Laurence Olivier - Famous Actor

Laurence Olivier Net Worth


Famous English actor, director, and producer, Laurence Olivier had a net worth of $20 million at the time of his death, after inflation adjustment. Over the years, he appeared in more than 120 stage roles, around 60 films, and over 15 television productions and won three Academy Awards.

Key facts:

Here are the key facts about Laurence Olivier:
  • Laurence Olivier is considered one of the greatest actors of the 20th century.
  • He was nominated for Academy Awards as either an actor, producer or director twelve times.
  • Olivier appeared in more than 120 stage roles, nearly 60 films and more than 15 television productions.
  • He won Best Film and Best Actor awards for Hamlet from the Academy.
  • In America, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bestowed its version of knighthood on Lord Larry, awarding him a special Oscar 'for the full body of his work, the unique achievement of his entire career and his lifetime of contribution to the art of film.'

Basic Information About Laurence Olivier

CategoryCelebrities › Actors
ProfessionsActor, Film Producer, Film director, Screenwriter, Television producer, Voice Actor
Net worth$20,000,000
Date of birth1907-05-22
Place of birthDorking
Date of death1989-07-11 (aged 82)
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Curiosities and TrademarksRoles in Shakespeare adaptations
A handsome man with a magnificent speaking voice
Often played noble and fiercely proud leaders and royalty figures
Often directed himself in his films
Rich smooth voice
SpouseJoan Plowright - (17 March 1961 - 11 July 1989) (his death) (3 children)
Vivien Leigh - (31 August 1940 - 6 January 1961) (divorced)
Jill Esmond - (25 July 1930 - 29 January 1940) (divorced) (1 child)
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Social Media↗︎ Wikipedia ↗︎ IMDb

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What Movie Awards did Laurence Olivier win?


Golden Globe

Golder Raspberry


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Laurence Olivier awards

Award Name State Movie / Series Name Year
Oscar - Best Actor in a Supporting RoleNomineeMarathon Man1977
Golden Globe - Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion PictureWinnerMarathon Man1977
Oscar - Best Actor in a Leading RoleNomineeThe Boys from Brazil1979
NBR Award - Best ActorWinnerThe Boys from Brazil1978
Stinker Award - Worst Supporting ActorNomineeThe Boys from Brazil1978
NBR Award - Best ActorWinnerComing Home1978
Golden Globe - Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion PictureNomineeA Little Romance1980
Razzie Award - Worst Supporting ActorWinnerGloria1981
BAFTA Film Award - Best ActorNomineeSleuth1974
David - Best Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero)WinnerSleuth1973
NYFCC Award - Best ActorWinnerSleuth1973

Laurence Olivier roles

Movie / Series Role
A Bridge Too FarDoctor Spaander
Romeo and JulietNarrator / Lord Montague / Complementary Role (voice) (uncredited)
Clash of the TitansZeus
Sky Captain and the World of TomorrowDr. Totenkopf (archive footage) (as Sir Laurence Olivier)
TrumboCrassus (archive footage) (uncredited)
Marathon ManSzell
The Boys from BrazilEzra Lieberman
Battle of BritainAir Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding
The BountyAdmiral Hood
A Little RomanceJulius
The Jigsaw ManAdm. Sir Gerald Scaith
SleuthAndrew Wyke
Nicholas and AlexandraCount Witte
DraculaProf. Abraham Van Helsing
The Carol Burnett ShowSelf - Audience Member 1 episode, 1976
The Dick Cavett ShowSelf - Guest 1 episode, 1973

Laurence Olivier's Movie/Shows Salary

Movie / Series Salary
Too Many Crooks (1930)£60
Potiphar's Wife (1931)£180
As You Like It (1936)£600 a week
Wuthering Heights (1939)$20,000
Rebecca (1940)$50,000
49th Parallel (1941)£2,000 (for 2 weeks)
The Demi-Paradise (1943)£3,517
The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fifth with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France (1944)£15,000
Hamlet (1948)£50,000
Carrie (1952)$125,000
The Beggar's Opera (1953)£50,000 (£30,000 deferred, never realized)
The Devil's Disciple (1959)$100,000
The Moon and Sixpence (1959)$100,000
Spartacus (1960)$250,000
Khartoum (1966)£250,000
The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968)$240,000
Lady Caroline Lamb (1972)£20,000 (for 5 days)
Sleuth (1972)$200,000
Marathon Man (1976)$135,000 (plus a percentage of the profits)
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)$75,000 (for 2 days)
A Bridge Too Far (1977)$200,000
The Betsy (1978)$400,000
The Boys from Brazil (1978)$725,000
Dracula (1979)$750,000
The Jazz Singer (1980)$1,000,000
Inchon (1981)$1,000,000
Clash of the Titans (1981)$300,000
The Jigsaw Man (1983)$1,000,000
The Bounty (1984)$100,000
Wild Geese II (1985)$300,000

Laurence Olivier's Quotes

  • Acting is illusion, as much illusion as magic is, and not so much a matter of being real.
  • Without acting, I cannot breathe.
  • Of all the things I've done in life, directing a motion picture is the most beautiful. It's the most exciting and the nearest than an interpretive craftsman, such as an actor can possibly get to being a creator.
  • If I wasn't an actor, I think I'd have gone mad. You have to have extra voltage, some extra temperament to reach certain heights. Art is a little bit larger than life - it's an exhalation of life and I think you probably need a little touch of madness.
  • Work is life for me, it is the only point of life - and with it there is almost religious belief that service is everything.

