Peter Lawford Net Worth
Peter Lawford had an estimated net worth of $8 million at death. Sydney, Peter Ernest Lawford was a British-born actor, filmmaker, socialite, and entertainer who spent the majority of his adult life in America. He earned the majority of his income from movies and television programs.
He was a Hollywood heartthrob in the 1940s and 1950s, and he later became a member of the famous informal group of entertainers known as the Rat Pack. Lawford was raised in France by a military family and did not receive a formal education. Instead, he was educated at home by his governesses and tutors.
He showed a strong interest in art and literature, prompting his mother to design his education around that. Lawford made his acting debut in the British comedy film ‘Poor Old Bill’ in 1931, at the age of seven.
At the age of 14, he was involved in a serious accident that resulted in irreversible nerve damage in his right arm. As a result, when World War II broke out, he was unable to enlist in the British military.
He then decided to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. Most of his early roles were uncredited, but after leading men such as Clark Gable and James Stewart went off to fight in World War II, Lawford emerged as a new romantic lead. He made his television debut in Ronald Reagan’s anthology series ‘General Electric Theater’ in 1953.
Frank Sinatra invited him to join the Rat Pack in 1959. He began working behind the camera in 1963. Lawford, who had a genuine love of the craft, worked until his death in 1984. In 1960, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to television.
To calculate Peter Lawford’s net worth, add up all of his assets and subtract his debts, also known as liabilities.
Peter Lawford’s assets include everything he owns, such as the amount of money in his checking or savings account, real estate equity, savings and investment plans, and items with a clear market value (car, jewelry, clothes, art, etc.).
All outstanding debts, including the remaining balance on his home, car, business or personal loan, credit card debt, back taxes, and anything else he still owes, are included in his liabilities.
Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:
|Net Worth:||$8 Million|
|Salary Per Episode||$100 Thousand|
|Annual Income:||$2 Million|
|Source of Wealth:||Actor|
Lawford was born on September 7, 1923, in London, England, as Peter Sydney Ernest Aylen. Lieutenant General Sir Sydney Turing Barlow Lawford, KBE (1865-1953) and May Sommerville Bunny (1883-1972) were his parents; he was their only child. Both of his parents were married to other people at the time of his birth. Capt Dr Ernest Vaughn Aylen, who served under Sydney, was his mother’s husband, and Muriel Williams was his father’s wife.
His mother and her husband were living apart when she became pregnant with him. She later revealed everything to Aylen, resulting in a double divorce. Sydney and May married in September 1924, after being legally permitted to do so.
Lawford had aristocratic ancestors and grew up in relative affluence. He grew up in France. Because his family was constantly on the move, he was unable to attend a regular school. Instead, his parents chose to homeschool him. To provide him with a good education, governesses and private tutors were hired. He also studied tennis and ballet.
From a young age, he was drawn to fairy tales and English and French literature, according to his mother. He was also instructed in Spanish, German, music, and drama. His mother omitted subjects like Latin and mathematics from his education because she believed he was “unfit for any career except art.”
Peter Lawford was cast in his first film, ‘Poor Old Bill,’ when he was seven years old. As a child, he appeared in one more film, the 1931 crime drama ‘A Gentleman of Paris.’
Lawford was 14 years old when he was involved in an accident that resulted in severe injuries to his right arm. Because of irreversible nerve damage, he lost use of his lower arm and hand. He would eventually figure out how to conceal it. When World War II broke out, his parents wanted him to join the British military. However, his injury prevented him from doing so. Instead, Lawford decided to pursue a career as an actor.
He already had some industry experience, having appeared in two films as a child actor. After his accident, he returned to the film industry in 1938 with Sam Wood’s directorial debut, ‘Lord Jeff.’ This was his first film in America.
At the start of World War II, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. approached Peter Lawford with a contract offer, but it did not work out. His first significant role was in the 1942 comedy-drama film ‘A Yank at Eton.’ Lawford portrayed the character Ronnie Kenvil.
Following that, he played uncredited roles in a number of films. He played a pilot in “Mrs. Miniver” (1942) and “Eagle Squadron” (1942); a soldier in “Random Harvest” (1942), “Immortal Sergeant” (1943), “Pilot No. 5” (1943), and “Sahara” (1943); and a sailor in “Sherlock Holmes Faces Death” (1943).
In June 1943, he signed a long-term contract with MGM. His first role under this was as a young soldier during World War II in ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’ (1944). He played David Stone in the 1945 film adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray.’
In 1945, he starred in ‘Son of Lassie,’ which catapulted Lawford to stardom. At the height of his fame, he received thousands of fan letters each week. As Gable and Stewart were serving in the war at the time, he had become MGM’s new romantic lead by 1946.
