John Milius Net Worth

John Milius Net Worth is
$5 Million

John Milius Biography

22 John Milius was created on April 11, 1944 and he’s 71 calendar year by his current age group. John was created in St. John Milius net value:

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Quick Facts

Full NameJohn Milius
Net Worth$5 Million
Date Of BirthApril 11, 1944
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Film producer, Film director, Actor
EducationUniversity of Southern California
SpouseElan Oberon, Renee Fabri
ChildrenAmanda Milius, Ethan Jedediah Milius, Marco Alexander Milius
ParentsElizabeth Milius, William Styx Milius
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: New Series, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Drama
MoviesConan the Barbarian, Apocalypse Now, Red Dawn, Big Wednesday, The Wind and the Lion, Dirty Harry, Dillinger, Jeremiah Johnson, Magnum Force, Farewell to the King, Flight of the Intruder, Clear and Present Danger, Rough Riders, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, 1941, Geronimo: An American Legend, Motorcycle Gang, Uncommon Valor, Used Cars, Evel Knievel, Apocalypse Now Redux, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, Between the Lines, The Emperor, Marcello, I'm So Bored, Jornada del Muerte
TV ShowsRome, Melvin Purvis: G-Man

Interesting Facts

1 Suffered a severe stroke, and was treated for pancreatic cancer.
2 He is Jewish.
3 According to Milius, he didn't get on to well with Robert Redford and Sydney Pollack on Jeremiah Johnson (1972) and he was fired. Milius claims that his substitute "...couldn't write that stuff," and the only who contributed anything was Edward Anhalt. Redford and Pollack ultimately rehired Milis after Anhalt had left the project.
4 Lost most of his fortune in the early naughts due to a corrupt accountant. Desperate to pay for his son's Law School tuition, He asked his friend _David Milch_ to hire him as a staff writer for Deadwood (2004). Milch refused based on the absurdity of hiring a veteran screenwriter for entry-level work, and instead offered to simply pay the son's tuition in full. Milius later repaid Milch for the loan.
5 He was partially the basis for the character of Walter in the cult classic The Big Lebowski (1998).
6 Despite making two films about Theodore Roosevelt, The Wind and the Lion (1975) and Rough Riders (1997), he considers himself too enamored with Roosevelt to ever make an actual biographical film about his life.
7 Cigar smoker.
8 Turned down the role of Jack Lipnick in Barton Fink (1991).
9 Made an honorary member of the Sioux Nation, after his filming of The Rough Riders.
10 Was the inspiration for drag-racer John Milner (played by Paul Le Mat) in American Graffiti (1973).
11 Is a close friend of MMA legends Rorion Gracie and Rickson Gracie and Jennifer Salt.
12 His favorites films are Howard Hawks' Red River (1948), and "Viva Villa," Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers (1966) (aka Battle of Algiers), Raoul Walsh's They Died with Their Boots On (1941), John Ford's The Searchers (1956) and They Were Expendable (1945), Werner Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch (1969), Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (1954) (aka Seven Samurai), Billy Wilder's Sunset Blvd. (1950), Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (1960), John Huston's The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia (1962), and Orson Welles' Citizen Kane (1941).
13 Despite his political beliefs, he is an avid fan of director Spike Lee.
14 Considers himself as a "zen anarchist".
15 Was Sergio Leone's first choice to write Once Upon a Time in America (1984). But due to scheduling problems, and Leone's struggle to acquire the rights of Harry Grey's book The Hoods, Milius passed on the project.
16 Is one of the original founders of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
17 Through his work, on Rough Riders (1997), he was instrumental in causing President Theodore Roosevelt to be posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for acts of conspicuous gallantry on San Juan Hill.
18 Milius, an avid gun collector, insisted that part of his payment for writing Jeremiah Johnson (1972) be in antique weapons.
19 Is a personal friend of the Coen brothers and was the inspiration for the character of Walter in the The Big Lebowski (1998).
20 Member of the NRA Board of Directors from 1995-2001. He currently serves on the Public Affairs and Shotgun Committees.
21 Wrote "U.S.S. Indianapolis" scene in Jaws (1975).
22 Wrote the line, "Go ahead, make my day," for Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry" character in Sudden Impact (1983).
23 Is an avid gun collector.
24 Attended Los Angeles City College and USC School of Cinema-Television, where he won an International Student Film Festival Award.


