Steven Robert “Steve” Guttenberg is a Brooklyn, New York-born American actor, comedian, director and producer. He became a huge success known not only to American audiences but also international audiences in his 20s, particularly for his role in “Police Academy”. Born on 24 August 1958 into a Jewish family, Steve Guttenberg has appeared in many box office successes. He has been actively entertaining us since 1977.
A popular name in Hollywood, how rich is Steve at the moment? Regarding his net worth, as of 2015 is estimated at $15 million with his major source of earning being acting and comedy. With his involvement in Hollywood for more than four decades, he has managed to make himself a multi-millionaire. Apart from acting, Steve is also currently active as an author, which can also be taken as one of the sources of his net worth.
Steve Guttenberg Net Worth $15 Million
After his role in “Diner” released in 1982, Steve came to be regarded as one of the biggest celebrities and most successful actors of the decade. In the 1980s, he continued his success as an actor by playing lead roles in block busters like “Cocoon”, “Police Academy”, “Three Men and a Baby”, “Short Circuit” among many others. All of these movie projects have obviously acted to the raise his net worth.
Steve Guttenberg, being a firmly established star of hit motion pictures and motion picture franchises, also has experience as a successful theatrical performer with his Broadway debut in 1991 “Prelude to a Kiss”. After that, he partook in several theater productions like “Furthest From The Sun” and “Boys next Door”.
Steve is perhaps best known from his role as Mayor Woody Goodman in the 2004 mystery TV series “Veronica Mars”. Moreover he has also worked as a director, producer and one of the writers in making “P.S Your Cat is Dead” which can also be regarded as one of the major sources of his net worth. Furthermore, he was the executive producer of the show “Gangs” a CBS School Break Special which depicted the issues affecting high school children. In 2008, he also participated in a reality show “Dancing with the Stars” paired with Anna Trebunskaya.
Apart from being an actor, comedian and producer Guttenberg is also an author of books including “The Kids from D.I.S.C.O.” and “The Guttenberg Bible”.
Further, Steve is a philanthropist who has worked for improving opportunities for homeless youths and uplifting their lifestyle. He has founded Guttenhouse, an apartment complex in South Los Angeles to accommodate young people after their graduation from “foster child” status. The Entertainment Industry Foundation chose him as the ambassador for the children’s issues as a consequence of his efforts.
As for his personal life, Guttenberg was married to model Denise Bixler in 1988 which didn’t last long as they separated in June 1991 and divorced in 1992. He has been in a relationship with Anna Gilligan, a reporter on FOX5 News in New York City since 2008. Guttenberg’s interests also mean that he is an ardent surfer and golfer who, for now, has been enjoying a net worth.
According to his autobiography, "The Guttenberg Bible", Steve is tied with Gene Hackman as the Screen Actors Guild member who worked on the most projects between 1980 and 1990.
Is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Steve's co-star in The Boys from Brazil (1978), Gregory Peck, sponsored him for academy membership in 1978.
Started the Guttenhouse Project, which provides housing in south Los Angeles for at-risk foster care youth when they turn 18 and have nowhere else to go. Has also organized a campaign to provides glasses for poor children whose families cannot afford eye care.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6411 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on December 12, 2011.
Attended the Julliard School, State University of New York at Albany and the University of California at Los Angeles.
Attended and graduated from Plainedge High School in North Massapequa, New York (1976).
Boyfriend of Anna Gilligan. They have planned a Chinese adoption as they have both done extensive charity work in and around Beijing (2008).
Has a website of "Steve Guttenberg Facts" dedicated to him.
While on the set of Cocoon: The Return (1988), told an interviewer how his mother, Ann, had locked him outdoors. In order to wake him for school, after several failed attempts, she did so while he was still dressed for bed.
Spent a week volunteering at the Houston Astrodome after Hurricane Katrina hit.
In a recent article in Entertainment Weekly about Police Academy (1984), the author had issues contacting Guttenberg and had no clue why his calls were never returned. Eventually, the author bumped into Guttenberg by sheer coincidence at a restaurant and learned that Guttenberg felt burned by EW in the past and -- although he had no personal issues with the author himself -- declined the interview based on that.
The writers of The Simpsons (1989) pay tribute to Guttenberg in the episode "Homer the Great", (Sixth Season; episode 2F09) where he appears as a cartoon and mentioned in the song sung by the Stonecutters ("Who holds back the electric car? Who makes Steve Guttenberg a star? We do! We do!").
Turned down the role of Josh Baskin in Big (1988), which eventually went to Tom Hanks.
Named honorary mayor of Pacific Palisades, California (2002).
Has Austrian Jewish and Russian Jewish ancestry.
 If there's a role for a spear carrier, and it's in a good film, I'll do it. I'd rather have two lines in a good movie than the lead in a piece of doody.
If you're an underdog, mentally disabled, physically disabled, if you don't fit in, if you're not as pretty as the others, you can still be a hero.
[on Charles Bubba Smith's death] Bubba was my friend. His generosity was much larger than his physical stature. Only his gift for caring about his friends and family could compare with his achievements on the football field, film and television. He also laughed like no other.
I just want to do good stories. That's the trap. When people say, "Oh, I don't want to do this again" -- well, if they're good at it, why not do it? I don't care about switching from comedy to drama -- I just like to be able to jump from work to work. I just like to be doing good work -- that's all I want to do. I just want to work.
[addressing the rumours of a Police Academy/Mahoney spin-off film] Definitely. It's coming. People will look down at the idea, but they're in the same business of making money too. The Police Academy (1984) films gave me so much opportunity, and I've got nothing but a good attitude towards them. I sure hope they do it. If the script's right - I'm definitely in. You never know, I may direct.