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What is Gore Verbinski's Net Worth?
Gore Verbinski is an American film director, screenwriter, producer and musician who has a net worth of $130 million. Gore Verbinski is best known for directing the horror film "The Ring" and the first three films in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise. He also directed the 2011 animated film "Rango," which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Verbinski's other directorial credits have included "Mouse Hunt," "The Mexican," "The Weather Man," "The Lone Ranger," and "A Cure for Wellness."
Gore Verbinski started his career directing music videos for bands like Bad Religion, NOFX, 24-7 Spyz and Monster Magnet. Verbinski moved from music videos to commercials, where he worked for many brand names including Nike, Coca-Cola, Canon, and United Airlines. One of his most famous commercials the frogs who croak out the word Budweiser. Verbinski made his feature film directing debut with 1997's "Mouse Hunt."
Early Life and Education
Gore Verbinski was born as Gregor Justin Verbinski on March 16, 1964 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee as the fourth of five children of Victor and Laurette. He is of Polish descent on his father's side. For his higher education, Verbinski attended the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
Following his graduation from UCLA, Verbinski landed a job as a script reader for the commercial production company Limelight. Director Julien Temple saw his work and was impressed; he subsequently signed Verbinski to his production company Nitrate Films, and later Palomar Pictures. At the latter, Verbinski directed music videos for such bands as Bad Religion, Monster Magnet, Vicious Rumors, and 24-7 Spyz. He soon transitioned from music videos to commercials, directing television ads for major brands including Coca-Cola, Skittles, Canon, Nike, and United Airlines. Notably, Verbinski also directed the iconic Budweiser commercial featuring croaking frogs.
Start of Film Directing
After writing and directing the 1996 short film "The Ritual," Verbinski made his feature-film directorial debut in 1997 with the black comedy "Mouse Hunt." Starring Nathan Lane and Lee Evans as bumbling brothers who wage a war against a stubborn mouse occupying the mansion they've inherited, the film was a significant commercial success, grossing $125.4 million globally. Verbinski's next directorial effort was the 2001 crime film "The Mexican," starring Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt, which was only moderately successful. Following this, he had his biggest box-office hit yet with the 2002 supernatural horror film "The Ring." An English-language remake of the Japanese horror film "Ring," it stars Naomi Watts as a woman who comes across a haunted videotape that kills its viewers seven days after watching it. "The Ring" was a box-office smash, grossing $249 million worldwide.
Pirates of the Caribbean
In 2003, Verbinski struck box-office gold with the fantasy swashbuckler film "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," based on the popular Disney theme park attraction. Starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, and Geoffrey Rush, the film was both a critical and commercial hit. In addition to making $654 million globally, it earned five Academy Award nominations. "Pirates of the Caribbean" soon became a blockbuster film franchise, spawning the sequels "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" in 2006 and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" in 2007. Both were massive commercial successes for Verbinski and Disney, with "Dead Man's Chest" becoming only the third film ever to gross more than $1 billion in global box-office receipts.
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Further Film Career
Between the first and second "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, Verbinski directed the 2005 dramedy "The Weather Man," starring Nicolas Cage as a Chicago television weatherman struggling with a midlife crisis. The film earned mixed critical reviews and performed poorly at the box office.
Following his work on the "Pirates" franchise, Verbinski turned to animation to direct the 2011 animated Western "Rango." The film reunited the director with Johnny Depp, who voices the titular chameleon. Other voice-actors include Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina, Harry Dean Stanton, Bill Nighy, and Ray Winstone. Well-received both critically and commercially, "Rango" took home the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Less successful was Verbinski's next feature, "The Lone Ranger," which came out in 2013 after years of being stuck in development limbo. Starring Armie Hammer as the titular masked vigilante and Johnny Depp as his sidekick Tonto, the film was a major box-office bomb. Verbinski subsequently directed the psychological horror film "A Cure for Wellness," starring Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, and Jason Isaacs. Released in 2016 to middling reviews, the film flopped at the box office.
Earlier in his career, Verbinski performed with a number of Los Angeles rock bands, playing guitar for such acts as the Daredevils, the Drivers, the Cylon Boys Choir, and Bulldozer. Additionally, he was in the Little Kings, which notably backed punk rocker Stiv Bators on his cover of "Have Love, Will Travel."
With his wife Clayton, Verbinski has two children.
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