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Thomas Robert Laughlin was born on 10 August 1931, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA, and was a director, actor, author, and screenwriter, best known for his “Billy Jack” film series. He also founded a Montessori preschool in California that became the largest school of its kind in the United States. All of his efforts helped put his net worth to where it was prior to his passing in 2013.

How rich was Tom Laughlin? As of mid-2016, sources estimate a net worth that is at $5 million, mostly earned through a successful career in the film industry. Aside from acting, he also sought a political career, wrote several books, and did counseling work, all of which ensured the position of his wealth.

Tom Laughlin Net Worth $5 million

Laughlin attended Washington High School, and after matriculating, he went to the University of Wisconsin and played football there. He then transferred to Marquette University, and was inspired to pursue a career in acting when participating in a production of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons”. He then transferred to the University of South Dakota where he studied producing and directing.

In 1954, Tom wrote the original screenplay for “Billy Jack” – protesting against the treatment of American Indians – and a year later started his acting career in the television series “Climax!”, which would lead to more acting opportunities including “Lafayette Escadrille”, “South Pacific” and “Tea and Sympathy”. After appearing in several television series, he was cast in the series “Riverboat” as a young Tom Fowler. In 1959, he appeared in the film “Gidget”, and then got his first lead role, in the film “The Delinquents” playing Scotty White; the film would go on to become a big hit despite its low budget, but later that year Laughlin would start to pursue directorial work. His net worth was well set.

The first film Loughlin directed was entitled “The Proper Time”, and he then worked on “The Young Sinner”, about a high school athlete who gets into trouble after being caught with his girlfriend in bed. In 1961, after doing several projects, Tom decided to take a break from Hollywood to focus on his Montessori pre-school project.

Eventually, the school went bankrupt in 1965, and Tom went back to focusing on directorial work. He created the film “The Born Losers” which was the first time the character Billy Jack was introduced. It then led to a sequel called “Billy Jack” which was released in 1971. He created the film with his own money but he also had the support of several studios which agreed to distribute it. He had trouble with these studios who took liberties in editing some of his content, so he then sued them and re-released the film, and it then found success, becoming very popular among the youth, and is still considered the highest grossing independent film of all time. It was also one of the first films to introduce martial arts to American audiences. Tom’s net worth was rising steadily.

In 1974, Tom released “The Trial of Billy Jack” which would also become a big success. It also marked the first time that a film was simultaneously released all over the country, making it the first blockbuster. The following year, Tom released “The Master Gunfighter” which was successful at the box office but had mixed reviews. Two years later, he would return to Billy Jack and create “Billy Jack Goes to Washington”, which was poorly received apparently because of distribution problems.

Later in his career, Tom focused more on doing small roles in films as he had a problem with his finances. He also started working on a fifth “Billy Jack” film, but never got to finish it.

For his personal life, it is known that Laughlin married Delores Taylor in 1954 and they were together until his passing, having three children. In 2001, he was diagnosed with cancer that was inoperable and it caused him to stop working on the “Billy Jack” franchise; he died from this and pneumonia complications in late-2013.

Quick Facts

Birth date: August 10, 1931
Birth place: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Death date: December 12, 2013, Thousand Oaks, California, United States
Profession:Actor
Education:Marquette University, Washington High School, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of South Dakota
Nationality:American
Spouse:Delores Taylor (m. 1954–2013)
Children:Teresa Kelly, Christina Laughlin, Frank Laughlin
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Interesting Facts

