The career opportunities in Hollywood may not be the most physically demanding in the world, but those who work in the industry are known to stick to the global retirement age and work freely for the rest of their lives. Some of them, however, have defied this unwritten rule by continuing to work into old age. One of them is Clint Eastwood, the actor/filmmaker who continues to accumulate an incredible fortune well beyond his eighties.
Many of Clint Eastwood’s peers have long since retired, but the actor/director continues to actively direct and appear in films, even today. We took a look at his journey to a net worth of $375 million. Take a look at this.
How Clint Eastwood Achieved His Net Worth
With a net worth of $375 million, Clint Eastwood is now one of the richest personalities in Hollywood. This is a fortune due to a man who has been in the top entertainment industry for more than six decades, appeared in more than 65 films and two television shows directed more than 40 films and produced more than 45 projects, for which he received more than 167 award nominations and won more than 148 of them, including eight Oscars.
It is through this and a distinguished music career that the iconic filmmaker has achieved his incredible capital value, and we discuss his path to financial fame in detail below.
Acting in Movies and TV Series
Ultimately, three pillars determine the path to Clint Eastwood’s fortune: acting, directing/production and music. Before he switched to the latter two, he started acting.
Clint Eastwood made his first money in acting in 1954 when he signed a contract with Universal for $100 a week as booked talent. That same year he made his first audition for Six Bridges to Cross, but the director was not a fan of his style and he had to wait until 1955 to make his acting debut in the movie Revenge of the Creature in a supporting role.
He received his first major role as an actor in 1956 in one of the few television shows he appeared in throughout his career, TV Reader’s Digest.
After appearing in smaller roles for several years, he was given his first major financially rewarding role in the series, Rawhide, in 1959. Between 1959 and 1965 Clint appeared in the series as Rowdy Tates in 217 episodes, earning $750 per episode. After the show was canceled, he received a $119,000 settlement.
His big breakthrough came in the Dollar Trilogy, a film trio consisting of A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and the classic The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. He received $15,000 for his first film and earned comparatively little for the rest, but the change in Clint Eastwood’s image as a major movie star helped him earn a huge salary for movies in the future.
To date, he has appeared in more than 68 films, starred in at least 47 of them, and has made more than $2.4 billion in box office revenue. In return, he has earned massively for his bankability, such as $12 million income for “Every Which Way But Loose”, $5 million for “City Heat”, $7 million for “In the Line of Fire”, which gave Clint Eastwood a net worth of $375 million.
Directing and Producing Movies
Apart from the millions Clint Eastwood earned for his various film roles, he also made another important contribution to his enormous net worth. With the help of his accountant and consultant Irving Leonard and the income from his Dollar Trilogy, he founded the production company Malpaso Productions in 1967.
The company’s first film was Hang ‘Em High, and it has produced more than 55 films, including such notable titles as Sully, J. Edgar, The Mule and more.
As a producer and director, two roles he has played through his production company, he has directed and produced more than 56 films, with total revenue of $6.1 billion at box offices worldwide.
Through his highly successful film production company, which also received much praise from critics, Clint Eastwood became one of the richest personalities in Hollywood.
All you could associate with Clint Eastwood is music, but although it is not his most outstanding career path, it has contributed to his wealth.
The actor/producer/director has had a long music career as his career in the film industry. He was part of a group, the “Amusement Business Cavalcade of Fairs”, which traveled all over the country and earned up to 15,000 dollars in performances.
Clint Eastwood also has his own music label, Malpaso Records, which has a distribution agreement with Warner Bros. Records and is responsible for selling the music scores of his films, some of which he composed himself.