Rainn Wilson may have once driven a moving van to make ends meet, but if Celebrity Net Worth is right, his days of fighting on the bread line are behind him. According to the latest estimates, the 54-year-old actor is currently doing quite well with the very handsome sum of $ 14 million … a fortune that might not be in the same league as his former Office co-star Steve Carell (who is currently thought to be worth around $ 50 million), but it’s pretty impressive nonetheless. So how is it that someone who, by his own admission, is a funnier sidekick than a burly male lead, made such a newsworthy fortune?
Earn your stripes
Wilson’s dreams of being an actor began early: After laying out his plans for the future in high school, he enrolled in a drama degree at the University of Washington in Seattle. After leaving Washington in 1986, he attended New York University’s Graduate Program in Acting at the Tisch School of the Arts, graduating with an MFA in acting. Wilson’s first professional gigs were on stage, and he spent several years walking the New York stages, performing with (among others) the Public Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Playwrights Horizons, The Roundabout, and The Guthrie Theater. Despite impressing audiences and critics alike (the latter to the tune of three Helen Hayes awards for best supporting actor), his salary was not the size it is now, and for a period, he earned his rent by driving a pickup truck. moving.
Transition to television
After earning his stripes on stage, Wilson moved to television in 1997. The role (a role in an episode of the soap opera One Life to Live) was small, but after the transition, new opportunities began to emerge. in … even if it took him another three years to get a successful audition. Between 2000 and 2003, Wilson made numerous screen appearances, with his time cameos including Road Rules: Maximum Velocity Tour (2000), Charmed (2001), When Billie Beat Bobby (2001), Dark Angel (2001), CSI. : Crime Scene Investigation (2001) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2001). In 2003, he landed his first recurring role as Arthur Martin on Monk, a role that earned him his first television award (an award from the Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series), as well as presented to a wider audience. . After two years at Monk, Wilson left the series in 2005. Shortly after, he was offered the opportunity to try out the role of one Dwight Kurt Schrute. He did, he was successful, and thus he followed the creation of the Rainn Wilson fortune.
When it started, few could have anticipated the popularity or longevity of The Office. Based on the British series of the same name, it took a group of unknown actors and turned them into superstars overnight. Wilson was fortunate enough to be one of them, and he can thank much of his subsequent success in the series’ popularity, not to mention how well audiences took on his expertly tuned comedic acting and his nerdy, bespectacled appearance. Wilson stayed with the show until its end in 2013, receiving Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and two SAG Awards for Outstanding Comedy Ensemble.
The end of The Office was not the end of Wilson’s television career. During his time on the show, he added to its success with appearances on Saturday Night Live (becoming the second Office star to feature after Steve Carell), Tim and Eric Nite Live !, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! , Reno 911 !, Family Guy, Rove LA and The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange. After his departure from the show, he has been a nearly constant fixture on our screens, with roles like Adventure Time, Backstrom, Roadies, Star Trek: Discovery, Room 104, Star Trek: Short Treks, and Mom. In 2019, it was announced that he had been cast in the upcoming Amazon series, Amazon, alongside John Cusack and Sasha Lane.
As for what makes Wilson such a television gold? Perhaps the film critic Roger Ebert put it best when he said: “He has that rare quality in an actor, an amazing presence. There are some like him (Jack Nicholson, Christopher Walken, Bill Murray) who just need to look at something to establish an attitude towards him. Yes, they can get nervous, they can operate high up, but their passive essence is the point: doubtful, wise, sadly informed, at an angle to the straight line. Other actors could sit on a couch and watch TV, but Rainn Wilson makes a statement. A…