About Maynard James Keenan
Maynard James Keenan, whose real full name is James Herbert Keenan, is an American actor, martial artist, musician, record producer, singer, songwriter, and winemaker. He became famous when he joined the rock band Tool, where he’s both a lead singer and primary lyricist. With Tool, he has released five studio albums. In the late years of the 20th century, he also joined supergroups A Perfect Circle and Puscifer with whom he has released four additional studio albums.
How did Maynard James Keenan earn his net worth?
Besides the millions that he earned from his association with rock artists and groups, Keenan’s wealth also comes from is acting and business ventures. In 1988, he decided to use the stage name Maynard James Keenan and he moved to Los Angeles to further pursue his career in arts, interior design, and set construction. A couple of months later, he met his friend Adam Jones with whom he formed the rock band Tool.
Right after the group was formed in 1990, they began releasing music. They first released two extended plays – “72826” and “Opiate”, both of which received positive reviews and helped them receive national popularity. The group attained mainstream recognition in 1993 when they released their critically-acclaimed debut album titled “Undertow”. Three years later, in September 1996, they released their sophomore album “Enigma”, which was even more successful. Their most successful studio projects are their other three albums – “Lateralus”, “10,000 Days”, and “Fear Inoculum” thanks to which Maynard gained a cult following and earned more than $2 million.
Why is he so famous?
The rock singer is famous for his contribution to the success of the rock groups Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer. He was born on April 17, 1964, in Ravenna, Ohio. James is the only child of Michael and Judith Marie Keenan, a couple of Southern Baptists ancestry. His parents divorced when he was four years old, in late 1968, and he remained with his mother. In the 1970s, after his mother suffered from a paralyzing subarachnoid hemorrhage, he was moved to his father in Scottsville.
The Ohio-native attended spent both his high school and college years in Michigan. He attended the West Point Prep School and, inspired by the performance of Bill Murray in the 1981, he joined the United States Army. He spent the next two years living in different states such as Kansas, Michigan, New York, Oklahoma, and Texas. In 1984, after his graduation from the high school, he enrolled at the Kendall College of Art and Design. After earning his bachelor’s degree in arts, in 1988, he relocated to Los Angeles to further pursue his career in set construction and interior design.
What makes him so successful?
What makes this actor and winemaker so successful are his many professions. During a hiatus of Tool, in 1999, Maynard formed a rock supergroup with Billy Howerdel named A Perfect Circle. A few years later, in May 2003, he formed another group – Puscifer. For the past two decades, while touring the world with his A Perfect Circle and Puscifer bandmates, Keenan also contributed to the four gold and platinum-certified studio albums that both groups have released.
As an actor, Maynard has starred in many films and television series. His acting debut came in the 1993 series “Headbangers Ball”. He then appeared in other television series and documentaries such as “Mr. Show with Bob and Davis”, “All We Are Saying”, “The Heart Is a Drum Machine”, “Music City USA”, and most recently, “The Joe Rogan Experience”. Since the late 1990s, he has also been proactively working on direct-to-video and independent films such as “Screenland Drive, “Crank: High Voltage”, “Vile”, “Queens of Country”, “What Is Puscifer”, and “XII”.
Maynard James Keenan is one of the most popular rock singers that emerged from the 1980s. The rock superstar became famous when he formed the groups Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer. Thanks to his work as the lead vocalist, lyricist, and producer of the three groups, he has a net worth of $65 million that continues to rise.
Besides having regular appearances on television and creating music with his rock bands, Keenan is a well-known philanthropist who supports many charities and organizations and a winemaker that owns the Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards.