How Much Haley Joel Osment Made During His Incredible Movie Run
From the moment he uttered the line “I see dead people,” audiences were hooked on young Haley Joel Osment. Can you believe that that creepy little boy is now a 31-year-old man? We are all old. The Sixth Sense wasn’t his first role, but it was his first breakout role. As of the time, He was nine years old. The Sixth Sense didn’t just introduce us to Haley, it also introduced us to M. Night Shyamalan and had take Willis back to big-screen.
Haley Joel Osment is from Los Angeles. Joel was actually born April 10, 1988, to Theresa, a teacher, and Michael Osment, a film actor. His parents were a natives of Birmingham, Alabama and he describes his upbringing as a “good old-fashioned Southern upbringing.” When he was four years old, a talent scout spotted him and got him to a film audition for a commercial. Haley was asked to describe the biggest thing he’d ever seen, and he talked about an IMAX screen. That won him a part in a Pizza Hut commercial that launched his career.
Throughout the 1990s, he played a number of recurring and guest spots on television shows including Murphy Brown, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, Walker, Texas Ranger, Touched by an Angel, The Larry Sanders Show, Chicago Hope, and Ally McBeal. Haley’s first feature film role was in 1994’s Forrest Gump. He played the elder Forrest Gump’s son, also named Forrest Gump.
In 1999, Osment captivated audiences in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense as Cole Sear, a psychic child who sees dead people. Osment also won and got nominated for a slew of awards for his role over Bruce Willis. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, making him the second-youngest actor to ever get an Oscar nomination for a supporting role. Osment’s The 6th Sense line, “I see dead people,” became a popular catchphrase that is often repeated and parodied on TV, in films, and online. In fact, that line is #44 on the American Movie Institute’s record of the greatest 100 Film Quotes. The list of awards that nine-year-old Haley Joel Osment got nominated for or also won after The 6th Sense is truly stunning.
- Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor – Newcomer
- Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Performer
- Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
- Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
- Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
- Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
- Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Youth in Film
- Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Most Promising Actor
- MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
- Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
- Satellite Award for Outstanding New Talent
- Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
- Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
- Teen Choice Award for Film – Choice Breakout Performance
- Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor
- Young Star Award for Best Young Actor/Performance in a Motion Picture Drama
- Nominated –Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
- Nominated –Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
- Nominated –Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actor
- Nominated –Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
- Nominated –MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo (with Bruce Willis)
- Nominated –Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Debut
- Nominated –Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
So with all that critical and box office success – The 6th Sense derived in $293.5 million at the movie box office perhaps – absolutely Haley Joel Osment did earn enough to relax, right? Well, not really. Remember, when he was also cast he acted like eight or nine years old and an uncertain quantity. In fact, the whole film was an uncertain quantity. It was also one of director and the writer M. Night Shyamalan’s first movies—and the first in the ethereal, spooky genre he soon became known for.
The Sixth Sense was Haley Joel Osment’s breakout role and he made just $150,000. Bruce Willis, and his co-star, earned about $14 million in advance plus a 17% of gross receipts. That rounded up to a $120 million payday for Bruce Willis – one of the largest single-film acting paydays of all time. In fact, in Forrest Gump – which was also a massive success, Haley once again earned peanuts in comparison to the film’s adult leads. Tom Hanks also ranked in $70 million for his role as Forrest Gump when all was concluded.
After the success of The Sixth Sense, Haley Joel Osment went on a bit of a run. He starred in Pay It Forward and was paid $1 million. He was paid $2 million for his role in AI: Artificial Intelligence. During his run of roles in the early 2000s, Haley made about $5 million, which is equal to $8 million in today’s dollars.
Today, the estimate that Haley Joel Osment has a net worth of $7 million. He most recently appeared in Netflix’s Ted Bundy biopic Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile as Jerry Thompson opposite Zac Effron’s Ted Bundy.