Stanley Kubrick Net Worth at Death – Salary, Income, Earnings

Stanley Kubrick Net Worth 

Stanley Kubrick had an estimated net worth of $50 million at death. Stanley Kubrick was an American filmmaker known for directing such acclaimed features as ‘Dr. Strangelove,’ ‘A Clockwork Orange,’ ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ ‘The Shining’ and ‘Full Metal Jacket.’ He earned most of his income from his movies.

Born in New York City on July 26, 1928, Stanley Kubrick first worked as a photographer for Look magazine before turning to filmmaking in the 1950s. He directed a number of acclaimed films, including Spartacus (1960), Lolita (1962), Dr. Strangelove (1964), Clockwork Orange (1971), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Shining (1980), Full Metal Jacket (1987) and Eyes Wide Shut (1999). Kubrick died in England on March 7, 1999.

To calculate the net worth of Stanley Kubrick, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: Stanley Kubrick
Net Worth: $10 Million
Monthly Salary: $70 Thousand
Annual Income: $1 Million
Source of Wealth: Photographer, Film director, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film Producer, Film Editor, Voice Actor

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Younger Years

Stanley Kubrick was born on July 26, 1928, in New York City, and grew up in the Bronx, New York, where his father, Jacques Kubrick, was a doctor and his mother, Sadie (Perveler) Kubrick, was a housewife. Barbara was his younger sister.

Kubrick never went to school. His attendance record in elementary school was evenly split between days absent and days present. Despite his intelligence, he was a social outcast and the prototypical underachiever in high school, finishing at the bottom of his class. “I never learned anything in school, and I didn’t read a book for fun until I was 19,” he once said.

Kubrick’s early ambitions were to be a writer or a baseball player. “I used to think that if I couldn’t play for the Yankees, I’d be a novelist,” he said later. Rather than focusing on his academic standing, Kubrick played the drums in his high school’s jazz band; its vocalist later became known as Eydie Gorme.

Kubrick also showed early promise as a school newspaper photographer, and at the age of 16, he began selling his photos to Look magazine. He was hired for the magazine’s staff a year later. He spent most of his evenings at the Museum of Modern Art when he wasn’t traveling for Look.

Kubrick applied to several colleges near the end of his high school career, but was denied admission by all of them.

Foray into Filmmaking

Kubrick began to explore the art of filmmaking in the 1950s. His first films were documentary shorts financed by friends and relatives. His first feature film, the 1953 military drama Fear and Desire, was made independently of a studio – an unusual practice for the time. Early in his career as a filmmaker, Kubrick served as cinematographer, editor, and sound engineer in addition to directing. Later, he also worked as a writer and producer.

From 1957 to 1999, Kubrick made 10 feature films. His early films from this period include Spartacus (1960), Lolita (1962), based on the novel by Vladimir Nabokov, and Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).

In filming Dr. Strangelove, Kubrick refused official cooperation from the U.S. armed forces and built the sets from photographs and other public sources.

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‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

Kubrick’s most popular film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, was released in 1968 after a number of years of hard work on the production—from co-writing the script with Arthur C. Clarke to working on special effects to directing. Kubrick received 13 Academy Award nominations for the film, and he won one for his special effects work.

While Odyssey was a huge success, its first public screening was a complete flop. The film was released on the same night that Lyndon Johnson announced his intention not to run for re-election; coincidentally, it was rumored that the studio head would lose his job if the film did not perform well. “Gentlemen, tonight we have lost two presidents,” the studio’s publicity department said as the audience filed out.

The film received extensive media coverage and quickly became a smash hit; it was still playing in theaters four years later, in 1972.

In 2018, just before the film’s 50th anniversary re-release in Imax theaters, old footage of Kubrick explaining the film’s enigmatic ending surfaced. He claimed that the character of Dr. Bowman is taken in for study by “god-like entities” and is thus placed in a “human zoo” — a bedroom designed to replicate his natural environment. Following that, he is transformed into the superhuman Star Child and returned to Earth, reflecting “the pattern of much mythology.”

Later Releases

Kubrick went on to win more acclaim for the dystopian A Clockwork Orange (1971); the costume drama Barry Lyndon (1975), for which he personally approved each costume for thousands of extras in battle scenes; The Shining (1980), which demonstrated his penchant for multiple takes (he shot one scene with star Jack Nicholson 134 times); and the war drama Full Metal Jacket (1987), starring R. Lee Ermey, Adam Baldwin, and Vincent D’Onofrio.

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Final Years

Kubrick developed a reputation as a recluse after moving to England in the early 1960s. He gradually reduced the amount of time he spent anywhere other than on a studio set or in his home office, declined most interview requests, and was rarely, if ever, photographed. He followed a routine of working at night and sleeping during the day, allowing him to maintain North American time. During this time, he had his sister, Mary, tape Yankees and NFL games, especially those involving the New York Giants, and have them airmailed to him.

Stanley Kubrick died in his sleep on March 7, 1999, after suffering a heart attack at his home in Childwickbury Manor, Hertfordshire, England, just hours after delivering a print of his final film, Eyes Wide Shut (1999), to the studio. The film, which starred Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise (who were married at the time), received both commercial and critical acclaim, as well as Golden Globe and Satellite award nominations.

Personal Life

Kubrick had three marriages. His first marriage lasted from 1948 to 1951 to Toba Etta Metz. He married his second wife, Ruth Sobotka, in 1954 and divorced her in 1957. He married his third wife, painter Christiane Harlan, the following year (also known as Susanne Christian). Their marriage lasted 41 years and gave birth to two of Kubrick’s three daughters, Anya and Vivian. (Kubrick also had a stepdaughter, Katharina, from a previous relationship with Harlan.)

Photography Exhibit

While Kubrick is widely regarded as one of the greatest American filmmakers of the twentieth century, an exhibit called Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs at the Museum of the City of New York sought to remind fans of his early work as a photographer. The exhibit, which was scheduled to run from May to September 2018, was to feature more than 120 works from his time at Look, including a section that demonstrated clear connections between his early photographs and later films.

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