What do 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) have in common? If you’re a film buff, one answer you may have guessed is the presence of the award-winning actor, filmmaker, and musician Billy Bob Thornton. Thanks to these works, the American star was able to lead his career to an enviable climax, and Billy Bob Thornton’s fortune is clear proof of this.
In the following sections, you will learn all you need to know about his financial status, how he built it up over the years from his film career, and what his current net worth is.
Billy Bob Thornton’s Net Worth
Billy started out as an entertainer (musician) in 1974 and has worked in the entertainment industry in both film and music. As an aspiring actor, he made his debut in the 1980s as Counterman in southern Reno, the latter as a pawnbroker in Matlock’s episode “The Photographer”. This was followed by his starring role in the CBS sitcom “Hearts Afire” and Adam Sandler’s debut film “Going Overboard”, which was shot on a $200,000 budget.
From these works, Billy Bob Thornton began to build the foundation on which his net worth of $35 million stands today. The then budding actor announced himself to the critics with his villain role as Ray Malcolm in One False Move (1992), which he also co-wrote. Although the budget for the production of the film is not known, he is said to have earned $1.5 million at the box office, with praiseworthy acceptance by film critics and even better ratings on several film review websites.
Billy Bob Thornton’s Movie Career & Earnings
A False Move was followed in the 90s by even better movies like Sling Blade (an expansion of Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade) and Primary Colors. Apart from these works, Billy Bob Thornton played small roles in films such as Bound by Honor, Indecent Proposal, Tombstone, and On Deadly Ground, all of which contributed in one way or another to Billy Bob Thornton’s net worth.
With special reference to Sling Blade, in which Billy Thornton starred, he is also credited with writing and directing the independent film. The film was reportedly purchased for $10 million by Miramax, and during the same period (November 1996) Billy Thorton signed a multi-picture deal that earned him up to $2 million per film. This eventually marked his major breakthrough in the entertainment industry as an actor and also earned him international recognition.
With a budget of $1 million, Sling Blade earned no less than $24.4 million at the box office. In terms of awards, Billy Bob Thorton won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, an Edgar Award, and a Writers Guild of America Award. In addition to these awards, he also received an Oscar and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Actor.
More recently, another work starring Billy that has also contributed to his net worth is the Amazonas Studios’ American legal drama web TV series, Goliath. He began starring in the series in 2016 and receives $350,000 per episode in which he appears, and has been seen in 16 episodes to date. Not only has the series contributed to Billy Bob Thorton’s net worth, but it has also earned him an award. In 2017, Billy Thorton won the Best Actor – TV Series Drama award at the 74th Golden Globe Awards.
Looking back on his life before fame, it is safe to say that Billy Bob Thorton’s net worth of $35 million is proof that hard work really pays off. In the past, Billy grew up poor and hungry because his family lived on what his grandfather had shot in the forest. When he came of age, he took factory jobs and later started driving trucks. After this phase of his life came the next, when he began to perform regularly with a band.
Later he took acting lessons before he got his first acting job on HBO. At this time, Billy honed his skills during his lunch break by acting different characters in front of his mirror, and as he continued to do so, he got better and better. Today, there is no doubt that Billy Bob Thorton is one of the richest actors in the industry because of his wealth.
Another interesting aspect of Bob Thornton’s life story, which will make for interesting reading in addition to his fortune, is the many wives and relationships in which he lived. Here you can find out everything there is to know about them.