For most of us, a million dollars is an incredible amount of money. However, to the world of acting, it’s mere pocket change compared to the amounts that many actors make. Many of the A-list actors we know today, such as Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise, and Denzel Washington, are worth well over $100 million. These actors earn millions per movie and top most lists for highest paid actors in Hollywood.
However, they aren’t the only ones. There are other actors that make the same amounts and indulge in the same lifestyles, but who are vastly unknown to the public. These lesser known actors are also raking in the big bucks and will definitely change the way you view the entertainment industry.
Get ready for the lifestyles of the rich and famous, because here are the 15 Actors You Never Knew Were Incredibly Rich.
15 Martin Lawrence
“Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?” Martin Lawrence starred alongside Will Smith in 1995's Bad Boys, but he’s more of a rich boy than a bad boy. In 2017, Lawrence’s net worth was estimated to be $110 million.
His story, however, is an inspiring tale of rags to riches. Lawrence’s mother was a single mom working several odd jobs to raise him and his five siblings. As a teenager, Lawrence aspired to become a professional boxer, but had to rethink his path when he injured his eye.
He turned to comedy and attended open mic nights that ultimately promoted his comedic career. Lawrence landed a spot on Star Search, and, although he didn’t win, was offered a role on What’s Happening Now.
From there, Lawrence went on to star in Martin, a show with over 11 million viewers, before landing roles in films that we now associate with him – Bad Boys, Blue Streak, Big Momma’s House , and National Security. We will even see him in Bad Boys 3, which is set to release at the end of 2018.
14 Peter Stormare
Born in Sweden as Rolf Peter Ingvar Storm, Stormare changed his last name to distinguish himself from another actor with the same name. It was under this name, Peter Stormare, in which the actor gained recognition, popularity, and millions of dollars. Peter Stormare has more than 150 television, film, and game credits to his name and, according to multiple sources, a net worth of $215 million.
Stormare gains his popularity through his “bad guy” personality. He regularly plays that villain that we can’t help but love and, although you might not recognize him by name, you may remember him as John Abruzzi in the Prison Break television series, the Ghost in 22 Jump Street, or Gaear Grimsrud in Fargo. He is a triple threat who was even inspired by U2’s Bono to record an album.
Peter Stormare is one of the richest men on this list, and if you don’t believe it, just take a look at his luxurious $47 million home in Sag Harbor, New York.
13 Paul Giamatti
In The Amazing Spider Man 2, Aleksei Sytsevich-- or Rhino-- is seen stealing plutonium from Oscorp. Sytsevich is obsessed with money and power and will do anything to get his hands on some. This, however, is far different from the actor who plays him.
Paul Giamatti was born into a rich family and didn’t have to worry about money like his film character. His father, A. Bartlett “Bart” Giamatti was once the president of Yale University and the seventh commissioner of Major League Baseball before he died in 1989.
Therefore, Paul was no stranger to the lifestyles of the rich and the famous. He went to private schools and had a very fortunate upbringing. This upbringing is why Giamatti joins his Big Momma’s House co-star on this list.
12 Sasha Alexander
Born Suzana S. Drobnjaković Ponti, Sasha Alexander started acting in seventh grade when she became the lead of her school’s production of Baby. She landed her first recognized role as Gretchen Witter in the fourth season of Dawson’s Creek and also went on to appear in He’s Just Not That Into You and Yes Man.
After these roles, Alexander turned into the crime-fighting actress we know and love today. She played Caitlin Todd in NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigation Service and Maura Isles in Rizzoli & Isles. Alexander even went on to win the 2016 People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Cable TV Actress.
Although Sasha Alexander has appeared in her fair number of television shows, a lot of her money actually comes from her business activities outside of acting. She currently has a net worth of $215 million.
11 Sacha Baron Cohen
“Very nice! How much?!” – apparently a lot. Sacha Baron Cohen, the actor that portrayed Borat and brought back “NOT!” jokes, is now worth over $110 million.
