Louis Zamperini Net Worth

Louis Zamperini Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Louis Silvie Zamperini net worth is
$1 Million

Louis Silvie Zamperini Wiki Biography

Louis Silvie Zamperini was born on the 26th January 1917, in Olean, New York State USA, of Italian origin, and was an Olympic athlete, and a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II.. In 2008, Zamperini was inducted into the National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame. His life was presented in the book of Laura Hillenbrand (2010) which was adapted in the film “Invincible” (2014) directed by Angelina Jolie. He passed away the same year.

How much was the net worth of Louis Zamperini? It has been estimated by authoritative sources, that the overall size of his wealth was $1 million, converted to the present day.

Louis Zamperini Net Worth $1 Million

To begin with, the boy was raised by his parents Anthony Zamperini and Louise Dossi, with three siblings. While studying at school Louis was a target for bullies, his father therefore taught him boxing so he could defend himself, and soon, he was able to do battle with anyone. His older brother took him to the school’s athletic team, and in 1934, he set a high school world record at the CIF California State Meet of the California Interscholastic Federation trials, running a mile (1.609 km) in 4:21.20 min, a record broken only after 20 years. A week later he ran the mile in a time of 4:27.8 min and won the championship, which earned him a scholarship at the University of Southern California. In 1936, he was called to the athletics team of the US, but didn’t qualify for the 1500 metres, so actually participated at the Olympic Summer Games in Berlin in 1936 in the 5000 meter run – Zamperini was the youngest participant and the youngest ever for the US. He finished 8th, but he finished his last lap impressively quickly, which attracted the attention of Adolf Hitler who later congratulated Zamperini personally on his run. In 1938, Zamperini set up a national collegiate sports record (a mile in 4:12 min.), which earned him the nickname of the Torrance Tornado.

In 1941, Zamperini joined the US Army Air Force, and after his promotion to the Second Lieutenant, he was transferred to Hawaii where he participated in numerous assignments. As a result of a mechanical malfunction his plane crashed, thus Zamperini and two other survivors were able to save themselves in a boat. On the 47th day, Zamperini and the other survivor, pilot Russell Allen Phillips, reached the Marshall Islands, where they were captured directly by the Japanese, and remained a prisoner until the end of the war. In 1945, it was announced that Zamperini was still alive and he returned to the US as a war hero.

The attempt to continue his athletic career failed because of ill treatment suffered in the Japanese prison, He became a devotee of evangelist Billy Graham, who helped him become a Christian evangelist, to which he devoted most of the rest of his life.

On the occasion of his 81st birthday, Zamperini participated in the Olympic torch relay for the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan in 1998.

Finally, in the personal life of Zamperini, he married Cynthia Applewhite in 1946, with whom he lived until her death in 2001; they had two children. Zamperini died at the age of 97 in Los Angeles, following the effects of lung inflammation, on the 2nd July 2014.

Full NameLouis Zamperini
Net Worth$1 Million
Date Of BirthJanuary 26, 1917, Olean, New York, United States
DiedJuly 2, 2014, (aged 97), Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of BirthOlean
Height5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)
Weight132 lbs (60 kg)
ProfessionWriter, Track and Field Athlete, Runner, Military Officer
EducationUniversity of Southern California
SpouseCynthia Applewhite (m. 1946–2001, her death)
ChildrenCissy Zamperini, Luke Zamperini
ParentsAnthony Zamperini, Louise Dossi
SiblingsPete Zamperini, Virginia Zamperini, Sylvia Zamperini
AwardsDistinguished Flying Cross Purple Heart, Air Medal - Prisoner of War Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Defense Service Medal
NominationsNational Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame (2008), Qualified for the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, 5000-meter distance event at that Olympics ( Summer Olimpics, 1936, Finished 8th), Youngest American qualifier ever in the 5,000 meters (19 years, 178 days)
MoviesUnbroken (2014), Glickman (2013, documentary) , Zamperini: Still Carrying the Torch (1992), Sworn to Secrecy: Secrets of War (1998, documentary), Taking Flight: The History of Torrance Municipal Airport (2005)
TV ShowsOn the Record w/ Brit Hume (2014), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2012)
1He was to be the Grand Marshal for the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade, held before the football playoff game in Pasadena, California. In response to Zamperini's July 2, 2014 death, the Tournament of Roses committee announced they are "committed to honoring him as the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Rose Parade".
2His wife Cynthia predeceased him. He was survived by his son, Luke Zamperini, his daughter, Cynthia Zamperini Garris, and a grandchild.
3He was a first generation American, the son of two Italian immigrants.
4University of Southern California's track & field stadium's entrance was named Louis Zamperini Plaza in 2004.
5During his World War II military service, he was a B-24 bombardier in a plane nicknamed the Green Hornet. While flying a rescue mission May 27, 1943, the Green Hornet had a mechanical failure and fell into the ocean. After 47 days floating in a rubber life-raft at sea with two other crew members (one of the others died after 33 days), he and the plane's co-pilot were rescued/captured by the Japanese, and he spent almost two years, frequently tortured, in a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp.
6For his military service and time as a prisoner of war, he received the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the World War II Prisoner of War Medal.
7He attended Torrance High School, where he was a track star. In 1934, he set the national high school track record for the mile at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. His record time of 4 minutes 21.2 seconds held for 20 years. His efforts earned him a scholarship to the University of Southern California (USC).
8For his 81st birthday in January 1998, he returned to Japan to run a leg of the Olympic torch relay for the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano. He was also a torch bearer for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
9Inducted to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago, Illinois, USA in October 2008.
10The home football, soccer, and track stadium for Torrance High School has been named Zamperini Stadium in his honor.
11Born in New York, his family moved to Torrence, California in 1920.
12In the 1950s, Tony Curtis approached Zamperini, after the release of Zamperini's first book, about making a film with Curtis portraying Zamperini.
13He is the subject of a 2010 biography by Laura Hillenbrand, "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption." A critical and popular success, it hit #1 on the New York Times best-seller list in 2010.
14One of his fellow prisoner of war camp mates was Gregory H. 'Pappy' Boyington, writer of the book "Baa Baa Black Sheep," upon which "Black Sheep Squadron" (1976) (original title Black Sheep Squadron (1976)) was based.
15The Torrance airport was renamed Zamperini Field on December 7, 1946.
16Zamperini resided in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California at the time of his death.


They Died with Their Boots On1941Soldier (uncredited)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame1939Street Urchin (uncredited)


Unbroken2014/Ibiographical advisor


Unbroken2014/Iin memory of
Sworn to Secrecy: Secrets of War1998TV Series documentary special thanks to - 1 episode


Today2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Glickman2013TV Movie documentary
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2012TV SeriesHimself
Taking Flight: The History of Torrance Municipal Airport2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sworn to Secrecy: Secrets of War1998TV Series documentaryHimself - POW in Japan, WWII
Zamperini: Still Carrying the Torch1992Video documentary short

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On the Record w/ Brit Hume2014TV SeriesHimself

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