Chris Columbus Net Worth

Chris Columbus Net Worth is
$50 Million

Chris Columbus Bio/Wiki, Net Worth, Married 2018

Chris Joseph Columbus (created September 10, 1958) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. “Home Alone” received a British Comedy Award for The Best Comedy Film. Columbus received an Academy Award nomination for producing “The Help” (2011). Chris Columbus was named after Christopher Columbus.

Columbus was employed as a screenwriter with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, working on Gremlins (1984), The Goonies (1985) and Young Sherlock Holmes (1985). He composed the first episodes of the animated series Galaxy High (1986) and afterwards made his directorial debut with all the teen comedy Adventures in Babysitting (1987) and Heartbreak Hotel (1988). He was the producer of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), the next movie in the Harry Potter film series, and received an Academy Award nomination for making The Help (2011). He’s also accommodating Erich Segal’s novel Acts of Faith right into a film in 2014.

Chris Columbus Net Worth $50 Million Dollars

Full NameChris Columbus
Net Worth$50 Million
Date Of BirthSeptember 10, 1958
DiedMay 20, 1506, Valladolid, Spain
Place Of BirthSpangler, Pennsylvania, United States
Height5 ft 8 in (1.74 m)
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film director, Film Producer, Television producer
EducationJohn F. Kennedy High School, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
NationalityUnited States of America
SpouseMonica Devereux (m. 1983)
ChildrenEleanor Columbus, Violet Columbus, Brendan Columbus, Isabella Columbus
ParentsIrene Columbus, Alex Michael Columbus
SiblingsBartholomew Columbus, Giacomo Columbus, Bianchinetta Columbus, Giovanni Pellegrino Columbus
NicknamesChristopher Columbus , Chris Joseph Columbus
AwardsADG's Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Picture, BAFTA Award for Best British Film, BAFTA Award for Best Film, Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Lo...
MoviesHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Home Alone, Pixels, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Mrs. Doubtfire, Gremlins, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, The Goonies, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Bicentennial Man, Adventures in ...
Star SignVirgo
1Common theme in his movies is children triumphing over adults
2His films often have a brief, often humorous, scene after or during the end credits.
3Leading characters who are underage and develops through situations
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)$10,000,000 + gross participations
1Great comedy or dramas are made because someone is really passionate or obsessed by it. If not, it won't be a good film. Great filmmaking is something that can be esoteric which is all about the visual side of filmmaking or storytelling. When you develop a hunger for it, and there's something great out there, I want to see it before I find my great reward somewhere.
2Martin Scorsese was a master of visuals while John Ford and Frank Capra were masters of storytelling.
3There's still an audience for smaller movies.
4[26th Street in Manhattan in the early 80s] Not a particularly great area.
5[Sideways] A 70s movie made in contemporary times.
6[Pierce Brosnan] A phenomenal actor.
7Movies for adults are still great movies. Now we have a bigger genre of movies being made.
8[recommending Pierce Brosnan to play James Bond to MGM] My little contribution to the James Bond saga.
9[Robin Williams as Mrs Doubtfire] You never had any concept of where he was going. You just never knew.
10Always listen to your own instincts. You can never be intimidated by the people you work with.
11[Steven Spielberg and George Lucas] Two of my cinematic heroes.
12[Robin Williams improvising in Mrs Doubtfire] Magical.
13Nobody does anything for free in Hollywood. They have to be paid for everything.
14My first day being on a set was extremely intimidating and frightening. But after a couple of hours, I just eased into it. I felt very secure and comfortable and I realized this is where I really want to be.
15[Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid] I had never seen anything like it. It was just such a breath of fresh air. I loved being in that world.
16[Adventures in Babysitting, his directorial debut] It gave me the confidence to be back on the set again.
17[reading Marvel comics as a child] It was the most magical time of my life. It represented to me everything that was exciting about life.
18Becoming a writer and having films made is probably the best way to become a director.
19[Robin Williams doing standup] I was just blown away at his energy. One of the most brilliant minds I have ever come across in terms of comedy. This ball of fire on stage. It was really impressive.
20[Macaulay Culkin] An incredibly charming kid.
21I can understand the validity of showing people the ugliness of the world, but I also think there is a place for movies to leave people with a sense of hope. If your film isn't going to do that, I just don't think it's worth making.
22I was up on 140th Street in Harlem, in 1992. It was 3 in the morning, and I was walking back to get a cup of coffee. These two young kids came up to me and said to me, "What movie is this?" I said, "Home Alone 2," and they said, "What do you do?" And I said, "I'm the director." They said, "Oh, you're John Hughes!"
1Columbus dedicated Stepmom (1998) to his mother, Irene Columbus which was about losing a mother. She died of cancer in 1997.
2Nine Months (1995) derived from Columbus wanting to tell the world about fatherhood.
