Often we hear the stories of celebrities who get much involved in their career and fail to maintain a balance in their life. But contrary to that is the life of the adept scary movie director, Eli Roth who has been able to gain much recognition through his works in the horror genre of the movie production and at the same time maintaining a perfect body structure that earned him the Most Fit Director Award in the July 2006 edition of Men’s Fitness magazine. He has grown to become one of the biggest names in the film industry for his directorial works on Cabin Fever, Restaurant Dogs, Hostel and its sequel, Hostel II.
Besides directing, Eli Roth is also a reputable screenwriter, and producer who has written and produced many critically acclaimed movies, and TV shows, including Grindhouse, The Man With The Iron Fists, and The Green Inferno. He has also displayed his multi-talents by featuring as an actor in many films and TV series. For a lowdown on who Eli Roth is and his financial value, scroll further.
Who is Eli Roth?
The eminent movie director was born Eli Raphael Roth on 18th day of April 1972 in the city of Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, the United States to a clinical professor at Harvard Medical School, Sheldon Roth who specializes in psychiatry and Cora Roth, a painter. He was brought up in Jewish family along with his two older brothers, Gabriel and Adam Roth and can speak English, Russia, Italian and French with fluidity.
Having developed a strong ardor for making movies at the age of eight after watching Alien (1979) by Ridley Scott, Eli Roth enrolled at Newton South High School for his basic education. Before completion of his high school education, he and his brothers have successfully shot over ninety short movies. In order to hone his skills in arts, the award-winning director furthered his education at New York’s University Tisch School of the Arts. Prior to his graduation in 1994, Roth did many jobs in order to raise movie for his films including working as online netsex operator for Penthouse Magazine disguising as a woman, and as a production assistant on motion pictures. He also helped the renowned producer, Frederick Zollo ran his office till he graduated from college.
During his time in college, Eli Roth recreated and directed Quentin Tarantino‘s Reservoir Dogs in a student film named Restaurant Dogs. The movie later won Division III Student Oscar Award in 1995. Following his relocation to Los Angeles in 1999, he was contracted by the CEO of WCW (World Championship Wrestling) to write, direct, edit, produce, animate and do a voice-over for a short animated series called Chowdaheads for Mandalay Sports Entertainment. After he has done all that and the series was to be aired during WCW Monday Intro, the CEO of WCW was relieved of his duties on the weekend before the premiere of the series and it was never broadcasted.
Based on his experience when he was infected with a flesh-eating infection in Iceland back in 1991, he co-wrote a film, Cabin Fever with his university bunkmate, Randy Pearlstein which was produced in 2001 on a $1.5 million budget. The film was purchased by Lionsgate for $3.5 million at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival and later earned $35 million worldwide after fetching $22 million at the US box office. This was a sign of many great things to come from the adept screenwriter and director who followed it up by writing, directing, and producing his second horror motion picture, Hostel in 2005 on a $4 million budget. The film went on to open at number one at the US box office, earning $20 million the first weekend as it grossed $80 million worldwide and more than $180 million on DVD. It was also voted the Best Horror Film of 2007 by Empire Magazine readers and clenched No 1 spot on Bravo TV’s 30 Even Scarier Movie Moments.
However, the sequel of the aforementioned movie, Hostel II which he also wrote, directed and produced was premiered in 2007 and was critically and commercially successful as it earned $35 million in box office worldwide and $50 million on DVD off $10.2 million budget despite its online leakage prior to its premiere which greatly affected it. So far, Eli Roth has written, directed and produced many box office hits that were produced with low budgets including Grindhouse, The Man With the Iron Fists, Thanksgiving, The Green Inferno, Knock Knock, among many others. Besides being a screenwriter, director and producer, Roth is also an actor who has featured in over twenty movies and TV series which includes The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds, Chowdaheads, Rock of Ages, to mention but a few. He has also done many voice-overs such as The Rotten Fruit, and Disaster.
In addition, his multi-talents has been greatly appreciated as he has won many awards for his acting, writing, directorial and production works including Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Filmmaker’s Showcase Award, Capri, Hollywood Master of Fantasy Award, Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award, CinEuphoria Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and many others.
What Is His Net Worth?
Having made a name for himself in horror film genre with his critically and commercially successful films, Eli Roth has amassed a tremendous fortune for himself coupled with his acting exploits. It wouldn’t be a surprise to find out that his financial value is estimated at $19 million which is still on the rise.