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Richard Marvin Butkus net worth:
$8 Million


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Dick Butkus was born on the 9th December 1942, in Chicago, Illinois USA, and is a former professional American Football player who spent his entire career as a linebacker in the NFL team the Chicago Bears (1965-1973). One of the most intimidating players at the time, Butkus has been a Hall of Famer since 1979. Thanks to his skills, Butkus’ net worth significantly increased. His playing career started in 1965 and ended in 1973, after which he became a broadcaster and actor, among other interests.

Have you ever wondered how rich Dick Butkus is, as of mid-2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Dick Butkus’ net worth is as high as $8 million. After his career in football, Butkus appeared in several films which also added a lot to his wealth.

Dick Butkus Net Worth $8 Million

Richard Marvin “Dick” Butkus was a youngest of nine children of Lithuanian immigrants Emma, a laundry worker, and Don, an electrician. Butkus grew up in Chicago South Side and went to Chicago Vocational High School, and later studied at the University of Illinois from 1962 to 1965. He was one of the most valuable players in college and totalled 374 tackles in his college career.

The Chicago Bears drafted Butkus as the 3rd pick overall in the 1965 NFL Draft, and he never played for another team during his career. Butkus was selected eight times to the Pro Bowl (1965-1972), and six times into the First-team All-Pro (1965, 1967–1970, 1972). Dick was also twice an NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1969, 1970), and found his place in the NFL 1960s and 1970s All-Decade Teams.

Thanks to his great performance, his net worth increased by a large margin, as he received lucrative contracts from the Bears. Dubbed “The Most Feared Man in the Game”, Butkus had the best season of the career in 1970 recording 132 tackles, 84 assists, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Several severe knee injuries saw him finish his career aged 31, and the Chicago Bears retired his jersey No. 51. Dick ended his career with a total of 1,020 tackles, 23 interceptions, and 27 fumble recoveries.

After his playing days were over, Butkus became an actor and broadcaster. He made his debut in the film “The Longest Yard” (1974) starring Burt Reynolds, and continued his careerwith a role in “Cry, Onion!” (1975) with Franco Nero. The following year he featured in “Mother, Jugs & Speed”, with Bill Cosby, Raquel Welch, and Harvey Keitel, and a few years later he got the part in Jerry Lewis’ “Cracking Up” (1983), further increasing his net worth. Dick also had roles in “Johnny Dangerously” (1984) starring Michael Keaton, and in Oliver Stone’s “Any Given Sunday” (1999) with Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Jamie Foxx, James Woods, LL Cool J, and Matthew Modine. All contributed to is net worth.

Butkus appeared in several TV series, such as “Blue Thunder” (1984), “My Two Dads” (1987-1990), and “Hang Time” (1995-2000), which also added to his net worth. He worked as an analyst on “The NFL Today” pre-game show from 1988 to 1989 and also made a few commercials, including the one for FedEx in 2005.
Regarding his personal life, Dick Butkus has been married to Helen Essenberg since 1963; they met while studying at the University of Illinois, and they have three children together. He established The Butkus Foundation that includes The I Play Clean Campaign, The Butkus Award, and The Dick Butkus Center for Cardiovascular Wellness.

