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Alexander Payne’s Net Worth and Children; Wiki-Bio of Sandra Oh’s Ex-husband

Everyone might have watched ABC’s hit medical series ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ Then Sandra Oh is no stranger name for you who played the role of Dr. Cristina Yang on the series from 2005 to 2015. The former Grey’s Anatomy actress skyrocketed to fame after appearing as a lead role on BBC America spy thriller series ‘Killing Eve.’

She made history in 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards as the first Asian actress to be nominated as the Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

The Killing Eve actress was previously married to director and producer Alexander Payne. Let’s learn more about Sandra Oh’s ex-husband and their relationship. Why Sandra and her husband parted their ways? Is Sandra Oh’s ex-husband still single or married to another woman?

Sandra Oh’s Ex-Husband, Alexander Payne? Who is He?

Sandra Oh‘s ex-husband, Alexander Payne, is one of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers in the Hollywood industry. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Alexander is the youngest of three children. Payne attended four schools; Brownell-Talbot School, Dundee Elementary School, and Lewis and Clark Junior High School, and Creighton Prep High School. For further studies, he went on to Stanford University from where he doubled majored in Spanish and history. Furthermore, he received his MFA from UCLA Film School in 1990.

Image of Sandra Oh's ex-husband, Alexabder Payne
Sandra Oh’s ex-husband, Alexander Payne

Alexandra Payne made his debut directorial with the 1996 comedy film ‘Citizen Ruth.’ The movie was about abortion rights. Payne earned success with his 1998’s movie ‘Election’ and also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Climbing the ladder of success, Sandra’s ex-husband received his first Golden Globe nomination for writing 2002’s ‘About Schmidt.’ The 58 years old director won both Academy Award and Golden Globe awards for Best Adapted Screenplay for ‘Sideways‘ in 2005.

Payne wrote, directed, and produced the 2011 movie ‘The Descendants’ that received five Academy Award nominations and a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture.

Following the success, he directed his other movie ‘Nebraska’ in 2103, which nominated for six Academy Awards. His latest film ‘Downsizing’ released in 2017 and received mixed reviews from the critics.

Moreover, Alexander worked as executive producer for several other projects, including the 2014 film ‘Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter.’

Why Did Alexander Payne and Sandra Oh Divorce?

The Sideways director has been married twice in his life. When it comes to his private life, he just ignored that. As though we have collected a few data of his private life. He was previously married to ex-wife, Sandra Oh. Alexander Payne and Sandra Oh exchanged the vows On January 1st, 2003. So, how they met?

Image of Alexander and ex-wife, Sandra Oh in 2003
Alexander and ex-wife, Sandra Oh in 2003

Sandra and Alexander didn’t open up about their relationship in public. Also, they didn’t disclose when and how they met? Reportedly, the couple was dating for three years before tying the knot. Apart, Sandra landed a role in her ex-husband’s 2004 drama ‘Sideways.’ The film was their first and only work together.

After two years of their marriage, Oh filed for divorce from Payne in 2005. PEOPLE reported, Oh, and her husband had mutually decided to separate. Subsequently, their marital status officially ended in December 2006. This was the first marriage for both. However, the duo remains friends.

Who is Alexander Payne’s Current Wife? Meet Their Children

After being single for almost a decade, Sandra Oh’s ex-husband secretly married his current wife, Maria Kontos, in 2015. His wife, Maria, is a Greek Philologist. Payne’s wife, Maria, is 28 years Junior to him.

Image of Alexander Payne married to Maria Kontos in 2015
Alexander Payne married to Maria Kontos in 2015

Alexander met Maria during his visit to Aigio, Greece, in May 2014. They traveled to Athens together, where Kontos gave him a tour to the Acropolis Museum. Payne returned to the USA, but he was in touch with a young Maria.

Payne and Kontos attended the premiere of his sci-fi motion picture comedy ‘Downsizing’ at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles in December 2017.

The Sideways director became a father for the first time at the age of 56 in 2017. He has a daughter but didn’t reveal the newborn’s name publicly although Payne and Sandra have no children together.

What’s Alexander Payne Net Worth

Alexandra accumulates the huge worth from his movies that he directed and produced. He has directed the blockbuster films like The Descendants, About Schmidt that increased his net worth. As of now, Alexandra Payne’s net worth is $25 million.

His 2011 movie ‘The Descendants‘ earned $82,584,160 domestically and $94,659,025 from foreign countries. It grossed a total of over $177.2 million against a budget of $20 million.

Additionally, Payne’s 2004 comedy-drama film ‘Sideways‘ won multiple awards as well as became hit at the box office. It grossed $109.7 million worldwide against a budget of $16 million. However, his 2017 film ‘Downsizing‘ didn’t succeed in the box office. It earned only $55 million against a production budget between $68-$76 million.

Fun Facts

  • Sandra Oh’s ex-husband, Alexander won the Director of the Year award at the Palm Springs Film Festival for his movie ‘Sideways.’
  • His movie featured dark humor and satirical depictions of contemporary American society.
  • Alexander became a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2005.
  • He was nominated three-time for the Academy Award for Best Director.
  • Payne graduated in Film and Television for the UCLA School of Theater.

Alexander Payne Net Worth, Married, Wife, Kids

Name Constantine Alexander Payne
Birth Date  10, 1961
Age 58 years old
Place Omaha, Nebraska
Profession Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Net Worth $25 Million
Years Active 1985-Present
Marital Status Married
Sandra Oh (2003-2006), Maria Kontos (m. 2015)
Children 1

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