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Shockingly Low Movie Salaries

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Jon Voight in 'Midnight Cowboy'

Salary: Legal Minimum in 1969

Jon Voight not only accepted the absurdly low legal minimum salary for his breakout role in 1969’s “Midnight Cowboy"... he was also sent a bill for the coffee he drank on set! Luckily, his decision to play the part despite the money paid off, and the actor earned his very first Academy Award nomination. He spoke with the Associated Press about his decision to take the role for next to nothing, and why it ended up being the greatest call of his career:

"I said, 'Tell them I'll do this part for nothing. They took me at my word and gave me the minimum for 'Midnight Cowboy.' It was the worst, but I knew what it meant. It was going to give me a career and I was right." —XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photo: United Artists)

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