humdrum life and desperately looking for something that will make him feel alive again. For a drama that cost just $15 million to make, it went on to gross over $350 million worldwide, which is over 23x its budget. That kind of profit was unheard of for a movie with a narrative that can’t be explained in just one sentence, but it was Spacey’s must-see performance that made critics shout about it from rooftops.
Spacey’s work in the 2010s has been more streamlined in to one specific project. Though he has continued to be the evil puppeteer with questionable motives in crime capers such as 21, the Horrible Bosses series, and Baby Driver, his role in the Netflix original series House of Cards, has gotten him impossibly more recognition and accolades than he previously had.
How Did Spacey Get Rich?
As most of Spacey’s salaries for his acting roles are undisclosed, taking a look at his movies’ box office results is an easy gauge to understand how much money he makes from acting. As each consecutive film makes more money, it is a certainty that Spacey is offered a higher salary for each following role because he has proven to be bankable and producers know his starring role alone will attract audiences. The Horrible Bosses series has grossed over $300 million, Superman Returns made almost $400 million, and Seven made more than $320 million.
The actor is clever enough to produce a lot of the movies he stars in, meaning that Spacey not only gets an acting salary, but he will get a cut of the movie’s net profits too. However, though much of his monstrous net worth comes from his classic performances, the most lucrative of Spacey’s work is in starring and producing House of Cards. In its final years, the producer was pocketing $500,000 per episode, and whether or not that includes his fee as a producer is unknown. Spacey also produced movies of which he wasn’t part of the cast, including The Social Network and Captain Phillips, both of which went on to make dump trucks full of cash, with a combined worldwide gross of $440 million.
What Makes Him So Successful?
It’s unlikely that you’ll ever watch a film starring Kevin Spacey where he isn’t a villain or antagonist of some sort, and that’s because his piercing stare is what he has become known for. Because Spacey isn’t physically intimidating like a lot of cliched movie villains – scrawny, receding, always slouching – he is often cast for being so unsuspecting. As the actor commonly plays characters that seemingly have a moral compass but are eventually revealed to be the one pulling the strings all along.
Spacey is type cast in to these roles and is irreplaceable, so irreplaceable that Netflix killed off his character of Frank Underwood off-screen instead of recasting the character when the actor’s secrets were revealed to the world. Netflix lost close to the tune of $40 million for this choice as the season starring Spacey had already been filmed. The climax that the whole series had been building up to was shot, but unfortunately fans will never see it. Because of this, the whole season had to be rewritten and reshot, all due to the fact that nobody can pull of the menacing mannerisms that Spacey can.
As the secrets that would forever tarnish Spacey’s legacy were yet to be revealed to the public, the actor was a very likeable man and he formed many bonds in the movie industry, as Fincher not only directed him in Seven, but they worked together to produce The Social Network. Spacey also worked with Bryan Singer on both The Usual Suspects and Superman Returns.
With an amazing amount of iconic roles as deranged psychopaths and manipulative sociopaths that sit firmly in pop culture and will forever be remembered, Spacey’s fame has unfortunately been stained by his sexual misconduct allegations, which arguably made him more well-known to millennials not aware of his acting work. However, Kevin Spacey still sits on an empire with an estimated net worth of $100 million. It isn’t surprising that Spacey doesn’t have any upcoming projects in the works, but that won’t stop him from continuing to upload strange and unforgiving videos to YouTube.