Here’s How Much Jason Alexander and Your Other Favorite 1990s Sitcom Stars Are Worth in 2018
George Costanza has a new gig. Seinfeld star Jason Alexander is starring as Colonel Sanders in a new series of commercials for KFC. He’s one of more than a dozen famous faces that the fast food chain has tapped to play the Colonel since 2015, including Darrell Hammond, Billy Zane, Rob Low, Ray Liotta, and Reba McEntire.
It’s not clear how much Alexander is getting for his role as KFC spokesperson, but one thing’s for sure: He’s not hurting for cash.
Jason Alexander’s net worth is $50 million
Alexander is worth an estimated $50 million in 2018, according to Celebrity Net Worth. At the end of Seinfeld’s nine-season run in 1998 he was making around $600,000 per episode, CNBC reported. That worked out to roughly $11,000 per line.
Unlike his most famous character, Alexander isn’t work shy. In addition to his role on Seinfeld, he’s appeared on Broadway, made numerous guest appearance on TV shows such as Star Trek: Voyager and Monk, acted in various movies, and performed as a stand-up comic.
How much are the rest of the Seinfeld cast members worth?
Alexander’s co-stars on Seinfeld are doing pretty well for themselves too. Back in 2014, the website Wealth-X declared co-creator Jerry Seinfeld the richest actor in the world, with a net worth of $820 million. He gets much of money from Seinfeld’s syndication deals.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who played Elaine Benes, is worth an estimated $200 million, according to Bankrate. In addition to the money she earned on Seinfeld, Variety reports that she takes home $250,000 per episode of Veep. Michael Richards, who played Kramer, is worth $45 million.
How much other famous ‘90s sitcom stars are worth
Seinfeld isn’t the only iconic ‘90s sitcom that made its stars very rich. Here’s how much some of your other favorite 1990s TV actors are worth in 2018.
Jennifer Aniston: Fans fell in love with Aniston’s character Rachel Green on Friends. Today, she’s worth $220 million and is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world. But she could easily retire and never worry about money again – she still makes $20 million per year from Friends reruns.
Debra Messing: Will & Grace, which premiered in 1998, helped its female lead accumulate a fortune worth $20 million. These days, Messing is back on the small screen in her most famous role, earning $250,000 per episode, according to Variety. Co-stars Megan Mullally and Eric McCormack are pulling down similar salaries.
Roseanne Barr: Roseanne’s return to the television spotlight was brief, though she did earn $250,000 per episode of her namesake show’s short-lived reboot. Like Jerry Seinfeld, syndication has helped make her rich. She also earned $21 million for Roseanne’s final 1997 season. Today, she has a net worth of $80 million.
Mayim Bialik: These days she’s best-known for her appearances on The Big Bang Theory, but it was her starring role on Blossom, which aired from 1990 to 1995, that made Mayim Bialik famous. Today, she’s worth $25 million and earns $500,000 per episode of The Big Bang Theory, making her one of the highest-paid actresses in television.
Paul Reiser: Mad About You star Paul Reiser is worth $40 million. Unlike some stars on this list, Reiser’s wealth isn’t likely to swell due to a revival of his famous sitcom, which aired from 1992 to 1999. He’s said he’s not optimistic a reboot will get off the ground.
Will Smith: The former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is worth $300 million in 2018. According to Forbes, Smith is one of the highest-paid entertainers in the world, earning $42 million in 2018. His role in the Netflix movie Bright earned him $20 million.
Ed O’Neill: Today, he plays Pritchett family patriarch Jay Pritchett on Modern Family, but anyone who watched TV in the 1990s remembers Ed O’Neill’s breakout role as Al Bundy on Married… With Children. Now, he earns $500,000 per episode for his role on Modern Family and is worth $65 million.
Jaleel White: Even if you don’t remember Jaleel White’s name, you remember his most famous role, as the obnoxious neighbor Steve Urkel on Family Matters, which aired from 1989 to 1997. He’s worth $10 million.
All net worth estimates courtesy of Celebrity Net Worth unless otherwise noted.
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