What is Rene Russo’s Net Worth and What is Her Highest Grossing Movie?

Rene Russo
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Rene Russo has returned to the screen in the Netflix horror-satire, Velvet Buzzsaw. The film reunites Russo with former co-star Jake Gyllenhaal and director Dan Gilroy, who just happens to be Russo’s husband. After 32 years in the business, Russo has built an impressive resume of major Hollywood hits, so just how much is Rene Russo worth and what is her biggest grossing movie to date?

Russo’s latest film is a reunion of sorts

Russo latest movie, Velvet Buzzsaw isn’t the first time that the actress has worked with Jake Gyllenhaal or Dan Gilroy. Specifically, it is not the first time that they have all worked on the same project. In 2014, Russo appeared opposite Gyllenhaal in the thriller, Nightcrawler. The film was written and directed by Gilroy who received an Oscar nomination for the film.

Russo has worked with her husband on other projects in the past. The two met on the set of Freejack. Russo starred in the film and Gilroy wrote the screenplay. In 2005, Russo starred in Two for the Money, a film written by Gilroy.

She has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood

One quick look at Russo’s credits will show that the actress has worked opposite some of Hollywood’s most famous actors. In 1989, Russo landed her breakout role in Major League with Tom Berenger and Charlie Sheen. She followed the movie up playing Mel Gibson’s girlfriend in Lethal Weapon 3 and Lethal Weapon 4. Later she worked with Clint Eastwood in In the Line of Fire, Dustin Hoffman in Outbreak, and John Travolta in Get Shorty.

Russo has worked with some pretty big directors too, namely Ron Howard. Fun fact: Russo and Howard went to high school together before Russo dropped out in tenth grade. The film, Ransom would be Russo’s second with Mel Gibson.

The actress took a break from acting

You may have noticed that Russo seemed to disappear for a while after filming the movie Yours, Mine, and Ours. The actress tells BuzzFeed that she needed to take a mental break from acting. She says that she had been working since the age of nine and had “hit a wall”. Her constant working had taken its toll, “I was not in any shape to do a movie. I was depressed. It was not a good time for me.”

Russo says that part of her problem was that she wanted to do something different. And something different is exactly what she did. During her break, she worked with the Department of Water and Power in LA and opened her own dairy, White Cow Dairy.

In 2014 the actress opened up about her struggles. She told ABC News that she is taking medication to help manage her bipolar. She said, “I think unfortunately depression and anxiety are really hard to live with and what people don’t need is to feel bad about themselves because they like to go on medication.”

What is Rene Russo’s net worth and what does the future hold?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Russo’s estimated net worth is $40 million. Though she has had many major hits over her career, Russo top-grossing film in which she had a starring role was Lethal Weapon 3 which brought in $144 million.

As for her future plans, we’ll have to wait and see. Russo says that her fans did play a role in her decision to come back to acting, saying that many fans came up to her telling her that they missed seeing her on the big screen.  The 64-year-old currently doesn’t have any future movies on the docket and told BuzzFeed in 2014 that she enjoys working at her dairy and would like to see what comes of it.