Mikhail Baryshnikov is a Latvian-born Russian-American dancer/choreographer-turned-actor.  Considered one of the greatest male ballet dancers in history, Baryshnikov was a prima donna ballet dancer in Russia, Canada, and the USA before trying his hand at acting.

He found success on-screen with roles in movies like The Turning Point and White Nights, and TV shows like Sex and the City and Doll & Em.

As of October 2022, Mikhail Baryshnikov is reported to be worth $45 million. In this article, we discuss how Baryshnikov made his wealth.

Mikhail Baryshnikov Net Worth: Wealth and Salary Breakdown

Ballet Career

Mikhail started training for ballet once he turned 11. Throughout much of the ’60s and the early ’70s, Baryshnikov performed at a very high level and garnered praise outside of the Soviet Union.

Mikhail Baryshnikov was a prima donna ballet dancer
Mikhail Baryshnikov was a prima donna ballet dancer
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Combined with his growing international appeal and the constrictions on creative expression in the Soviet Union, Baryshnikov defected to Canada in June 1974 and performed briefly for the National Ballet of Canada.

He performed as the principal dancer for four years with the American Ballet Theatre from 1974 to 1978 before committing to the New York City Ballet for fifteen months.

Once his dancing career was winding down, Baryshnikov found work as the artistic director at the American Ballet Theatre and the White Oak Dance Project.

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TV & Film Career

Baryshnikov started gaining widespread recognition when his American Ballet Theatre rendition of The Nutcracker was brought to television and was promptly nominated for an Emmy Award.

His on-screen career only proliferated with his Emmy Award-winning specials in which he danced to music from Hollywood and Broadway.

He became known as an actor with his Academy Award-nominated turn as the womanizing ballet dancer, Yuri Kopeikine, in the 1977 drama movie, The Turning Point — starring Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft, Tom Skerritt, and James Mitchell, among others.

He also starred in the 1985 drama movie, White Nights, alongside Gregory Hines, Helen Mirren, Jerzy Skolimowski, and Isabella Rossellini.

In later years, Baryshnikov found recognition with the young crowd as Aleksandr Petrovsky, the love interest of Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw, in the last season of the HBO romantic comedy-drama series, Sex, and the City.

In 2015, he appeared in the English comedy series, Doll & Em.

How Old is Mikhail Baryshnikov? His Age, Height, and Childhood

Mikhail Baryshnikov was born Mikhail Nikolayevich Baryshnikov on
January 27, 1948. The 74-year-old was born in Riga, Latvia, to Russian parents Alexandra Kiselyova and Nikolay Baryshnikov.

Baryshnikov started training for ballet at age 11 and despite his short stature –standing at 5 feet 7 inches (1.7 meters) — was able to become a premier ballet dancer.

Mikhail Baryshnikov: Relationships, Marriage, and Children

Baryshnikov was in a relationship with the American actress Jessica Lange, who, due to the language barrier, communicated with him solely in French. They had a daughter together, Aleksandra ‘Shura’ Baryshnikova (born on March 5, 1981).

When their relationship ended, Baryshnikov started dating Lange’s best friend, Tuesday Weld.

Baryshnikov has been in a long-term relationship with Lisa Rinehart. He has three children with the former ballerina: son Peter Baryshnikov (born on July 7, 1989); and daughters Anna Baryshnikov (born on May 22, 1992), and Sofia Baryshnikov (born on May 24, 1994).