Dick Butkus Net Worth

Dick Butkus Net Worth 2024: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Richard Marvin Butkus net worth is
$8 Million

Richard Marvin Butkus Wiki Biography

Dick Butkus was born on the 9th December 1942, in Chicago, Illinois USA, and is a former professional American Football player who spent his entire career as a linebacker in the NFL team the Chicago Bears (1965-1973). One of the most intimidating players at the time, Butkus has been a Hall of Famer since 1979. Thanks to his skills, Butkus’ net worth significantly increased. His playing career started in 1965 and ended in 1973, after which he became a broadcaster and actor, among other interests.

Have you ever wondered how rich Dick Butkus is, as of mid-2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Dick Butkus’ net worth is as high as $8 million. After his career in football, Butkus appeared in several films which also added a lot to his wealth.

Dick Butkus Net Worth $8 Million

Richard Marvin “Dick” Butkus was a youngest of nine children of Lithuanian immigrants Emma, a laundry worker, and Don, an electrician. Butkus grew up in Chicago South Side and went to Chicago Vocational High School, and later studied at the University of Illinois from 1962 to 1965. He was one of the most valuable players in college and totalled 374 tackles in his college career.

The Chicago Bears drafted Butkus as the 3rd pick overall in the 1965 NFL Draft, and he never played for another team during his career. Butkus was selected eight times to the Pro Bowl (1965-1972), and six times into the First-team All-Pro (1965, 1967–1970, 1972). Dick was also twice an NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1969, 1970), and found his place in the NFL 1960s and 1970s All-Decade Teams.

Thanks to his great performance, his net worth increased by a large margin, as he received lucrative contracts from the Bears. Dubbed “The Most Feared Man in the Game”, Butkus had the best season of the career in 1970 recording 132 tackles, 84 assists, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Several severe knee injuries saw him finish his career aged 31, and the Chicago Bears retired his jersey No. 51. Dick ended his career with a total of 1,020 tackles, 23 interceptions, and 27 fumble recoveries.

After his playing days were over, Butkus became an actor and broadcaster. He made his debut in the film “The Longest Yard” (1974) starring Burt Reynolds, and continued his careerwith a role in “Cry, Onion!” (1975) with Franco Nero. The following year he featured in “Mother, Jugs & Speed”, with Bill Cosby, Raquel Welch, and Harvey Keitel, and a few years later he got the part in Jerry Lewis’ “Cracking Up” (1983), further increasing his net worth. Dick also had roles in “Johnny Dangerously” (1984) starring Michael Keaton, and in Oliver Stone’s “Any Given Sunday” (1999) with Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Jamie Foxx, James Woods, LL Cool J, and Matthew Modine. All contributed to is net worth.

Butkus appeared in several TV series, such as “Blue Thunder” (1984), “My Two Dads” (1987-1990), and “Hang Time” (1995-2000), which also added to his net worth. He worked as an analyst on “The NFL Today” pre-game show from 1988 to 1989 and also made a few commercials, including the one for FedEx in 2005.
Regarding his personal life, Dick Butkus has been married to Helen Essenberg since 1963; they met while studying at the University of Illinois, and they have three children together. He established The Butkus Foundation that includes The I Play Clean Campaign, The Butkus Award, and The Dick Butkus Center for Cardiovascular Wellness.

Full NameDick Butkus
Net Worth$8 Million
Date Of BirthDecember 9, 1942
Place Of BirthChicago, Illinois, USA
Height6' 3" (1.91 m)
ProfessionFormer American football linebacker, NFL Player, Actor, Broadcaster, TV personality, endorser
EducationUniversity of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Chicago Vocational High School
SpouseHelen Essenhart (m. 1963-)
ChildrenRichard M. Butkus Jr., Nikki Butkus, Matt Butkus
ParentsEmma Butkus, Don Butkus
AwardsChicago Tribune Silver Football-Big Ten's Most Valuable Player (1963), American Football Coaches Association Player of the Year (1964), Sporting News Player of the Year (1964), UPI College Lineman of the Year (1964), Consensus All-American (1963, 1964), Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy
NominationsPro Bowl (1965–1972), First-team All-Pro (1965, 1967–1970, 1972), Second-team All-Pro (1966, 1971), NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1969, 1970), NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
MoviesThe Longest Yard (1974,), Cry, Onion! (1975), Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976), Gus (1976), Superdome (1978), Cracking Up (1983), Johnny Dangerously (1984), Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1986), The Stepford Children (1987), Spontaneous Combustion (1990)
TV ShowsThe NFL Today (1988), Blue Thunder, My Two Dads, Hang Time
1Appeared in a commercial for "FedEx Express". [2009]
2Inducted into the ESPN Chicago Hall of Fame in 2011 (inaugural class) with Michael Jordan, Walter Payton, Ernie Banks, and Mike Ditka.
3Father of Richard M. Butkus Jr..
4Center/linebacker for the University of Illinois football team, 1962-1964.
5Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983.
6Mentioned in the Sublime song "Same in the End".
7Since 1985 the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando, Florida has presented the annual Dick Butkus Award to the top linebacker in college football.
8Was frequently paired up with Bubba Smith in Miller Lite commercials. Also worked with Smith in the Blue Thunder (1984) TV series.
9Is of Lithuanian descent.
10Uniform number 51 retired by the Bears.
11Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.
12Considered to be the meanest linebacker ever to play football.
13Was a first-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears, with whom he spent nine years as a linebacker (1965-1973) and appeared in eight straight Pro Bowls (1965-1972).
14Has two sons and a daughter


