Billy Bob Thornton’s Net Worth & How Much He Made from His Movie Career

What does One False Move (1992), Sling Blade (1996), U Turn (1997), A Simple Plan (1998), Monster’s Ball (2001), Friday Night Lights (2004), Faster (2010), Jayne Mansfield’s Car (2012), and A Million Little Pieces (2018) all have in common? If you are a movie freak, an answer you might have guessed will be the presence of multiple award-winning actor, filmmaker, and musician Billy Bob Thornton. It is through these works that the American celebrity has been able to build his career to an enviable height and his net worth is clear proof of that.

He has successfully amassed enviable earnings through his many big projects in acting, directing and other endeavors. Find out all there is to know about his financial status, how he built it up from his movie career over the years and what his current net worth is.

How Much Is Billy Bob Thornton Worth?

Billy started performing as an entertainer (musician) in the year 1974 and has been active in the entertainment industry in both the movie and music spheres. As an upcoming actor in the 1980s, his debut role came as a counterman in South of Reno, and later as a pawn store clerk in the episode “The Photographer” of Matlock. Next came his starring role in CBS sitcom Hearts Afire, and Adam Sandler’s debut film Going Overboard which was made with a budget of $200, 000.

From these works, Billy Bob Thornton began building the foundation upon which his $35 million net worth stands today. The then budding actor announced himself to critics with his Ray Malcolm villain role in One False Move (1992) which he also co-wrote. Although the budget for making the film is not known, it reportedly earned $1.5 million at the box office with commendable acceptance from film critics and even better ratings on several movie review websites.

His Movie Career Earnings

After his big role in One False Move, other more visible roles followed in 90s films like Sling Blade (an expansion of Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade) and Primary Colors. Aside from these works, Billy played small roles in films like Bound by Honor, Indecent Proposal, Tombstone, and On Deadly Ground which have all contributed in one way or the other to his net worth.

With particular reference to Sling Blade which Billy acted in, he also has credit for writing and directing the independent film. The film was reportedly purchased for $10 million by Miramax and in that same period (November 1996), Billy was signed to a multi-picture deal which earned him as much as $2 million per film. This ultimately marked his big break in the entertainment industry as an actor and in addition, earned him international repute.

Made on a budget of $1 million, Sling Blade made no less than $24.4 million at the box office. In terms of awards, it earned Billy Bob Thorton an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, an Edgar Award and a Writers Guild of America Award. In addition to these awards, he also earned an Oscar and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Actor.

Billy Bob Thornton Net Worth
J.T. Walsh and Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade (1996)

More recently, another work that stars Billy and has equally added to his net worth is the Amazon Studios American legal drama web television series titled Goliath. He began acting in the series in 2016 and gets paid $350,000 per episode he appears in and he has so far been seen in 16 episodes. The show has not only added to Thorton’s net worth, it has also earned him an award. In 2017, Billy won the award for Best Actor in the Television Series Drama category at the 74th Golden Globe Awards.

Looking back at how his life was before fame, one can certainly say that Billy Bob Thorton’s net worth of $35 million is a testament to the fact that hard work truly pays. In the past, Billy grew up poor and hungry as his family lived on whatever his grandfather shot in the woods. When he came of age, he took up factory jobs and later began driving trucks. After this phase of his life came the next when he started performing regularly with a band.

He later took up some acting classes before he landed his first acting job with HBO. Billy, at the time, honed his skills the more during his lunchtime by performing various characters in front of his mirror and as he kept doing this, he got better and better. Today, there is no doubt that Billy Bob Thorton’s net worth stands him out as one of the richest actors in the industry.


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