Michael Winner Net Worth

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Michael Robert Winner net worth is
$45 Million

Michael Robert Winner Wiki Biography

Michael Winner was interested in film at an early age, especially writing, which brought him briefly to television. He then moved into directing at age 25, and after a few comedies and vehicles for pop stars, quickly switched to more dramatic films, attaining something of a trade mark for violence - frequently working with Charles Bronson. More ...

Full NameMichael Winner
Net Worth$45 Million
Date Of BirthOctober 30, 1935
Place Of BirthHampstead, London, England, UK
ProfessionDirector, Producer, Writer
EducationUniversity of Cambridge, Downing College, Cambridge
SpouseGéraldine Lynton
ParentsHelen Winner, George Joseph Winner
MoviesDeath Wish, Death Wish II, The Mechanic, The Sentinel, Death Wish 3, Chato's Land, The Nightcomers, The Big Sleep, Lawman, Hannibal Brooks, I'll Never Forget What's'isname, The Jokers, Dirty Weekend, Appointment with Death, The Stone Killer, The Wicked Lady, Bullseye!, A Chorus of Disapproval, The G...
1(On Julie Christie not being in West 11 (1963)) "The producer, Danny Angel, didn't even want to test her,, because she'd been tested and rejected for a great many films, including Billy Liar (1963), which she later made when the girl who was chosen became ill. We tested her and immediately said: 'Marvellous, we've discovered a very, very big star.' The producer said: 'You're absolutely mad! Just a B-movie actress. She'll never be anything! Who would want to fuck Julie Christie?' To which I said: 'I would.' To which the producer responded in front of a large number of people at the screening room in Associated British Studios, Elstree: 'Well you're a homosexual.' That's how it was in the early 60's...!! That's one of the reasons I soon became my own producer. Some months later, I rang Angel: Hollywood's made a huge mistake. They've given your B-actress an Oscar!"
2"I got on wonderfully with all these actors everyone warned me were impossible to work with. Brando, Mitchum, Sophia Loren - they never behaved badly with me. Roman Polanski told me just the other day that Faye Dunaway was totally impossible when they were making Chinatown (1974). Well I can only say to me she was the most professional, wonderful person. But then she did say in her autobiography that the film with me was the only one she ever enjoyed. I called her Fayzie. Even Burt Lancaster. He did try to kill me three times but he was my best friend, a wonderful actor - he just had a terrible temper".
3My younger self wouldn't be surprised that he'd become a successful film director. But he'd be impressed at how many great friends I've made - Brando, Bob Mitchum, Orson Welles. Oliver Reed was the most wonderful man I ever met. The most sensitive, shy person: he needed drink because he was so terrified of life and people. We'd be on location in Germany and he'd get drunk and piss on the German flag and 'Heil Hitler!' up the hotel corridor and then he'd come in the morning very quiet and gentlemanly, not remembering any of it. He was adorable. I wept at his funeral. I was the only person from showbusiness who went. All his so-called friends - Ken Russell, who directed him in all these movies - they couldn't be bothered to go. Terrible.
4If I could go back I'd pay more attention to my parents. My father was adorable and my mother, though a nutcase and addicted to gambling, was lovely. But at 20 I became a movie director. It was all-consuming. All I wanted to do was make movies, hang around with actors, have affairs with actresses. I was Jack the Lad supreme. Parents just weren't as interesting. I regret that deeply because they were really real and loved me.
5"I made some mistakes. I turned down The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), The French Connection (1971) - James Bond! Why did I turn down James Bond? It was madness. I never made a film that would have given me the credibility of a few Bonds. Nicolas Roeg told me I shouldn't look as if I enjoyed directing so much. I thought he was crazy but the English don't like somebody who apparently enjoys it all. They like you to suffer and talk a load of rubbish about the ethos of the intellectual side of the movie".
6"When I die, it's going to be 'Death Wish director dies'. I don't mind though - Death Wish (1974) was an epoch-making film. The first film in the history of cinema where the hero kills other civilians. It had never been done before. Since then it has been the most copied film ever. Tarantino put it in his top 10 films ever made".
7Girlfriends have to be cheerful, light and bright is essential, otherwise, what's the point?
8I've got no fear about death. I'm very happy to snuff it; you have to live with the cards you've been dealt with.
9(On regularly being asked to remake Death Wish (1974)) "I don't want to do something for the sake of it. I am prepared to wait. If I wait until I am buried, too bad".
