Cary Fukunaga Net Worth

Cary Fukunaga Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Cary Fukunaga net worth is
$2 Million

Cary Fukunaga Wiki Biography

Cari Joji Fukunuga, born on the 10th of July, 1977, is an American writer, director and cinematographer who gained fame through his films “Sin Nombre” and “Jane Eyre”, and also in the HBO television series “True Detective”.

So how much is Fukunuga’s net worth? As of late 2017, based on authoritative sources it is reported to be over $2 million, acquired from his years working in the film and television industry which began in the early 2000s.

Cary Fukunaga Net Worth $2 Million

Born in Almeda, California, Fukunuga is the son of Anthony Shuzo and Gretchen May Grufman. His father was of Japanese-American descent, and later worked at the University of California, Berkley. His mother on the other hand is of Swedish-American descent, who worked as a history college instructor and also a university assistant professor. She was originally a dental hygienist.

During his younger years, Fukunuga planned to be a professional snow boarder, but later decided that he wanted a career in film. He attended the University of California, Santa Cruz graduating with a degree in history, an interest he got from his mother. He also attended Institut d’études politiques (IEP) de Grenoble, and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program.

Fukunuga broke into the film industry while he was still in NYU – his short film “Victoria Para Chino” which he wrote and directed in 2004, aired at the Sundance Film Festival, and received a Student Academy Award, and received various accolades including Best Student Film award at the Ashland Independent Film Festival in 2006, Best Short Film and an Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Gen Art Film Festival in 2005, and a BAFTA/LA Award for Excellence-Honorable Mention award at the Aspen Shortfest in 2005 to name a few.

After the success of “Victoria Para Chino”, he also made other short films including “Kofi” and a segment in the film “Chinatown Film Project”. His early years as a writer and director helped set up his career and also his net worth.

In 2009, Fukunuga made his first feature film entitled “Sin Nombre”, which he wrote and directed, and again received numerous awards and positive reviews – the film about a Honduran teen who’s looking for a better life received accolades including Best Foreign Film award at the Austin Film Critics Association and the Florida Film Critics Circle Award, to name a few. Fukunuga himself also received awards including a New Director’s Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and a Directing award at the Sundance Film Festival both in 2009.

Another film that Fukunuga made which received a lot of praise is “Jane Eyre” starring Judi Dench and Michael Fassbender, recognized at the Academy Awards for its costume design, and multiple recognitions in various other award-giving bodies. The success of his films also helped tremendously with his wealth.

Aside from his thriving career in film, Fukunuga also made his mark in television with the HBO series “True Detective” – he directed all of the episodes during the show’s first season that earned him Outstanding Director at the Primetime Emmy Awards.

Fukunuga may be more known as writer/director, but has also done plenty of work behind the camera, working as a cinematographer on the films “Handmade”, “Sikumi”, and “Team Queen” to name a few. He also worked as a camera operator in the movie “Glory at Sea” and as a gaffer in the short film “Just Make Believe”. His various roles behind the camera have also helped his career and net worth.

Today, Fukunuga is still active in creating movies – he recently directed and wrote the movie “Beasts of No Nation” starring Idris Elba, and will also be working in the series “Maniac” which will be released on Netflix.

In terms of his personal life, Fukunuga is apparently still single – there aren’t even any rumours of romantic liaisons.

