Joe Eszterhas Net Worth

Net Worth: $18 Million
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  • Source of Wealth:

    Books
  • Age:

    73
  • Birth Place:

    Csákánydoroszló, Hungary
  • Marital Status:

    Married (Naomi Baka)
  • Full Name:

    József A. Eszterhas
  • Nationality:

    Hungarian-American
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About József A. Eszterhas

The Hungarian-born began his journalistic career as a reporter for Rolling Stone.In 1974, Eszterhas authored the popular,award-winning novel Charlie Simpson's Apocalypse.The book was optioned by Hollywood, and though it has not as yet been filmed, it served as the key for Eszterhas' entree into scriptwriting. He is best known for his vicious, sexy, highly literate crime and mystery scripts: Jagged Edge (1985), Betrayed (1988), and the Sharon Stone starmaker Basic Instinct (1989). At one point Eszterhas was the highest-paid writer in Hollywood, receiving $3 million up-front money for Basic Instinct alone. Never one to shirk from a fracas, Eszterhas has fought publicly with producers, directors, powerful agents and even crime bosses (especially after accepting the responsibility of penning the John Gotti biopic). Given his reputation for censor-baiting, it is surprising to learn that one of Eszterhas' biggest battles was aimed at convincing director Paul Verhoeven to tone down the sex-and-violence excesses that Verhoeven had added to Basic Instinct. Nonetheless, it was Eszterhas who in 1995 issued a sarcastic response to Senator Bob Dole's call for Hollywood to clean up its act; kidding on the square, Eszterhas argued that some of the political misdeeds of the Nixon, Reagan and Bush administrations were far more "obscene" than anything found in an R-rated movie.

Joe Eszterhas was born on November 23, 1944 in Csákánydoroszló, Hungary.

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Earnings 1997

Salary 1997
Salary from the film, One Night Stand
$4,000,000

Earnings 1995

Others 1995
Payment received to exclusive produce the film, Jade
$400,000
Salary 1995
Salary for the film, Showgirls
$2,000,000
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