10(On Oliver Reed) "Drunks on the whole are immensely quiet and dignified when they're sober. But when they're drunk, they're drunk. They're two people; they're Jekyll and Hyde. I remember once I met him in a restaurant and he went out and challenged someone to a fight; he was always doing that and he always lost the fight. So he went out into Hyde Park in a beautiful Savile Row suit to fight this bloke and came back having been thrown in the round pond, he was soaking".
11"At 16 I was at my peak. It's been downhill ever since. I had a showbiz column in 26 local newspapers and I was the film critic of the NME. The London Palladium had big stars every two weeks - Dean Martin, Nat 'King' Cole, Bob Hope - and they weren't as protected from the public as they are today. I just went round and met them all. I was, as I still am, extremely shy. But when I wanted or needed something I became this other person, who was an act, and was very determined. I'd known from age five I wanted nothing in life other than to direct films".
12(His most hated film) I found it impossible to watch Johnny Guitar (1954) with Joan Crawford. It came out to appalling reviews, but later became a sort of cult camp western among the Joan Crawford fan group. I'm not sure what year it was, I would guess mid-50s, but I walked out of my local Odeon - the only time I ever walked out of the cinema. It was just awful, unbelievably slow and nothing seemed to happen. Obviously the industry thought much the same because they didn't give her another western.
13I'd have Charles Bronson starring in Death Wish XXVI if I thought it would make a profit.
14I do essentially the same things I did as an 18-year-old. I go on dates, I make films, I write. Nothing has really changed.
15I don't think people are affected by what they see. It's fantasy, people don't watch a murder and then go out and commit one.
16I don't go out much, partly because I get bored sitting next to the same person for three hours and partly because I started giving my hostesses marks out of 10 for their cooking.
17[to Richard Littlejohn, on live TV] I'm quite appalled, and very nearly walked out, to be on a British television program where lesbians are wheeled in for you to make smutty and offensive remarks to. I think it is an absolutely shameful exhibition of vulgarity directed toward a minority. I think the lesbians have come over with considerable dignity and you've come over as an arsehole.
18[on censors] They all tended to be failed directors who suddenly find they have power over every director in the world and they misuse it.
19Nearly dying hasn't taught me a thing. It's just taught me that being ill is a bloody pain!
20An OBE is what you get if you clean the toilets well at King's Cross station. I really don't care if I get anything or not. I'm very glad that they recognize my considerable skills as a toilet cleaner. But when you look at the rubbish who are getting these awards and the absolute non-service they have given to the nation other than financing or working for political parties, you say, 'What company am I in?' At least if you go straight to the House of Lords you can wear fancy dress and have a giggle.
21If you want art, don't mess about with movies. Buy a Picasso.
22Hitchcock said actors are cattle, but show me a cow who can earn one million dollars per film.
23There's no moralistic side to Death Wish (1974); it's a pleasant romp.
24The hardest part of directing is staying awake for nine weeks at a stretch.
25In this business disaster is always just around the corner.
26Success has gone to my stomach.
27A team effort is a lot of people doing what I say.
28On late actor-comedian Terry-Thomas: "For years, in the English film business, if you wanted a Terry-Thomas-type comedian, you were lucky if you got Terry-Thomas himself.".
29My sympathy is totally with the little old lady who gets bashed over the head with an iron bar, not with the youngster who did it and gets sent to the South of France for six weeks to turn into a lovely human being.
30Women like to be treasured for themselves. They don't get taken in by men with money. In fact, I did far better when I was an assistant director.
31I don't want to live in a tolerant society. I want to live in a very intolerant society.
1In an interview towards the end of his life, he cited not having children as his regret in life.
2He was going to be interviewed for the documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014), but died while the film was in production.
3He was embarrassed by The Cool Mikado (1963), which he dismissed as "absolute nonsense, shot in four weeks on the silent stage in Shepperton".
4He was a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4's Any Questions and later appeared on television programmes including the BBC TV's Question Time (1979) and Have I Got News for You (1990).
5Winner was an art collector, and a connoisseur of British illustration. Winner's art collection includes works by Jan Micker, William James, Edmund Dulac, E. H. Shepard, Arthur Rackham, Kay Nielsen and Beatrix Potter. His collection once included almost 200 signed colour-washed illustrations by Donald McGill.
