Name: Richard Crispin Armitage
Born: 22 August 1971
Occupation: English Actor
Richard Armitage was born the second son to a secretary named Margaret and an engineer named John. He grew up in a small village just outside of Leicester. When he was 14 years old he went to the Pattison College, a school which focuses on the performing arts. He found himself working on stage doing musicals but felt this wasn’t what he was truly meant to do. He went back to school for dramatic arts at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) where he studied for three years. After his graduation from LAMDA in 1998 he did some theatre and then went on to small bit parts in movies. He toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company and also began a career in television.
Although Richard had parts in television shows such as Doctors, Cold Feet, and Sparkhouse, it was his portrayal of John Thornton in North and South in 2004 that garnered him much attention. His portrayal of a cotton mill owner was a success with both critics and fans. He went on to do more successful shows such as The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, The Impressionists, and Robin Hood.
Richard’s first worldwide release film was Captain America: The First Avenger. In the movie he plays Heinz Kruger, a Nazi agent. Most recently he has appeared in the popular big budget film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as Thorin Oakinsheild, the heir to the throne of the dwarves. With years of acting on stage, television, and the big screen, we estimate Richard to have a net worth of GBP 8,000,000 (USD $13 million).
So how much is 8 million pounds really?
Well, if Richard is going to keep fighting goblins and dragons, he may want to invest in some heavier (albeit fake) protection. He could purchase 21,667 chainmail headpieces to outfit every dwarf he knows. That’s a lot of protection. But as all of us know, he can wield a sword pretty craftily so maybe that’s more his style.
At a price tag of GBP 260,000 he could purchase 30 of the world’s most expensive sword. He could give two to every dwarf in his party and still have a few left over to reward a special little hobbit who saved his life.
See also: Brad Pitt.