David Schwimmer Net Worth
David Schwimmer Net Worth and Salary: David Schwimmer is an American actor, director and producer who has a net worth of $100 million dollars. After a number of smaller roles, David Schwimmer was cast as one of the leads in the sitcom "Friends", a show that was widely successful worldwide. Since "Friends" completed its run in 2004, David has continued to act on both the British and American stages and even directed his first feature film, "Run Fatboy Run" in 2007. He was born David Lawrence Schwimmer on November 2, 1966 in Flushing, Queens, New York. He moved to Los Angeles with his family at the age of two and first started his acting career performing in school plays at Beverly Hills High School. After he earned his BA in theater and speech from Northwestern University in 1988, Schwimmer co-founded the Lookingglass Theatre Company. Despite that, he spent the majority of the late 1980s struggling with his acting career, though every now and then he landed small roles in TV series. One of his big early breaks was in an ABC TV movie called "A Deadly Silence". As we all know, it was the role of Ross Geller on the cult series "Friends" that made him a household name. The NBC show aired from 1994 to 2004 and co-starred Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry. After the series finale, Schwimmer was cast as the lead character in the 2005 drama Duane Hopwood. The same year, he made his London stage debut in the leading role in Some Girl(s) in 2005, and the next year he first appeared on Broadway with The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial. In addition to participating in stage and theater productions, Schwimmer lent his voice in the computer animated Madagascar films and starred in the dark comedy Big Nothing (2006) and the thriller Nothing But the Truth (2008). In 2016 he starred as Robert Kardashian in the FX series "American Crime Story" installment that focused on the trial of O.J. Simpson.
Off screen, he married actress Zoe Buckman in 2010 and later that year they welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Cleo Buckman Schwimmer.
David Schwimmer "Friends" Salaries and Royalties: For the first season of Friends, each cast member earned $22,500 per episode. That works out to $540,000 for the first season. Their salaries were boosted to $40,000 per episode in the second season. That works out to $960,000 for the second season. Ahead of the third season when their contracts were up, the cast banded together to negotiate as a group. They ended up with a deal that paid $75,000 per episode of season three ($1.875 million for the season), $85,000 for season 4 ($2.04 million), $100,000 for season 5 ($2.5 million) and $125,000 in season 6 ($3.125 million). Ahead of season 7 the cast negotiated for a massive raise. They each ended up earning $750,000 per episode in seasons 7 and 8 ($18 million per season). For seasons 9 and 10, each cast member earned $1 million per episode. That works out to $24 million for season 9 and $18 million for season 10. If you total it all up, each cast member of Friends earned around $90 million in base salary alone from the show before backend bonuses and on-going royalties.
Friends Royalties: As part of their 2000 contract negotiations, the cast was able to demand backend points on the show which would allow them to earn royalties off the show's sale into syndication. Up to that point, the only other TV stars who had ownership stakes in shows were Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Cosby. Friends continues to generate north of $1 billion per year in syndication royalties and streaming deals. It has been reported that each cast member in some years can earn $10-20 million in royalties alone.
|Net Worth:||$85 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Nov 2, 1966 (53 years old)|
|Height:||6 ft (1.85 m)|
|Profession:||Television Director, Actor, Film director, Film Producer, Theatre Director, Voice Actor|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
David Schwimmer Earnings