Best known for playing Damon Salvatore in The CW’s supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries, Ian Joseph Somerhalder is an American actor, model, director, and activist.
Somerhalder made his acting debut in 1997 and has appeared in numerous films like Life as a House, Pulse, Wake, and TV shows like Young Americans, CSI: Miami, Lost, and V Wars to date. He is also the founder of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation launched on 8th December 2010.
As of February 2020, Ian is currently worth $8 million.
A Short Biography of Ian Somerhalder
Ian Joseph Somerhalder was born on 8th December 1978 in Covington, Louisiana, the United States of America to Edna and Robert. He is American as per his nationality and has mixed (English, French, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh) ethnicity.
Somerhalder grew up alongside his siblings named Robert and Robyn. He went to Mandeville High School and Saint Paul’s School.
What Is Ian’s Net Worth In 2020?
As per Celebrity Net Worth, Ian owns an estimated net worth of $8 million as of February 2020. He amassed his million-dollar fortune from his multiple successful careers as an actor, model, and director.
According to various sources, an actor makes $48,000 to $67,000 for their work in a film, a director earns around $92,220 to $187,199 per year, whereas, a model makes $48,335 to $147,825 per annum. The salaries may vary according to the place and experience across the United States of America.
The Vampire Diaries actor listed his 2,840 square feet Venice, California condo for $3.495 million in September 2019. Ian purchased the 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms four years ago for $2.85 million from Chad Smith.
He also owned a 1,007 square feet 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom house in Santa Monica, California. Ian purchased the property back in 2006 for $897K.
Breakthrough With ‘Lost’ & Appearance In ‘The Vampire Diaries’
Ian began modeling at the age of 10 and decided to go into acting by 17. He made his film debut in 1997 from a neo-noir comedy thriller The Big Easy. He then appeared in an American drama series Young Americans as Hamilton Fleming.
Somerhalder made his breakthrough in 2004 as Boone Carlyle from the hit TV show Lost alongside Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, and Maggie Grace. Although his character died in the 20th episode of the first season, he reprised his role for seven more episodes from 2005 to 2010 including the series finale.
In June 2009, Ian joined the cast of The CW television drama series The Vampire Diaries as Vampire Damon Salvatore alongside Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert, Paul Wesley as Stefan Salvatore, Candice Accola as Caroline Forbes, and Kat Graham as Bonnie Bennett.
Ian as well as the whole show received a positive response from critics and has been the highest-rated series on CW since the network began in 2006.
Somerhalder received several awards and honors including Teen Choice Awards and People’s Choice Award for his work in the series.
In April 2018, he was cast as Dr. Luther Swann in the Netflix sci-fi horror series V Wars. The series was premiered on 5th December 2019 and stars Adrian Holmes and Jacky Lai.
Founder of Ian Somerhalder Foundation
42-year-old actor/model runs the Ian Somerhalder Foundation on his 32nd birthday on 8th Dec 2010 in order to help educate people about the importance of protecting wildlife and the environment.
He is also a celebrity campaigner for RYOT. Here is a list of few more charities which Ian supports:
- Alzheimer’s Association
- Animals Asia
- Elton John AIDS Foundation
- Teen Cancer America
- The Humane Society
- Best Friends Animal Society
- The Trevor Project
Married Long-term Girlfriend & Fathers A Daughter
The Lost actor began dating actress Nikki Reed in mid-2014. The couple got engaged in February 2015 and exchanged their wedding vows on 26th April 2015.
They tied the knot in midst of family and friends in Malibu, California. The duo welcomed their daughter named Bodhi Soleil on 25th July 2017.
The family of three currently reside in Los Angeles.