Saul Zaentz Net Worth

Saul Zaentz Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Saul Zaentz net worth is
$30 Million

Saul Zaentz Wiki Biography

Saul Zaentz was born on the 28th February 1921, in Passaic, New Jersey USA, of part Jewish ancestry, and was a film producer who is best known for being a three-time Academy Award winner, and for his work on “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975), “Amadeus” (1984), “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” (1988) as well as on “The English Patient” (1996). He passed away in 2014.

Have you ever wondered how much wealth this veteran of the moviemaking industry accumulated for life? How rich would Saul Zaentz be today? According to sources, it is estimated that the total of Saul Zaentz’s net worth, as of early 2017, would be over $30 million, gathered through his career as a film producer which was active between 1975 and 2006.

Saul Zaentz Net Worth $30 million

After attending William B. Cruz Memorial School No. 11 in his home town, Saul joined the US Army in their World War II operations. Upon finishing his military service, he enrolled at Rutgers University. Later he discovered his interest in music, and began working for Norman Ganz, a chairman of a record company and creator of Jazz at the Philharmonic programs. In 1955 Zaentz associated with Fantasy Records and in 1967 he became one of its co-owners and soon after provided a record contract for rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival. These engagements provided the basis for Saul Zaentz’s net worth.

In the early 1970 he became interested in producing motion pictures after seeing the stage play adaptation of Ken Kesey’s novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. This led him to eventually co-producing the eponymous 1975 Miloš Forman’s movie adaptation which featured Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher in the leading roles. For this involvement, Zaentz was rewarded with an Oscar for Best Picture.

In 1977, Zaentz produced Keith Merrill’s western drama “Three Warriors”, before producing an eponymous animated adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s trilogy “The Lord of The Rings” in 1978. In 1980, Saul founded his own production company – The Saul Zaentz Film Center (later rebranded to The Saul Zaentz Company). As an avid reader, he preferred producing and adapting novels into movies, rather than original scripts and screenplays. In 1984, he collaborated with Forman again and produced “Amadeus”, a biographical drama about one of the most influential composers of the Classical era – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This engagement, apart from earning him another Academy Award for Best Picture, also dramatically increased the size of Saul Zaentz’s wealth.

In the course of the next decade, Zaentz produced several more motion pictures, all based on novels including, apart from those already mentioned above, “The Mosquito Coast” (1986) and “At Play in the Fields of the Lord” (1991). In 1996, Saul won his third Oscar for Best Picture for producing the romantic war drama “The English Patient” starring Ralph Fiennes, Willem Dafoe and Juliette Binoche in the leading roles. Zaentz’s last work, and an exception from his “rule”, was another Forman motion picture, the 2006 biographical drama about the famous Spanish painter Francisco Goya named “Goya’s Ghosts”. Doubtlessly, all these achievements left a positive impact on the total amount of Saul Zaentz’s net worth.

When it comes to his personal life, Saul Zaentz was married twice. Between 1960 and 1975 he was married to Charlie Mingus’ ex- wife Celia, with whom Saul had four children. He later married Lynda Redfield, but that marriage also ended with divorce several years later. He passed away at the age of 92, on the 3rd January 2014, in San Francisco, California, due to complications caused by Alzheimer’s disease.

Apart from his career in the moviemaking industry, Saul Zaentz was regularly active in various charity causes, including his own The Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation which he created in 1997.

