Widely known for making films with contemporary supernatural plots and twist endings, M. Night Shyamalan is regarded as one of the most successful filmmakers and actors. He has worked in innumerable profitable projects, and his movies have grossed over $3 billion globally to date.
Making his directorial debut with a 1992 movie Praying with Anger, Shyamalan later made his way into many other super hit movies like The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002), and the period-piece thriller The Village (2004). He got two Academy Award nominations for Best Director and for Best Original Screenplay for The Sixth Sense.
Along with an illustrious career that spanned nearly three decades, Shyamalan definitely holds quite a good wealth.
M. Night Shyamalan has a net worth of $50 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, in 2020. He has collected the majority of his aforementioned wealth from his career as a filmmaker and an actor.
Developing a strong passion for filmmaking when he was given a Super-8 camera at age eight, Shyamalan later built an entertainment empire that consists of dozens of mega-hit movies.
His found footage thriller movie The Visit, released in 2015, the psychological thriller Split (2016), and superhero thriller Glass (2019) were turned out to be commercially successful grossing a combined box office collection of $625 million worldwide against the combined budget of merely $34 million.
There are also a number of other hit projects he worked in. Some of them are mentioned below with his salary,
|Movie||Budget||Box Office||Salary||Cast Members||IMDb Rating|
|The Sixth Sense (1999)||$40 million||$672.8 million||$3 million||Bruce Willis and Toni Collette||8.1|
|Unbreakable (2000)||$75 million||$248.1 million||$10 million||Samuel L. Jackson and Robin Wright Penn||7.3|
|Signs (2002)||$72 million||$408.2 million||$12.5 million (for writing, directing, and co-producing the movie)||Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix||6.7|
|The Village (2004)||$60 million||$256.7 million||$10,700,000 ($7.2 million for story rights, $300 thousand for writing, $3 million for producing, and $221 thousand for directing)||William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver||6.5|
Prior to his work in movies, Shyamalan also has made his way into many popular TV projects. He works as the executive producer on the Apple TV series Servant. The average salary of the executive producer is over $185,896 a year. He also worked in Wayward Pines and Entourage.
Furthermore, Shyamalan also has authored a number of books such as I Got Schooled: The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Movie Maker Learned the Five Keys to Closing America's Education Gap M. Night Shyamalan (2013), The Last Airbender M. Night Shyamalan (2010), Lady in the Water M. Night Shyamalan (2006), and more. It is also a significant portion of his net worth.
M. Night Shyamalan also has a passion for humanity who cofounded the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation in 2001 with his wife, Dr. Bhavna Shyamalan. The organization supports the grassroots efforts of emerging leaders as they work to remove the barriers created by poverty and inequality in their communities.
The foundation has given around $1.7 million supporting various projects from the scholarly sector to water projects.
M. Night Shyamalan has a house in Philadelphia that is designed with a romantic array of English architectural styles. Sources report that the filmmaker purchased the property back in 2004 for a staggering $17.9 million. It has also been reported that Shyamalan sold his former residence located on Philadelphia's Main Line for $9.5 million.
The mansion's gatehouse workspace includes white-oak bookcases and a vaulted ceiling. It has six bedrooms. He bought the dining table and chairs from South Africa. The house also has the oak-paneled library, a Louis XIV writing table, and the master suite.
M. Night Shyamalan was involved in a media hoax with the American pay-TV channel, Sci-Fi Channel in 2004. Just for the sake of pre-release publicity of The Village, Sci-Fi showed Shyamalan in its documentary special The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan, shot on the set of The Village, that he had been dead for nearly half an hour after he drowned in a frozen pond as a child.
Following the reported resurrection, he had the capability of interacting with sprite and other supernatural experiences.
It was later turned out to be a hoax; Sci-Fi staffers had signed a non-disclosure agreement of $5 million with Shyamalan.
M. Night Shyamalan was born on 6th August 1970, in Maje, Pondicherry, India. He is the son of Dr Nelliyattu C. Shyamalan, a Malayali neurologist and Dr Jayalakshmi, an OB-GYN. He moved to the United States along with his parents when he was just six-week-old. The family of three later joined by his sister Veena Shyamalan, settled in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania.
Shyamalan attended the boarding school, the Roman Catholic grammar school Waldron Mercy Academy. He later went on to study at the Episcopal Academy, followed by the private Episcopal high school. He completed his graduation from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts in Manhattan in 1992.
M. Night Shyamalan married his wife, Bhavna Vaswani, on 7th March 1993, in a private wedding ceremony. The couple met for the first time while both of them were at New York University.
The pair is also blessed with three daughters, Saleka Shyamalan, Shivani Shyamalan, and Ishani Shyamalan. Shyamalan currently resides in Pennsylvania with his wife and three children.
Besides, he is also an avid comic book fan.