6His fame as a restaurant critic was such that, at a Cornwall cafe, an unconsumed piece of his serving of lemon drizzle cake was incorporated into the Museum of Celebrity Leftovers.
7Winner claimed during his lifetime to be worth £75 million, with £25m in offshore bank accounts and his home worth an additional £50m. But on his death his bank accounts were frozen, and a formal investigation of his affairs began. During this, it emerged that Winner had been supporting two former lovers, both of whom had been provided with living expenses and accommodation. The financial assistance extended also to his long-term personal assistant, the former Miss Great Britain Dinah May. After investigations, it was revealed that Winner's total estate was actually worth £16.8m, with total outstanding debts of £12m. In his will, Winner had left his wife a lump sum of £5m, but the residual estate was only worth £4.75m. His former wife, P.A. and lovers engaged probate lawyers to contest the will and their sums due from it. However, it then emerged that none of the newspapers that reported the aforementioned information about Michael's beneficiaries were correct and that they included only probate information from UK assets when Michael Winner was on record as stating that he had substantial assets in Guernsey. When Guernsey probate was later added, Michael had left a total of £50m and this was more than enough to provide for all his beneficiaries in full while leaving a substantial balance to the Police Memorial Trust.
8He was considered to direct The Wild Geese (1978).
9Winner spent his free time gardening ("my garden is floodlit, so I quite often garden after midnight") or with a string of girlfriends, notably the actress Jenny Seagrove.
10Winner was an active proponent of law enforcement issues and established the Police Memorial Trust after WPC Yvonne Fletcher was murdered in 1984. Thirty-six local memorials honouring police officers who died in the line of duty have been erected since 1985, beginning with Fletcher's in St. James's Square, London. The National Police Memorial, opposite St. James's Park at the junction of Horse Guards Road and The Mall, was also unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II on 26 April 2005.
11Winner lived in the former home of painter Luke Fildes in Holland Park, Woodland House, designed for Fildes by Richard Norman Shaw. It was announced in 2008 that Winner intended to leave his house as a museum, but discussions with Kensington and Chelsea council apparently stalled after they were unable to meet the £15 million cost of purchasing the freehold of the property, which expires in 2046.
12In September 2011, Winner was admitted to hospital with food poisoning after eating steak tartare, a raw meat dish, four days in a row. The dish is not recommended for those with a weak immune system and in retrospect Winner regarded his decision to eat it as "stupid".
13He persuaded Oliver Reed to go audition for a part in Gladiator (2000), which turned out to be his final film.
14He featured in TV commercials that he himself directed for insurance company esure between 2002 and 2009, with his trade-mark catchphrase "Calm down, dear! It's just a commercial!".
15In 2003, he appeared in a series of adverts for a UK car insurance firm while dressed as a fairy godmother.
16Directed Harry Andrews in five films and James Donald in three feature films.
17January 2008 - Engaged to Géraldine Lynton (aka Geraldine Lynton-Edwards).
18In Dec. 2006, while vacationing at Barbados, he suffered a near-fatal illness from the extremely rare vibrio vulnificus virus, caught when he ate an oyster. After spending 5 days at the local hospital, his friend Philip Green chartered an ambulance plane to fly the director to London. He spent 3 months in the hospital where he ultimately went through 19 operations to save his leg. The virus destroyed his Achilles tendon and he had to walk with a walking stick.
19His favorite actor was Marlon Brando, who was also a friend.
20At one time, he was going to direct Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection (1990), but star Chuck Norris didn't like the script.
21Tended to get his films done on time and under budget.
22He allegedly declined the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 2006 for his services to film.
23Employs Dinah May and Joanna Kanska as receptionists.
24He was offered the opportunity to direct The French Connection (1971), Jaws (1975) and the remake of King Kong (1976), both of which he turned down.
25Often used Charles Bronson, Michael Crawford and Oliver Reed.
26Often edited his own films under a different name 'Arnold Crust'.
27He was a restaurant critic and guested in a television commercial for Kenko instant coffee in which he was spoofing himself.
28An outspoken supporter of the Conservatives for many years, he switched his political allegiance to Tony Blair's Labour Party in the 1997 UK General Election.


