Judd Nelson Net Worth

Judd Nelson Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

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Judd Asher Nelson was born on 28 November 1959, in Portland, Maine USA, into an Ashkenazi-Jewish family (from Russia, Lithuania, Romania and Poland), and is an actor, producer and screenwriter. Judd Nelson came to prominence by playing the role of John Bender in “The Breakfast Club”. He has also starred in “St. Elmo‘s Fire”, “Fandango” among many other movies. Moreover, Nelson is a voice actor in animated films, such as “The Transformers: the Movie”. However, he has mostly gained popularity by playing anti-heroes or bad guys.

So how rich is Judd Nelson? Sources declare that his net worth is estimated to be over $8 million, which considerable wealth Judd has accumulated from appearing in abundant movies and TV series during a career spanning more than 30 years in the film and TV industry.

Judd Nelson Net Worth $8 Million

Judd’ father, Leonard Nelson was a corporate lawyer and his mother, Merle (Royte) Nelson was an attorney and state assemblywoman. The actor attended St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, then Waynflete School in Portland, Maine. After that, he studied at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. However, after two years Nelson left college and moved to New York to study acting in the Stella Adler Conservatory.

Judd Nelson started his acting career by starring in “Making the Grade” in 1984. One year later he was cast in probably the most important role of his life in “The Breakfast Club” and became recognized. Later on, he appeared in many different movies, for example, the historical drama “Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes”, comedy “Airheads” and psychological thriller “Flinch”. The actor performed splendidly in the TV miniseries “Billionaire Boys Club”, a thriller based on true events, with his portrayal earning him a Golden Globe Award nomination. The actor was also nominated for Maverick Movie Award, Razzie Award and won MTV Music Award. Further, he extended his arty attempts and appeared not only as an actor, but also wrote and produced the thriller “Every Breath”. All these appearances gave a significant boost to Judd’s net worth.

Nelson had made his television debut with “Moonlight” in 1986, in which he played the role of a police officer – followed by “Billionaire Boys Club” – then in 1996 the actor was cast in an important role in the television sitcom “Suddenly Susan”, which lasted for four seasons and became very successful. Later on, Judd featured in other television series, like “CSI: NY”, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Las Vegas”, and “Two and a Half Men”. Besides, Nelson played a main role in the final season of the TV series Nikita. Additionally, Judd Nelson has contributed his voice to characters from animated movies, such as “Ben 10”, “Family Guy” and “Phineas & Ferb”. Of course, Judd’s net worth rose consistently through these performances.

Judd’s popularity can be judged by the fact that he has so far appeared in almost 70 films, and nearly 20 TV films and series, and shows no sign of retiring anytime soon. Despite being underrated by critics for some appearances in poorly-written movies and series, his portrayal of John Bender from “The Breakfast Club” not only made him a star, but also inspired Matt Groening to create the fictional character of Nelson Muntz in the animated TV series The Simpsons.

Judd is also the author of four books: The Power of Speech, Nine of Diamonds, The Gig and Water Music, which have also contributed somewhat to his net worth.

In his personal life, Judd Nelson has never married but he was in a relationship with and temporarily engaged to the popular actress Shannen Doherty. He currently lives in Los Angeles, and enjoys playing golf, reading, writing and riding this motorbike.