1 Liked to say outrageous things.
2 Films often reflect his conservative political beliefs
3 Frequently casts Gerry Lopez


1 [on Francis Ford Coppola] Francis is the best of us all. He has the most talent and the most daring. There are a lot of faults in Francis, but I think he's the leader.
2 [on "The Searchers"] A lot happens in old movies. Ideas were communicated. Ford's "The Searchers," for example. Sure, it's a story about a guy searching for his niece, but it's also a movie about the family. It's a movie about pioneering and what it is to be a pioneer, what it is to put yourself out on a limb. It's a movie about doing your job.
3 [on "Dillinger"] I got very expensive as a writer, so I was able to make a deal with AIP, who'd have never been able to buy one of my scripts. I said I'll write whatever you want if I can direct it. I'd have paid them to direct. I looked at the gangsters of the time, and the one that had the most appeal was Dillinger. It was a subject I never would have chosen myself, but it allowed me to show how good I could do a gunfight, make the stuff cut together, make the story hold up, and make the actors act... I like it (the violence) because it's real. There are consequences in "Dillinger." You rob a bank, people are going to start shooting, and people are going to get hurt and shot. They run over a woman leaving the bank because that's what they did. They wee desperate. But you don't dwell on it. You don't dwell on the bullet hole and blood pulsing out.
4 [on "The Wind nd the Lion"] I consider "The Wind and the Lion" my first real movie. I approached it as a David Lean film, to do it in that style, a large epic canvas, to see id I could pull off great movements of troops. The story is even written that way. Two guys, the Rasuli and Teddy Roosevelt, yelling at each other across oceans.
5 [In a 1982 interview] It's important to go out and do something in your life, to do something with tremendous commitment and dedication. Maybe put your life on he line to do it. It's important. It makes you a bigger person. We've gotten away from this. The pursuit of excellence - that's really one of the values I try to get into all the movies I do... It's all summed up so well in a surfer term - 'GGo for it!"
6 [1982 interview] I will always be disliked by the Eastern critical establishment,
7 [1982 interview] Whatever I say sounds okay when I say it, but when it's printed, it's awful. I end up being this terrible guy that has guns and likes to shoot hippies. They always take the humor out of what I say. 'Milius in Jack Boots and Leather Coat Says Facism Is On the Rise!', that kind of thing, or 'Para-Military Group Led By Director!'
8 [1982 interview] I love "Apocalpse, Now"... That one movie justifies my career. I feel I really did something worthwhile by writing it. Even though I share credit (with Coppola) and I didn't direct it, it's a real piece of me.
9 Luxuries and comforts are evil for humans.
10 You know, in fact, I am not a fascist. I am a total man of the people. They are the fascists[Hollywood critics]. They're creating the fascist society. I am much closer to a Maoist. However, I am a Zen anarchist. --In an interview with Ken Plume on ign.com
11 [on Conan the Barbarian] A feverish dream on acid.
12 Everything has style, everything's a bit larger than life and done with mischief. That's the way Conan is.
13 I've led a whole life behind enemy lines. I've been the victim of so much persecution. I'm the barbarian of Hollywood.
14 [on the "Do I feel lucky?" speech in Dirty Harry (1971)] I have a .44 Magnum, I love the .44 Magnum, in fact I still have the .44 Magnum that inspired that that line. The Second Amendment becomes more important every day.
15 [on Mexican drug traffickers] We need to go down there, kill them all, flatten the place with bulldozers so when you wake up in the morning, there's nothing there. I do believe if you have a military, you use it.
16 I was watching Rush Limbaugh the other night, and I was horrified. I would have Rush Limbaugh drawn and quartered. He was sticking up for these Wall Street pigs. There should be public show trials, mass denunciations and executions.
17 I try to maintain a certain innocence toward my material. I like to say that I do what I do because I like it and that it's not preachy. When I try to put my finger on what I have to say, it's very vague. It's just an attitude. As Herman Melville put it in "Moby Dick": 'a free and easy desperado geniality.' That's my attitude. Melville was talking about men rowing into the mouth of a whale with their backs to it. I suppose that's what life is like.
18 If there hadn't been an Arnold around for Conan, we would have had to create him". -Muscle & Fitness magazine, July 1982
19 I love the bomb. It's sort of a religious totem to me. Like the plague in the Middle Ages, it's the hand of God coming out indiscriminantly to snatch you.
20 [on the violence in Conan the Barbarian being rather essential]: "It's not that violent, although I was happy not to get an X rating. But if you said 'Conan the Barbarian' was rated PG, people would feel cheated. We weren't making 'Conan's Divorce', you know."
21 [on being rejected for military service due to asthma]: "I'm a very efficient director - it's my training in military tactics. I've trained my whole life to be a general but I never could. So I became the next best thing, a movie director."


Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998 Lone Star Film & Television Award Lone Star Film & Television Awards Best TV Teleplay Rough Riders (1997) Hugh Wilson
1994 Bronze Wrangler Western Heritage Awards Theatrical Motion Picture Geronimo: An American Legend (1993) Walter Hill (director/producer)

Neil Canton (producer)

Larry Gross (screenplay)

Michael S. Glick (executive producer)

Lloyd Ahern II (director of photography)

Jason Patric (actor)

Gene Hackman (actor)

Robert Duvall (actor)

Wes Studi (actor)
1972 Bronze Wrangler Western Heritage Awards Theatrical Motion Picture Jeremiah Johnson (1972) Joe Wizan (producer)

Sydney Pollack (director)

Edward Anhalt (writer)

Will Geer (actor)

Delle Bolton (actor)

Robert Redford (actor)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006 Banff Rockie Award Banff Television Festival Best Mini-Series Rome (2005) Bruno Heller

William J. MacDonald
2006 WGA Award (TV) Writers Guild of America, USA New Series Rome (2005) Alexandra Cunningham

David Frankel

Bruno Heller

Adrian Hodges

William J. MacDonald
2001 Video Premiere Award DVD Exclusive Awards Best DVD Audio Commentary Conan the Barbarian (1982) Arnold Schwarzenegger
1980 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Apocalypse Now (1979) Francis Ford Coppola
1980 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen Apocalypse Now (1979) Francis Ford Coppola
1976 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen The Wind and the Lion (1975)



Red Dawn 2012 1984 screenplay
Homefront 2011 Video Game written by
Between the Lines: The True Story of Surfers and the Vietnam War 2008 Documentary guest writer
Rome TV Series created by - 22 episodes, 2005 - 2007 written by - 1 episode, 2005
Apocalypse Oz 2006 Short screenplay "Apocalypse Now"
Medal of Honor: European Assault 2005 Video Game story: design team / writer: design team
Rough Riders 1997 TV Series written by - 2 episodes
Clear and Present Danger 1994 screenplay
Geronimo: An American Legend 1993 screenplay / story
Conan 1991 Video Game character
Farewell to the King 1989 screenplay
Extreme Prejudice 1987 story
Miami Vice 1987 TV Series story - 1 episode
Red Dawn 1984 screenplay
Conan the Barbarian 1982 written by
1941 1979 story
Apocalypse Now 1979 written by
Big Wednesday 1978 written by
The Wind and the Lion 1975 written by
Melvin Purvis G-MAN 1974 TV Movie creator / story / teleplay
Magnum Force 1973 screenplay / story
Dillinger 1973 written by
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972 original screenplay
Jeremiah Johnson 1972 screenplay
Dirty Harry 1971 screenplay - uncredited
Evel Knievel 1971 screenplay
The Devil's 8 1969 screenplay
Glut 1967 Short
The Emperor 1967 Documentary short


Rome 2005-2007 TV Series executive producer - 14 episodes
Uncommon Valor 1983 producer
Used Cars 1980 executive producer
1941 1979 executive producer
Hardcore 1979 executive producer


Rough Riders 1997 TV Series 2 episodes
Rebel Highway 1994 TV Series 1 episode
Motorcycle Gang 1994 TV Movie
Flight of the Intruder 1991
Farewell to the King 1989
The Twilight Zone 1985 TV Series 1 episode
Red Dawn 1984
Conan the Barbarian 1982
Big Wednesday 1978
The Wind and the Lion 1975
Dillinger 1973
The Reversal of Richard Sun 1970
Marcello, I'm Bored 1970 Short


