Comedian Jackie Mason isn't famous for his impressive net worth. And with a net worth of approximately $4 million, he isn't as rich as many of his peers in the entertainment industry. But in terms of having a famous and distinctive style, Jackie Mason is richer than most. His career in comedy began at the age of 25, when he resigned from his position as an ordained rabbi in order to become a comedian. His comedy career has been largely on the stage, appearing in many one-man shows, including Politically Incorrect, which has been very successful for Mason on the road. Even in his "old" age, Mason has found the time and energy to star in a feature film. Jackie Goldberg: Private Dick is currently slated for release later in 2011.
Despite being what many consider a generally benign comedian, Mason has not been free from controversy. Several incidents he's been involved with include everything from flipping off Ed Sullivan (he denied doing this, and Sullivan later apologized for misunderstanding a gesture of Mason's) to controversial comments involving Israel (Mason is an ardent supporter of Israel) and Barack Obama. Still, with a career in entertainment that spans The Simpsons, The Jerk, and Caddyshack II, it's likely that Jackie Mason will be remembered first and foremost as a comedian.