With almost five decades of acting under his belt, Jeff Goldblum is a fan favorite in Hollywood. He has appeared in some of the most popular and iconic films of all time, including Jurassic Park, The Fly, and Independence Day. Not to mention his work on television as well in series the long-running NBC sitcom Will & Grace and the Disney+ series The World According to Jeff Goldblum.
And we haven’t even touched on his music career yet! Needless to say, Jeff Goldblum’s net worth has also grown tremendously since his career started. Let’s take a look at Goldblum’s career and how his net worth has increased with his success.
Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum was born in West Homestead, PA on October 22, 1952. His father, Harold Leonard, was a doctor and served as a US major during World War II. His mother, Shirley Jane, used to work in radio but later ran a sales firm for appliances. Goldblum’s two brothers, Lee and Rick, have passed. He also has a younger sister, Pamela, who is also an actress.
Goldblum attributes his love for music, jazz in particular, to the influence of his brother, Rick. Rick passed when he was only 23 after suffering kidney complications from dysentery.
As part of Jewish traditions, Goldblum attended an Orthodox synagogue as a child, and he also had a bar mitzvah. However, he also believed in Santa Claus and his family always celebrated Christmas. Though the celebrations were always a bit secretive as the star revealed on a Conan O’Brien appearance in 2004.
When he was 17 years old, Goldblum moved to New York to pursue a career in acting. He attended the Neighborhood Playhouse and was under the tutelage of Sanford Meisner.
Goldblum’s first acting role was in the Broadway musical Two Gentlemen of Verona in 1971. And in 1974, his film debut was in Death Wish. This was followed by several small but significant roles in movies over the next decade or so. Some films he appeared in then were Nashville, The Sentinel, Annie Hall, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
Through the 1980s, Goldblum played a variety of roles. The most popular character he had during this decade was that of Seth Brundle in The Fly. His performance in the movie earned him much critical praise. During that time, he also appeared in Into the Night, Vibes and Fathers & Sons.
In addition to his work on the big screen, Goldblum also did a lot of work on the small screen as well. He frequently appeared in popular TV series like The Blue Knight, Starsky and Hutch, Laverne & Shirley, and Tenspeed and Brown Shoe. He also played the role of Ichabod Crane in the 1980 TV movie The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
Jurassic Park Movies
In 1993, Goldblum was cast in the role of Dr. Ian Malcolm in the Steven Spielberg science fiction, Jurassic Park. This would become one of his highest-grossing movies ever. Goldblum went on to reprise his role in the 1997 sequel, The Lost World.
Recently the franchise has been revived with two more sequels, where Goldblum once again played his popular character. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was released in 2018 and Jurassic World Dominion had just been released this year.
Goldblum had previously collaborated with director Wes Anderson in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou in 2004 and Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014. And in 2018, Goldblum and Anderson worked together once again for the stop motion animated film Isle of Dogs. Goldblum lent his voice to the character of Duke.
Earlier in 2016, Goldblum reprised his role as Dr. David Levinson for Independence Day: Resurgence. He had first played the part in the 1996 film Independence Day. For the 2016 sequel, he received a salary of $15 million.
Another big paycheck came for Goldblum when he was cast as the Grandmaster in Thor: Ragnarok in 2017. He earned $7.5 million for his role. The following year, Goldblum made $3 million for Hotel Artemis and a whopping $18 million for Fallen Kingdom. The Jurassic Park and Jurassic World films have without question been a sizable addition to Jeff Goldblum’s net worth over the last two and half decades.
Not many realize it but Goldblum is also an accomplished jazz pianist. He made his first professional record in 2001. It was a compilation album called Hollywood Goes Wild! and featured popular celebrities performing music.
Goldblum is currently part of the jazz band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. They perform weekly at the Carlyle Hotel in New York. In 2018, Goldblum signed a recording contract with Decca Records to release 2 studio albums. The Capitol Studios Sessions came first in November 2018 and I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This was released a year later.
Goldblum is married to Canadian Olympic gymnast Emilie Livingston, who is 30 years his junior. The couple met in 2014 and were married the same year. They welcomed their eldest son, Charlie Ocean, in July of the following year. In April 2017, they were blessed with their second son, River Joe.
Previously, Goldblum had been married twice. The first one was for actress Patricia Gaul. The marriage lasted from 1980 to 1986. A year later, he married actress Geena Davis with whom he co-starred in the film Transylvania 6-5000 in 1985. The marriage ended in 1990.
Real estate is not one of the contributing factors to Jeff Goldblum’s net worth. Unlike many other celebrities of his stature, Goldblum doesn’t seem to be interested in the acquisition of property. As a matter of fact, the Los Angeles home that he has today has been with him since 1982. He has earned millions and made a huge name for himself but was not interested in giving his home up for a more luxurious estate.
The property is quite comfortable with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. It covers an area of 3000 square feet, which seems to be more than enough for the Hollywood superstar.
Jeff Goldblum’s Net Worth Today
Today, Jeff Goldblum’s net worth is estimated at $40 million. Having established himself as a fan favorite in the industry, Goldblum has had no trouble staying busy with work. And today, he has over 141 acting credits to his name on IMDB.
Fans can expect to see him next in Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City, opposite Maya Hawke, Margot Robbie, Tom Hanks, and countless other Hollywood stars. He will also star in The Liar, based on Stephen Fry’s 1991 novel. And he’ll also star as Zeus in Netflix’s upcoming series, Kaos, which is a modern-day contemporary retelling of Greek mythology.