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Net Worth:
$25 Million
Jan 24, 1974 (50 years old)
6 ft (1.83 m)
Comedian, Actor, Voice Actor, Television producer, Screenwriter, Singer
United States of America
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Ed Helms is an American comedic actor who has a net worth of $25 million. Ed Helms began his career as a stand-up comedian and voice-over artist but eventually earned widespread fame and success as a film and television actor. He first became widely-known as a correspondent on "The Daily Show" before becoming a star with roles on TV shows like "The Office," and films like "The Hangover."

Early Life

Edward Parker Helms was born on January 24th of 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of 13, he was forced to undergo extensive surgery due to a congenital heart defect. After a nine-hour surgery and a one-week stint of hospital care, Helms made a full recovery.

As a youth, he spent time studying theater at various organizations, although he veered towards a major in Geology when he graduated high school. After a while, he switched from a geology major to a film and technology major at Oberlin College. He graduated in 1996 before spending time at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York as an exchange student.


Ed Helms emerged in the New York stand-up scene after graduating from college, and he also started writing and performing with various sketch groups. During this period, he studied film editing and recorded a voice reel. This led to the start of his career as a voice actor, and he landed paying work with an agent. Over the course of his career, Ed has booked commercial voiceover work for brands like Burger King, Doritos,, Sharp, and many others.

A massive breakthrough for Helms came in 2002 when he attended what he described as an "open audition" for "The Daily Show." He booked a role as a correspondent and spent the next four years performing various segments. Although he left the show in 2006, he makes brief reappearances every now and then.

In 2006, Ed took another major step forward when he booked a role in "The Office" alongside Steve Carell. Although he started off with a relatively minor role, he was made a series regular by 2007. Ever since he started appearing in "The Office," Helms has booked a number of roles in various television series. These include "The Mindy Project," "Wilfried," "NTSF:SD:SUV," "Tanner on Tanner," "Childrens Hospital," "Arrested Development," and "Cheap Seats."

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Prior to 2009, Ed Helms took relatively minor roles in films such as "Evan Almighty," "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," "Semi Pro," and "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay." When 2009 rolled around, he appeared in the comedic hit film "The Hangover," playing a major role as Stuart Price. Two sequels followed, and collectively the franchise has grossed over $1.4 billion at the box office.

In 2011, he booked another major role in the film "Cedar Rapids." He also appeared in the film "Vacation," which received mostly negative reviews. In addition, Helms has worked on several animated films as a voice actor, such as "The Lorax" and "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie."

Hangover Payday

The four primary actors in "The Hangover" – Ed, Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha – were relative unknowns before the movie was officially green-lit. The studio behind the project was so concerned about the lack of star power that it came very close to killing the movie altogether. Thankfully (for comedy fans), the movie's director Todd Phillips was so confident in his chosen actors that he went to the studio and offered to give back $6.5 million in salary in exchange for back-end points. He also reminded the studio that those four actors were set to earn less than $1 million, collectively.

The studio relented and the first Hangover went on to make $470 million at the box office and $75 million off DVD sales. It was the highest grossest R-rated comedy up to that point.

Amazingly, the studio never thought the lock in the four actors or Phillips for potential sequels. The group was therefore able to negotiate generous salaries and backend shares. When the sequel earned nearly $600 million at the box office, Todd Phillips earned another $70 million and the four actors each earned $30 million.

In total Phillips earned $150 million from the three Hangover movies and the four primary actors earned $40 million.


Outside of acting, Ed Helms is an avid musician who plays the banjo, guitar, and piano. He is a member of the bluegrass band The Lonesome Trio, and they have released one self-titled album.

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