Robert Lee Zemeckis was born on the 14th May 1952, in Chicago, Illinois USA, of Italian and Lithuanian ancestry, and is a director, writer and producer, best known to the world as the lead person behind the camera of the popular franchise film “Back To The Future”. Apart from directing this and it`s sequels, Zemeckis has also directed films such as “Forrest Gump” (1994), “Cast Away” (2004), and “The Walk” (2015), among others. His career has been active since the 1970s.
Have you ever wondered how rich Robert Zemeckis is, as of mid- 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Robert`s net worth is as high as $50 million, an amount he has acquired through his successful career in the entertainment industry, using his many talents.
Robert Zemeckis Net Worth $50 Million
Robert is a half Lithuanian from his father`s side, and half Italian from his mother`s side. He went to a Roman Catholic grade school, after which he attended the Fenger Academy High School. Following matriculation, he enrolled at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, from which he graduated in 1973. Ever since he was a small by he was fascinated by television, and often used his parent`s camera to film family holidays and birthdays. It was only a matter of time before he would start to chase his dream, which happened the moment he finished high school.
While in university, Robert wrote and directed the film “the A Field of Honor” (1973), which won him the Student Academy Award, and he presented his creation to one and only Steven Spielberg, who immediately became his mentor. Robert`s first film was released in 1978, entitled “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”, co-written by Bob Gale, and although receiving positive critiques it was a commercial failure. Two years later, the two collaborated again, this time on the film “Used Cars”, which, like its predecessor was commercial failure.
In 1984, Robert directed the film “Romancing The Stone”, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner; the film became a complete success, and Robert was encouraged enough to put his own screenplay about a time-travelling teenager onto big screen, which resulted in “Back To The Future”, starring Michael J. Fox, Cristopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson. His film garnered positive critiques, and what was more important it grossed enough for Robert to make the sequels “Back To The Future II” (1989), and “Back To The Future III” (1990). His net worth was well set.
With the beginning of the 1990s, Robert started to become more and more popular, and films such as “Death Becomes Her” (1992), and “Forrest Gump” (1994), which became his top film until present day, and “Contact” (1997), all became extremely successful, and increased his net worth by a large margin.
His next project was the film “What Lies Beneath” (2000), starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pheiffer, which became quite successful, and the same year he directed film “Cast Away”, based on the story of the Robinson Crusoe, written by William Broyles Jr. and starring Tom Hanks and Hellen Hunt. Four years later, Robert worked again with Tom Hanks, this time on the animated film “The Polar Express”, which is based on a book of the same name written by Chris Van Allsburg, for which Robert wrote the screenplay, and also featuring Michael Jeter and Chris Copola. The film incorporated a new technique of filming called performance capture, and Robert did an amazing job, receiving positive critiques.
After that, he started working on another performance capture film, the 2007 “Beowulf”, featuring Angelina Jolie, Ray Winstone and Anthony Hopkins. The film received mostly positive critiques and won two awards, apart from 16 other nominations.
Another Robert`s animations came two years later; a Christmas story written by Charles Dickens was rewritten into movie screenplay by Robert himself, and then directed. With the help of film stars such as Jim Carrey and Gary Oldman, the film received quite positive critiques, however, there were some critics on which the film didn`t have any major impact. Nevertheless, Robert continued with his career, directing films “Flight” (2012), starring Denzel Washington and Nadine Velasquez, “The Walk” (2015), and most recently “Allied” (2016), with stars such as Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard.
His net worth has also benefited from his work as a producer, putting his name on films such as “Thirteen Ghosts” (2001), “House Of Wax” (2005), and “Real Steel” (2011), among others, all of which added a lot to his net worth.
Thanks to his skills, Robert has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Academy Award in category Best Director for the film “Forrest Gump”, and the Golden Globe for the same film, plus the Directors Guild Award in category Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures. In 2004 he was rewarded with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his achievements in motion pictures, among many other awards.
Regarding his personal life, Robert has been married twice; his first wife was Mary Ellen Trainor(1980-2000), with whom he had a son. The next year he married Leslie, and the two now have two children.
Robert is also a pilot, and has more than 1,500 hours in flight; his most used aircraft is the Cirrus SR20.
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