Wentworth Earl Miller was born on 2 June 1972, in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England. His father, of Afro-American, Jamaican, German, Jewish and Cherokee ancestry was studying at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar; his mother is of Lebanese/Syrian, Swedish, Dutch and French descent. Wentworth therefore has dual nationality, being an English-born American actor, film producer, voice actor, and model, whose career began in the late 1990s, and who is probably best known for his role in the TV series “Prison Break” between 2005-09.
How rich is Wentworth Miller? According to authoritative sources, Wentworth’s net worth is estimated to be $4 million, accumulated mostly through his successful career as an actor, which so far has spanned around 20 years.
Wentworth Miller Net Worth $4 Million
Wentworth Miller went to school in Brokklyn, New York, then Quaker High School in Penssylvania, before graduating with a degree in English Literature from Princeton University in 1994. He began his acting career in 1995 when he moved to Los Angeles, however, the road to stardom was far from smooth, but eventually Miller secured his first role in 1998, in an episode of the TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” with Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon and Alyson Hannigan. Still, Miller’s first starring role wasn’t until 2002, when he appeared as an introverted David Scott in the ABC’s series “Dinotopia”. A year later, Miller starred in Robert Benton’s “The Human Stain” alongside Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman, followed by minor roles Miller in “Underworld” with Kate Beckinsale, “Law and Order: Special Victim Unit”, and Paul W. S. Anderson’s “Resident Evil: Afterlife” alongside Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter and Kim Coates. However, all contributed steadily to Miller’s net worth.
Wentworth even appeared in Mariah Carey’s music videos, namely “It’s Like That” and “We Belong Together”, but it wasn’t until his role as Michael Scofield in the television serial drama “Prison Break” that he found the limelight. The show began airing in 2005 and until its last, fourth season released in 2009, proved to be a remarkable success with the audience, being nominated for several awards including Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series Drama, and in 2006 won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama. The popularity of the series resulted in the creation of a low-budget spin-off entitled “Prison Break: Proof of Innocence”, a television movie “Prison Break: The Final Break”, as well as a video game entitled “Prison Break: The Conspiracy”. Needless to say, Wentworth Miller, who played the main character in the series, received a lot of attention and increased his net worth from the revenues accordingly.
In addition to his acting career, Wentworth Miller is known as a screenwriter as well. Miller wrote the script for a psychological thriller influenced by Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” and Alfred Hitchcock’s “Shadow of a Doubt”, which was entitled “Stoker”. The movie, in which the main characters are portrayed by Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode, was released in 2013, and has several pending awards such as Fangoria Chainsaw Awards and London Film Critics’ Circle Awards. Miller also scripted the movies “The Loft” and “The Disappointments Room”, and is currently working on writing a screenplay for David Wroblewski’s novel “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle”.
To date, Wentworth Miller has been involved in more than a dozen films on the big screen, and around 20 TV programs. He has been nominated for a number of awards, mostly for his appearance in “Prison Break”, including Teen Choice Awards, Golden Globes Awards, and Black Reel Awards.
In his personal life, Wentworth Miller is openly gay, a fact which he says left him troubled during his teenage years, and apparently lead to attempted suicide more than once.
While at Princeton, he performed with the an Acappella group the Princeton Tigertones.
He released his screenplay for Stoker (2013) under the pseudonym of "Ted Foulke". The reason behind that was because Miller wanted that his first screenplay worked in the industry by itself and not for being written by a famous actor. Only when the film began his shooting he allowed to be credited with is real name.
Grew up in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Is a very big comic book fan and finally got a chance to play a character when cast as The Flash's enemy Captain Cold in ''The Flash (2014)''.
Taking a long awaited rest after working 14 hours a day for 10 months in 4 straight years on Prison Break (2005). [September 2009]
In 2007, Miller gave an interview to the German edition of InStyle Magazine in which the interviewer asked him if the rumors that he is gay were true. Miller responded, "I'm not gay, but that rumor can't be killed. I'd like to have a girlfriend and a family. But I haven't met the right one yet. Until then I'm focusing on my job. I had to wait so long for this chance [the lead role in the TV show "Prison Break"] I savor every second on set even if it means 14 hours of shooting a day." However, in 2013, Miller released an open letter to the organizers of a Russian film festival to which he had been invited, declining because of an anti-gay law that had recently been passed in Russia and a rise in homophobic violence there. His letter read, in part, "...it would make me happy to say yes. However, as a gay man, I must decline. I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.".