3After having a great working relationship with Steven Spielberg on Gremlins (1984), Spielberg produced the next two films Columbus scripted, The Goonies (1985), based on an idea Spielberg had, and Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) which was Columbus's idea, which altogether was two years working on those three films. Spielberg then wanted Columbus to script Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), a big step for Columbus as a writer. He accepted and went to meet Spielberg and George Lucas, two men he was very intimidated by, even though he had worked with Spielberg three times. Columbus acted as Spielberg and Lucas's secretary on The Last Crusade for five days taking down all their ideas. Lucas dictated the screenplay to Columbus making him fearful of changing any of it, and that went against what Columbus had learned at film school. To Columbus, the script seemed lifeless and without energy and there was nothing of Columbus in it. Columbus assumed Spielberg hired him for that last reason and when Columbus turned in the the draft, he was fired from the picture for all the above flaws in the script. It was a defining moment in Columbus's career, to never again ignore his base instincts on a movie.
4Back in the early 1980s, Columbus lived in a loft on 26th Street in Manhattan. He threw down the key to his girlfriend who later became his wife.
5One of Columbus's daughters had trouble reading until she read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in two days which opened her eyes to the world of books. After reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, she asked Columbus to make films out of them, but there were 50 other directors already interested. Columbus fell in love with the first two books and sat down with Warner Bros saying how obsessed he was with making the Philosopher's Stone more than anything else. Columbus asked to be the last director Warner Bros saw which took about ten days. Columbus stayed up until 3am rewriting the script each day. It was already a good script but Columbus wanted to talk about the visuals. He told Warner Bros he had rewritten the script for free and that made an impression on them. Because Columbus had done that without any pressure from them, it made the difference and after subsequent meetings and five weeks later, he got the job of directing.
6There are several versions of Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) because of the sheer volume of improv Robin Williams came up with, so it was difficult to edit the film to something resembling the script. Columbus likened it to editing a documentary. These other versions were unworkable because tonally they were all over the place.
7On the set of Home Alone (1990), Macaulay Culkin would jokingly direct the film for Columbus.
8Columbus was amazed how far Robin Williams took his performance in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993); first he played each scene as scripted 2-3 times and then was allowed to improvise, or "playing" as Williams called it. Columbus allowed Williams to do a lot of improv because he felt that was where the film's funniest material came from. Scenes were shot between 15-22 times until Williams was satisfied he had the scene worked out of his system.
9During the restaurant scene when Mrs Doubtfire's teeth fell into the wine glass, the cast didn't know Robin Williams would do that, so their reactions on film were genuine, mirroring the shock of the crew.
10Columbus was amazed how beautifully Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint matured over the Harry Potter series, both physically and as actors, compared to some child actors who start out adorable or lose that and become bad actors as they grow older.
11Casting Harry Potter was a big challenge; they saw 5000 auditions and none of them felt right. Columbus saw Daniel Radcliffe in David Copperfield (1999) and showed it to the casting director and said Radcliffe was the one and that he was amazing. But she said they wouldn't get him because his parents want him to focus on his schoolwork and not acting as well as all the attention he'd get. So they interviewed Harry Potter's of different nationalities all over the world and still hadn't found him. She got frustrated with Columbus because he had his heart set on Radcliffe. By sheer coincidence, the producer and screenwriter of went to the theatre and in the front row was Radcliffe with his father, so they talked and slowly persuaded him to cast Radcliffe.
12Columbus is a big James Bond fan and he was crushed when Pierce Brosnan didn't get cast when he was offered the part during the making of Remington Steele (1982) but they wouldn't release him from his contract. When they worked together on Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Columbus told Brosnan he'd make a great James Bond but he thought that ship had sailed. In 1995, MGM called Columbus telling him they're looking for the next James Bond and Brosnan was one of the choices so Columbus recommended him; his little contribution to the James Bond saga.
13Has a figure of Dobby the Elf from the Harry Potter films in his office.
14After securing Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern for Home Alone (1990), Columbus felt confident enough to cast actors who were his heroes growing up like Catherine O'Hara after seeing her work on SCTV (1976), as well as John Heard, and later Tim Curry and Rob Schneider on Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) because they were all open to the films.
15Columbus cast Joe Pesci in Home Alone (1990) because he was one of his heroes although he didn't think he'd get him for such a broadly comedic role.
16After finishing Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), Columbus wanted a new project and was sent the script for Mrs. Doubtfire (1993). He was initially critical of it saying it didn't work for him; he discussed it with them why he felt it didn't work.
17When making Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), he and Robin Williams would often clown around between takes, with Mrs Doubtfire introducing Columbus as his son.
18While staying at his wife's parents house in Chicago, after they just had their first child, Columbus was sent two scripts by John Hughes. One was for Home Alone (1990), which he fell in love with and struck a chord with him, and he felt he could make a really strong film out of it. He and Hughes hit it off instantly so Hughes gave him the job of directing it.
19Started going to the movies at age 10 on Saturday afternoons; one of the first was Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). It gave him an escape from the dreary factory town he lived in.
