Penn Dayton Badgley was born on 1 November 1986, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He is a musician and actor, best known for being a part of the television series “Gossip Girl” as the character Dan Humphrey. He’s also been a part of numerous films, including “John Tucker Must Die”, “Easy A” and “Greetings from Tim Buckley”. All of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.
How rich is Penn Badgley? As of mid-2016, sources estimate a net worth that is at $8 million, mostly earned through a successful career as an actor. He’s been active in the music industry as well and has also done voice-over work. As he continues his career his wealth is expected to increase.
Penn Badgley Net Worth $8 million
Due to his parents’ divorce when he was 12 years old, Penn had to split time between Woodlake, Virginia and Seattle, Washington. He attended Woolridge Elementary and then transferred to St. Christopher’s School where he played soccer on a team his father coached. His first experience at acting was when he became part of the Charles Wright Academy. There he joined the Seattle Children’s Theatre and was soon participating in productions while also doing voice-overs for radio stations. Badgley then started to focus more on a singing and acting career. He attended Santa Monica College and was later accepted into the University of California, however, due to contractual obligations he wasn’t able to attend the university, and later went to Lewis & Clark College for two years.
One of Penn’s first major works came in the form of the video game “Mario Golf 64” which he voiced. The following year he had also voiced for the game “Mario Tennis 64”, and made a guest appearance in an episode of “Will & Grace”. Soon he was appearing in other shows such as “What I Like About You” and “Daddio, The Brothers Garcia”. He would start to gain recognition when he became part of the series “The Young and the Restless” as Phillip Chancellor IV. He was nominated a Young Artist Award for his performance. Badgley then appeared in “Do Over” which lasted for less than a season and then appeared in “Drive Thru”. He continued this trend of Warner Brother series such as “The Bedford Diaries” and “The Mountain”, all of which were short lived. His first major film would come in 2006 and it was entitled “John Tucker Must Die”. The film would gross highly in the box office, and his net worth took-off accordingly.
Penn’s breakthrough role would come in a series entitled “Gossip Girl” based on a book series of the same name. He portrayed the character Dan Humphrey who becomes the romantic interest of Blake Lively’s character, Serena van der Woodsen. Soon after starting “Gossip Girl” he would get more opportunities such as in the films “The Stepfather” and “Easy A”, in which he was the romantic interest of Emma Stone’s character Olive. One of his latest films is “Greetings from Tim Buckley” which showcased his musical skills.
In 2014, Badgley started a band and they released a song entitled “Easy” on Soundcloud. The band would soon be called MOTHXR and would sign with the Kitsune label. The band has toured around, supporting other acts, and then releasing their debut album “Centerfold” last February 2016.
For his personal life, it is known that Badgley dated “Gossip Girl” co-star Blake Lively for three years. In 2011, he dated Zoe Kravitz but their relationship ended after two years.
Politically, Penn is known for supporting Barack Obama during the 2008 election. He also helped Brad Pitt’s efforts to bring the FIFA World Cup to the United States.
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