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The Magnificent Laurence Olivier

Laurence Olivier is one of the most celebrated actors of the 20th century. His legacy still resonates across cinema and theatre industries worldwide. Born on May 22, 1907, in Dorking, United Kingdom, Olivier grew up with two older siblings. His father was Gerard Olivier, a devout Anglican priest who struggled to find permanent postings in churches, meaning the family moved around a lot.

What is Laurence Olivier known for?

Olivier is known for his outstanding contributions to acting, directing and producing arenas. He remains the first actor/producer to receive two Academy Awards after being nominated 12 times in three different categories. He was also one of the founders of the world-renowned National Theatre Company.

Early life and education

Olivier was introduced to the arts at an early age. He made his debut as a teenager at All Saints Choir School where he delivered some of his earliest performances and continued acting in school productions through St. Edward’s School in Oxford. After completing school in 1924, he enrolled for one year at the Central School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art in London.


Olivier had a prolific career in acting, having appeared in nearly all Shakespeare plays and over 120 stage roles. He began his career by joining The Birmingham Repertory Company in 1926. He was drawn into films when he secured two minor roles in “The Temporary Widow” and “Too Many Crooks” in 193. Despite starting well, his work on stage stalled in the 195s. It wasn’t until he joined the English Stage Company in 1957 that he played the title role in “The Entertainer,” which catapulted him back to fame.

Olivier was also a prolific film actor, starring in close to 60 films while also directing 11 of them. One of his major film achievements was portraying Heathcliff in the romantic epic “Wuthering Heights” in 1939. He continued his work in Hollywood, leading films such as “Rebecca” in 194, “Spartacus” where he played the role of Crassus and “The Boys From Brazil” with Gregory Peck.

Olivier’s most significant achievements came from directing and producing while also starring in Henry V (1944) and Hamlet (1948). He won Best Film and Best Actor awards for Hamlet from the Academy.

Personal Life

While Olivier was highly commended for his work in theatre and films, his personal life was just as controversial as his professional life was successful. He married three times. His first wife was Jill Esmond in 193, but the two divorced in 194. He soon began an affair with his co-star, Vivien Leigh, which ultimately resulted in Leigh’s leaving her husband, Herbert Leigh Holman, to marry him on August 31st, 194. Their marriage ended in divorce in 196, ending their explosive and tumultuous relationship. He then married actress Joan Plowright in 1961, where he found relative domestic bliss until he passed away on July 11th, 1989.

What was Laurence Olivier’s Net Worth?

At the time of his death, Laurence Olivier was worth an inflation-adjusted $20 million according to Celebrity Net Worth. Not bad for an actor who bucked conventions and made a name for himself in Shakespearean and classical roles.


Olivier’s accolades for his work on stage include his being knighted in 1947 and being made Baron Olivier of Brighton for services to theater in 197. In 1981, he was given the Order of Merit and he also received a special Oscar ‘for the full body of his work, the unique achievement of his entire career and his lifetime of contribution to the art of film’ from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in America, where Olivier is revered as an essential figure in cinema history (according to AMPAS).


Laurence Olivier was without a doubt a legendary actor, director and producer who remains unmatched. His prolonged success in both cinema and theatre is only parallels by his undying influence on global local culture. While he no longer graces our screens or stages, his work remains immortalized, captivating and resonates with anyone who loves acting or cinema.

Interesting Facts about Laurence Olivier

  1. 1985: When presenting at the Oscars, he forgot to name the Best Picture nominees. He simply opened the envelope and proclaimed, "Amadeus (1984)".
  2. Even with his noble titles, he refused to carry on a conversation with anyone who would not address him as "Larry".
  3. 10/97: Ranked #46 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
  4. Knighted in the 1947 King's Birthday Honours List, made a life peer in the 1970 Queen's Birthday Honours List, awarded the Order of Merit in 1981.
  5. Father, with Jill Esmond, of son Tarquin Olivier.
  6. He was seriously considered for the role of Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972) before Marlon Brando was cast.
  7. Directed two actors to Oscar nominations: Himself (Best Actor, The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France (1944)); Best Actor, Hamlet (1948); Best Actor, Richard III (1955)), and Jean Simmons (Best Supporting Actress, Hamlet (1948)). He won an Oscar for his turn in Hamlet, making him and Roberto Benigni the only two actors to have directed themselves in Oscar-winning performances.
  8. Wife #1 Jill Esmond named Vivien Leigh --wife #2--as co-respondent in her 1940 divorce from Olivier on grounds of adultery. Leigh named Joan Plowright --wife #3--as co-respondent in her 1960 divorce from Olivier, also on grounds of adultery.
  9. In the book "Melting the Stone: A Journey Around My Father" by his son Richard Olivier, Richard describes Laurence as being more interested in his work than in his children; he never looked back fondly on his career and would actually become depressed when he did not have a job.
  10. His father, a clergyman, decided Laurence would become an actor.
  11. 2001: Ranked tenth in the Orange Film Survey of greatest British actors.
  12. Ex-son-in-law of actress Eva Moore. She was Jack and Jill Esmond's mother.
  13. Ex-brother-in-law of race car driver Jack Esmond.
  14. Godfather of Victoria Tennant.
  15. Attended the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England.
  16. While performing a live production of "Hamlet" he completely blanked during the "to be or not to be" soliloquy. He then sat down and remained there until he remembered the lines.
  17. 2014: His film version of Shakespeare's Hamlet (1948) is still, to date, the only film of a Shakespeare play to win the Oscar for Best Picture, and the only one to actually win an Oscar for acting (Olivier for Best Actor).
  18. Father of four children: sons Tarquin Olivier and Richard Olivier, and daughters Julie Kate Olivier and Tamsin Olivier.
  19. Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890- 1945". Pages 837-843. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
  20. He was voted the 20th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

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