20A big fan of Marvel Comics as a child in the 1960s, he was especially impressed with the artwork because it was almost the same as filmmaking. He later moved to New York because Marvel Comics were largely set there. He wanted to write or draw for Marvel but decided against it because it's an isolated existence and he liked working with people. Columbus drew comic book panels in his basement like early storyboards as a child. When he later directed Adventures in Babysitting (1987), one of the characters, Sara is also a big Marvel fan.
21Financially, his two greatest successes were Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002).
22When he scripted Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) and directed Home Alone (1990), both films have the line "it's Christmastime".
23When he scripted Gremlins (1984), The Goonies (1985) and Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), all films have characters who are the inventors of eccentric inventions and all were produced by Steven Spielberg. Both men are big James Bond fans, and may reflect they're love of Bond style gadgetry.
24When Columbus scripted Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) it foreshadowed his future association with the Harry Potter series; the teenage Watson resembles Harry Potter; school experiments; Holmes has a rivalry with another student, Dudley similar to Harry's with Draco Malfoy's; Dudley and Malfoy both come from rich parents; cavernous libraries; sweets; train stations; the novelization uses the word potty/Potter; students being injured and needing to see the school nurse; teachers and students eating in the Great Hall; Holmes, Watson and a third character Elizabeth solving mysteries at school while Harry, Ron and Hermione do the same at Hogwarts; staircases; Harry/Holmes and Watson creeping through a school library at night; both Watson and Hagrid say "sorry about that"; the end of school term; the threat of expulsion; no family for Harry to return to, even at Christmas; Harry has a scar on his forehead while Holmes has one on his cheek; seemingly innocent teaching staff exposed as the opposite; head boys, etc.
25Columbus was expected to follow in his parents footsteps which meant working in an automotive or aluminum factory.
26Before making Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Columbus had already seen Robin Williams in comedy clubs in Los Angeles.
27When he scripted Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), Watson believed Holmes obsessed over a case even at Christmas, because unlike other boys his age, he had no family to return to, like Harry Potter or Kevin McCallister; Columbus has ties to both the Harry Potter and Home Alone franchises.
28The novelization for Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) uses the word omen; Richard Donner directed the The Omen (1976) and The Goonies (1985) the same year as Holmes, and both were scripted by Columbus.
29Writing screenplays seemed an inexpensive way for Columbus to graduate towards the directors chair.
30When casting the role of Kevin McCallister in Home Alone (1990), Columbus had already seen Macaulay Culkin in Uncle Buck (1989) but he wanted to audition some other kids first while John Hughes had his heart set on Culkin. So Columbus met Culkin in New York and was very charmed by him and thought he was fantastic. Columbus auditioned five other kids and none of them shaped up to Culkin. Columbus went with Culkin because he was not as picture perfect and he had an instant relatability to the kids in the audience. Columbus knew the cameras would love him and he was immensely funny.
31While in high school, he read an article in Time magazine about film school, and these magical words would teach him about the art of filmmaking.
32Adventures in Babysitting (1987) was Columbus's first directorial job since his senior thesis film at NYU in 1980. It was his first time working with major lighting, cameras and cinematographers.
33The only Harry Potter director to not make a cameo appearance in one of the films.
34Lives in San Francisco, California [January 2003]
35Brother-in-law of actor Doyle Devereux, who is the bailiff on the Judge Mathis show.
36He wrote a rejected script for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in which Indy traveled to Africa and dueled a Monkey prince. It was rejected because of too many negative African stereotypes but the tank chase sequence in the the script was used in the film.
37He is the only American to have directed a Harry Potter installment.
38All of his four children made cameos in the Harry Potter films he worked on.
39Is of Italian and Czech descent.
40At one point, was attached to direct Fantastic Four (2005).
41Frequently is involved with composer John Williams.
42During its early stages of production, he was originally attached to direct Daredevil (2003).
43Considered directing Spider-Man (2002), however passed that up to direct Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
44Son of Irene Columbus.
45In the original script, Gremlins (1984) was meant to be a much darker horror film in which the mother was decapitated, the family dog was eaten, and the adorable Mogwai "Gizmo" actually turned into the infamous Gremlin "Stripe".
46Had a cameo in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) as a man in the toy store. He was holding his daughter Eleanor Columbus.
47At one time lived in River Forest, Illinois which shares a high school with the suburb, Oak Park, in which Adventures in Babysitting (1987) was based. Oak Park and River Forest High School's name was changed for the movie, however, to Hemingway High because Ernest Hemingway went there. They kept the style of the high school's jackets for the film, however.
48Lived in England for a year and a half while filming the first two Harry Potter films. Opted out of the third film so he could come home and spend more time with his family.
49Father of Eleanor Columbus, Violet Columbus, Brendan Columbus & Isabella Columbus.
50Got the directing gig on Harry Potter after longtime front-runner Steven Spielberg passed on the project. He met author J.K. Rowling in England and won the job over several other candidates after promising her he would film entirely in the U.K. and use an all-British cast. Most of the crew was also British.
51Gremlins (1984), Columbus's fourth script, was written as a dark satire of It's a Wonderful Life (1946).


