‘House Party’ 30 Years Later: How Much is the Cast Worth Today?
House Party is the raunchy teen romp starring the classic rap duo, Kid ‘n Play. When the movie debuted in 1990, it helped boost the careers of the main cast, many of whom went on to land more high-profile gigs. Here’s how the key players stack up today when it comes to net worth.
The ‘House Party’ phenomenon
House Party appealed to comedy lovers and music enthusiasts alike. Christopher ‘Kid’ Reid and Christopher ‘Play’ Martin, better known as Kid ‘n Play, co-headlined the feature film. They had already vaulted to fame after their debut album, 2 Hype in 1988, and their sophomore installment, Kid ‘n Play Funhouse in 1990.
The charismatic musical pair earned fans with their catchy lyrics, likable personalities, and signature dance moves, including the Funky Charleston. In a genius move, they leveraged their popularity to become movie stars.
In House Party, Play’s parents go out of town, leaving him the run of the house. Predictably, the suave and popular teen throws a killer blowout with music, food, and plenty of partiers. Kid, who is grounded, sneaks out of the house to attend the shindig, and hilarity ensues. Along with Reid and Martin, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Martin Lawrence, and A.J. Johnson brought the comedy to life.
From the quotable lines to the epic rap battle to the inimitable dance-off, House Party became an instant hit with critics and fans. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film earned a favorable Audience Score of 82%, plus it scored a whopping 95% on the Tomatometer.
Box office gold
House Party spawned four sequels, in which Reid and Martin returned for three. And according to Deadline, “Old Town Road” music video director, Calmatic, will direct a reboot of House Party, with LeBron James producing.
The House Party legacy lives on today, and the original cast continues to work in entertainment. In the 30 years since the film premiered, here’s how much wealth the stars have maintained, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Christopher ‘Kid’ Reid as ‘Christopher Kid Harris’
Aside from the House Party series, Reid teamed up with Martin for Class Act, Bodyguards, and Funny Business. He currently makes a living as an actor, comedian, and television presenter, and is estimated to be worth about $500,000.
Christopher ‘Play’ Martin as ‘Peter Play Martin’
Martin has a new project cooking with his frequent collaborator, Reid. The partners are currently filming Scroll Wheel of Time, a sci-fi series about an iPod that operates as a time machine. Martin’s estimated net worth is $300,000.
Tisha Campbell-Martin as ‘Sidney’
Before Campbell-Martin portrayed Sidney, the object of Kid’s affection, in House Party, she was known for her roles in Little Shop of Horrors and School Daze. The actor went on to land more high-profile gigs, including starring roles on Martin and My Wife and Kids, which each lasted five seasons. Campbell-Martin, who continues to act, is estimated to be worth $500,000.
A.J. Johnson as ‘Sharane’
Choreographer, actress, and fitness coach, Johnson, played Sharane, Play’s love interest in House Party. The entertainer, who is also known for Baby Boy, has a thriving online presence. What’s more, the Spelman College grad has become a bona fide wellness guru who often appears on television and radio programs. Johnson’s estimated net worth amounts to $500,000.
Martin Lawrence as ‘Bilal’
You can’t have a house party without a rockin’ DJ. Lawrence played Bilal, the music aficionado, who spun records to keep the party going. The stand-up comedian turned actor became famous for his hosting gig on Def Comedy Jam. Later, he headlined Martin for five seasons while simultaneously juggling movie roles. Next up for the star is Bad Boys 4 opposite fellow sitcom alum, Will Smith. Lawrence has built his fortune to an estimated $110 million.
Fans who want to relive House Party are in luck. The classic flick is now streaming on HBO Max.
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