Professional opportunities in Hollywood might not be the most physically demanding in the world but those who work in the industry have been known to adhere to the global retirement age, living the rest of their life work free. However, a few of them have defied this unwritten rule, by continuing to work well into their old age. One of them is Clint Eastwood, the actor/filmmaker who continues to amass an incredible net worth, well past his octogenarian years.
Many of Clint Eastwood’s peers have long retired, but the actor/director continues to actively direct and appear in movies, even to this day. We took a look at his journey to a $375 million net worth below. Check it out.
How Clint Eastwood Achieved His Net Worth
With a net worth of $375 million, Clint Eastwood is one of the richest personalities in Hollywood today. It is a net worth that is befitting of a man who has been in the apex entertainment industry for more than six decades, appeared in more than 65 movies and two TV shows, directed more than 40 films, and produced more than 45 projects, racking up over 167 award nominations, winning more than 148 of them, including eight Academy Awards.
Through this, and a significant music career, the iconic filmmaker has achieved his incredible net worth, and we discuss his path to financial glory in detail below.
Acting in Movies and TV Series
Ultimately, there are three prongs to how Clint Eastwood achieved his net worth – Acting, Directing/Producing and Music. Before he moved to the latter two, he began with acting.
Clint Eastwood made his first money from acting in 1954 when he signed a contract with Universal for $100 per week as a booked talent. He made his first movie audition for Six Bridges to Cross in the same year but the director was not a fan of his style, and he had to wait till 1955 to make his debut as an actor in the film, Revenge of the Creature in a minor role.
His first significant role as an actor came in 1956, in one of the few TV shows he appeared in throughout his career, TV Reader’s Digest.
After appearing in minor roles over a couple of years, he secured his first major financially rewarding role on the show, Rawhide, in 1959. Clint appeared on the show as Rowdy Tates, between 1959 and 1965, in 217 episodes, earning $750 per episode. After the show was canceled, he was paid $119,000 in severance pay.
He got his big break in the Dollars trilogy, a trio of film that consisted of A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and the classic, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. He was paid $15,000 for the first film and earned comparatively little for the rest, but its transformation of Clint Eastwood’s image as a major movie star helped him command huge salary for movies in the future.
To date, he has appeared in more than 68 films, playing a lead role in at least 47 of them and achieving a box office income of more than $2.4 billion. In return, he has earned massively for his bankability, such as a $12 million income for Every Which Way But Loose, $5 million for City Heat, $7 million for In the Line of Fire, helping Clint Eastwood to a $375 million net worth.
Directing and Producing
Other than the millions Clint Eastwood has earned in salary for his various roles in film, another major contributor to his massive net worth. With the help of his accountant and advisor, Irving Leonard, and the income from his Dollars trilogy, he established the production company, Malpaso Productions in 1967.
The company’s first film was Hang ‘Em High, and it has produced more than 55 movies, including notable titles like Sully, J. Edgar, The Mule and more.
As producer and director, two roles he has played via his production company, he has directed and produced more than 56 movies, with a combined $6.1 billion in revenue at the global box office.
Through his highly successful film production company, which has also achieved plenty of critical praises, Clint Eastwood became one of Hollywood’s richest personalities.
All of the things one might associate with Clint Eastwood, music is the least of them, but even though it is not his prominent career path, it has been a contributor to his net worth.
The actor/producer/director has had a music career that has been as long as his career in the film industry. He was part of a group, Amusement Business Cavalcade of Fairs, which traveled across the country and made as much as $15,000 in performance.
Clint Eastwood also has his own music label, Malpaso Records, which has a distribution deal with Warner Bros. Records and is responsible for the sale of the music scores of his films, some of which he composed himself.