Full NameCary Fukunaga
Net Worth$2 Million
Date Of BirthJuly 10, 1977
Place Of BirthAlameda, California, California, United States
ProfessionCinematographer, Director, Producer, Screenwriter
EducationUniversity of California, Santa Cruz, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Institut d'études politiques (IEP) de Grenoble
ParentsAnthony Shuzo, Gretchen May Grufman
SiblingsJeremy Fukunaga
NicknamesCary Jôji Fukunaga , Cary Joji Fukunaga
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (2014), British Academy Television International Award (2015), Sundance Film Festival Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic (2009), Nigeria Entertainment Award for Best Picture (2016), Audience Award for Best Narrative Student Short film (20...
NominationsIndependent Spirit Awards, Golden Lion (2015), Directors Guild of America Award, Best Screenplay Award, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing, Critics' Choice Movie Award
MoviesIt (2017), Beasts of No Nation (2015), Sin Nombre (2009), Jane Eyre (2011), Victoria para Chino (2004), Kofi (2008), Sleepwalking in the Rift (2012), Chinatown Film Project (2009), Victoria Para Chino (2004)
TV ShowsManiac (2018), The Alienist (2017), True Detective (HBO series, 2014), Death of Two Sons (2006, documentary), Lockdown, USA (2006, documentary)
1Long Tracking Shots
2Films often feature a child dying or loss of innocence
1Member of the 'Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' (AMPAS) since 2016.
2In addition to English, he is fluent in French and Spanish.
3Cary's father is from a Japanese family, and was born in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II. Cary's maternal grandfather was of Swedish descent, and Cary's maternal grandmother's ancestry is English and German.


Thumper2017executive producer completed
Maniac2017TV Series executive producer - 2 episodes pre-production
The Alienist2017TV Series executive producer - 2 episodes pre-production
Little Boxes2016executive producer
Beasts of No Nation2015producer
True Detective2014-2015TV Series executive producer - 16 episodes
On the Ice2011executive producer
Victoria para chino2004Short executive producer
Kofi2003Short executive producer


Maniac2017-2018TV Series 3 episodes pre-production
Beasts of No Nation2015
True Detective2014TV Series 8 episodes
Sleepwalking in the Rift2012Short
Jane Eyre2011
Chinatown Film Project2009
Sin Nombre2009as Cary Jôji Fukunaga
Victoria para chino2004Short


Handmade2013Documentary short
Chinatown Film Project2009
Team Queen2007Short as Cary Fukunaga
Death of Two Sons2006Documentary as Cary Fukunaga
Clear Water2005Short as Cary Fukunaga
White2005Short as Cary Fukunaga
Kinnaq Nigaqtuqtuaq2005Short as Cary Fukunaga
Two Men2005Short as Cary Fukunaga
Llamada de apareamiento2004Short as Cary Fukunaga
The Adventures of Supernigger: Episode I - The Final Chapter2004Short as Cary Fukunaga
Beasts of No Nation2015


It2017screenplay post-production
Maniac2017TV Series pre-production
The Alienist2017TV Series 1 episode pre-production
Beasts of No Nation2015screenplay
Chinatown Film Project2009writer
Sin Nombre2009written by
Victoria para chino2004Short
Kofi2003Short writer

Camera Department

Glory at Sea2008Short camera operator - as Cary Fukunaga
Just Make Believe2008Short gaffer - as Cary Fukunaga
Small Steps: Creating the High School for Contemporary Arts2007TV Movie documentary additional cinematographer - as Cary Fukunaga
Lockdown, USA2006Documentary additional photography - as Cary Fukunaga
Autumn's Eyes2006Documentary additional camera - as Cary Fukunaga
Mango Kiss2004grip - as Cary Fukunaga
Dock2004Short assistant camera - as Cary Fukunaga
Black Cadillac2003additional film loader - as Cary Fukunaga




The Whistleblower2010special thanks


Last Call with Carson Daly2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Made in Hollywood2011-2015TV SeriesHimself
On Story2015TV SeriesHimself
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Making True Detective2013TV Movie documentaryHimself - Executive Producer / Director (as Cary Fukunaga)
The 84th Annual Academy Awards2012TV SpecialHimself (as Cary Fukunaga)
Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition2012TV SeriesHimself
Cinema 32011TV SeriesHimself
Días de cine2009-2011TV SeriesHimself
BBC Look North: Yorkshire and North Midlands2011TV SeriesHimself
Breakfast2011TV SeriesHimself - Director
Stockholms 20th International Film Festival2009TV MovieHimself (as Cary Fukunaga)
The Fabulous Picture Show2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest

