Actor Norman Reedus is best known for his role as Daryl Dixon on “The Walking Dead.” We recently learned that he has managed to achieve a net worth of a whopping $25 million. How did he become so very rich? In an industry where many actors struggle to survive, he has risen to the top and from all appearances, he has been well-compensated, but did he make that much in the business? We looked into his career history to learn more and here is what we discovered.
His early years
The talented and successful actor was born on January 6, 1969, in Hollywood, Florida. His parents named him norman Mark Reedus. He is of Italian, English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. After graduating from high school, he enrolled in courses at Bethany College in Kansas but only stayed in the program for one term. Instead of finishing college, he took a job at a Harley-Davidson shop in Venice, California. Reedus was a talented artist who became involved in a variety of shows. He made contributions as a sculptor, painter, photographer, and video artist. Although involved in the entertainment industry, it wasn’t as an actor.
He started as a model
According to The Things, Norman Reedus was a model before he became an actor. He earned a good living posing for some of the biggest brands in the world. He modeled for Lexus, Prada, and Levis, most notably.
He is an artist
Reedus is also a painter and a sculptor. Several of his works have been on exhibit in large galleries throughout the United States and other countries throughout the world. In addition to this, he is also a photographer. Many of his best works have been exhibited in major galleries throughout the world.
Other acting endeavors
Reedus also made appearances in a variety of music videos. He earned money from his appearances. He appeared in Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees,” R.E.M.’s “Strange Currencies,” Keith Richards’ “Wicked as it Seems,” Lady Gaga’s “Judas,” and Bjork’s “Violently Happy.” This was during the 1990s era.
Reedus is a tower of talent and skill. He also took on a few voice acting roles. He’s worked in the video game industry. He lent his voice for the character Daryl Dixon in “The Walking Dead” video games including “The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct.” He also provided his voice for the franchise themed “Robot Chicken,” and “Death Stranding.”
His first acting role
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Norman was attending a party in Los Angeles, where he was approached by someone who offered him a part in a play. He accepted a part for the play “Maps for Drowners,” which was shown at the Sunset Boulevard’s Tiffany Theater. This was his first experience with acting. His film debut was made in 1997 in the movie “Mimic.” He was cast in the part of Jeremy. This opened yet more doors. He co-starred in the hit film “The Boondock Saints” in 1999 as Murphy MacManus. A sequel to the film titled “The Boondock Saints: All Saints Day” was released in 2009, ten years later.
Reedus went on to appear in several other films. In 2002, he appeared in “Blade II,
followed by the 2008 film “Red Canyon, “Hello Herman” in 2013, “Iron Man: Rise of Technovore,” “Pandorum,” “The Conspirator,” “Pawn Shop Chronicles,” “Triple 9,” Air,” and “Sky.”
His career in television
In addition to movies, Norman Reedus also made guest appearances in several television shows. He appeared as Paige’s boyfriend Nate in the series “Charmed.” His big break came in 2010 when he landed a part in the AMC horror drama “The Walking Dead.” He appeared in the role of Daryl Dixon. His career rose to unimaginable heights and Daryl has become one of the most beloved characters on the series. For the past decade, Norman has been a pivotal character in the series. He has since risen to the status of the main protagonist of the show starting in the ninth season. He’s been nominated for multiple awards for best-supporting actor. In 2015, he won the Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best TV Supporting Actor for the role of Daryl.
Reedus became more valuable over time
Norman had become a regular on “The Walking Dead” and although his salary before 2017 is not reported, by this year he was bringing in a hefty $650,000 for each episode he appeared in. This continued to 2019 when he received yet another significant jump in pay. As of 2019, he earns $1 million per episode.
His own television series
AMC gave Norman Reedus his own television series in 2015. It was titled “Ride with Norman Reedus.” Reedus and several guests rode across America on their bikes to explore different cities and interesting locations to investigate their local biker cultures. The show was renewed for its fifth season in 2019, however, the current Coronavirus pandemic has halted production.
He runs a film production company
Norman Reedus is a versatile professional with multiple skills and talents. .He runs a film production company called Bigbaldhead, based out of New York. It’s not likely a coincidence that he has also released a book on photography that is titled “The Sun’s Coming Up…Like a Big Bald Head.” The book was released in 2013.
His personal life
Normal Reedus keeps a low profile when it comes to his personal life, but it’s hard to hide when you’re a superstar. In 1998 he was involved in a relationship with Helena Christensen. The relationship ended in 2003. The couple had one child together in 1999 and named him Mingus Lucien Reedus. He is currently involved with Diane Kruger, a German actress he met when he was filming “Sky.” The two were both stars of the film in 2015. They made the relationship official in 2016. Their daughter was born in late 2018. Norman Reedus has clearly earned the bulk of his fortune as an actor, and most notably, from his role as Daryl Dixon.