Sandra Bullock Net Worth & Biography

By Mixxerly Updated: SEPTEMBER 22, 2021

Introduction

NET WORTH

$250M

Sandra Bullock is an American actress and producer. She was the world's highest-paid actress in 2010 and 2014. In 2015, she was named People's Most Beautiful Woman and was included in Time's 100 most influential people in the world in 2010. She is the recipient of several awards, including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

After making her acting debut with a minor role in the thriller Hangmen, Bullock received early attention for her supporting role in the action film Demolition Man. Her breakthrough came in the action thriller Speed.

She established herself in the 1990s with leading roles in the romantic comedies While You Were Sleeping and Hope Floats, and the thrillers The Net and A Time to Kill. As of , Sandra Bullock has an estimated net worth of about $250M.

At a Glance

Full name: Sandra Annette Bullock

Other names: Sandra Bullock

Birthday: July 26, 1964

Age:

Net worth: $250M

Occupation: Actress, Film & Television producer, Entrepreneur, Voice Actor.

Nationality: United States of America, Federal Republic of Germany.

Net Worth

Sandra Bullock achieved further success in the following decades with the comedies Miss Congeniality, Two Weeks Notice, The Proposal, The Heat, and Ocean's 8, the drama Crash, and the thrillers Premonition and Bird Box (2018). For her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy in the biographical drama The Blind Side, Bullock won the Academy Award for Best Actress.

She was nominated for the same award for playing an astronaut stranded in space in the science fiction thriller Gravity, which ranks as her highest-grossing live-action film to date. Aside from acting, Bullock is the founder of the production company Fortis Films.

She has produced some of the films in which she has starred, including Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous and All About Steve (2009). She was an executive producer on the ABC sitcom George Lopez (2002–2007) and made several appearances during its run. As of , Sandra Bullock has an estimated net worth of about $250M.

Early life

Sandra Annette Bullock was born on July 26, 1964 in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Arlington, Virginia, the daughter of Helga Mathilde Meyer (1942–2000), an opera singer and voice teacher from Germany, and John Wilson Bullock (1925–2018), an Army employee and part-time voice coach from Birmingham, Alabama.

Her father, who was in charge of the Army's Military Postal Service in Europe, was stationed in Nuremberg when he met her mother. Her parents married in Germany. Bullock's maternal grandfather was a German rocket scientist from Nuremberg.

The family returned to Arlington, where her father worked with the Army Materiel Command before becoming a contractor for The Pentagon. Bullock has a younger sister, Gesine Bullock-Prado, who served as president of Bullock's production company Fortis Films.

For 12 years, Bullock was raised in Nuremberg, Germany and Vienna and Salzburg, Austria, and grew up speaking German. She had a Waldorf education in Nuremberg. As a child, while her mother went on European opera tours, Bullock usually stayed with her aunt Christl and cousin Susanne, the latter of whom later married politician Peter Ramsauer.

Sandra Bullock studied ballet and vocal arts as a child and frequently accompanied her mother, taking small parts in her opera productions. In Nuremberg, she sang in the opera's children's choir. Bullock has a scar above her left eye which was caused by a fall into a creek when she was a child.

While she maintains her American citizenship, Bullock applied for German citizenship in 2009.

Sandra Bullock attended Washington-Lee High School, where she was a cheerleader and performed in school theater productions. After graduating in 1982, she attended East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, North Carolina, where she received a BFA in Drama in 1987.

While at ECU, Sandra performed in multiple theater productions including Peter Pan and Three Sisters. She then moved to Manhattan, New York, where she supported herself as a bartender, cocktail waitress, and coat checker while auditioning for roles.

Favorite Quotes from Sandra Bullock

“Stop being scared of the unknown, because anything I worried about didn’t happen. Other stuff happened. The unknown, we can’t do anything about.” – Sandra Bullock
“I’ve been trying to find the word that says what I need to be in life. ‘Brave’ is the only word. It’s the only thing that I ask myself to be.” – Sandra Bullock
“I’ve made peace with the fact that the things that I thought were weaknesses or flaws were just me. I like them.” – Sandra Bullock
“There’s no race, no religion, no class system, no color – nothing – no sexual orientation, that makes us better than anyone else. We’re all deserving of love.” – Sandra Bullock

Career

While in New York, Bullock took acting classes with Sanford Meisner. She appeared in several student films, and later landed a role in an Off-Broadway play No Time Flat. Director Alan J. Levi was impressed by Bullock's performance and offered her a part in the made-for-television film Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989).

This led to her being cast in a series of small roles in several independent films as well as in the lead role of the short-lived NBC television version of the film Working Girl (1990). She went on to appear in several films, such as Love Potion No. 9 (1992), The Thing Called Love (1993) and Fire on the Amazon (1993), before rising to early prominence with her supporting role in the sci-fi action film Demolition Man (1993).

Bullock's big breakthrough came in 1994, when she played Annie Porter, a passenger eventually driving the bus in the smash-hit blockbuster Speed alongside Keanu Reeves. She was required to read for Speed to ensure that there was the right chemistry between her and Reeves.

She recalls that they had to do "all these really physical scenes together, rolling around on the floor and stuff." Speed received critical acclaim, with Rotten Tomatoes calling it a "terrific popcorn thriller [with] outstanding performances from Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, and Sandra Bullock". It grossed $350 million worldwide.