Full NameSaul Zaentz
Net Worth$30 Million
Date Of BirthFebruary 28, 1921
DiedJanuary 3, 2014
Place Of BirthPassaic, New Jersey, United States
ProfessionFilm producer, Actor
SpouseCelia Zaentz (m. 1960–1975)
ChildrenJonathan Zaentz, Athena Zaentz, Dorian Zaentz, Joshua Zaentz
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Picture, more
NominationsEuropean Film Award for Best Film, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Producer, Australian Film Institute Award for Best Foreign Film
MoviesOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's... 1975 Amadeus 1984 The English Patient 1996 Goya's Ghosts 2006 At Play in the Fields of the Lord 1991
1The question is why does Hollywood go on making crap they pass off as movies? The answer is money.
2You don't make movies to be art movies. You make movies that move you emotionally because if you're going to commit five years of your life to a movie, you need something to keep you going.
3[from his Oscar acceptance speech for Amadeus (1984)] The five pictures nominated this year all had a curious relationship, in the fact that the filmmakers who made them had to fight and overcame many obstacles to make their films and to film their visions. One has to be proud to be a peer of the people who made The Killing Fields (1984), A Passage to India (1984), A Soldier's Story (1984) and Places in the Heart (1984).
4Studios are like flies - they'll both eat honey or shit with equal enthusiasm.
5You have to believe.
1Uncle of Paul Zaentz.
2Sold Fantasy Records to Concord Records.
3Producing the Musical version of "Lord of the Rings" to open in London in the Spring of 2005. This will be the most expensive and complex stage show ever staged anywhere in the world. [March 2004]
4In order to light all the opera house chandeliers in Amadeus (1984), Zaentz contacted the Vatican's candlemaker, who agreed to supply the production with the thousands of candles necessary for the scene.
5Former owner of Fantasy Records who used its profits to finance his films.


Goya's Ghosts2006producer
The English Patient1996producer
At Play in the Fields of the Lord1991producer
The Unbearable Lightness of Being1988producer
The Mosquito Coast1986executive producer
The Lord of the Rings1978producer
Three Warriors1977producer
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest1975producer

Sound Department

Independent Lens2006TV Series documentary sound mixer - 1 episode
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow2002TV Series documentary sound mixer - 4 episodes
Kid1993Short sound: provider


The Ride2008ShortSpecial Appearance as Himself
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest1975Captain on Shore (uncredited)


Visions of Light1992Documentary archive source
Amadeus1984supervisor - 2002 director's cut


Edición Especial Coleccionista2014TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Jambareeqi Reviews2014TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Fog City Mavericks2007Documentary special thanks
Murch: Walter Murch on Editing2007Documentary many thanks
The Ballad of Jack and Rose2005thanks
A Home at the End of the World2004special thanks
The Making of 'Amadeus'2002Video documentary thanks
Completely Cuckoo1997Video documentary special thanks
In the Shadow of the Stars1991Documentary special thanks


Milos Forman: Co te nezabije...2009DocumentaryHimself
Fog City Mavericks2007DocumentaryHimself
Emotional History: The Making of 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being'2006Video documentary shortHimself
HypaSpace2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Amadeus'2002Video documentaryHimself - Producer
The South Bank Show1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Completely Cuckoo1997Video documentaryHimself
The 69th Annual Academy Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Thalberg Award and Best Picture
The 57th Annual Academy Awards1985TV Special documentaryHimself - Winner: Best Picture
The 42nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1985TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Motion Picture Drama
TVTV Looks at the Academy Awards1976TV Special documentaryHimself
The 48th Annual Academy Awards1976TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Picture

Archive Footage

The 86th Annual Academy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Producer (In Memoriam)
... A Father... A Son... Once Upon a Time in Hollywood2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hello, He Lied & Other Truths from the Hollywood Trenches2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)

Won Awards

2005Special Achievement AwardNational Board of Review, USAFor producing.
2004Lifetime Achievement AwardFilm by the Sea International Film Festival
2003Academy FellowshipBAFTA Awards
1998Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year AwardAmerican Cinema Editors, USA
1998Special Prize for Outstanding Contribution to World CinemaKarlovy Vary International Film Festival
1997OscarAcademy Awards, USABest PictureThe English Patient (1996)
1997Irving G. Thalberg Memorial AwardAcademy Awards, USA
1997BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest FilmThe English Patient (1996)
1997OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest PictureThe English Patient (1996)
1997OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Drama PictureThe English Patient (1996)
1997PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesThe English Patient (1996)
1997Vision AwardPGA AwardsTheatrical Motion PicturesThe English Patient (1996)
1994Lifetime Achievement Award in Motion PicturesPGA Awards
1985OscarAcademy Awards, USABest PictureAmadeus (1984)
1976OscarAcademy Awards, USABest PictureOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

Nominated Awards

1997Best Foreign Film AwardAustralian Film InstituteThe English Patient (1996)
1997European Film AwardEuropean Film AwardsEuropean Film of the YearThe English Patient (1996)
1997Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Motion Picture, DramaThe English Patient (1996)
1986BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest FilmAmadeus (1984)

Known for movies

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