Sam Worthington is the Australian actor you might know as the Jake Sully behind the epic science fiction movie Avatar from 2009. He is also the man behind the Perseus in Clash of the Titans (2010) and its sequel Wrath of the Titans. Remember the character of Marcus Wright in Terminator Salvation (2009), Sam Worthington is the favorite actor who made the movie worth your time. Born in England, the star has not only appeared in dozens of films and on television but has also starred in video games and is also a writer. Here is a detailed look at his life off-screen.
Sam Worthington Biography
Samuel Henry John Worthington was born on August 2, 1976, in Godalming, Surrey, in southeast England, to English parents who later moved to Perth, Western Australia, when he was just six months old. He was raised in Warnbro, Rockingham, together with his only sister Lucinda, by his mother Jeanne J. and his father Ronald W. Worthington, a power station employee. Worthington grew up in the city and attended John Curtin College of the Arts, a school specializing in the dramatic arts, where he majored in acting but later dropped out. It was reported that after he left the college, his father sent him on a one-way trip to Cairns, Queensland, with only $400 and told him to work his way home and grow up a little. While doing odd jobs, construction work, and bricklaying, he auditioned for the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and was accepted as a fellow.
Tom Worthington’s path to fame began in 2000 when he took on a small role in the Australian dance film Bootmen, followed by a short film entitled A Matter of Life in 2001, and in 2002 he also took on two film projects before taking on a leading role in the low-budget comedy Gettin’ Square in Aussie.
From craftsman to the successful actor, the Avatar star worked on several film projects such as Somersault (2004), in which he won the AFI award for the best leading actor; Macbeth (2006); his role in Love My Way (2004) made him a popular celebrity in Australia.
He debuted his international acting career in 2005 with smaller roles in the Hollywood production of The Great Raid, a film shot in Australia.
While he lost the role of James Bond in Casino Royale (2006), Worthington went on to star in the Australian creature feature film Rogue (2007). The list of his other films from 2009 includes Clash of the Titans; Wrath of the Titans; Terminator Salvation; Avatar, a film that became the most successful film of all time, with over $2.73 billion in box office receipts worldwide.
When he talked about how he got the role of Jake Sully in the movie in November 2010, Sam Worthington said he was upset when he was only invited to audition and didn’t know what it was for. In his opinion, his temperament was the spark that was needed for the Sully character in the film, which portrayed a guy who hates being bullied.
He also revealed that his successful career during his stay in Australia did not make him a happy person, so he sold all his possessions and lived in the car he bought with the sale. He lived this way until he auditioned successfully and got the role in Avatar. Worthington is currently working on the sequel to Avatar 2-5, which is scheduled to run until 2025.
The net assets of the Australian actor are estimated at approximately $12 million or $26 million. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Worthington and his wife bought an $8 million mansion in Los Angeles. In 2010 he founded a production company called Full Clip Production together with his two friends John and Michael Schwarz.
Wife – Lara Bingle
Sam Worthington’s wife, Lara Bingle, is also Australian and a famous model is known worldwide for appearing in a global television commercial for the Australian Tourism Council.
The couple got married on December 28, 2014, in a small ceremony because they wanted it to be small and simple. They are parents of two children, Rocket Zot Worthington (2015) and Racer Worthington (2016), and previously lived in New York before moving to LA where Bingle said it was better for their children to have more room to grow.
Worthington grew up in a family of four, including himself, and had a difficult time at home. He recalled in an interview that he had no real plan for his future when he left home at the age of 19 as a college dropout.
His father did not want him to “sit around watching TV and waste his “precious gift,” he told Studio 5. Although it was never something he was born into or drawn into as a child, Sam Worthington became a Christian in his twenties when a friend gave him a Bible to read. He said his faith was something he had “voluntarily” been involved in.