Dave Bautista has an inspiring, compelling, and motivating story. From a poor boy living on the streets of Washington to becoming one of the most influential persons in acting and wrestling, he has gone through a lot in his life.
However, all these hardships he faced, and the hard work he had to put in, made it worthwhile at the end of the day. The actor may not see where he is going in the next few years, but he knows where he came from, and that has shaped his life ever since.
Due to the consistent hard work in the blockbuster projects he has featured in, Bautista has been able to amass a considerable amount of wealth for himself. Now, he is living the dream of most young adults in America and beyond.
Keep reading below to find out more about the muscle-chested actor and how much he is worth presently.
Dave Bautista’s Biography
David Michael Bautista Jr. is an American actor and a former professional wrestler, who was born on January 18, 1969. As a professional wrestler, he had a long wrestling career run from 1999 to 2010 although he joined WWE in 2002.
He was also active in wrestling in 2014 and 2019. During this time, he was given several befitting nicknames, some of which include; Khan, Leviathan, and Deacon Batista.
He made his wrestling debut on October 30, 1999, and professionally retired on April 8, 2019. Bautista was a six-time world champion as he won the WWE Championship twice and the World Heavyweight Championship four times consecutively. Apart from those titles, he has many awards and accolades to his name in WWE.
Outside wrestling, he pursued a career in acting and many people know him as the character, ‘Drax the Destroyer’ in the popular Marvel Cinematic Universe. His acting career kicked off in 2006 and the first major film he starred in was the 2012 movie titled “The Man With The Iron Fists.” Subsequently, he starred in “Riddick (2013),” “James Bond Spectre (2015),” “Blade Runner 2049 (2017),” and “Army Of The Dead.”
During the 2012 summer, Bautista signed a deal with Classic Entertainment to fight in the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). He won a fight on October 6 of the same year when he knocked out an opponent in the first round.
He married Glenda Bautista in 1990 and she bore him two daughters, Keilani and Athena before they divorced in 1998. He later got married to Angie Bautista that same year and she bore a son for him, but the marriage only lasted for eight years. He then married his third wife, Sarah Jade in 2015, and they ended their romance four years later.
Why Did Dave Bautista Go Into Wrestling?
As said earlier, the former professional wrestler was from a poor background and he had the responsibility to support the family even at a very tender age. He was always moving around the community, associating with different gangs, and identifying with rough mobs. In a podcast with Rosenbaum, Bautista stated that he started working out to build his physique.
When his height measured 6’5, he accessed his body and noticed that his long limbs made him look lanky. Due to this, he furthered on building his body to get a nice shape. In his late 20s, he worked in a club as a bouncer. He realized that his financial ability was poor when he couldn’t get presents for his kids unless he borrowed money.
Bautista said during the podcast that when he couldn’t get money to manage his family, despite having two kids then, he decided to go for wrestling. He joined the WWE brand OVW in 2000 and two years later, he was called to one of the wrestling shows where he left a long-lasting impression on many people to date.
Bautista was only three years old in the game when he became the champion of the sport, and that earned him a decent living from that moment onward.
What is Bautista’s Net Worth?
According to Forbes, Bautista is currently worth $13.3 million although no one can say the exact amount he earned from wrestling and acting individually. Nevertheless, what is certain is that a large percentage of his wealth comes from his acting career.
When he was still active in wrestling, the official salary of wrestlers was not disclosed to the public but fanatics could estimate that they were earning over six figures. After he left the sport, he disclosed in an interview that the IRS took a lot of money from him.
In his acting career, there are reports that the 52-year-old actor made over $1.3 million from the movie titled “Guardians Of The Galaxy,” and even more than that from its sequel.
However, his current net worth is far better than what he had when was still a club bouncer. Also, anyone that knew Bautista as a bouncer then will be able to testify how far he has come in his career, both in wrestling and acting.
What Should We Be Expecting From Bautista in Subsequent Years?
Bautista is expected to star in two highly anticipated movies. One of them is “Dune,” a Denis Villeneuve movie, and the other, “Knives Out 2,” a Rian Johnson film.
He will also be starring in the third and final “Guardians Of The Galaxy” movie which will be coming out in 2023.
With these expectations, the actor’s net worth is set to rise by a few million dollars in the next few years and it will come as no surprise because he worked hard for it.