Aaron Edward Eckhart was born on the 12th May 1968, in Cupertino, California USA, of German and British descent, and is an actor best known to the world as Harvey Dent in Christopher Nolan`s “The Dark Knight” (2008), and also as Nick Naylor in the film “Thank You For Smoking” (2005), among other roles. He has been an active member of the entertainment industry since the early 1990s.
Have you ever wondered how rich Aaron Eckhart is, as of late-2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Aaron Eckhart`s net worth is as high as $25 million, earned through his successful career as an actor. Apart from appearing on screen, Aaron has also had success on stage, which also improved his net worth.
Aaron Eckhart Net Worth $25 Million
Aaron`s childhood was marked by frequent moves; he is the son of James Conrad Eckhart and his wife Mary Martha Eckhart, and his father got an IT job in England when Aaron was 13 years old, so they switched several cities in England, including Ripley in Surrey, Walton-On-Thames and Cobham. There, Aaron went to the American Community School, and took his first steps towards acting there, appearing in several school plays, including “Charlie Brown”. When he turned 17 he moved to Sydney, Australia, and continued his education at the American.
International School of Sydney. Also, he continued with acting, appearing in school plays, such as “Waiting For Godot. However, he left school before magtriculating, and got himself employed in Warringah Mall movie theater, but later obtained his high school diploma through an adult education course. After that he spent a year in France, and Hawaii, enrolling at the Brigham Young University-Hawaii, only to transfer to Brigham Young University, located in Provo, Utah. In mainland USA; graduated with BFA degree in 1994.
Even before he graduated, Aaron met director and writer Neil LaBute, who helped him greatly to establish his career, by putting him in several of his own films, including “In the Company of Men” (1997), and a year later in LaBute`s film “Your Friends & Neighbors”. They continued collaborating in the early 2000s, on the films “Nurse Betty” (2000), and “Possession” (2002). In the 1990s, Aaron also had parts in films “Thursday” (1998), “Molly” (1999), and “Any Given Sunday” (1999), all of which increased his net worth.
In 2008 he was cast as Harvey Dent in “The Dark Knight”, with Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, and two years later he appeared next to Nicole Kidman in the drama directed by John Cameron Mitchell, “Rabbit Hole”. Since 2010, Aaron has starred in several blockbuster films, including “The Rum Diary” (2011) with Johnny Depp, “Olympus Has Fallen” (2013) starring Gerald Butler and Morgan Freeman, and its sequel “London Has Fallen” (2016), “My All-American” (2015) with Robin Tunney, and most recently “Sully” (2016), and “Bleed For This” (2016), all of which increased his net worth by a large margin.
Thanks to his skills, Aaron has received several prestigious awards, including Independent Spirit Award in category Best Debut Performance for the film “In The Company Of Men”, and also a Golden Globe award nomination in the category Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for the film “Thank You For Smoking”, among others.
Regarding his personal life, Aaron has always kept his private life to himself, however, it is known in the media that he was engaged to actress Emily Cline through 1997 and 1998, and then in a relationship with Kristyn Osborn, a country singer best known to the world for being one third of the group SheDAISY, through 2006 and 2007.
Co-starring in "Oleanna" at the Garrick Theater in London with Julia Stiles. [June 2004]
Aaron is of German descent on his father's side, and has English, Scottish, German, and Northern Irish (Scots-Irish) ancestry on his mother's side. Some of his father's ancestors were ethnic Germans who lived in Russia.
Appears in The Dark Knight (2008) - the first film in the new Batman series to feature The Joker. Prior to that, he appeared in The Black Dahlia (2006), in which a major plot element is the film The Man Who Laughs (1928), which provided the inspiration for The Joker.
Was Darren Aronofsky's choice for James Gordon for the doomed Batman: Year One project.
Enrolled as a film major at Brigham Young University, graduating in 1994.
Took three years off after high school to surf in Hawaii and served a religious mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Switzerland and France. He has since lapsed out of Mormonism.
Was engaged to actress Emily Cline, but separated from her in 1998.
Was raised in Cupertino, California and as a teenager, lived with his family in England and Sydney, Australia.