In the crime drama A Time to Kill (1996), Bullock portrayed a member of the defense team, in the trial for the murder of two men who raped a young girl, opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew McConaughey and Kevin Spacey.

She received an MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Breakthrough Performance. The film grossed $152 million around the world. Bullock subsequently received $11 million for the critically panned Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997), which she agreed to star in for financial backing for her next project, Hope Floats (1998).

She has stated that she regrets making the sequel. In Hope Floats she starred as an unassuming housewife whose life is disrupted when her husband (played by Michael Paré) reveals his infidelity to her on a talk show. While the film made $81.4 million, critic James Berardinelli remarked that her "undisputed strength lies in a blend of light drama and comedy".

Bullock took on the role of an FBI agent who must go undercover as a beauty pageant contestant in the comedy Miss Congeniality (2000). It was a financial success, grossing $212 million worldwide and earned Bullock another Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

Also in 2000 she played a newspaper columnist obliged to enter a rehabilitation program for alcoholism in the dramedy 28 Days; it was a moderate commercial success with a worldwide gross of $62.1 million. Bullock produced the romantic comedy Kate & Leopold, released in 2001, then starred in the psychological thriller Murder by Numbers (2002) as a seasoned homicide detective.

Roger Ebert awarded the film three stars out of a possible four, stating: "Bullock does a good job here of working against her natural likability, creating a character you'd like to like, and could like, if she weren't so sad, strange and turned in upon herself."

Bullock teamed up with Hugh Grant for the romantic comedy Two Weeks Notice (2002) in which she starred as a lawyer who walks out on her boss. Liz Braun, of Jam! Movies, found Bullock and Grant to be "perfectly paired", stating: "The script allows the two actors to be at their comedic best, even though the film as a whole is amateurish in many ways".

Two Weeks Notice made $199 million globally. She was presented with the Raul Julia Award for Excellence in 2002 for helping expand career openings for Hispanic talent in the media and entertainment industry as the executive producer of the sitcom George Lopez (2002–2007). She also made several appearances on the show as Accident Amy, an accident-prone employee at the factory Lopez's character manages.

In 2005 she received a $17.5 million salary for Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous and was a co-recipient of the Women in Film Crystal Award. In the romantic drama The Lake House (2006), Bullock reunited with Keanu Reeves although their characters were separated throughout the film; they were only on set together for two weeks during filming.

The film had a negative critical response but grossed $114.8 million. In 2006, Bullock played Harper Lee in Infamous, a drama based on George Plimpton's 1997 book, Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances, and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career.

Bullock headlined the supernatural thriller Premonition (2007) as a housewife who experiences the days surrounding her husband's death in non-chronological order. Despite negative reviews, several critics, including Rex Reed, commended Bullock's performance and the film grossed $84.1 million around the globe.

In 2008, Bullock was announced as the face of the cosmetic brand Artistry.

Bullock had two record highs in 2009. The romantic comedy The Proposal, with Ryan Reynolds, grossed $317 million at the worldwide box office, making it her fourth-most successful picture to date. She received her third Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

The drama The Blind Side opened at number two behind New Moon with $34.2 million, making it her second-highest opening weekend ever. The Blind Side grossed over $309 million, making it her highest-grossing domestic film, her fourth-highest-grossing film worldwide, and the first one in history to pass the $200 million mark with only one top-billed female star.

Bullock had initially turned down the role of Leigh Anne Tuohy three times due to discomfort in portraying a devout Christian. She was awarded the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress. The Blind Side also received an Academy Award for Best Picture nomination.

Winning the Oscar also gave Bullock another unique distinction—since she won the Razzie Award for Worst Actress the prior night for her performance in All About Steve (2009)—she is the only actor in history to have been named both best and worst for the same year.

Following a two-year hiatus from the screen, Bullock starred alongside Tom Hanks as a widow of the September 11 attacks in the drama Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, a film adaptation based on the novel of the same name. Despite mixed reviews, the film was nominated for numerous awards including an Academy Award for Best Picture. Bullock was nominated for Best Actress Drama by Teen Choice Awards.

In 2013, Bullock starred alongside Melissa McCarthy in the comedy The Heat as an FBI Special Agent who, along with a city detective, must take down a mobster in Boston. It received positive reviews from critics, and took in $230 million at the worldwide box office.

Bullock played an astronaut stranded in space in the sci-fi thriller Gravity, opposite George Clooney, which premiered at the 70th Venice Film Festival and was released on October 4, 2013 to coincide with the beginning of World Space Week. Gravity received universal critical acclaim and a standing ovation in Venice.

Gravity grossed $716 million worldwide to become Bullock's second-most successful film. For her role as Dr. Ryan Stone, Bullock was nominated for the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress.

Bullock returned in an all-female spin-off of the Ocean's Eleven franchise, Ocean's 8 (2018) directed by Gary Ross. Bullock plays Debbie Ocean, the sister of Danny Ocean, who helps plan a sophisticated heist of the annual Met Gala in New York City. The film was a commercial success grossing $296.9 million globally.

Bullock played Malorie, a woman who must find a way to guide herself and her children to safety despite the potential threat from an unseen adversary, in the Netflix post-apocalyptic horror film Bird Box (2018), based on the novel of the same name. Bullock received universal acclaim for her performance.

Variety found her to be "wonderfully self-reliant" while TheWrap described her performance as "fascinating and terrifying to watch." Bullock's films have grossed over $5.3 billion worldwide and her total domestic gross stands at over $2.6 billion.