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1At the time of his death, his family requested publicly "In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family asks that donations be made to Friends of Pine Ridge or the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.".
2Waged campaigns for President of the United States in 1992, 2004, and 2008.
3Living in Camarillo, California. [January 2004]
4Tom and wife Delores Taylor have three children -- Frank Laughlin, Teresa Kelly (was billed as either Teresa Laughlin or T.C. Laughlin), and Christina Laughlin.
5Played Billy Jack for the fifth time in "The Return Of Billy Jack" (1985), an unfinished film in which Billy Jack battled child pornographers.
6Was a running back for the University of Minnesota football team, and later tried out for the old Chicago Cardinals in the NFL.
7Frank Laughlin, the name that Tom Laughlin often used as a pseudonym, is actually his son's name.
8Attended and graduated from Washington High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He returned to the school in 1978 and told an assembly that he was a 'greaser' during his High School years, and that he once beat up Gene Wilder. Wilder went to the same school and lived in the same neighborhood.
9Garnered 147 votes in the January, 2004, New Hampshire primary.
10Intends to run against Arnold Schwarzenegger for governor of California.
11Has done extensive research on Jungian psychology and alternative cancer therapy treatments.
12Tom's movie Billy Jack (1971) cost $800,000 to make and grossed over $65 million.
13Trained in hapkido karate by karate master Bong Soo Han.


Pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1971Golden CharybdisTaormina International Film FestivalBilly Jack (1971)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1971Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureBilly Jack (1971)


Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Return of Billy Jack1986Billy Jack
The Legend of the Lone Ranger1981Neeley (Cavendish gang)
The Big Sleep1978Lou
Billy Jack Goes to Washington1977Billy Jack
Voyage of the Damned1976Engineering Officer (uncredited)
The Littlest Horse Thieves1976
The Master Gunfighter1975Finley
The Trial of Billy Jack1974Billy Jack
Callan1974uncredited
Billy Jack1971Billy Jack
The Born Losers1967Billy Jack
The Proper Time1962Mickey Henderson
Like Father, Like Son1961Chris Wotan
Tall Story1960Fred Jensen
Tales of Wells Fargo1959TV SeriesJess Wilson
Battle of the Coral Sea1959Ens. Franklin
Riverboat1959TV SeriesTom Fowler
The Deputy1959TV SeriesJim Stanton
Wagon Train1957-1959TV SeriesJocko Naughton / Earl 'Laramie Kid' Halstead
Gidget1959Lover Boy
M Squad1959TV SeriesNick 'Sharpy' Sharples
Senior Prom1958Carter Breed III
Lux Playhouse1958TV SeriesKiller
Flight1958TV Series
Man with a Camera1958TV SeriesJoey Savoyan
Studio One in Hollywood1958TV SeriesTempleton
South Pacific1958Lt. Buzz Adams
Lafayette Escadrille1958Arthur Blumenthal
Playhouse 901957TV Series
The Silent Service1957TV SeriesLou / Lanning
The Walter Winchell File1957TV SeriesPeter Rakosi
Lux Video Theatre1957TV SeriesJess
The Delinquents1957Scotty
Climax!1955-1957TV SeriesPaisan
The Millionaire1956TV SeriesVic Carter
Tea and Sympathy1956Ralph
These Wilder Years1956Football Player (uncredited)
Navy Log1955-1956TV SeriesEnsign Fred Scot / McQueen
Front Row Center1956TV SeriesTom White
Matinee Theatre1955TV Series

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Return of Billy Jack1986
Billy Jack Goes to Washington1977as T.C. Frank
The Master Gunfighter1975as Frank Laughlin
The Trial of Billy Jack1974as Frank Laughlin
Billy Jack1971as T.C. Frank
The Born Losers1967as T.C. Frank
The Proper Time1962
Like Father, Like Son1961

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Return of Billy Jack1986
Billy Jack Goes to Washington1977written by - as Frank Christina
The Master Gunfighter1975as Harold Lapland
The Trial of Billy Jack1974screenplay - as Frank Christina
Billy Jack1971screenplay - as Frank Christina
The Proper Time1962original screenplay
Like Father, Like Son1961written by

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Return of Billy Jack1986executive producer
The Trial of Billy Jack1974executive producer - uncredited
Billy Jack1971producer - as Mary Rose Solti
The Born Losers1967producer - as Donald Henderson
The Proper Time1962producer
Like Father, Like Son1961producer

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Like Father, Like Son1961as Donald Henderson

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
When Life Gives You Lemons2010/IIShort very special thanks
Far from the Sea2008grateful thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Altman's Apprenticeship: The Kansas City Years2007Video shortHimself
Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick1995DocumentaryHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1977TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 86th Annual Academy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Actor / Director / Writer (In Memoriam)
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam

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