Thomas Laughlin Net Worth
Thomas Robert Laughlin was an esteemed director, actor, and screenwriter who made an indelible mark in film with his Billy Jack series. Additionally, he established one of the largest Montessori schools in the nation with which to educate his own daughter; ultimately becoming extremely wealthy himself by amassing an immense fortune from various sources – until his passing away at age 82 on December 12, 2013.
His films depicted life of an outlaw living with his wife and daughter in California desert; this series became extremely popular during its run in the 70s. These realistic portrayals also highlighted many social issues; his career proved extremely fruitful and made him extremely wealthy by end of life.
Laughlin had an energetic personality and was an expert communicator, connecting with his audience so they felt they were present during his films. He amassed an extensive following known for his charismatic acting style and ability to make people laugh.
His film career started during the 1950s when he appeared in various small roles in Hollywood movies such as Robert Altman’s The Delinquents in 1957, Gidget (1959) by Paul Wendko, South Pacific (1958), as well as several low-budget independent projects.
In 1974, he produced and released The Trial of Billy Jack which became an instant classic. Two years later came Billy Jack Goes to Washington before starting work on another installment that never reached completion.
Personal Life. He was married to Delores Taylor and fathered three children. As an entrepreneur he owned a boutique public relations firm in New York City as well as being actively involved with many political campaigns and being one of the strongest personalities on America’s political landscape.
He suffered from dementia until his passing on December 12th 2013. Instead of sending flowers or gifts in lieu of memorializing his legacy, his family asked that donations be made in his memory to Friends of Pine Ridge or Alzheimer’s Foundation of America in lieu of traditional floral offerings or gifts. He is survived by his wife and three adult children who will carry forward his legacy for many more generations of movie-goers to follow in his footsteps and pursue their own passions and follow in his footsteps. His films continue to influence movie business while inspiring audiences everywhere to follow their passions while others follow in his footsteps and chase after their dreams. His passing leaves us all mournful but always inspiring people inside us all; may you rest in peace, Mr. actor. Rest in Peace until next time!