Eli Roth is an American actor, director, and film producer. Roth is known for his roles in horror films like “Cabin Fever” and “Hostel”, both released in the early 2000s. Roth directed the film Hostel Part II (2007) and The Green Inferno (2003).
Roth received a Critic’s Choice Movie Award in 2009 for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. He also won the Visionary Award in 2013 for his contribution to the horror genre.
As of 2024, Eli Roth's net worth is estimated to be $20 million.
|Eli Raphael Roth
|Source(s) of Fame
|Film Director, Producer, Editor, Writer, and Actor
|Date of Birth
|April 18, 1972
|Place of Birth
|Newton, Massachusetts, USA
|Divorced, Lorenza Izzo, Married 2014, Divorced 2019
Roth was born in Massachusetts to parents Sheldon and Cora Roth. His father is a Harvard University professor and a clinical psychiatrist and his mother works as a painter. Roth is a middle child with an older brother Adam, and younger brother named Gabriel. Roth was raised Jewish and speaks fluent Italian, French, and conversational Russian.
Roth began making movies atyhe age of 8 after watching Alien, the 1979 film by Ridley Scott. He went to Newton South High School where he and his brothers recorded more than 100 short films. Roth enrolled for film school at the University of New York’s Tisch School of Arts.
To fund his film recording efforts, Roth briefly worked for Penthouse Magazine and collected unemployment benefits. His first TV job was an extra in the legal series The Practice, which was organized by his friend and actress Camryn Manheim. He lived in her apartment while developing his scripts.
While Roth was studying film school at NYU, he developed a school film called Restaurant Dogs, inspired by the film Reservoir Dogs by Quentin Tarantino. The film received positive reviews and went on to win a Student Academy Award in 1995.
Roth was introduced to David Lynch in the mid-90s while interning with Frederick Zollo and the two remained in touch over the years. Roth would go on to write content for Lynch and through their friendship Roth was introduced to musician Angelo Badalamenti, whose songs he used for sound effects on his first feature film.
By 1999 Roth was living in LA where he wrote, directed, and produced an animated series called Chowheads. Roth had provided the character voice in the series along with his friend Noah Belson but the series was dropped before airing a single episode.
Roth created the film Cabin Fever with his college roommate and the concept for the film was loosely inspired by his experience of contracting a skin infection while riding ponies at a family function. The film was eventually sold to Lionsgate for $3.5 million and became a commercial success, earning $35 million worldwide.
In 2005, Roth wrote and directed Hostel, his second major film on a budget of $4 million. The film was released in theaters in 2006 and grossed over $80 million worldwide. Additionally, Hostel made $180 million from DVD sales. The movie raised controversy for its over-the-top violence and glorification and sexualization of torture (dubbed gorno by the press).
Hostel Part II came out in 2007, opening at #6 in theaters on a $8 million budget. The film was a commercial success, earning $35 million in theaters worldwide and $50 million in DVD sales. Hostel Part II would have been more successful in theaters but the plot outline was leaked online and the summer release conflicted with blockbusters like Oceans 13 and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.
Roth directed the film Death Wish in 2018, grossing $13 million at the box office. Unlike his previous works, Death Wish was planned by movie critics for allegedly promoting gun violence mainly because its release coincided with the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
Roth was married to Chilean actress Lorenza Izzo in 2014 and separated in 2018. Their divorce was finalized in 2019.
Eli Roth has almost 300 thousand followers on Instagram and 261 thousand followers on Twitter.
Eli Roth is an American actor, film producer, director, and screenwriter with a net worth of $20 million. Roth is known for producing and directing horror films like Cabin Fever and Hostel Part II.