Full NameJudd Nelson
Net Worth$8 million dollars
Date Of BirthNovember 28, 1959
Height1.78 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film producer, Actor
EducationWaynflete School, Haverford College, St. Paul's School
ParentsMerle Nelson, Leonard Nelson
SiblingsJulie Nelson, Eve Nelson
AwardsMTV Movie Silver Bucket of Excellence Award
MoviesThe Breakfast Club, St. Elmo's Fire, Making the Grade, New Jack City, From the Hip, Blue City, Bad Kids Go to Hell, The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, The Transformers: The Movie, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, The Dark Backward, Cabin by the Lake, Airheads, Cancel Christmas, Dark Asylum, Rele...
TV ShowsHometime, Transformers: Animated, Suddenly Susan
1My first paid acting job was a movie called Fandango (1985). It also starred Kevin Costner.
2The movie that's had the most effect on me is Jaws (1975). To this day when I'm in the ocean, I'm hearing that music.
3I don't have any blindness when it comes to my money. As an actor, you can get distracted by your work. I do keep an eye on my nest egg, if you will.
4It's still a bottom-line business. You can be out of control, and if they want you, they'll pick you. And you can be a mensch, and if you're not the product they want, you won't get it.
5I have adopted clothes from all the projects I'm in. It's really been a while since I've bought anything myself.
6I took all the philosophy courses I could.
7I'm involved with Recording Artists and Actors Against Drunk Driving. I'm also involved with most children's causes, because children can't help the environment they're in.
8Almost anything makes me laugh, especially jokes at my own expense. And I will never, ever admit to being ticklish anywhere.
9I like the way the old Toyotas look.
10It's great to work with people that you like, any job, no matter what you do.
11A fancy watch, it's completely unnecessary. I just need a watch to tell the right time.
12All of the directors I've worked with I have loved and would work with again. I have no favorites.
13Death is not my best subject.
14I don't know if it matters what country you're from, size of the city you're from, urban or rural, there are people that are hurting each other everywhere.
15Ice-T was just a pleasure to work with. He was a smart gentleman.
16It's very easy to confuse Sean Connery with James Bond. Sometimes in the entertainment industry, people believe the cake is more real than the baker.
17I always thought that the badge a cop has was more like the shield that Captain America has. It's an obvious sign of good and something you'll protect other people with, but it will also protect you.
18My closest friend is canine. I have precious few close friends, and most of them are not actors.
19I like being a villain. Villains are more exciting.
20I just couldn't go back to Suddenly Susan (1996) after David Strickland's suicide. I didn't see how we could make the show light and funny any more.
21I like every single actor or actress in the world, because we never know what the conditions are like when they are working. I give everyone the benefit of the doubt and root for them like a psychotic sports fan.
22I am very grateful to make my living doing what I would do for free.
23I went to acting school in New York City for two years. I studied with Stella Adler.
24Catcher in the Rye had a profound impact on me-the idea that we all have lots of dreams that are slowly being chipped away as we grow up.
25While they would have provided financial support if I had needed it, the greatest support my parents gave was emotional, psychological.
26Heroes always make the right decision; I find that seldom happens in my life.
27Young alienation, disappointment and heartache is all a part of the first real growing up that we do.
28My first love is acting on stage. A sitcom is a hybrid of stage and film.
29I put less stock in others' opinions than my own. No one else's opinions could derail me.
30I love the rehearsal process in the theatre, and the visceral sense of contact and communication with a live audience.
31With failure, you just try again.
32You can be knocked down, but it doesn't mean you're out.
33When I was in college, all the pretty women were in the theatre, so I auditioned for a play.
34It is a career of make-believe, of masks. We all have masks in life.
35I find it very difficult to relax. I find it increasingly difficult to find outlets for my frustration.
36Remember to be as smart as you are.
37As a kid I had a crush on Sophia Loren and Raquel Welch.
38My Brat Pack buddies and I didn't exactly handle celebrity very well. Success at an early age is far more difficult to handle than failure.
39I think that there's room for everyone. I don't think that if one person succeeds then another must fail. That's lunacy. I'm not sure what the reasons are for my philosophy, maybe it's the fact that if there are ten people doing the same job, we all know how we feel and what our high points and low points are.
1He is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family (from Russia, Poland, Romania, and Lithuania).
2Loves to write.
3Loves to play golf, read and ride his motorbike.
4His manager is Steven Siebert.
5Has two younger sisters, Eve and Julie.
6HAD a Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Talluah Bighead (deceased).
7Favorite baseball team is the Boston Red Sox.
8Currently resides in Los Angeles. [2006]
9When he left Suddenly Susan (1996), he was replaced by his The Transformers: The Movie (1986) castmate Eric Idle.
10Was once engaged to Shannen Doherty.
11Was one of the nine original members of the 1980s "brat pack", along with Andrew McCarthy, Mare Winningham, Anthony Michael Hall, Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez and Ally Sheedy
12He appeared in John Parr's "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" music video.
13Attended the prestigious Haverford College in Pennsylvania.


