You may not recognize him now, but Reece Thompson appeared in one of the biggest movies ever made. In 1997’s Titanic, Thompson played “Irish little boy,” a young third-class passenger, who tragically dies with his mom and sister when the boat sinks. Remember now?
Yup, he appeared in that scene. Perhaps one of the most haunting scenes in the film, he perishes along with his family after his mother reads a bedtime story, and I have to stop now before I start bawling my eyes out.
Well, two decades later, Thompson is now 25. And although he quit acting (he now works as the digital marketing director at a ski resort in Utah), he revealed to Business Insider that he still receives pretty decent residual checks for his work in Titanic, which you’ll recall was a box-office smash that earned $2.2 billion worldwide. (That’s way more than Cal Hockley’s net worth, and perhaps even John Astor IV, the wealthiest passenger aboard the luxury liner.)
For appearing in three scenes and having one line of dialogue, Thompson ended up earning $30,000.
He doesn’t remember much of his time in the set, but the residual checks he gets for his stint in the top-grossing film are a pretty sweet reminder, if you ask us. And Thompson has his mom to thank, in part, for that. At the time, he had two options: a role in a gas station commercial or “a major motion picture,” and she helped him come aboard the latter.
In the years after Titanic‘s release, the checks were in the “low thousands,” he shared. And the amount would usually spike when Titanic got a new VHS or DVD version, or return to theaters. Now, he earns around $200 to $300 a year in residuals, which is pretty solid if you ask us because, again, this is 20 YEARS LATER.
Now, if he gets a couple hundred a year for his small role, just imagine how much Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet earn…