His father is a computer executive, his mother is a children's book author, and he has two brothers.
[on cigars] Non-smokers think it's the most unhealthy, unattractive thing they've ever seen. I was in Australia one time, by a bridge, smoking a cigar and taking some pictures. These runners went by and this woman just had a visceral reaction, made a noise like 'Eeeerugaah'. And I said: 'Here I am standing in piss and vomit from last night and that's OK, but God forbid I smoke a cigar and have a little bit of peace.'
[on cigars] Say I'm dating a girl and at first she'll have whatever concept of a cigar, and then let's say we are intimate and so we kiss and stuff like that. By a week or two she will be begging to smoke a cigar before we kiss. It's incredible! It's an habitude. It becomes part of the intimacy, which is extremely weird because you'd think it would be revolting. I mean, if you polled the public whether it was worse to beat your grandmother or smoke a cigar I don't know who would win. People freaking hate cigars. And there's a stigma with it, that you're a certain kind of a person.
[on cigars] They're excellent to study to. You can put 'em down, pick 'em up - they keep you company while you're thinking. They're a good thinking man's tool. With cigars it's inherent in the mechanics that you're going to sit down for a long time. You plan your day around it.
[re his affection for Cary Grant] I always feel like he's so good that he was not regarded as an actor. Maybe he didn't have the range that people expect a modern actor to have, but there's never been anybody like him.
(2011 quote, on quitting drinking) I couldn't be happier with that decision. I recommend it to anybody. I did not go to AA...I haven't had a drink for seven or eight years. I've changed my lifestyle. I don't go out. That's not just because of drinking, it's because of getting older. I've outgrown it, plus all my friends are married and have kids. I'm very interested in my health and I want to live the rest of my life very healthily. I feel 100 per cent in command of myself, so, when I get up, I never have to ask, 'where have I been? What have I said?'
[on working with Heath Ledger] My experience was wonderful. It was the experience of...loving to act myself, to watch somebody who loved his character and had the discipline to make a bold creation. I found myself trying to keep up with him and I was also admiring him at the same time. I watched him off-camera and on-camera, as an actor, to see his process. After the day was over, I shook his hand and said, 'That's why I'm an actor - 'cos of guys like you'. So I treasure that time with him...He was brilliant, he was brilliant to watch, he was brilliant to see on a daily basis, on set in the makeup trailer, when we were putting on our makeup together. I was doing Harvey's and he was doing the Joker's and trying to figure it out. If you would have said to Heath, 'Hey dude, this is a superhero movie, why don't you chill?' You just wouldn't say that to him. And I don't think that the movie would be as special if he did, so I think we all have to strive to those standards.
I'm not prone to doing science fiction, it's not my bag.
[on his job working at a movie theater in Sydney, Australia) I thought Crocodile Dundee (1986) was an inspirational film, I loved that movie. I'm serious. I saw it hundreds of times.
(On his nomadic upbringing) I came back from summer camp and my dad said: 'Boys we're moving to England' and I said 'No we're not' But dad said 'I don't care about the expense or whatever, you guys can travel as much as you want when we get there.' So I'd ski in Europe, I'd go to Greece, Spain, Moscow, I played soccer in Paris and rugby in Munich. We did everything.
(2011, on mentally visualizing your goals) I believe if you contextualize something then it will manifest in your life. I have done that with houses, cars, jobs. It absolutely works and it's not hocus-pocus. I believe everything in life has a spiritual component and everything's fair game.
[on working with Nicole Kidman on Rabbit Hole (2010)]: "She was irritated with me and I was irritated with her. But that's the way movie-making is. For one day, are we not allowed? For half a day even? It's so surprising to me when people are surprised that movie making is sometimes tense and uncomfortable because inherently it's going to be.You're around tens of people or hundreds of people working on things that are imaginary and that come from the soul. You could be dealing with subject matter like prostitution, death, drugs, blah, blah, blah. How could you expect that not to be uncomfortable?"
Yeah, I've done a lot of smaller stuff before, so it's nice to be in something that people actually see - on the outstanding success of The Dark Knight (2008).
[on his height] Normal...About 6 feet tall and a buck seventy.