Last Updated: January 7, 2024
Richest CelebritiesActors
Net Worth:
$2 Million
Jun 28, 1969 (54 years old)
5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Actor, Singer
United States of America
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What is Tichina Arnold's Net Worth and Salary?

Tichina Arnold is an American actress and singer, who has a net worth of $2 million. Tichina Arnold is probably best known for playing the role of Pamela James on the FOX sitcom "Martin." She was a main cast member for the show's full run, from 1992 to 1997. Her portrayal of 'Pam' showcased her comedic timing and ability to hold her own alongside the show's lead, Martin Lawrence, contributing significantly to the show's success and becoming a fan favorite.

Outside of "Martin," Arnold's career has been marked by a series of notable roles in television. She starred in the sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris," where she played Rochelle, the tough but loving mother. This role, which she held from 2005 to 2009, was widely praised for its humor and depth, further cementing Arnold's status as a talented comedic actress.

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Early Life and Career Beginnings

Tichina Rolanda Arnold was born on June 28, 1969, in Queens, New York City. Her family was middle-class, and she was raised in the Church of God in Christ. Her mother, Diane, worked at the sanitation department, and her father worked as a police officer. Arnold was a student at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. She had started singing at church at the age of four, and by eight years old she had won a part in the play titled "The Me Nobody Knows", which was put on at the Billie Holiday Theater in Brooklyn. From there her career continued to grow as she performed in several theatres and supper clubs.


Arnold began her film career when she was a teenager, appearing in Frank Oz's musical film "Little Shop of Horror" (1986). In the film, she was one of the three chorus girls, and appeared in the show along with Tisha Campbell, her future co-star. From there, Arnold steadily began to build her career during the 1980s. Films she appeared in during this time include "Starlight: A Musical Movie" (1988), "How I Got into College" (1989). In 1987, Arnold landed her first big break on television when she was cast as Zena Brown on the soap opera "Ryan's Hope". She continued in the role until the end of the series in January 1989. For her portrayal of Brown, she actually received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in 1988. Her success in television continued when, later in the year in 1989, she landed the role of Sharla Valentine on the ABC-TV daytime drama "All My Children". Arnold continued in her role as Valentine until 1991, when she left the show.

Her next television role, as Pamela James on the sitcom "Martin", is the role that she is widely recognized and remembered for. Her character James was the best friend of Tisha Campbell's character Gina Waters-Payne. Arnold remained in this role throughout the entirety of the series, from 1992 to 1997. The series also starred Martin Lawrence, Thomas Mikal Ford, and Carl Anthony Payne II.

Tichina appeared in single episodes of the shows "The Jamie Foxx Show" (1998), "The Norm Show" (1999), and "Pacific Blue" (1999), before landing a recurring role on "One on One" as Nicole Barnes, from 2001 to 2005.

In 2005 she began playing Rochelle, the family matriarch, on the sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris". She remained in the main cast of "Everybody Hates Chris" until the end of the show in May 2009. From 2011 to 2013, Arnold was a member of the main cast of the show "Happily Divorced". She then joined the main cast of "Survivor's Remorse" from 2014 to 2017, before taking on a main role in "The Neighborhood" beginning in 2018. Other shows she has appeared on include "Raising Hope" (2011), "Hit the Floor" (2014), "Black Dynamite" (2015), "The Eric Andre Show" (2016), "Daytime Divas" (2017), and "Lockdown" (2018).

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In the meantime, as her television career was taking off, Arnold continued to act in various films. In 1991, she appeared in the film "Scenes from a Mall" directed by Paul Mazursky and starring Bette Midler and Woody Allen. Other films she has appeared in include "Fakin' Da Funk" (1997), "Dancing in September" (2000), "Civil Brand" (2002), "Preaching to the Choir" (2005), "Drillbit Taylor" (2008), "Dance Flick" (2009), "Summoned" (2013), "A Day late and a Dollar Short" (2014), "Royal Family Thanksgiving" (2015), "Royal Family Christmas" (2015), "Countdown" (2019), and "The Main Event" (2020). She has reunited with her "Martin" co-star Martin Lawrence in the films "Big Momma's House" (2000) and "Wild Hogs" (2007). Most of her performances have been comedic, but she has also pushed herself out of her comfort zone and into other types of acting, such as in the 2008 historical film "Hope & Redemption: The Lena Baker Story". In addition to her on-screen acting performances, Arnold has also lent her voice to projects as a voice actor. She voiced a character in the adult animated show "The Boondocks", in the 2007 episode titled "Attack of the Killer Kung-fu Wolf Bitch".

Entrepreneurial Ventures and Philanthropy

In 1998, Arnold started her own company, China Moon Rags. She sold designer headgear like Swarovski crystal-embroidered bandanas. Celebrities like Tisha Campbell, Janet Jackson, Regina King, Christina Aguilera, Vivica A. Fox, and LisaRaye McCoy were all spotted wearing Arnold's designs. However, Arnold stopped production when her daughter was born. Arnold's sister Zenay suffers from Lupus. In 2013, the two women teamed up to launch the We Win Foundation, which is for people with lupus.

Personal Life

Tichina Arnold was previously in a relationship with music producer Carvin Haggins. They had one daughter together, Alijah Kai Haggins (born 2004). Arnold and Haggins have since split. In August 2012, Arnold married DaRico Hine, the former assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors, in a ceremony in Honolulu, Hawaii. The couple announced their divorce in January 2016, after less than four years of marriage. Allegedly, Hines was unfaithful to Arnold during the marriage and had even produced a sex tap with another woman.

Real Estate

In January 2018 Tichina paid $933,000 for a home in Los Angeles. She listed this home for sale in July 2023 for $2 million, but ultimately pulled the listing.

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