As an American director, writer, producer, actor, and artist, John Waters has a net worth of $50 million. Waters is probably best known for helping to write, direct, and produce the 1988 movie “Hairspray,” which was later turned into a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. John, who is also known as “The Pope of Trash,” has written and directed more than a dozen short and feature films, such as “Hag in a Black Leather Jacket” (1964), “Pink Flamingos” (1972), “Cry-Baby” (1990), “Serial Mom” (1994), “Pecker” (1998), and “Cecil B. Demented” (2000). He has also worked as a producer, editor, and cinematographer.
Waters has been in a lot of movies, like “Sweet and Lowdown” (1999), “Seed of Chucky” (2004), “Jackass Number Two” (2006), and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” (2015). He also hosted “‘Til Death Do Us Part” on Court TV from 2006 to 2007 and “John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You” on Here TV in 2006. Waters has narrated “Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea” (2006), “The Junior Defenders” (2007), “In the Land of Merry Misfits” (2007), and “Of Dolls and Murder” (2011). He has also given his voice to “The Simpsons” (1997), “Fish Hooks” (2012), “Mickey Mouse” (2013; 2018), and “Mr. Pickles” (2013; 2018). (2014). Some of his other works are “Shock Value” (1981), “Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters” (1986), “Art: A S** Book” (2003), “Role Models” (2010), “Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America” (2014), “Make Trouble” (2017), and “Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder” (2017). (2019). In 2018, the French government named John an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.
John Waters Early Life
John Samuel Waters Jr. was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 22, 1946. He grew up in a Roman Catholic home with his mother Patricia Ann, his father John (who made fire safety equipment), and his siblings Steve, Kathy, and Trish. At age seven, John saw the movie “Lili” and became interested in puppets. He then started making violent puppet shows for children’s birthday parties. Waters grew up in the Lutherville neighborhood of Baltimore. He went to the Calvert School, Towson Jr. High School, Calvert Hall College High School, and Boys’ Latin School of Maryland, where he met Glenn Milstead, who became his inspiration (aka Divine). John went to New York University after he graduated from high school, but he was kicked out in 1966 for smoking pot on campus. He then moved back to Baltimore.
John Waters Career
Waters’ first short film was “Hag in a Black Leather Jacket.” “Roman Candles,” “Eat Your Makeup,” and “The Diane Linkletter Story” where his first short films. He wrote, directed, produced, edited, and shot them all. John’s first full-length movie was “Mondo Trasho.” In 1970, he made “Multiple Maniacs.” “Pink Flamingos” was the first book in the “Trash Trilogy.” It came out in 1972. “Female Trouble” came out in 1974, and “Desperate Living” came out in 1977. Waters hired film student David Insley to be the main camera operator for “Polyester,” which came out in 1981. John’s book “Hairspray” came out in 1988. In 2002, it was turned into a Tony-winning Broadway musical. Waters helped make the movie version of the music that came out in 2007. He was in both movies. In the first, he played Dr. Fredrickson, and in the second, he was a Flasher. John’s follow-up to “Hairspray,” “Cry-Baby,” came out in 1990. In 2008, it was nominated for a Tony Award on Broadway.
In 1994, Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, and Matthew Lillard were all in “Serial Mom,” which was directed by Waters. In his next movie, “Pecker,” he gave the phone a voice. Melanie Griffith played an actress who is kidnapped and forced to be in a terrorist movie in the 2000 black comedy “Cecil B. Demented.” Waters was a reporter, who wrote, and directed movies. It came out in 2004, and Tracey Ullman, Johnny Knoxville, Selma Blair, and Chris Isaak were among the actors in it. When asked why he hasn’t made another movie since “A Dirty Shame,” Waters replied, “It didn’t make any money.” A half-million-dollar independent film would cost me about $5 million to make. But I have made movies before.” Since 2004, John has been busy on TV. He has had guest roles on “My Name Is Earl” (2007), “Feud: Bette and Joan” (2017), “The Blacklist” (2018), and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2020–2021), and he has judged “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (2015). (2016). From October 2018 to January 2019, John Waters: Indecent Exposure was on display at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
John Waters Personal Life
John is openly gay and a passionate advocate for LGBTQ rights. Waters revealed in 2018 that he is in a relationship but wants to keep it private since “without privacy, you don’t have a personal existence.” John campaigned for Leslie Van Houten’s release from prison in 2009 and wrote about her in his book “Role Models.” In 2016, the Maryland Institute College of Art awarded Waters an honorary degree. John has been an artist and collector since the 1990s, and he owns over 8,000 books.