‘NCIS: Los Angeles’: Chris O’Donnell Net Worth and How He Became Famous

Here’s a look at NCIS: Los Angeles star Chris O’Donnell’s net worth and how he became famous.

Chris O’Donnell’s movies and TV shows

Chris O'Donnell on the set of NCIS: Los Angeles | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images
Chris O’Donnell on the set of NCIS: Los Angeles | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

Chris O’Donnell made his television acting debut in a 1986 episode of the series Jack and Mike titled “Cry Uncle.” He played the character Evan. O’Donnell made his film debut in the 1990 movie Men Don’t Leave, in which he played the character Chris Macauley. The following year, he played Buddy Threadgoode in Fried Green Tomatoes. O’Donnell landed his first recurring television role in The Practice. He played Brad Stanfield for four episodes in 2003.

O’Donnell’s other films include appearances in School Ties, Scent of a Woman, The Three Musketeers, Circle of Friends, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin.

Chris O’Donnell’s highest-grossing films

Alicia Silverstone, George Clooney, and Chris O'Donnell | Warner Bros. Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images
Alicia Silverstone, George Clooney, and Chris O’Donnell | Warner Bros. Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images

As of this writing, O’Donnell’s highest-grossing film is Batman Forever, with worldwide box office earnings of more than $336 million. Some of his other high-grossing films include Batman and Robin, with worldwide box office earnings of more than $238 million; Vertical Limit, with worldwide box office earnings of more than $213 million; and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, with more than $113 million in worldwide box office earnings.

Chris O’Donnell’s work outside of acting

O’Donnell’s entertainment career extends beyond acting. He also has credits as a producer and director. O’Donnell made his directorial debut with a 2013 episode of NCIS: Los Angeles titled “Wanted.” So far, he has four producer credits.

Co-stars Daniela Ruah and Eric Christian Olsen have nothing but good things to say about O’Donnell’s first time as a director. “It’s actually been really, really good,” Ruah tells Entertainment Tonight. “I’ve loved it. I think the expectation of Chris directing has been exciting because as a cast I think we’re very open about giving each other ideas for scenes or improvs. So, knowing the kind of notes that Chris has given me before, not as a director, were always great. So, I was kind of positively expecting him to be great.”

Olsen agrees, saying O’Donnell is very good about paying attention to detail. “He’s exceeding all those expectations,” says Olsen. “I think he’s been amazing. I think he’s always been good with details and logistics and linear storytelling. He has kind of just slid into this with no problems.”

Chris O'Donnell on the set of NCIS LA | Bill Inoshita/CBS via Getty Images
Chris O’Donnell on the set of NCIS LA | Bill Inoshita/CBS via Getty Images

O’Donnell tells Entertainment Tonight he wanted to try directing because he’s interested in doing something different. “For me, it was just a matter of pushing myself to try other things and keep it interesting,” says O’Donnell. “You kind of get into a rhythm of doing episodes every week and acting. And the directing was something that was very new to me. And I thought it would be a stimulating experience to learn more about the process that goes into making these shows every week.”

Chris O’Donnell’s net worth

As of this writing, Chris O’Donnell has a net worth of $25 million according to Celebrity Net Worth estimates.

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