John Waters is an American filmmaker, writer, producer, actor, and artist. The 1988 film “Hairspray,” which was later transformed into a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, is probably Waters’ most well-known work as a writer, director, and producer. The “Pope of Trash” has written and directed more than a dozen films, including “Hag in a Black Leather Jacket,” “Pink Flamingos,” “Cry-Baby,” “Serial Mom,” “Pecker,” and “Cecil B. Demented,” as well as serving as producer, editor, and cinematographer on a number of them.
What’s John Waters’s Net Worth?
A fortune of $50 million
The date of birth is 22 April 1946. (76 years old)
6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m)
Working in the film industry as a director or producer; screenwriter; actor; stand-up comic; cinematographer; voice actor; visual artist; and film editor
As a citizen of the United States,
He has a fortune of $50 million. Waters has acted in more than 40 films, including “Sweet and Lowdown” (1999), “Seed of Chucky” (2004), “Jackass Number Two” (2006), and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” (2015). He also hosted Court TV’s “‘Til Death Do Us Part” from 2006 to 2007 and Here TV’s “John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You” in 2006. For example, Waters narrated “Plagues & Pleasures in the Salton Sea,” (2006) and “The Junior Defenders” (2007).
On the big screen, his credits include “The Simpsons,” “Fish Hooks” (2012), “Mickey Mouse,” (2013; 2018), “In the Land of Merry Misfits,” (2011; 2018), and most recently, he voiced the character of Mr. Pickles in “Of Dolls and Murder” (2014). Also, he has published works like ‘Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters’ (1986), ‘Art: A Sex Book’ (2003), ‘Role Models’ (2010), ‘Carsick: John Water’s Hitchhike Across America’ (2014), ‘Make Trouble’ (2017), and Mr. Know-it-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder’ (2019). As a result of this recognition, John has been made an Officier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the government of France.
Baltimore, Maryland native John Waters was born on April 22, 1946, to John Samuel Waters Jr. Father John (a fire-protection equipment manufacturer) and mother Patricia Ann (a schoolteacher) raised him along with his siblings Steve, Kathy, and Trish. As a 7-year-old, John saw the 1953 picture Lili and got fascinated with puppets.
He began producing violent puppet performances for children’s birthday parties after watching Lili. Glenn Milstead (aka Divine) was Waters’ muse while he was a student at Calvert Hall College High School and Boys’ Latin School of Maryland in the Baltimore suburb of Lutherville. It wasn’t until the 1966 semester of his freshman year of college that John got booted out of New York University because of his drug use.
“Hag in a Black Leather Jacket,” Waters’ first short film, was released in 1964. All four of his feature films were made by the same person: He wrote, directed, and produced the short film “Roman Candles” (1966), directed and produced the short film “Eat Your Makeup” (1968), and directed and produced the feature picture “The Diane Linkletter Story” (1970). With “Mondo Trasho” in 1969, and “Multiple Maniacs” in 1970, John made his feature-length directorial debut. “Pink Flamingos,” the first film in his so-called “Trash Trilogy,” came out in 1972, followed by “Female Trouble” in 1974 and “Desperate Living” in 1977. With “Polyester,” Waters hired film student David Insley as the primary camera operator for the first time in 1981. ‘Hairspray’ was released by John in 1988 and transformed into a Broadway musical that won eight Tony Awards.
Several years later, a cinematic adaptation of the musical was released, and Waters was a co-producer and consultant on the project. He also starred in both films, as Dr. Fredrickson in the original film and as a Flasher in the 2007 remake. It was nominated for four Tony Awards in 2008 for John’s 1990 follow-up to “Hairspray,” “Cry-Baby.”
“John Waters: Indecent Exposure” was on display at the Baltimore Museum of Art from October 2018 to January 2019.
John is out as a gay man and a strong advocate for the rights of the LGBTQ community. “If you don’t keep some things private, you don’t have a personal existence.” A former member of the Manson Family, John advocated for the release of Leslie Van Houten in 2009 and wrote about her in his book “Role Models.” Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore awarded Waters an honorary degree in 2016 His personal library contains more than 8,000 books, which he has collected since the 1990s as an artist and a collector.
There have been two nominations for the Best Spoken Word Album Grammy for John Waters’ work on “Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America” in 2015, as well as for “Mr. Know-It-All” in 2020. “Pecker,” his 1998 feature film debut, earned him a Best Feature nomination at the Gijón International Film Festival and the Jack Smith Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chicago Underground Film Festival in 1997. “Hairspray” earned John an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Director and Best Screenplay in 1989.
Nominated for a Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Award in 1988. This year, he received the GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics (2017) Timeless Award for his contributions to LGBTQ film and television, as well as the Copper Wing Tribute Award at the 2003 Phoenix Film Festival. Awarded the Filmmaker on the Edge Award in 1999, Waters was also honored with the Online Film Critics Society Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020. Locarno International Film Festival awarded John the Pardo donor Manor Award in 2019, and Thessaloniki Film Festival honored him with the Honorary Golden Alexander.
Investing in Real Estate
San Francisco and New York City apartments are just a few of Waters’ residences. He also owns a large country estate outside of Baltimore, as well as an oceanfront home in Provincetown, Massachusetts.