Madness in the Method2017post-productionMiscreant
Billionaire Boys Club2017post-productionRyan Hunt
Julie Loves to GambleannouncedJimmy Jones
The Downside of Bliss2017Doug
From Straight A's to XXX2017TV MovieDon
Kreep2016/IWhitman Thaw
Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story2016Sid
Dirty Politics2016Billy
The Bandit Hound2016Manny
This Is Happening2015Steven
Empire2015TV SeriesBilly Beretti
When Duty Calls2015TV MovieGary Lawton
Ben 10: Omniverse2013-2014TV SeriesEon Ben 10,000 Atomix X
Heartbreakers2014TV Mini-Series
Private Number2014Sheriff Stance
Road to the Open2014Anger Management Therapist
Bigfoot Wars2014Dr. Leonard Evans
Haunting of the Innocent2014Mr. Franklin
Nikita2013TV SeriesRonald Peller
Kristin's Christmas Past2013TV MovieGlen
Nurse 3D2013Dr. Robert Morris
Down and Dangerous2013Charles
The Neighbors2013TV SeriesJim
Just 45 Minutes from Broadway2012Jimmy D'Angelo
Bad Kids Go to Hell2012Headmaster Nash
Gotten2012Video shortTeacher / John
The Spin Room: Super Tuesday2012Short
Grizzly Flats2011Sheriff Donnelly
Mayor Cupcake2011Donald Maroni
The Story Beyond the Still2011ShortDr. Alderwood
Cancel Christmas2010TV MovieSanta Claus / Kris Frost
Two and a Half Men2010TV SeriesChris Makelroy Chris Mackelroy
Endure2010Emory Lane
The Terror Experiment2010Agent Wilson
Psych2010TV SeriesDr. Steven Reidman
Here & Now2010Zander
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day2009Concezio Yakavetta
Phineas and Ferb2009TV SeriesThe Guru
Little Hercules in 3-D2009Kevin
Transformers: Animated2009TV SeriesRodimus Prime
The Day the Earth Stopped2008VideoCharlie
Eleventh Hour2008TV SeriesDr. Bruce Nesic
A Single Woman2008Jewish Reporter
Infected2008TV MovieMalcolm Burgess
The Caretaker2008/IElla's Dad
Crenshaw Nights2008ShortJared Greene
The Kidnapping2007TV MovieGlen
Family Guy2007TV SeriesJohn Bender
Nevermore2007Jonathan Usher
Netherbeast Incorporated2007Steven P.D. Landry
CSI: NY2007TV SeriesCigarette Company Executive
Las Vegas2007TV SeriesOllie
Sideliners2006TV MovieMichael McNamara
The Black Hole2006TV MovieEric
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2006TV SeriesMick Sheridan
TV: The Movie2006Fear Factor Host / Judd
Three Wise Guys2005TV MovieGeorge
The Lost Angel2005Father Brian
Lethal Eviction2005Shep
The Freediver2004Ziad
White Rush2003Brian Nathanson
Cybermutt2003TV MovieAlex
Santa, Jr.2002TV MovieDarryl Bedford
Deceived2002VideoJack Jones
Strange Frequency2001TV SeriesMartin Potter
Lost Voyage2001TV MovieAaron Roberts
The Cure for Boredom2001Max
Dark Asylum2001Quitz
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back2001Sheriff
Return to Cabin by the Lake2001TV MovieStanley Caldwell
Falcon Down2001Harold Peters
Strange Frequency2001TV MovieMartin Potter (segment "More Than a Feeling")
Endsville2000Rufus The Buck-Toothed Sluggard
The Wonderful World of Disney2000TV SeriesJack Hulka
The Outer Limits2000TV SeriesHarry Longworth
The Spiral Staircase2000TV MoviePhillip
Cabin by the Lake2000TV MovieStanley
Light It Up1999Ken Knowles
Mr. Rock 'n' Roll: The Alan Freed Story1999TV MovieAlan Freed
Suddenly Susan1996-1999TV SeriesJack Richmond
Sin City Spectacular1998TV Series
Steel1997Nathaniel Burke
For a Few Lousy Dollars1995Hitman (as Midnight Rambler)
Blackwater Trail1995Matt
Circumstances Unknown1995TV MoviePaul Kinsey
Flinch1994VideoHarry Mirapolsky
Airheads1994Jimmie Wing
Blindfold: Acts of Obsession1994TV MovieDr. Jennings
Hail Caesar1994Prisoner One
Every Breath1994Jimmy
Caroline at Midnight1994Phil Gallo
Conflict of Interest1993Gideon
Primary Motive1992Andrew Blumenthal
Tales from the Crypt1992TV SeriesGaston
The Dark Backward1991Marty Malt
New Jack City1991Nick Peretti
Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes1990TV MoviePete Dunham
Relentless1989Arthur 'Buck' Taylor
Never on Tuesday1989Motorcycle cop (uncredited)
Billionaire Boys Club1987TV MovieJoe Hunt
From the Hip1987Robin 'Stormy' Weathers
Shattered If Your Kid's on Drugs1986TV Movie
The Transformers: The Movie1986Hot Rod Rodimus Prime (voice)
Moonlighting1986TV SeriesPoliceman
Blue City1986Billy Turner
St. Elmo's Fire1985Alec Newbary
The Breakfast Club1985John Bender
Fandango1985Phil Hicks
John Parr: St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)1985Video shortAlec Newbary
Making the Grade1984Eddie Keaton
Rock 'n' Roll Hotel1983Johnny


