David Lynch Net Worth

March 20, 2024
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David Lynch was born on the 20th January 1946, in Missoula, Montana USA, of Finnish descent, and is a film director, writer, actor, visual artist, musician and author, but probably best known for producing the movie “Eraserhead” (1977), and directing the critically acclaimed “The Elephant Man” (1980), and “Blue Velvet” (1986). Lynch was also a creator of the cult TV series called “Twin Peaks” (1990-1991). He has four Oscar nominations since his career started in 1966.

Have you ever wondered how rich David Lynch is, as of late 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that David Lynch’s net worth is as high as $60 million, an amount earned through his successful career as a director and screenwriter. In addition to being one of the most distinguished filmmakers in the history of cinema, Lynch has also worked as an actor, and is a multitalented artist; he is also a renowned visual artist and musician. All of his talents have helped him to increase his net worth.

David Lynch Net Worth $60 Million

David Lynch is a son of Edwina “Sunny”, an English language tutor, and Donald Walton Lynch, a research scientist working for the US Department of Agriculture; he was raised as a Presbyterian. The family moved a lot because of Donald’s assignments, so they lived in Idaho, North Carolina, and Virginia during David’s childhood. He was schooled largely at Francis C. Hammond High School in Alexandria, Virginia, but wasn’t a great student, but he was a member of the Boy Scouts too. Soon after, he decided to move to Boston and enrol at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1964.

With an interest in being an artist, and inspired by the famous painter Oskar Kokoschka, Lynch went to the latter’ss school in Salzburg, Austria, and, but his planned stay of three years finished after only 15 days because Kokoschka wasn’t there, and so returned to the US. In 1966, David began his studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where he started his directing career with a short film called “Six Men Getting Sick”. He made three more shorts: “Absurd Encounter with Fear” (1967), “The Alphabet” (1968), and “The Grandmother” (1970) before moved to Los Angeles to study filmmaking at the AFI Conservatory in 1971.

After five years of production and many financial problems to complete his projects, Lynch finally released his debut feature film called “Eraserhead” (1977) starring Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, and Allen Joseph. Numerous producers were impressed with Lynch’s style and ideas, so he got the opportunity to make another movie in 1980 called “The Elephant Man”, with Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, and Anne Bancroft; the film was an instant hit, with eight Oscar nominations, and grossed over $30 million at the box office.

Now, Lynch was an acclaimed director, and his net worth rose with his success. He continued to create unique movies such as “Dune” (1984) starring Kyle MacLachlan, Virginia Madsen, and Francesca Annis, and “Blue Velvet” (1986) with Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, and Dennis Hopper. Both movies earned Oscar nominations while Lynch established his connection with Kyle MacLachlan, who became his leading actor in more projects to come. He also has his favourite actress – Laura Dern, and she had her first collaboration with Lynch in “Wild at Heart” (1990) with Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe and Diane Ladd. David and Mark Frost created the cult TV series “Twin Peaks” in 1990, and Lynch again chose Kyle MacLachlan to play the main character, an idiosyncratic FBI Agent Dale Cooper. The show won three Golden Globe awards and is one of the most popular series of our time. Lynch’s net worth continued to rise.

Two years later, Lynch made a movie based on the series called “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me”, and “Lost Highway” in 1997, one of his most underrated films starring Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, and John Roselius. In 1999, he directed an Oscar-nominated drama “The Straight Story” with Richard Farnsworth and Sissy Spacek in leading roles, and in 2001, Lynch wrote and directed the enigmatic mystery called “Mulholland Drive” starring Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, and Justin Theroux. A year later, David made “Rabbits”, based on his short film from earlier in his career, while his latest featured films are “Inland Empire” (2006) with Laura Dern, Jeremy Irons, and Justin Theroux, and “Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces” (2014) starring Chris Isaak, Kiefer Sutherland, and C.H. Evans. He is currently in the post-production of the remake of “Twin Peaks”, which will be out in 2017.

David Lynch also appeared in several of his own movies such as “The Elephant Man” (1980), “Dune” (1984), and “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” (1992), usually having a small role, while he also played in Tina Rathborne’s “Zelly and Me” (1988), and “Nadja” (1994). Although known as a filmmaker, Lynch also had over 20 exhibitions as a painter, and he stated that Francis Bacon is his hero artist, while he is a fan of photographers such as William Eggleston, Joel-Peter Witkin, and Diane Arbus.

This multi-talented artist has also released two studio albums called “Crazy Clown Time”(2011) and “The Big Dream”(2013) – both of them were commercially successful and additionally improved Lynch’s wealth.

Regarding his personal life, David Lynch was married to Peggy Lentz from 1967 to 1974 and has a daughter with her.. He then married Mary Fisk in 1977, but they divorced in 1987 after having a son. Lynch dated Isabella Rossellini, was briefly married to Mary Sweeney(2006-07), but married his third wife, Emily Stofle, in 2009, and has a daughter with her. David currently lives in Los Angeles.

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