I Kill Giants2017producer filming
Gremlins 3executive producer announced
French Exchange2017Short executive producer
The Young Messiah2016producer
It Had to Be You2015executive producer
The VVitch: A New-England Folktale2015executive producer
Night at the Museum 32014producer
Little Accidents2014executive producer
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters2013producer
Scary Larry2012TV Series producer
32012TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Applebaum2012TV Movie executive producer
The Help2011producer
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief2010producer
I Love You, Beth Cooper2009producer
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian2009producer
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer2007executive producer
Night at the Museum2006producer
3-D Rocks2005Documentary producer
Fantastic Four2005/Iexecutive producer
Christmas with the Kranks2004producer
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban2004producer
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets2002executive producer
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone2001executive producer
Monkeybone2001executive producer
Bicentennial Man1999producer
Jingle All the Way1996producer
Nine Months1995producer


Gremlins 3characters announced
The Goonies 2characters announced
Christmas with the Kranks2004screenplay
Gremlins: Stripe Versus Gizmo2002Video Game characters
Gremlins: Unleashed!2001Video Game characters
Nine Months1995screenplay
Only the Lonely1991written by
Gremlins 2: The New Batch1990characters
Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland1989screenplay
Heartbreak Hotel1988written by
The Goonies II1987Video Game characters
Galaxy High SchoolTV Series developer - 13 episodes, 1986 writer - 1 episode, 1986
Gremlins1985Video Game characters
Young Sherlock Holmes1985screenplay
The Goonies1985screenplay
Gremlins1984written by


