Who is Wentworth Miller?
Wentworth Earl Miller III was born on 2 June 1972, in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England, and is an actor as well as a screenwriter, best known for his role in the television series “Prison Break”, portraying the lead character Michael J. Scofield. He’s also known for his work in “Legends of Tomorrow” as the character Captain Cold, and for appearing in a recurring role in the show “The Flash”.
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The Net Worth of Wentworth Miller
As of early-2020, Wentworth Miller’s net worth is estimated to be over $4 million, earned through a successful career in acting, working on various television shows and films since 1998.
While he’s known for his acting work, he also has several screenwriting credits to his name.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
Wentworth is of American descent though he was born in England as his father was studying at the University of Oxford at the time. His father is a lawyer, while her mother worked as a special education teacher. He has ancestry from various parts of the world, including African-American, English, German, Dutch, French, Swedish and Russian. After a year in England, his family moved back to the US, settling in Brooklyn where Wentworth studied at nearby Midwood High School.
After matriculating, he enrolled at the Ivy League member Princeton University, studying for a degree in English literature. He completed the degree in 1995, having developed an interest in performing, and becoming a member of the a capella group, the Princeton Tigertones. He was also a member of two eating clubs.
Rise to Fame
After completing his degree, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his passion for acting. Initially he struggled to find any work, but persisted as his passion remained in the craft. His first appearance on television was in a small role in an episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, then in 2002, Miller got his first starring role in the miniseries “Dinotopia”, which tells the story of a society in which humans co-exist with dinosaurs who are also sentient.
It is based on the books of author James Gurney and follows two lead characters, teenagers, who must adjust to this new society. After a few more minor projects, he then appeared in the film “The Human Stain” portraying a younger version of the character of Anthony Hopkins. He was praised for his dedication in the film, doing extensive research on Anthony Hopkins, and also going through a four-month boxing training regimen to accurately depict his character. Other stars of the film included Nicole Kidman, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris.
He then had a small role in the film “Underworld” which starred Kate Beckinsale, and was the first of a franchise. He played the role of a doctor, focused on the struggle of vampires and lycans. He is shown as a friend of human Michael Corvin who is portrayed by Scott Speedman.
Wentworth achieved international success when he was cast in the television series “Prison Break”, which tells the story of a man who gets himself imprisoned to help his wrongfully imprisoned brother escape. It’s revealed that the elaborate plan to escape the prison which he helped design, uses tattoos that cover his torso and down to his wrists.
For his performance, he earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor, and it ran for four seasons before later having a revival in 2017 which ran for nine episodes.
He also appeared in a couple of music videos portraying the love interest of Mariah Carey – “We Belong Together” and “It’s Like That”. Afterwards, he worked on the 11th season of “Law & Order Special Victims Unit” portraying Detective Nate Kendall, then played the video game character Chris Redfield in the film adaptation of the video game series “Resident Evil: Afterlife” which is also the fourth installment of the live-action film series featuring Milla Jovovich.
The film was highly successful at the box office, despite negative reviews, and became the second-highest-grossing in the entire film franchise.
Wanting to disassociate from his already famous name, he began a career as a screenwriter under the pseudonym Ted Foulke. This led him to create the screenplay for the film “Stoker” – he expressed a desire to write anonymously as he wanted the project to float without the help of his name. The film gained positive reviews with stars like Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, and Matthew Goode.
In 2014, he was cast in the television series “The Flash” as Captain Cold, which is based on the DC character of the same name. He reprised his role numerous times throughout the show’s run, before he was cast as one of the regulars in the spin-off “Legends of Tomorrow”, which saw him reunite with his “Prison Break” co-star Dominic Purcell who plays Heat Wave. He also appeared in other shows of the CW Arrowverse.
A few of his latest projects include the horror film “The Disappointments Room” for which he is credited as a screenwriter. He is also set to work on a film adaptation of the David Wroblewski novel “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle”, and has lent his voice to an episode of the animated series “Batwoman”, reprising his role as Captain Cold.
Wentworth is single and there have been no reports of any of his romantic relationships. He came out as gay in 2013 through a letter to GLAAD, in which he declined their invitation to an event in Russia after being troubled by the Russian government’s treatment of gay citizens. Before this confession, he had denied once in an interview that he was gay, but later opened up about his struggle with his sexuality, becoming depressed and suicidal during his teens before eventually coming out. He’s since become an ambassador for mental health and depression-focused organizations, and has promoted groups such as Active Minds and the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.