Teddy Bears' Picnic2002Dick Butkus
Hang Time1998-2000TV SeriesCoach Mike Katowinski
Malibu, CA2000TV SeriesUncle Charlie
Any Given Sunday1999Opposing Coach - Game 3
Burke's Law1994TV Series
Let's Kill All the Lawyers1992The Turnkey
MacGyver1990-1991TV SeriesEarl Dent
Necessary Roughness1991Convict Football Player
Gremlins 2: The New Batch1990Dick Butkus
Spontaneous Combustion1990Lt. General
My Two Dads1987-1989TV SeriesEd Klawicki
Crash Course1988TV MovieEd Konner
Growing Pains1988TV SeriesRobert
Matlock1987TV SeriesVic Garrett / The Annihilator
The Stepford Children1987TV MovieTom Wilcox
Time Out for Dad1987TV MovieDick Kowalski
Night Court1986TV SeriesStanley
Blacke's Magic1986TV SeriesRuston
Hamburger: The Motion Picture1986Drootin
Half Nelson1985TV SeriesBeau
Murder, She Wrote1985TV SeriesTank Mason
The Star Games1985TV SeriesReferee
Johnny Dangerously1984Arthur
The Love Boat1984TV SeriesErnie Jordan
Blue Thunder1984TV SeriesRichard 'Ski' Butowski
Cracking Up1983Anti-Smoking Enforcer
Simon & Simon1982TV SeriesJoe Blake
The Greatest American Hero1982TV SeriesCoach Andrews
Matt Houston1982TV SeriesCrusher Kawalski
Cass Malloy1982TV MovieOfficer Alvin Dimsky
Deadly Games1982Joe Adams
Magnum, P.I.1982TV SeriesClarence / Dumbo
Vega$1981TV SeriesVinnie Trancas
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow1980TV MovieBrom Bones
Fantasy Island1978-1980TV SeriesDerrick Haskell / Moose Maloney
Taxi1979TV SeriesParty Guy
Wonder Woman1979TV SeriesNeil
Superdome1978TV MovieScott Hennerson
Gus1976Rob Cargil
Mother, Jugs & Speed1976Rodeo
Rich Man, Poor Man1976TV Mini-SeriesAl Fanducci
The Rockford Files1976TV SeriesDick Butkus
Petrocelli1975TV SeriesBill Eberly
Joe Forrester1975TV Series
The Six Million Dollar Man1975TV SeriesBobby Laport
Bronk1975TV SeriesRoman Manescu
Police Story1975TV SeriesSelig / Sullivan
Cipolla Colt1975Jeff
A Matter of Wife... and Death1975TV MovieHeavy
McMillan & Wife1974TV SeriesCoach
Emergency!1974TV SeriesDave 'The Animal'
Brian's Song1971TV MovieDick Butkus (uncredited)


A Football Life2014-2016TV SeriesHimself
I Didn't Do It2014TV SeriesHimself
Mike & Mike2012-2013TV SeriesHimself - Pro Football Hall of Famer
The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet2009TV SeriesHimself
Memorial Stadium: True Illini Spirit2008DocumentaryHimself
Deal or No Deal2007TV SeriesHimself - Supporter
American Chopper: The Series2007TV SeriesHimself
The Bernie Mac Show2006TV SeriesHimself
Bound for Glory2005TV SeriesHead Varsity Football Coach
ESPN SportsCentury2000-2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Inside Schwartz2001TV SeriesHimself
WWE Raw2001TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Audience Member
X.F.L.2001TV SeriesHimself
Early Edition1997TV SeriesHimself
Coach1992-1997TV SeriesHimself
Chicago Sons1997TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Grace1996TV SeriesHimself
Wheel of Fortune1993TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
Saturday Night Live1992TV SeriesHimself
The Last Boy Scout1991Himself
Bob Hope & Friends: Making New Memories1991TV SpecialHimself
Kate & Allie1988TV SeriesHimself
The NFL Today1988TV SeriesHimself - Studio Analyst
The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards1988TV Special documentaryHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Comedy
The New Hollywood Squares1986TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
WrestleMania 21986TV SpecialHimself
All Star Blitz1985TV SeriesHimself
Rodney Dangerfield: Exposed1985TV MovieHimself
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Joe Namath1979TV SpecialHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1975TV SeriesHimself - Pro Football Player
The Dean Martin Show1974TV SeriesHimself
NFL Monday Night Football1971-1972TV SeriesHimself - Chicago Bears Linebacker
The NFL on NBC1971TV SeriesHimself - Chicago Bears Linebacker
1971 NFL Pro Bowl1971TV SpecialHimself - NFC Linebacker
The NFL on CBS1966-1970TV SeriesHimself - Chicago Bears Linebacker
1964 Rose Bowl1964TV MovieHimself - Illinois Fighting Illini Linebacker

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Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1977TV SeriesRob Cargil

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