Parting Shots1998
Dirty Weekend1993
A Chorus of Disapproval1989
Appointment with Death1988
Death Wish 31985
Scream for Help1984
The Wicked Lady1983
Death Wish II1982
The Big Sleep1978
The Sentinel1977
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood1976
Death Wish1974
The Stone Killer1973
The Mechanic1972
Chato's Land1972
The Nightcomers1971
The Games1970
Hannibal Brooks1969
A Little of What You Fancy1968Documentary uncredited
I'll Never Forget What's'isname1967
The Jokers1967
You Must Be Joking!1965
The Girl-Getters1964
West 111963
The Cool Mikado1963
Some Like It Cool1962
Behave Yourself1962Short
Play It Cool1962
It's Magic1962Short
Old Mac1961
Girls Girls Girls!1961Documentary short
Murder on the Campus1961
Haunted England1961Documentary short
Shoot to Kill1960
Climb Up the Wall1960
Danger, Women at Work1959Documentary short
Watch the Birdie1959Documentary short
The Square1957Short


Parting Shots1998producer
Dirty Weekend1993producer
A Chorus of Disapproval1989producer
Appointment with Death1988producer
Death Wish 31985co-producer
Scream for Help1984producer
The Big Sleep1978producer
The Sentinel1977producer
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood1976producer
Death Wish1974co-producer
The Stone Killer1973producer
Chato's Land1972producer
The Nightcomers1971producer
Hannibal Brooks1969producer
I'll Never Forget What's'isname1967producer
Some Like It Cool1962associate producer
Old Mac1961associate producer
Murder on the Campus1961associate producer
Haunted England1961Documentary short producer
Floating Fortress1959Documentary short associate producer
The Square1957Short producer


Parting Shots1998screenplay / story
Dirty Weekend1993writer
A Chorus of Disapproval1989screenplay
Appointment with Death1988screenplay
The Wicked Lady1983screenplay
The Big Sleep1978screenplay
The Sentinel1977screenplay
Hannibal Brooks1969original story
The Jokers1967story
You Must Be Joking!1965story
The Cool Mikado1963screenplay
Some Like It Cool1962screenplay
Behave Yourself1962Short
Girls Girls Girls!1961Documentary short written by
Murder on the Campus1961written by
Shoot to Kill1960
Climb Up the Wall1960screenplay
Man with a Gun1958writer
The Square1957Short written by


Parting Shots1998as Arnold Crust
Dirty Weekend1993as Arnold Crust
Bullseye!1990as Arnold Crust
A Chorus of Disapproval1989as Arnold Crust
Appointment with Death1988as Arnold Crust
Death Wish 31985as Arnold Crust
Scream for Help1984as Arnold Crust
The Wicked Lady1983as Arnold Crust
Death Wish II1982as Arnold Crust
Firepower1979as Arnold Crust
The Mechanic1972as Arnold Crust Jr.
Chato's Land1972uncredited
The Nightcomers1971as Arnold Crust Jr.


Burke and Hare2010Gentlemen Passenger
Shelf Life2000ShortNeighbour
I, Camcorder1995TV SeriesFilm Director
Calliope1994ShortThe Director
Decadence1994The Entourage #2
For the Greater Good1991TV SeriesSir Randolph Spence

Casting Director

A Chorus of Disapproval1989as Arnold Crust Jnr.

