Christian Bale is an English-American actor and producer, who caught public attention when in 1987, he was cast in the starring role of Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun. He was just 13 years old then. In 2000, he again made the viewers notice him when he starred in American Psycho in the role of a serial killer.
However, what made him a household name worldwide was his role as the Batman in the three films Batman trilogy Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and the Dark Knight Rises. These three films were released in 2005, 2008 and 2013 and grossed more than $2 billion at the box-office. These turned out to be the eighth highest grossing film series of Hollywood. You must be interested in knowing about life and net worth of Christian Bale in 2020, you can read the article ahead.
Early Life & Biography:
Christian Charles Philip Bale, as his full name reads; was born on 30 January 1974 in Haverfordwest, which is in Wales, U.K. His parents were English, his mother Jenny was a circus artist and his father David bale was a commercial pilot by profession.
He spent his childhood in different counties of England and Portugal. The frequent relocation disrupted his studies, and at the age of 16, he dropped out of school.
In 1982, he debuted in a commercial and then in another next year. In 1984, he debuted on stage at the London’s West end theatre in the Nerd with the well known comic Rowan Atkinson.
After his parents’ divorce in 1991, Bale relocated along with his father to Los Angeles, leaving his mother and sister Sharon at Bournemouth.
In 2000, Bale married Sandra Blažić, a former model. They have a daughter and a son. Bale became a U.S. citizen after his application for citizenship made in 2010, was granted in 2014. Nale resides in Los Angeles with his family.
Bale actively supports environmental groups like the World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and many more. Bale maintains a low private profile, yet he has been at the receiving end of much public attention and controversy.
Career, Awards & Nominations:
In 1986, Bale made his film debut in the television film Anastasia – The Mystery of Anna. Subsequently, he worked in a few miniseries on television, before being picked up by Spielberg for the starring role in the Empire of the sun which released in 1987 to worldwide acclaim. He was awarded the Best Performance by a Juvenile actor by the National Board of Motion Pictures for his role as Jim Graham.
In 1990, he starred in the film Treasure Island as Jim Hawkins. The film was based on the classic novel Robert Louis Stevenson. Later, he starred in a few musicals, Little Women. In 1995 in a Disney film Pocahontas, and in 1997 in Velvet Goldmine.
His next big film was the American Psycho which was premiered in the Sundance Film Festival in 2000 and released to worldwide success. Bale did a lot of research on the character and transformed himself physically to play the role of the serial killer Patrick Bateman to perfection.
He then worked in Shaft and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin which had Nicolas Cage in the title role and Penelope Cruz. Another remarkable film, for which Bale transformed himself physically by reducing more than 28 kgs of weight and weighed only 55 kg, was the Machinist. It was released in 2004 and was a great success all over the world.
Bale’s greatest achievement was starring in the Batman Trilogy. When Bale was chosen to play the role of Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, he gained 45 kg of weight in a few months and weighed more than 100 kg to appear physically convincing as the super-hero Batman. The film, on its release in 2005, grossed more than $370 million and brought several awards to Bale.
His next Batman film, the Dark Knight, which released in 2008, set new records in box-office history and crossed the $1 billion mark, becoming the fourth highest grossing film in Hollywood. He reprised the role a third time in the film The Dark Knight Rises, which again crossed the $1 billion mark to become the tenth highest grossing film in Hollywood history.
Later, Bale also worked in several more films, The Terminator Salvation which released in 2008, being the most prominent one; and Public Enemies. In 2011, for his role in the film The Fighter, Bale won the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, besides other awards. In 2014, Bale played the role of Moses in the hugely successful, Exodus: Gods and Kings. He has won several Academy Awards and Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as Golden Globe Awards and nominations
Net Worth & Earnings:
Christian Bale has been one of the highest paid actors of Hollywood. More than 10 of his movies have been Hollywood blockbusters. His Batman series films have created new records of success in the run-up to the fastest $100 million, $300 million, $500 million and $ 1 billion club. He has got more than $10 million for several of his films.
He owns a house in Los Angeles worth $13 million. He owns a $9 million home in Santa Monica. Besides the Batman star also owns a fleet of latest vehicles and luxury cars. As of now, his Net Worth is over $100 million.
Christian Bale is a perfectionist when it comes to playing a role. He has lost weight and gained weight within months, made muscles and even used prosthetics to live the roles he had played. There are very few actors who have shown such professionalism, dedication and discipline towards their chosen profession. A true professional, Bale is an inspiration to people in every field of life. He has also paid the price of being famous, by getting into controversies despite his efforts to maintain a low public profile.