The War I Knew 2014 military advisor
East to West 2011 TV Series documentary program consultant - 7 episodes
Lone Wolf McQuade 1983 spiritual advisor


On Story 2011 TV Series
The Twilight Zone 1985 TV Series Attendant (segment "Opening Day")
Conan the Barbarian 1982 Foodseller in the Old City (uncredited)
Big Wednesday 1978 Marijuana Dealer in Tijuana (uncredited)
Crazy Mama 1975 Cop (uncredited)
The Wind and the Lion 1975 The One-Armed Military Advisor (uncredited)
Deadhead Miles 1973 2nd State Trooper
The Reversal of Richard Sun 1970 The Chauffeur


The Lotus Gun 2015 Short special thanks
The War I Knew 2014 very special thanks
A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics 2009 TV Movie documentary special thanks
Inglourious Basterds 2009 special thanks
Popcorn Porn: Watching 'Zack and Miri Make a Porno' 2009 Video documentary the producers wish to thank
Between the Lines: The True Story of Surfers and the Vietnam War 2008 Documentary special thanks
Iron and Beyond 2002 Video documentary short special thanks
Dirty Harry: The Original 2001 Video documentary short special thanks
The Bridge on the River Kwai: An Appreciation by Filmmaker John Milius 2000 Video documentary short special thanks


Milius 2013 Documentary Himself
Jewish Soldiers in Blue & Gray 2011 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Conan: From the Vault 2011 Video short Himself
Jaws: The Inside Story 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Hollywood Don't Surf! 2010 Documentary Himself
A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself - Interviewee
Hollywood Gangster 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
A Moral Right: The Politics of Dirty Harry 2008 Video documentary short Himself
The Business End: Violence in Cinema 2008 Video documentary short Himself
The Evolution of Clint Eastwood 2008 Video documentary short Himself
The Long Shadow of Dirty Harry 2008 Video documentary short Himself
Between the Lines: The True Story of Surfers and the Vietnam War 2008 Documentary Narrator (voice)
The Craft of Dirty Harry 2008 Video documentary short Himself
Spec Ops 2006 TV Series documentary Series Host
The Searchers: An Appreciation 2006 Video short Himself
American Masters 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Special Ops with John Milius 2006 Video documentary Himself
Hollywood Vietnam 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
A Legacy of Filmmakers: The Early Years of American Zoetrope 2004 Video documentary Himself
Rated 'R': Republicans in Hollywood 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
An Opera of Violence 2003 Video documentary short Himself
Something to Do with Death 2003 Video documentary short Himself
The Wages of Sin 2003 Video documentary short Himself
Discovering Treasure: The Story of the Treasure of the Sierra Madre 2003 Video documentary Narrator (voice)
Capturing the Swell 2003 Video documentary short
Go West, Young Man! 2003 Documentary Himself
Frazetta: Painting with Fire 2003 Documentary Himself
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood 2003 Documentary Himself
Surf Now Apocalypse Later 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Iron and Beyond 2002 Video documentary short Himself - Director
Modern Marvels 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Dirty Harry: The Original 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Conan Unchained: The Making of 'Conan' 2000 Video documentary Himself
The Bridge on the River Kwai: An Appreciation by Filmmaker John Milius 2000 Video documentary short Himself
Hell Hath No Fury 1999 Video documentary short Narrator (voice)
A Turning of the Earth: John Ford, John Wayne and the Searchers 1998 Documentary short voice of John Milius (voice)
Hollywood Salutes Arnold Schwarzenegger: An American Cinematheque Tribute 1998 TV Special Himself
Frank Capra's American Dream 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself - Interviewee: Writer / Director
In Search of 'Da Cat' 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself
Ben Johnson: Third Cowboy on the Right 1996 Documentary Himself
The Making of '1941' 1996 Video documentary Himself
American Cinema 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse 1991 Documentary Himself
Signals 1990 TV Series documentary Himself
First Works 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself
Talking Pictures 1988 TV Series documentary Himself
The Lion Roars Again 1975 Documentary short Himself
The Making of 'The Wind and the Lion' 1975 Documentary short Himself

Archive Footage

A Million Feet of Film: The Editing of Apocalypse Now 2006 Video documentary short Himself

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