With a career spanning more than three decades, Don Cheadle stands out as one of the most acclaimed actors in the entertainment industry. He has gained global recognition for his performances in both television and film. However, since becoming a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as War Machine, fans have been curious about his net worth.
Upon graduating from the California Institute of the Arts, Cheadle ventured into acting, securing supporting roles in television series such as ‘Fame,’ ‘Hill Street Blues,’ ‘L.A. Law,’ ‘Night Court,’ and ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.’ He also appeared in the Vietnam War-era film ‘Hamburger Hill’ and the action movie ‘Colors.’
In the early 1990s, Don landed his first starring role in ‘The Golden Palace,’ a spinoff of ‘The Golden Girls,’ which aired for two seasons on CBS. His breakthrough in film came in 1995 when he starred alongside Denzel Washington in ‘Devil in a Blue Dress.’ This performance earned him critical acclaim, including Best Supporting Actor awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Society of Film Critics.
By the late 1990s and early 2000s, Cheadle became a prolific actor, appearing in various popular and critically acclaimed films. Notable works include Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Boogie Nights’ and Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Traffic’ and ‘Ocean’s Eleven.’ In 2004, his remarkable performance as activist Paul Rusesabagina in ‘Hotel Rwanda’ earned him nominations from the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and the Screen Actors Guild.
The same year, he co-produced and acted in the Academy Award-winning Best Picture, ‘Crash.’ In 2010, the actor began starring in the blockbuster Marvel franchises, including ‘Iron Man,’ ‘Avengers,’ and ‘Captain America.’ As James Rhodes/War Machine, he has appeared in seven Marvel films to date. His portrayal of this character has contributed significantly to his wealth.
Aside from his acting career, Cheadle has diversified his income streams over the years. He ventured into production and directing, making his directorial debut in 2015 with the biopic ‘Miles Ahead,’ in which he also co-wrote, co-produced, and starred as Miles Davis.
His involvement in the co-produced Showtime series, ‘House of Lies,’ which he also starred in, earned him a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series and an NAACP Image Award. From 2019 to 2021, Cheadle starred in and executive produced the series ‘Black Monday.’
As for now, Don’s net worth is estimated to be around $40 million. His wealth comes from his acting career, particularly his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as James Rhodes. However, his entry into production and directing, along with successful television projects, have impacted his net worth.