In April 2016, Cohen joined the ranks of Britain’s rich and famous and was named the 936th richest man in the country according to the Sunday Times Rich List. Since his debut as Ali G, Cohen’s characters and ridiculous accents have turned him into that annoying actor we just can’t get enough of. His movies have ushered in more than $3.4 billion at the box office, with Brüno and Borat bringing in $400 million alone.
Rest assured though, the actor does give back and, in 2016, Cohen teamed up with Isla Fisher to donate $1 million to war victims in Syria. At least now we know that our countless hours listening to our friends quote Borat helped fund a good cause.
10 Frances Fisher
Remember the red-headed woman from the Titanic? No, not Rose – her mother. Well, she was played by Frances Fisher, who has done quite well for herself since the movie, and is even worth more than Kate Winslet, the actress who played Rose.
As of 2013, Fisher had an accumulative net worth of $145 million, compared to Winslet’s $90 million. Although Fisher’s character was a gold digger in the movie, Fisher doesn’t have to worry about money. Many people consider her one of the highest paid actresses today.
Since the sinking of the Titanic, she has gone to play in The Host and appeared as guests on television shows such as Days of Our Lives, Roseanne, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Law & Order, and Touch.
9 Patrick Wilson
Patrick Wilson is known for his connection to the spirit world. He has appeared in multiple horror movies, including Insidious and The Conjuring, the second highest-grossing horror movie after 1970's The Exorcist.
He has as flair for the paranormal, and even claimed that his house in New Jersey could be haunted by the spirit of kids who simply “want to play”. Wilson has been nominated for many horror film awards, such as the Scream Awards for the Best Horror Actor in 2011, and even won second place for Best Actor at the 2014 Chainsaw Awards.
Other than his typical horror appearances, Wilson has played in major films such as The A-Team, The Phantom of the Opera, Watchmen, and Prometheus. He has also held the lead role in many shows on Broadway, and is actually known as one of the best paid singers in Hollywood.
His roles in major films as well as his singing career and investments brings Wilson’s estimated net worth to $275 million. With his upcoming role as Orm in Aquaman, he is sure to see his piles of money multiply.
8 Henry Thomas
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was a major blockbuster hit and the highest grossing film for seven years until the release of Jurassic Park. Not only was it extremely popular, but it was one of the first major films to star children as the leading roles. Drew Barrymore, who played Gertie, went on to become a common household name, but what happened to little Elliot?
Although it seems like Henry Thomas has disappeared from the public eye, he has actually appeared in over 20 movies since E.T. You might not have recognized him, but he was most recently in Ouija: Origin of Evil and Dear John.
Not only did Thomas continue with his acting, but he has also done very well with his money. He currently has a net worth of $82 million.
7 Scott Speedman
The next actor on the list is Scott Speedman and his net worth of $245 million may surprise you. Known best for his role as the Lycan-vampire hybrid, Michael Corvin in Underworld, Speedman isn’t what you would consider an A-list actor. He’s simply “that one guy from that one movie.”
Speedman originally aspired to be a professional Canadian swimmer and even placed ninth in the 1992 Olympic trials. However, a neck injury forced him into early retirement, so Speedman turned to acting.
His career started when he auditioned for Robin in Batman Forever and, although he clearly didn’t get the part, the audition landed him an agent. He has since appeared in the popular television series Felicity, where he became a teenage heartthrob, Last Resort, and Animal Kingdom. With his millions, he is proof that actors can still make loads of money doing television shows.
6 Devon Aoki
With only ten cited acting roles, Devon Aoki has the shortest IMDb page on this list. Her most recognizable roles are probably as Miho in Sin City and Suki in 2 Fast 2 Furious, but, besides this, she’s virtually invisible to the acting world. So clearly Aoki didn’t make most of her money acting. Instead, she was lucky enough to be born with a rich father.