Editorial Department

Claudia1985additional scenes editor


Claudia1985additional scenes director


Truly, Madly, Cheaply!: British B Movies2008TV Movie documentary thanks


Piers Morgan's Life Stories2010-2012TV SeriesHimself - Friend / Himself
In Confidence2012TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
The Untold Tommy Cooper2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Loose Women2007-2011TV SeriesHimself
That Sunday Night Show2011TV SeriesHimself
Timeshift2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Film Director
This Week2004-2010TV SeriesHimself
The One Show2007-2010TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Mastermind2010TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
Hotel Babylon2009TV SeriesHimself
Al Murray's Multiple Personality Disorder2009TV SeriesHimself
Question Time1998-2009TV SeriesHimself
ITV Lunchtime News2009TV SeriesHimself
Cash in the Celebrity Attic2008TV SeriesHimself
Truly, Madly, Cheaply!: British B Movies2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Happy Hour2008TV SeriesHimself
Richard & Judy2004-2008TV SeriesHimself
Most Shocking Celebrity Moments of the 80s2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Parkinson2007TV SeriesHimself
British Film Forever2007TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Memoirs of a Cigarette2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Brando2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Greatest Ever Romantic Movies2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Comic Relief: The Apprentice2007TV MovieHimself
The Grumpy Guide to...2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Greatest Ever Comedy Movies2006TV MovieHimself
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?2006TV SeriesHimself
The World's Greatest Actor2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Calendar2006TV SeriesHimself
Have I Got News for You1995-2005TV SeriesHimself
Censored at the Seaside: The Saucy Postcards of Donald McGill2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Play It Again: The Panel Game2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Death of Celebrity2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The British Soap Awards 20052005TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
2nd Annual Directors Guild of Great Britain DGGB Awards2005VideoHimself - Master of Ceremonies
The Apprentice2005TV SeriesHimself
Sex in the 70s2005TV Series documentaryHimself
X-Rated2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Breakfast with Frost2004TV SeriesHimself
The Paul O'Grady Show2004TV SeriesHimself
GMTV2004TV SeriesHimself
Kelly2004TV SeriesHimself
The Dan and Dusty Show2004TV SeriesHimself
Room 1012004TV SeriesHimself
Star Sale2004TV SeriesHimself
Liquid News2004TV SeriesHimself
1st Annual Directors Guild of Great Britain DGGB Awards2004VideoHimself - Master of Ceremonies
God Almighty2003TV SeriesHimself
Vivienne Gibson-Forbes: Portrait of a Film Extra2002ShortHimself
Hollywood Greats2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Shooting Stars2002TV SeriesHimself
Night of a Thousand Faces2001TV SpecialHimself - Mockstars Contestant
This Is Your Life2001TV Series documentary
Celebrity Sleepover2001TV SeriesHimself
Annie Goes to Hollywood2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Weakest Link2001TV SeriesHimself
Meet Ricky Gervais2000TV SeriesHimself
Legends2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Casting Couch1999TV SeriesHimself
The 11 O'Clock Show1999TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest
Clarkson1999TV SeriesHimself
The Car's the Star1999TV Series documentaryHimself - Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Owner
Bang, Bang, It's Reeves and Mortimer1999TV SeriesHimself
The O-Zone1998TV SeriesHimself
James Bond: Shaken and Stirred1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Dennis Pennis R.I.P.1997VideoHimself
TFI Friday1997TV SeriesHimself
Brass Eye1997TV SeriesHimself
The Mrs. Merton Show1997TV SeriesHimself
Happy Birthday Shirley1996TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
Mondo Rosso1995TV Series documentaryHimself
Anyone for Pennis?1995TV MovieHimself
The Fame Factor: The Battersea Bardot1994TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Birds of a Feather1994TV SeriesHimself
The Danny Baker Show1994TV SeriesHimself
Littlejohn Live and Uncut1994TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Do the Right Thing1994TV SeriesHimself - Panellist
The Diary of Jack the Ripper: Beyond Reasonable Doubt?1993Video documentaryHimself - Presenter
Notes and Queries with Clive Anderson1993TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment UK1993TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Eurotrash1993TV Series documentaryHimself
Danny Baker After All1993TV SeriesHimself
Clive Anderson Talks Back1993TV SeriesHimself
Without Walls1993TV Series documentaryHimself
True Crimes1992TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
A Tribute to Terry Thomas1990TV MovieHimself
This Week1990TV SeriesHimself
Arena1990TV Series documentaryHimself
One More Audience with Dame Edna Everage1988TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
Just a Song and Dance1987TV MovieHimself
Omnibus1986TV Series documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Death Wish 3'1985TV ShortHimself
World in Action1983TV Series documentaryHimself
The Kenny Everett Television Show1982TV SeriesHimself
Food, Wine & Friends1979TV SeriesHimself
Russell Harty Plus1972TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Cinema1971TV Series documentaryHimself
Film Night1971TV SeriesHimself
The Cool Mikado1963Himself (uncredited)
Floating Fortress1959Documentary shortBrief appearance (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films2014DocumentaryHimself
The EE British Academy Film Awards2013TV SpecialMemorial Tribute
Tales of Television Centre2012TV Movie documentaryHimself - Actor (uncredited)
Have I Got News for You: The Best of the Guest Presenters - Volume 22005VideoHimself

Nominated Awards

1978Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingThe Sentinel (1977)

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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