Mrs. Doubtfire1993
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York1992
Only the Lonely1991
Home Alone1990
Heartbreak Hotel1988
Adventures in Babysitting1987
Melody2017attached announced
The Secret Lives of Road Crewsrumored announced
Applebaum2012TV Movie
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief2010
I Love You, Beth Cooper2009
3-D Rocks2005Documentary
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets2002
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone2001
Bicentennial Man1999
Nine Months1995


Galaxy High School1986TV Series creative consultant - 13 episodes


Rent2005Angry Man in Car (uncredited)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York1992Man in Toy Store (uncredited)


All Eyes and Ears2015Documentary very special thanks
Chasing Ice2012Documentary the filmmakers wish to thank
The Cove2009Documentary special thanks
The Myth, the Magic, the Man1993TV Movie special thanks


AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Williams2016TV MovieHimself
Today2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2009-2015TV SeriesHimself
Janela Indiscreta2015TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Gremlins: Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous: Making Gremlins2014Video shortHimself
Gremlins: From Gizmo to Gremlins - Creating the Creatures2014Video shortHimself
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 8: Growing Up2012Video documentaryHimself
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter2012Video shortHimself
Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 5: Evolution2011Video documentaryHimself
Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 6: Magical Effects2011Video documentaryHimself
Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 3: Creatures2010Video documentaryHimself
Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 4: Sound and Music2010DocumentaryHimself
Made in Hollywood2010TV SeriesHimself
Días de cine2010TV SeriesHimself
Breakfast2010TV SeriesHimself
Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 1: The Magic Begins2009Video documentaryHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2009TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood's Best Film Directors2009TV SeriesHimself - interviewee / film director
Aging Gracefully: A Look Back at 'Mrs. Doubtfire'2008Video documentary shortHimself
From Man to Mrs.: The Evolution of 'Mrs. Doubtfire'2008Video documentary shortHimself
Fog City Mavericks2007DocumentaryHimself
The Making of 'Home Alone'2006Video documentary shortHimself
No Day But Today: The Story of 'Rent'2006Video documentaryHimself
Care of Magical Creatures2004Video documentary shortHimself
Creating the Vision2004Video documentary shortHimself
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing2004DocumentaryHimself
HBO First Look2001-2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Biography1995-2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Build a Scene2003Video documentary shortHimself
Charlie Rose2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Capturing the Stone: A Conversation with the Filmmakers2002Video documentary shortHimself
'Harry Potter': Behind the Magic2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sammy the Screenplay1997Video shortHimself - at 'Nine Months' premiere (uncredited)
The Making of 'Mrs. Doubtfire'1993Video shortHimself
The Making of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York1992TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHimself - Director, Home Alone / Himself
Breakfast2010TV SeriesHimself - Director

Won Awards

2012AFI AwardAFI Awards, USAMovie of the YearThe Help (2011)
2012Contribution to Cinematic Imagery AwardArt Directors GuildHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
2012Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest FilmThe Help (2011)
2012Christopher AwardChristopher AwardsFeature FilmsThe Help (2011)
2004BAFTA Children's AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Feature FilmHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
2003Readers' Choice AwardMainichi Film ConcoursBest Foreign Language FilmHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Nominated Awards

2016Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest First FeatureMediterranea (2015)
2012OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Motion Picture of the YearThe Help (2011)
2012BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest FilmThe Help (2011)
2012Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsMotion PictureThe Help (2011)
2012PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesThe Help (2011)
2011ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Motion PictureThe Help (2011)
2005Alexander Korda Award for Best British FilmBAFTA AwardsHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
2005Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsOutstanding DirectorRent (2005)
2003BAFTA Children's AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Feature FilmHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
2003Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
2003AmandaAmanda Awards, NorwayBest Foreign Feature Film (Årets utenlandske spillefilm)Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
2003HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic Presentation - Long FormHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
2002BAFTA Children's AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Feature FilmHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
2002Alexander Korda Award for Best British FilmBAFTA AwardsHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
2002Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
2002AmandaAmanda Awards, NorwayBest Foreign Feature Film (Årets utenlandske spillefilm)Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
2002HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
1986Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingYoung Sherlock Holmes (1985)
1985Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingGremlins (1984)

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