John Favreau Net worth money and more

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 Net Worth: $96 million

Profession: Stand-up comedian, actor, director, screenwriter, voice artist, comedian


Jonathan Kolia “Jon” Favreau is an American actor, director, screenwriter, voice artist and comedian. He is widely recognised for his directing work on films like ‘Iron Man’, ‘Iron Man 2’, ‘Elf’ and ‘Zathura’. He has also made appearances on several television serials like ‘Deep Impact’, ‘Swingers’, ‘Friends’ and ‘The King of Queens’. He is an exceptional performer which has helped him to gain appreciation from audiences and critics alike.

Early Life and Background:

John Favreau was born on October 19, 1966 in Queens, New York. He is the only child of school teachers Madeleine and Charles Favreau. He did his schooling from the Bronx High School of Science and then attended the Queen College. He also worked on Wall Street. By the mid 1980s he had located himself in choicago to take part on comedy and improve scene there. He performed at several Chicago improvisational theatres, including the ImprovOlympic and the Improv Institute.

However, his hopes of becoming the next fat funny guy were not fulfilled and he ended up washing dishes in Chicago’s restaurants. Eventually, he made his way into Hollywood by getting a minor role in the football comedy ‘Rudy’as Sean Astin’s chubby friend. He used the money earned from this part in relocating to Los Angeles and did small parts in ‘Batman Forever’ and ‘Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle’. Unfortunately both parts were left on the cutting room floor. The real glory came at Favreau’s doorsteps with the 1996’s film Swingers and John has never looked back ever since.

He is married to Joya Tillem, a physician, and they have three children, a son, Max and two daughters, Madeleine and Brighton Rose.


The Acting Career:

‘Swingers’ released in 1996, was the story of a group of rat pack-obsessed, out-of-work actors slumming amiably through life in Los Angeles. It was scripted by John himself, after his father gifted him screenwriting software. This comedy movie was one of the year’s biggest sleeper hits and made both Favreau and his real life close friend, Vince Vaughn, big stars. This changed the course of Favreau’s career completely.

He then got offers to work on various films and television series thereafter. He appeared in several films throughout the 1990s and early 2000s including Deep Impact (1998), Love & Sex (2000) and Something Gotta Give (2003). Also, he made appearances on movies like Very bad things (1998) and the much hyped hit romantic comedy,The Break Up (2006). He also appeared in the third season of the popular television sitcom ‘Friends’ where he played Pete, a computer mogul romantically linked to Monica (Courteney Cox). He then appeared in the 1990 ShowTime biopic ‘Rocky Marciano’. Favreau also made a guest appearance in Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show.

The Directorial Debut:

John began his directing career in the year 2001 with the movie ‘Made’, a Mafioso comedy in which he once again appeared with Vaughn. Then in November 2003, Favreau made the holiday hit comedy ‘Elf’ starring Will Ferrell and James Caan. Two years later, John came with another big screen movie, Zathura. It was a fantasy film which showcased a magical board game and its far-flinging effects. All this time, John continued his TV work as well as continued to be the producer as well as host of ‘Dinner for Five’, an IFC program which premiered in 2002. The show was nominated for a 2005 Emmy Award for outstanding nonfiction series. Also, in the same year he had a small part in ‘Something’s Gotta Give’.


The Major Breakthrough:

Favreau’s biggest career achievement so far has been the Marvel Comics adaptation ‘Iron Man’, the highly anticipated first film produced under a fresh deal between Paramount and Marvel. Iron Man was a major success among moviegoers and paved the way for the 2010 sequel Iron Man 2 that Favreau also helmed. The two films combined together earned more than $1 billion at the box office. Though Iron Man 2 was equally successful but it was not as well received as its previous part. He then directed the sci-fi based Cowboys & Aliens (2011), starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.

He also served as an executive producer on the blockbusting flick The Avengers (2012) and more recently Iron Man 3 (2013). He was originally an indie film maker, but now has entered the mainstream visibility into the millennium. He is enjoying character stardom, besides earning notice as a writer/producer/director even after two decades in the show biz.


  • “I thought I would be working on Wall Street my whole life. It was the go-go ’80s; there were yellow ties. It was just an exciting moment. And although I wasn’t involved in the trading side of things, I was still around that culture, and I ultimately decided it just wasn’t for me.”
  • I’ve cut myself out… I’ve cut scenes out that I was in and that’s when you realize that you’ve got to make the best movie you can.


Some Big earnings:

$12 million: Iron Man 2 (back-end for directing and producing, based on worldwide gross of $627 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
$10 million: Cowboys & Aliens (fee for directing and producing)
$2 million: Older film revenue

John has made a lot of money with his hits like the Iron Man series and Cowboys & Aliens. recently in 2014, he got the number one position on People with Money’s top 10 highest paid actors list in combined earnings. John is a car lover too and owns a Tesla model S in silver colour.

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