Shia LaBeouf is an American actor who has worked in film, television, and as a performance artist. He is also a filmmaker who has directed several films. Due to his extensive success in various aspects of the entertainment industry, he is now a very wealthy man with an estimated net worth of $25 million. So, how did Shia LaBeouf accrue so much wealth?
Shia LaBeouf was born in Los Angeles on June 11, 1986. He had a difficult childhood as he was brought up by hippies who were living in poverty but were too proud to claim welfare. He also attended Alcoholics Anonymous with his Vietnam War veteran father, who was sometimes abusive. Despite his difficult start in life, he is still close to his parents and financially supports them. He already showed talent as a performer as a child, and he would often mimic his father’s behavior to entertain other family members. LaBeouf was educated at 32nd Street Visual and Performing Arts Magnet in Los Angeles. By the age of 10, he was already performing stand-up routines on the comedy circuit in his local neighborhood.
Shia LaBeouf’s Disney Career
While performing stand-up as a child, LaBeouf made the very early decision that he wanted a career as a performer. He took the initiative to begin his career by finding himself an agent using the Yellow Pages and pretending that he was his manager. As an adult, LaBeouf said that he got this idea from a child actor he knew and he did it because his family was living in poverty, not because he had aspirations to become an actor. He began his career as an actor in 1998 and landed an assortment of small parts in films and television series. However, he got his first major role in 2000 when he landed the part of Louis Anthony Stevens in the Disney television series ‘Even Stevens’, says IMDb. He played this role until 2003, and he appeared in 66 episodes. His role on ‘Even Stevens’ led to him getting more work. During the mid-2000s, he landed acting and voice roles in films including ‘Constantine’, ‘Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind’, and ‘A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints’. He also made his directorial debut in collaboration with Lorenzo Eduardo with the film ‘Let’s Love-Hate’.
The Breakthrough in His Career
LaBeouf’s big career breakthrough came in 2007 when he got a major role in the thriller ‘Disturbia’. In the same year, he hosted ‘Saturday Night Live’ and he returned a year later to host this show for the second time. His second major film role in 2007 was playing Sam Witwicky in ‘Transformers’. This was the beginning of a successful film career for Shia LaBeouf. His two films in 2008 were ’Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ and ‘Eagle Eye’. In the former, he played the role of Henry ‘Mutt Willaims’ Jones III, while he played Jerry Shaw in the latter. His success continued into 2009 when he reprised the role of Sam Witwicky in ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ and then played Jacob in ‘New York, I Love You’.
LaBeouf’s Career since 2010
2010 was a less successful year for LaBeouf as his only film was ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’, for which he received mixed reviews. Things improved when he reprised his role as Sam Witwicky for the third Transformers film ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ in 2011, but he did not return for the fourth film in the series. He then took a short break from films but did make a brief appearance in a music video for a Tally Hall single that featured LaBeouf in the lyrics. He also created three short graphic novels and a webcomic series. However, he ran into legal difficulties when it was discovered that his graphic novels were plagiarized. By 2012, he was back performing in front of the camera and played the role of a bootlegger in the crime drama film ‘Lawless’. Having already appeared in one music video, LaBeouf appeared in a second music video this year. In the music video, which was for a single by Icelandic band Sigur Ros, LaBeouf appears nude. The following year, he intended to make his Broadway debut alongside Alec Baldwin, but he left citing creative differences. However, there were rumors that LaBeouf had been fired.Not all things were bad in 2013, as the actor then landed a role in the World War II film ‘Fury’ along with Brad Pitt and Logan Lerman. He received great critical acclaim for his performance in this film. This film was released in 2014. In this year, Shia LaBeouf also began collaborating with Luke Turner and Nastja Sade Ronko on a project they described as a multi-platform meditation on celebrity and vulnerability. They have continued to collaborate on numerous performance art projects since. A year later, he appeared in his third music video. This was the video for Sia’s single ‘Elastic Heart. Also in 2015, he starred in ‘Man Down’ followed by ‘American Honey’ a year later. His most recent film was the 2017 sports drama ‘Borg vs McEnroe’, in which he portrayed legendary professional tennis player John McEnroe. His next films include ‘Honey Boy’, ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’, and ‘The Tax Collector’.
In his personal life, LaBeouf’s most high-profile relationship was with actress Mia Goth. The couple met when they were filming the 2012 film ‘Nymphomaniac’ together. Rumors circulated that they had got married in a Las Vegas ceremony that was officiated by an Elvis Presley impersonator in October 2016. However, a representative for the couple made an official announcement that they were not actually married, but that they had a commitment ceremony conducted. LaBeouf later backtracked when he revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that they had got married in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the relationship did not last, and LaBeouf and Goth announced their separation in September 2018. They have since filed for divorce.
LaBeouf’s Net Worth
It is due to his acting career, that spans three decades, that Shia LaBeouf has become so wealthy. According to Celebrity Net Worth, he now has an estimated net worth of $25 million. This is predominantly from his work as an actor in film and television. However, some of his wealth is from working as a director and a performance artist.