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Hang Time 1998-2000 TV Series Coach Mike Katowinski
Malibu, CA 2000 TV Series Uncle Charlie
Any Given Sunday 1999 Opposing Coach - Game 3
Burke's Law 1994 TV Series
Let's Kill All the Lawyers 1992 The Turnkey
MacGyver 1990-1991 TV Series Earl Dent
Necessary Roughness 1991 Convict Football Player
Spontaneous Combustion 1990 Lt. General
My Two Dads 1987-1989 TV Series Ed Klawicki
Crash Course 1988 TV Movie Ed Konner
Growing Pains 1988 TV Series Robert
Matlock 1987 TV Series Vic Garrett / The Annihilator
The Stepford Children 1987 TV Movie Tom Wilcox
Time Out for Dad 1987 TV Movie Dick Kowalski
Night Court 1986 TV Series Stanley
Blacke's Magic 1986 TV Series Ruston
Hamburger: The Motion Picture 1986 Drootin
Half Nelson 1985 TV Series Beau
Murder, She Wrote 1985 TV Series Tank Mason
The Star Games 1985 TV Series Referee
Johnny Dangerously 1984 Arthur
The Love Boat 1984 TV Series Ernie Jordan
Blue Thunder 1984 TV Series Richard 'Ski' Butowski
Cracking Up 1983 Anti-Smoking Enforcer
Simon & Simon 1982 TV Series Joe Blake
The Greatest American Hero 1982 TV Series Coach Andrews
Matt Houston 1982 TV Series Crusher Kawalski
Cass Malloy 1982 TV Movie Officer Alvin Dimsky
Deadly Games 1982 Joe Adams
Magnum, P.I. 1982 TV Series Clarence / Dumbo
Vega$ 1981 TV Series Vinnie Trancas
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 1980 TV Movie Brom Bones
Fantasy Island 1978-1980 TV Series Derrick Haskell / Moose Maloney
Taxi 1979 TV Series Party Guy
Wonder Woman 1979 TV Series Neil
Superdome 1978 TV Movie Scott Hennerson
Gus 1976 Rob Cargil
Mother, Jugs & Speed 1976 Rodeo
A Matter of Wife... and Death 1976 TV Movie Heavy
Rich Man, Poor Man 1976 TV Mini-Series Al Fanducci
The Rockford Files 1976 TV Series Dick Butkus
Petrocelli 1975 TV Series Bill Eberly
Joe Forrester 1975 TV Series
The Six Million Dollar Man 1975 TV Series Bobby Laport
Bronk 1975 TV Series Roman Manescu
Police Story 1975 TV Series Selig / Sullivan
Cipolla Colt 1975 Jeff
McMillan & Wife 1974 TV Series Coach
Emergency! 1974 TV Series Dave 'The Animal'
Brian's Song 1971 TV Movie Dick Butkus (uncredited)



Inside Schwartz 2001 TV Series Himself
WWF Raw 2001 TV Series Himself / Himself - Audience Member
X.F.L. 2001 TV Series Himself
Early Edition 1997 TV Series Himself
Coach 1992-1997 TV Series Himself
Chicago Sons 1997 TV Series Himself
Charlie Grace 1996 TV Series Himself
Wheel of Fortune 1993 TV Series Himself - Contestant
Saturday Night Live 1992 TV Series Himself
The Last Boy Scout 1991 Himself
Bob Hope & Friends: Making New Memories 1991 TV Special Himself
Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 Himself
The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards 1988 TV Special documentary Himself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Comedy
Kate & Allie 1988 TV Series Himself
The NFL Today 1988 TV Series Himself - Studio Analyst
The New Hollywood Squares 1986 TV Series Guest Appearance / Himself
WrestleMania 2 1986 TV Movie Himself
All Star Blitz 1985 TV Series Himself
Rodney Dangerfield: Exposed 1985 TV Movie Himself
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Joe Namath 1979 TV Special Himself
The Dean Martin Show 1974 TV Series Himself
NFL Monday Night Football 1971-1972 TV Series Himself - Chicago Bears Linebacker
1971 NFL Pro Bowl 1971 TV Movie Himself - NFC Linebacker
The NFL on CBS 1970 TV Series Himself - Chicago Bears Linebacker
1964 Rose Bowl 1964 TV Movie Himself - Illinois Fighting Illini Linebacker
I Didn't Do It 2014 TV Series Himself
Mike & Mike 2012-2013 TV Series Himself - Pro Football Hall of Famer
The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet 2009 TV Series Himself
Memorial Stadium: True Illini Spirit 2008 Documentary Himself
American Chopper: The Series 2007 TV Series Himself
The Bernie Mac Show 2006 TV Series Himself
Bound for Glory 2005 TV Series Head Varsity Football Coach
Teddy Bears' Picnic 2002 Himself
ESPN SportsCentury 2000-2001 TV Series documentary Himself

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Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1977 TV Series Rob Cargil

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1 Appeared in a commercial for "FedEx Express".
2 Inducted into the ESPN Chicago Hall of Fame in 2011 (inaugural class) with Michael Jordan, Walter Payton, Ernie Banks, and Mike Ditka.
3 Father of Richard M. Butkus Jr..
4 Center/linebacker for the University of Illinois football team, 1962-1964.
5 Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983.
6 Mentioned in the Sublime song "Same in the End".
7 Since 1985 the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando, Florida has presented the annual Dick Butkus Award to the top linebacker in college football.
8 Was frequently paired up with Bubba Smith in Miller Lite commercials. Also worked with Smith in the Blue Thunder (1984) TV series.
9 Is of Lithuanian descent.
10 Uniform number 51 retired by the Bears.
11 Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.
12 Considered to be the meanest linebacker ever to play football.
13 Was a first-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears, with whom he spent nine years as a linebacker (1965-1973) and appeared in eight straight Pro Bowls (1965-1972).
14 Has two sons and a daughter

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