One of the strangest and most beloved acting commodities working in Hollywood today, Jeff Goldblum has a storied filmography stretching back almost fifty years and covering some of the highest-grossing and most popular movies of their time. His cocksure screen presence and halting speech patterns make him a unique performer that brings a new and unusual element of entertainment to any project he signs off on, no matter how small the part. June is a big month for Mr. Goldblum as not only is he reprising one of his defining roles as Dr. Ian Malcolm in the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, but he’s receiving a coveted star on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame, an award for his immeasurable contributions to modern cinema. But the real question surrounding Goldblum isn’t why he’s so bizarrely fascinating, it’s if his net worth is reflective of his place in the Hollywood pantheon.
Jeff Goldblum Net Worth As Of 2019: $40 Million
Though still extremely wealthy by any standard measurement, Goldblum is surprisingly on the lower end of the Hollywood income scale. Having been a part of some of the most lucrative film franchises of all time, Goldblum’s fortune is tempered by the fact that he’s also been in his fair share of cinematic blunders. To see how he made his millions, let’s take a look at the life and times of his awesomeness, Mr. Goldblum.
Born in West Homestead, Pennsylvania on October 22, 1952 to a Russian-Jewish family, Goldblum caught the acting bug early in life from his mother, a radio broadcaster. With his parents’ full support, he left home at 17 to move to New York City where he studied performance at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Under the direction of his mentor Sanford Meisner, Goldblum got his start on Broadway in Two Gentlemen of Verona, a Tony-winning rock opera based on the Shakespearean play. During this period, he also became infatuated with jazz and his love of the style led him to become an accomplished pianist.
Fittingly, Goldblum got his first film role in 1974 as an unnamed thug in the cult classic Charles Bronson film Death Wish. In the subsequent years, he played a veritable symphony of small parts in big projects, including a nameless protestor on an episode of Columbo, a one-episode part on Starsky and Hutch, and a small speaking part in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall. Though his first larger role was 1977’s Between the Lines, Goldblum didn’t truly enter the national stage until a year later with the Invasion of the Body Snatchers remake in which he was a secondary character. Immediately following that, he had an extended role on the popular show Tenspeed and Brown Shoe.
Goldblum spent the 80s’ as a staple of the B-movie and cult scene. His engaging performances and work ethic made him popular on the underground film circuit and his roles got progressively bigger to show for it. Though largely a television actor for the early half of the decade, he made one of his first iconic film performances in 1984 as the strange yet helpful cowboy named New Jersey in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. It was only two years later when he would land another landmark role, and his first major lead, in the 1986 practical effects masterpiece The Fly. In between them, however, Goldblum did a turn in the camp film Transylvania 6-5000, which is largely unremarkable but is where he met his future wife, Geena Davis, though he was already married to his first wife, Patricia Gaul, at the time.
Geena and Jeff got married in 1987, just a year after Goldblum’s divorce and a year before they both starred in the comedy Earth Girls Are Easy with fellow rising star Jim Carrey. This would be the last major hit Goldblum would be in for a few years, but he happily returned to his B-movie roots with the camp-comedy The Tall Guy and romantic-thriller Twisted Obsession. Goldblum took an abrupt departure from this trend in 1990 when he cameoed on Sesame Street and voiced a villain in the famously unsubtle and star-studded Captain Planet and the Planeteers. He and Davis divorced that year, only two years before Goldblum would explode into the mainstream with arguably his most famous role.
Though he wasn’t exactly an unknown before Jurassic Park, the dinosaur-centric film was definitely the world’s reintroduction to Goldblum as a viable A-list star. General audiences had just never seen such a strange performer, with his casual demeanor and fluctuating tone. He was immediately a hit and was selected to helm the sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, in 1997. In 1996, Goldblum teamed up with notoriously hit-or-miss director Roland Emmerich for one of the director’s biggest hits, Independence Day, which allowed Jeff to further cement his talent and status in Hollywood. However, at the height of his popularity, Goldblum began taking smaller projects again. That’s not to say they were bad, but The Prince of Egypt, Cats & Dogs and Perfume weren’t exactly the same caliber as his projects in the mid-to-late 90s’.
That changed in 2004 when Goldblum met director Wes Anderson, who cast Goldblum in his new film The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou in what would be a mutually beneficial partnership moving forward. In the following years, Goldblum would have extended arcs on Will & Grace, Raines, Portlandia and Law & Order: Criminal Intent and work alongside the legendary Robin Williams in Man of the Year. In 2014, he not only got married to former Olympian Emilie Livingston, but he also began the process of reinventing himself. His career renaissance began with The Grand Budapest Hotel, another Wes Anderson project. Though he was forced towards a stumbling block in his journey of rediscovery in the disastrous Independence Day: Resurgence, he righted his course with a laudable performance as the classic comic character the Grandmaster in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok.
2018 has been one of Goldblum’s most prolific years to date. He not only rejoined Wes Anderson on Isle of Dogs, but he is returning to the role of Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and received praise for his perfectly off-kilter performance in Hotel Artemis. On top of that, he still makes sporadic appearances on Portlandia and has lent his voice to several video games.
The 2019 SundanceFilm festival has kicked off at Hotel Park City by hosting fest-goers including Jeff Goldblum of “The mountain” and many more.