The Spin Room: Super Tuesday2012Short
Every Breath1994written by


White Rush2003associate producer


Equal Means Equal2016Documentary special thanks


Cojot2017Documentary post-productionNarrator
The Making of Private Number2015Video documentaryHimself
The View2015TV SeriesHimself
The Greatest 80s Movies2014TV Movie documentaryHimself / Alec / John Bender
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Behind the Scenes of Gotten2012Documentary shortHimself
Gylne tider2010TV Series documentaryHimself / John Bender
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - John Hughes Tribute
Don't You Forget About Me2009Video documentaryHimself
Teen spirit: Les ados à Hollywood2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sincerely Yours2008Video documentaryHimself
Blump's Squeezable Documentary2007Video documentary shortHimself
The States2007TV Series documentaryHimself (Maine)
Road to 'New Jack City'2005Video documentary shortHimself
Poorman's Bikini Beach2005TV SeriesHimself
Oh, What a Lovely Tea Party2004DocumentaryHimself
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Politically Incorrect2000TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1997-1999TV SeriesHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997-1999TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn1999TV SeriesHimself
The 13th Annual Genesis Awards1999TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Hollywood Squares1998TV SeriesHimself
1998 ALMA Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
Unmasked: Exposing the Secrets of Deception1998TV MovieHimself - Host
The Daily Show1997TV SeriesHimself
Harley-Davidson: The American Motorcycle1993DocumentaryHimself
The Howard Stern Show1991TV SeriesHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989-1991TV SeriesHimself
Far Out Man1990Himself
Funny, You Don't Look 200: A Constitutional Vaudeville1987TV Movie documentaryVietnam Soldier
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam1987TV Movie documentary voice

Archive Footage

Mes Chers Contemporain2016TV SeriesHimself
Welcome to the Basement2015TV SeriesRobin 'Stormy' Weathers
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHimself
The Inside Track: The Rise of Empire2015TV MovieBilly Beretti
Biography2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Survivor2001TV SeriesHimself

Won Awards

2005Silver Bucket of Excellence AwardMTV Movie AwardsThe Breakfast Club (1985)

Nominated Awards

2013Maverick Movie AwardMaverick Movie AwardsBest Supporting Actor: FeatureDown and Dangerous (2013)
1988Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionBillionaire Boys Club (1987)
1988Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActorFrom the Hip (1987)
1987Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActorBlue City (1986)

Known for movies

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