Won Awards

2016Cinema for Peace AwardCinema for Peace AwardsMost Valuable Movie of the YearBeasts of No Nation (2015)
2015Capri Director AwardCapri, HollywoodBeasts of No Nation (2015)
2015Ghana Movie AwardGhana Movie AwardsBest DirectorBeasts of No Nation (2015)
2015Ghana Movie AwardGhana Movie AwardsBest CinematographyBeasts of No Nation (2015)
2015CICT-UNESCO Enrico Fulchignoni AwardVenice Film FestivalBeasts of No Nation (2015)
2014Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Directing for a Drama SeriesTrue Detective (2014)
2010Premio ACEPremios ACECinema - Best First WorkSin nombre (2009)
2009Austin Film Critics AwardAustin Film Critics AssociationBest Foreign Language FilmSin nombre (2009)
2009Jury Special PrizeDeauville Film FestivalSin nombre (2009)
2009New Director's AwardEdinburgh International Film FestivalSin nombre (2009)
2009Best Directorial DebutStockholm Film FestivalSin nombre (2009)
2009FIPRESCI PrizeStockholm Film FestivalSin nombre (2009)
2009Directing AwardSundance Film FestivalDramaticSin nombre (2009)
2006Ashland Independent Film AwardAshland Independent Film FestivalBest Student FilmVictoria para chino (2004)
2005BAFTA/LA Award for Excellence - Honorable MentionAspen ShortsfestVictoria para chino (2004)
2005Jury AwardAspen ShortsfestBest Student FilmVictoria para chino (2004)
2005Jury PrizeBendFilm FestivalBest Student FilmVictoria para chino (2004)
2005Audience AwardGen Art Film FestivalBest ShortVictoria para chino (2004)
2005Best Short FilmGen Art Film FestivalVictoria para chino (2004)
2005Best ShortMilano International Film Festival Awards (MIFF Awards)Victoria para chino (2004)
2005Best College ShortNashville Film FestivalVictoria para chino (2004)
2005Silver MedalStudent Academy Awards, USANarrativeVictoria para chino (2004)
2005Short Filmmaking Award - Honorable MentionSundance Film FestivalVictoria para chino (2004)
2004Audience AwardAustin Film FestivalBest Narrative Student ShortVictoria para chino (2004)
2004Jury PrizeWoodstock Film FestivalBest Student ShortVictoria para chino (2004)

Nominated Awards

2016Spotlight AwardAmerican Society of Cinematographers, USABeasts of No Nation (2015)
2016Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Motion PictureBeasts of No Nation (2015)
2016Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest FeatureBeasts of No Nation (2015)
2016Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest CinematographyBeasts of No Nation (2015)
2016Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest DirectorBeasts of No Nation (2015)
2015DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic SeriesTrue Detective (2014)
2015Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Directing in a Drama SeriesTrue Detective (2014)
2015Best FilmLondon Film FestivalOfficial CompetitionBeasts of No Nation (2015)
2015PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, DramaTrue Detective (2014)
2015SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest CinematographyBeasts of No Nation (2015)
2015Golden LionVenice Film FestivalBeasts of No Nation (2015)
2015Green Drop AwardVenice Film FestivalBeasts of No Nation (2015)
2014Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesTrue Detective (2014)
2014OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Direction in a Drama SeriesTrue Detective (2014)
2012GoyaGoya AwardsBest European Film (Mejor Película Europea)Jane Eyre (2011)
2010Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest DirectorSin nombre (2009)
2009EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Non-English Language FilmSin nombre (2009)
2009CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsMost Promising FilmmakerSin nombre (2009)
2009Grand Special PrizeDeauville Film FestivalSin nombre (2009)
2009Bronze HorseStockholm Film FestivalSin nombre (2009)
2009Grand Jury PrizeSundance Film FestivalDramaticSin nombre (2009)
2009Golden EyeZurich Film FestivalBest International Feature FilmSin nombre (2009)

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