Devon’s dad is Rocky Aoki, founder of Benihana, a 250 million dollar Japanese-styled hibachi chain. When her dad died in 2008, the Aoki family went to war for his inheritance. In the end Devon Aoki and her brother, famed DJ Steve Aoki, came out victorious.
They were each awarded 50 percent of their dad’s trust, including ownership of Benihana and a large chunk of the chain’s revenue. However, the ruling came with a steep stipulation. Devon and Steve aren’t allowed to touch the money until they turn 45. Devon is currently 34, so she still has nine years to go.
5 Alexander Ludwig
Most people recognize Alexander Ludwig from his role as Bjorn in Vikings and Cato in The Hunger Games, but Ludwig actually got started in 2002 when he starred in a TV commercial for a Harry Potter slime chamber play toy.
From there, he landed an agent and became a child actor. As a child, he appeared in Air Bud: World Pup, The Sandlot: Heading Home, and 2009's Race to Witch Mountain. Ludwig then auditioned for The Hunger Games and was originally one of three actors considered to play Peeta. However, he was asked to play Cato and immediately accepted the opportunity to play a bad guy.
Not only does he act, but Ludwig is also a recording artist. He released his first single, Liv it Up (Teenage Wasteland) in March 2012. Although his net worth is debated amongst credible sources, some list it as high as $97 million.
4 Rooney Mara
Although you may not recognize her without the black hair and mohawk, Rooney Mara was the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She also appeared in the Nightmare on Elm Street 2010 remake and was most recently in Kubo and the Two Strings, Pan, and The Social Network. Her new movie, A Ghost Story hit theaters on July 7th 2017.
Some actors are born into acting, but Rooney was born into the world of football. Not only was she surrounded by football her whole life, but she was also part of football royalty. Her mother, Kathleen McNulty founded the Pittsburgh Steelers and her father Timothy Mara founded the New York Giants.
Together they created a multi- billion-dollar family and raised Rooney to become accustomed to the lifestyles of the rich and famous.
3 Nick Kroll
Nick Kroll is the voice of comedy. You’ve heard his voice in comedic movies such as Sausage Party, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, and Sing. You've also probably seen his face on the popular television show The League.
Lately he’s been hiding behind cartoon characters, but this isn't the only thing that he may be hidden from fans. Some fans may not know that he was actually rich long before he started acting.
Nick was always the funny guy in a serious family. His father Jules B. Kroll was the founder of Kroll Inc., a corporate risk consultancy. The company is known for investigated Saddam Hussein’s money for the Kuwaiti government. In 2004, Nick’s dad sold the company for $1.9 billion.
2 Rowan Atkinson
Rowan Atkinson has been Mr. Bean for so long that it’s hard to even call him by his name. Inspired by Charlie Chaplin, Atkinson completely embraces his character and shows the world that you don’t even have to speak to become a millionaire.
Although it doesn’t seem like he's living the glamorous life of the rich and famous, Atkinson is worth $130 million, and he definitely deserves it. Atkinson is currently 62 years old and has been acting since the 1980s.
He has an impressive list of film credits, and even played the voice of Zazu in the original Disney hit The Lion King. His long years of service to the acting industry are why he has amassed his millions, which gives him a well-deserved spot on this list.
1 Jessica Szohr
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Jessica Szohr’s path to stardom is another rags to riches story. She was born in Menomonee Falls, Wisonsin where she started a cleaning company with a friend to clean houses. At the age of six, however, she had started modelling and had appeared in ads for Quaker Oats, Mountain Dew, Sears, Jockey, and JanSport.
She eventually transitioned to acting and landed her breakthrough role as Vanessa Abrams in Gossip Girl. Her popularity grew, and she went on to appear in The Internship and even won the Breakthrough Actress in Film award for her role in Piranha 3D.
Although she hasn’t been on the big screen lately, Szohr has returned to modelling. She was the spokesmodel for SoBe Lifewater and a NYLON cover girl. She was even featured in her best friend, Taylor Swift’s 22 music video.
According to some sources, the former Gossip Girl is worth $150 million.
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