Cast of American Beauty: How Much Are They Worth Now?Published on March 14, 2016. Updated February 10, 2017
The incredible cast of American Beauty created a film that was destined for greatness! The flick was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, including Best Actor and Best Actress, and took home 5 of them. Its realistic portrayal of suburban life in middle-America has made this film a classic, and this list takes a look at the actors who shaped the masterpiece to see what they’ve been up to and just how much they’re worth these days.
10. Kevin Spacey
Estimated Net Worth: $80 Million. Kevin Spacey played the unforgettable lead of Lester Burnham in American Beauty, but this is just another credit on his long list of great work. Other notable work includes The Usual Suspects, The Life of David Gale, Superman Returns, and most recently in the Netflix Original Series, House of Cards, for which he’s also a producer. He’s also produced projects like 21, Captain Phillips, and The Social Network. All of his tireless effort has earned him 2 Academy Awards, a Golden Globe, and a huge estimated net worth of approximately $80 million!
9. Annette Bening
Estimated Net Worth: $48 Million. It’s no wonder this leading lady is worth so much! She has an extensive history in the biz full of accolades and acknowledgements. Back in 1987 she was nominated for a Tony Award for her role in Coastal Disturbances, and went on to earn 4 Academy Award nominations for The Grifters, American Beauty, Being Julia, and The Kids Are All Right. This year we’ll be able to catch her in a number of films including The Seagull, 20th Century Woman, and an untitled Warren Beatty project. With so many noteworthy films under her belt, it’s easy to see why Annette Bening is worth a whopping $48 million!
8. Thora Birch
Estimated Net Worth: $8 Million. Thora Birch came to fame as a child actress in the early ‘90s with films like Monkey Trouble, Hocus Pocus, and Now & Then, but she made the transition to more serious flicks with American Beauty and her portrayal of Jane Burnham. The role earned her international acclaim and she went on to earn a Golden Globe for her role in Ghost World. She currently works on the 2016 series Colony. All of her film and television work has earned her an estimated net worth of $8 million!
7. Wes Bentley
Estimated Net Worth: $1 Million. Wes Bentley is best known for his role as Ricky Fitts in American Beauty and as Seneca Crane in The Hunger Games. Unfortunately, after the success of American Beauty, Bentley began struggling with addiction and in 2008 was arrested and ordered into a 12-step program. He admitted to the New York Times that during that period he just worked sporadically to pay his bills and buy drugs. His initial stint in rehab was ineffective and he relapsed and “he continued using heroin until he was broke.” He completed another program and has been clean since 2009. Since that time, he’s been in flicks like Interstellar, We Are Friends, and the series American Horror Story. His current estimated net worth is approximately $1 million!
6. Mena Suvari
Estimated Net Worth: $7 Million. Mena Suvari got her start as a model but quickly made the transition to television and film with minor roles in Boy Meets World and Nowhere. Her most notable roles were both in 1999 in American Beauty and American Pie. Her outstanding performances earned her a BAFTA nomination and a Young Hollywood Award respectively. She continued to star in films like Spun, Domino, American Pie 2, and American Reunion. She was also in the hit series Six Feet Under and in 2015, she starred in the horror series South of Hell. All of her hard work has paid off and has earned her a huge fortune of an estimated $7 million.
5. Chris Cooper
Estimated Net Worth: $10 Million. Chris Cooper has had a lucrative and prolific career in the biz and has starred in a range of roles from the closeted Colonel Fitts in American Beauty to a NASA engineer in October Sky, to the money-hungry antagonist, Tex Richman, in the musical-comedy The Muppets. Cooper also played Norman Osborne in The Amazing Spider-Man, but for unknown reasons he was not credited in the film. Most recently he appeared in the 2016 mini-series 11.22.63, and in 2017 we’ll be able to check him out in Live by Night. Chris Cooper’s admirable career has earned him a respectable net worth of approximately $10 million!
4. Peter Gallagher
Estimated Net Worth: $16 Million. Peter Gallagher is probably better known to many fans as Sandy Cohn, but before his days on The O.C. he was appearing in dozens of TV movies, various television series, and films including While You Were Sleeping and American Beauty. Gallagher is also a musician and in 2005 he released an album entitled 7 Days in Memphis. Other notable television roles include stints on Californication, Rescue Me, Covert Affairs, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2016 he’s returning to the TV movie scene with Center Stage: Dance Camp. All of Gallagher’s enterprises have earned him vast sums totaling an estimated $16 million.
3. Allison Janney
Estimated Net Worth: $4 Million. Allison Janney is an acclaimed actress and is best known for her television work on The West Wing, Masters of Sex, and more recently, on Mom. Janney has won countless accolades including 7 Primetime Emmys and has over 100 acting credits to her name! This year, we’ll be able to catch her in two films, The Girl on the Train and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Her tireless effort has amassed her a fortune of 4 million!
2. Scott Bakula
Estimated Net Worth: $10 Million. Scott Bakula is known within the sci-fi community for his roles in Quantum Leap, for which he earned 4 Emmy Award nominations, and Star Trek: Enterprise. But aside from his work in inter-stellar space and time, he’s also appeared dozens of films and television series including Lord of Illusions, Murphy Brown, American Beauty, and Desperate Housewives. He also plays the lead character in NCIS: New Orleans and this year we’ll be able to catch him in Basmati Blues with Brie Larson and Donald Sutherland. His career, which spans 30 years and counting, has earned him an estimated net worth of $10 million!
1. Sam Robards
Estimated Net Worth: $4 Million. Sam Robard’ career spans set and stage, and he rose to prominence with his role in Tempest and subsequent television work. He’s appeared in dozens of television shows including The West Wing and Gossip Girl and flicks like American Beauty and A.I. Artificial Intelligence. In 2016 he’ll appear as Dr. Lawson in Late Bloomer, which is currently in post-production. His prolific career has earned him a notable fortune of $4 million!