He appeared in the films ‘Cluny Brown,’ ‘Two Sisters from Boston,’ and ‘My Brother Talks to Horses’ (1947). The 1947 musical ‘It Happened in Brooklyn’ was his first collaboration with Frank Sinatra. Lawford’s performance received glowing reviews.
He remained with MGM until the 1950s, appearing in films such as ‘On an Island with You’ (1948), ‘Easter Parade’ (1948), ‘Little Women’ (1949), ‘Royal Wedding’ (1951), and ‘You for Me’ (1952). His final MGM film was ‘Rogue’s March,’ which was released in 1953.
The first film he worked on after being released by MGM was ‘It Should Happen to You,’ in which he appeared alongside Judy Holliday and Jack Lemmon. In the intervening years, Lawford had formed a friendship with Sinatra, who invited him to join the Rat Pack in 1959. In addition, Sinatra cast him in his film ‘Never So Few.’ In the heist film ‘Ocean’s Eleven,’ he played Jimmy Foster opposite Sinatra’s Danny Ocean.
Lawford made his television debut in 1953, in Ronald Reagan’s anthology series ‘General Electric Theater.’ He starred as Nick Charles in NBC’s mystery series ‘The Thin Man’ from 1957 to 1959. It was MGM’s first television series, and it also starred Phyllis Kirk.
Lawford and his manager, Milt Ebbins, founded Chrislaw Productions in 1961, and their first film, ‘Johnny Cool,’ was released in 1963. They went on to make three more films: ‘Billie,’ ‘Salt and Pepper,’ and ‘One More Time’ (1970).
He appeared as General Alexander William Doniphan in NBC’s historical anthology series ‘Profiles in Courage’ in 1965. In the 1971 telefilm ‘Ellery Queen: Don’t Look Behind You,’ he played the title character. Between 1977 and 1982, Lawford portrayed a variety of characters on ABC’s ‘Fantasy Island.’ He was also the narrator of NBC’s ‘Highcliffe Manor.’ Lawford’s final television appearance was in an episode of ‘The Jeffersons’ in 1981.
Lawford worked as an actor until the very end. ‘Where Is Parsifal?’ was his final film, which was either released in 1983 or 1984.
After playing the adult version of Joe Carraclough in ‘Son of Lassie,’ the 1945 sequel to the iconic 1943 technicolor family film ‘Lassie Come Home,’ Peter Lawford’s career took off. During World War II, Carraclough, now a Royal Air Force pilot, is shot down over Nazi-occupied Norway with a stowaway, Lassie’s son Laddie (played by Pal, the same male Rough Collie performer that played Lassie in the original film).
Personal Life & Wives
Peter Lawford had four marriages. Patricia “Pat” Kennedy, a socialite, was his first wife, whom he married on April 24, 1954. This relationship produced all four of Lawford’s children (one son and three daughters). Christopher, his eldest child, was born on March 29, 1955. On August 25, 1956, Sydney Maleia Kennedy Lawford was born, Victoria Francis Lawford on November 4, 1958, and Robin Elizabeth Lawford on July 2, 1961. In February 1966, Lawford and Kennedy divorced.
On April 23, 1960, he was granted American citizenship. Patricia was the younger sister of US Senator John F. Kennedy at the time. Lawford’s brother-in-law was running for president when he was preparing to vote for the first time as an American. He actively campaigned for Kennedy and enlisted the help of many of his Hollywood friends. Sinatra famously began referring to him as “Brother-in-Lawford.”
In 1962, Lawford and Sinatra had a falling out. President Kennedy was supposed to pay a visit to Sinatra’s home during his west-coast tour. However, because of Sinatra’s alleged underworld ties, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy advised the president against it. After going to great lengths to prepare for the presidential visit, Sinatra found out about the changes in the president’s plans at the last minute.
Lawford was later kicked out of the Rat Pack because Sinatra believed he had failed to intervene on his behalf with the Kennedys. Lawford was supposed to co-star in his upcoming film ‘Robin and the Seven Hoods.’ He was replaced by Bing Crosby, whose home, ironically, President John F. Kennedy stayed in during his visit.
On October 30, 1971, he married his second wife Mary Rowan, the daughter of comedian Dan Rowan. Four years later, in January 1975, they divorced. On June 25, 1976, he married his third wife, aspiring actress Deborah Gould. He was 52 years old, and she was 25. The marriage, however, did not last long, as they divorced a year later, in 1977.
Lawford met 18-year-old Patricia Seaton while going through the divorce process with Gould. They were in a relationship and married on July 5, 1984, five months before his death.
Lawford died of cardiac arrest on December 24, 1984, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 61 years old at the time. Because of years of substance abuse, his kidneys and liver had also failed. According to his wishes, his body was cremated, and his ashes were interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. However, due to a disagreement between Seaton and the cemetery, his ashes were exhumed and scattered in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California in 1988.