He refused an invitation to a film festival in Russia because of the country's new laws banning homosexual "propaganda," and then outed himself. The 41-year-old star sent a letter to the organizers of the festival stating "as a gay man, I must decline." Miller said that he is troubled by the current attitude, and went on to state: "I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.".
He has two younger sisters, Gillian and Leigh. Gillian is studying to get her Ph.D in Massachusetts and Leigh is in law school in Virginia.
His father, Wentworth Earl Miller II, is a lawyer and a graduate of Yale University.
His mother, Joy Marie (Palm), is a special education teacher. His father is a former Brooklyn assistant district attorney.
He graduated from Quaker Valley High School in 1990, and moved to Sewickley Heights for his senior year of high school with his father.
Wentworth's father is of Afro-Jamaican and African-American (with English and German) ancestry, while Wentworth's mother has Dutch, French, Swedish, Lebanese/Syrian, Austrian, and Polish ancestry. Wentworth's paternal grandfather, Wentworth Earl Miller, was born in New York, to Afro-Jamaican immigrants, Claude Cephas Miller and Rhena Jane Newman. Wentworth's paternal grandmother, Pauline Pinkston, was born in Tennessee, to African-American parents, Greene Fort Pinkston and Bertha Horne. Wentworth's father also has English and German ancestry. Wentworth's maternal grandfather, Frederick William Palm, was the son of Hendrik Frederik Palm (who was born in Willemstad, the capital city of the Caribbean island of Curaçao, and had Dutch, French, and Swedish ancestry) and of Melekia Sabah (who was the daughter of Lebanese/Syrian immigrants). Wentworth's maternal grandmother, Mildred Emiliya Hawaka, was the daughter of Nicholas Hawaka (an Austrian immigrant) and Florence Busczniewicz (who had Polish ancestry).
Graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English.
I'm hoping that what I am or what I'm not ethnically doesn't limit me in anyone else's eyes. I guarantee you it doesn't in mine.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) was a terrific show and Sarah Michelle Gellar was terrific in it. It's really difficult straddling that line between drama and comedy, action and romance, sci-fi and reality and Sarah did it beautifully -- on who he feels are underrated actors.
I don't get a chance to watch much. On DVD Oz (1997), Reno 911! (2003) and Family Guy (1999) are definitely in the top 10. I did manage to squeeze in an entire The Surreal Life (2003) marathon on VH-1 one weekend. I just couldn't turn it off. I felt dirty, but in a good way -- on what are his favorite TV shows.
I have a little fantasy where in the last episode of the season, we slip into the prison's sewer system, up through the grate, and pop out a hatch - and we're face to face with Matthew Fox and spend season 2 on a tropical beach - jokingly linking his show, Prison Break (2005) to Lost (2004).
When asked what character from literature he would like to play: "Well, if we can expand the definition of literature to include comic books, I'd definitely love a crack at "General Zod" from "Superman". So I'm hoping that Bryan Singer makes a sequel to the "Superman" that's coming out and casts me" (TV Guide, April 10-16,2006).
"I made a decision not to work out because I'm lazy and also, the character is not a superhero. I didn't want him to be a buff guy with Jackie Chan moves because the point is he's smarter than your average Joe"
on playing "Michael Scofield" with his regular physique.
"I'm kind of a dork. I don't have much game. I'm not particularly comfortable in bars or clubs. I much prefer being home playing Scrabble, having dinner with a couple friends, going to see a movie, or losing a whole weekend to Season 14 of Law & Order (1990) or The Simpsons (1989).
My father is black and my mother is white. Therefore, I could answer to either, which kind of makes me a racial Lone Ranger, caught between two communities.
"My experience is that I find myself having to constantly define myself to others, day-in, day-out. The quote that's helped me the most through that is from Toni Morrison's "Beloved" where she says, "Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined" - so I find myself defining myself for other people lest I be defined by others and stuck into some box where I don't particularly belong".
The show is completely preposterous. But that aside, it's a great ride.
You might look at my CV and see I've had 12 jobs, but I've been to over 450 auditions so I've heard 'no' a lot more than I've heard 'yes'. So if I go in looking only to meet my own standards, then that will make taking that rejection a little bit easier. And when I do get that job it will seem like icing on the cake.
When I got to college, acting suddenly seemed like a very risky proposition and all my friends were going to law school or med school or Wall Street.