The Annoying Commercial Stars You Hate Are Actually Really Rich

Let’s cut to the chase right away — you can make plenty of money if you’re on TV. Everyone from beloved game show hosts to lesser-known reality TV stars to loved and hated HGTV stars make a ton of money. When the shows go to commercial, you’re still watching some very wealthy actors, even if you don’t know them by name. The stars of all those commercials you hate are actually really rich. Let’s meet 15 annoying commercial stars who have a ton of money in the bank. We’re considering a career change, especially if we make as much as the person at No. 1 on the list.

15. The AT&T Woman

Milana Vayntrub the AT&T girl

Actress Milana Vayntrub stars in AT&T commercials. | Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Real name: Milana Vayntrub

Estimated net worth: $500,000

You might have seen her in a few This Is Us episodes, but you probably know Milana Vayntrub more for selling AT&T’s latest cell phone deal. Between the commercials and her other acting gigs, she has a net worth of $500,000.

Next: He makes money in front of and behind the camera.

13. The Sonic Guy with Hair (TIE)

Peter Grosz Sonic Guy

Peter Grosz (left) stars in Sonic commercials. | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Real name: Peter Grosz

Estimated net worth: $600,000

Peter Grosz plays the other Sonic guy (the one with more hair), and that’s what he’s famous for. However, he makes money behind the camera, too, writing for Late Night with Seth Meyers. Before that, he wrote 189 episodes of The Colbert Report.

Next: This pitchman makes us want to try the unhealthy food.

13. The Bald Sonic Guy (TIE)

Sonic Drive-In Restaurant exterior

A Sonic restaurant. | Wolterk/iStock/Getty Images

Real name: T.J. Jagodowski

Estimated net worth: $600,000

Sonic tops the unhealthiest fast food list, but we’re tempted to try it since the bald guy does such a good job selling the food. That bald guy is T.J. Jagodowski, and even though he has tons of acting credits, he’ll always be the wisecracking Sonic guy to us.

Next: He starred alongside kids before hitting primetime.

12. AT&T’s “It’s Not Complicated” Guy

Beck Bennett Saturday Night Live AT&T spokesman

Beck Bennett was a pitchman for AT&T before moving to Saturday Night Live. | Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

Real name: Beck Bennett

Estimated net worth: $1 million

You see him on TV every weekend as one of the cast mainstays at Saturday Night Live, but you probably saw him before he hit primetime. He starred alongside cute little kids during AT&T’s “It’s not complicated” ad campaign, which is something we still remember him for. His has an estimated $1 million net worth, but since he makes $24,000 per episode of SNL it’s probably more than that now.

Next: She makes us want to clean up.

11. Pine-Sol Lady

Being the Pine-Sol lady is Diane Amos’ most famous acting credit. | Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images

Real name: Diane Amos

Estimated net worth: $2.5 million

Her acting credits date back to 1990, according to IMDb, but to us, she’s the Pine-Sol lady who makes us want to clean up around the house. She’s not necessarily one of the most annoying commercial stars (a few of them annoy us a little more), but Diane Amos is pretty rich from starring in TV ads.

Next: A Canadian actress we haven’t seen in a while.

9. T-Mobile Girl (TIE)

Carly Foulkes (second from left) T-Mobile girl

Carly Foulkes (second from left) starred as the T-Mobile girl for years. | Getty Images

Real name: Carly Foulkes

Estimated net worth: $3 million

Carly Foulkes donned pink to play the T-Mobile girl for a long time, which is how we remember her. We haven’t seen the Canadian actress in a while, but she has an estimated $3 million net worth because of those T-Mobile commercials.

Next: We’ve seen her on TV a few different times.

9. Red from Wendy’s (TIE)

Morgan Smith Goodwin Red from Wendy's

Does this photo of Morgan Smith Goodwin make you hungry for Wendy’s? | Mike Windle/Getty Images

Real name: Morgan Smith-Goodwin

Estimated net worth: $3 million

You might recognize her for roles on Veep and Whitney and Britni, but we’re almost positive you remember Morgan Smith-Goodwin as Red in Wendy’s commercials. She became the spokesperson after company founder Dave Thomas died. Wendy’s and her other acting gigs give her a $3 million net worth.
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Next: We’re not going to risk it by lumping him in with the rest of the annoying commercial stars.

6. The Old Spice Guy (TIE)

No, you’re not one the annoying commercial stars, Mr. Old Spice man, sir. | Old Spice

Real name: Isaiah Mustafa

Estimated net worth: $5 million

We’re not calling actor Isaiah Mustafa one of the annoying commercial stars (we’ve seen him, and we don’t want to risk ticking him off), but the commercials are downright weird. We’re guessing he doesn’t care. Between starring in Old Spice commercials and his other acting credits. Mustafa has about $5 million in the bank.

Next: A nice payday for standing in front of a green screen.

6. Trivago Guy (TIE)

Trivago CEO Rolf Schromgens

Trivago CEO Rolf Schromgens lets Tim Williams be the commercial star. | Patricia De Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images

Real name: Tim Williams

Estimated net worth: $5 million

Trivago commercials all follow a mold: The spokesman stands in front of a green screen as images and graphics float past. There’s not much to it, but Tim Williams still gets a nice paycheck out of it. He has other credits on his resume, such as the Tom Cruise movie Valkyrie and a bunch of German-language shows, but we know him best as the Trivago guy.

Next: Probably the actor most recognizable outside his commercial work.

6. Mayhem from Allstate (TIE)

Dean Winters plays Mayhem in the Allstate commercials. | Lisa Lake/Getty Images

Real name: Dean Winters

Estimated net worth: $5 million

If you argue Dean Winters as Mayhem is one of the most annoying commercial stars around, we’ll respect your opinion, but honestly, the Allstate ads make us laugh. Winters is an accomplished actor outside commercials, too. The TV shows Oz, Rescue Me, 30 Rock, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit all show up on his resume.

Next: We can’t remember another spokesperson for this company.

4. Flo from Progressive (TIE)

Stephanie Courtney Flo from Progressive

Stephanie Courtney aka Flo from Progressive. | Rich Polk/Getty Images

Real name: Stephanie Courtney

Estimated net worth: $6 million

If you have a sharp eye, you’ve probably seen Stephanie Courtney on TV going back to her first role in 1998. To us, she is and will always be Flo from Progressive. The slyly funny spots give Courtney an estimated $6 million net worth.

Next: No longer a spokesman, but he still has a lot of money.

4. Jared from Subway (TIE)

Jared Fogle

Jared Fogle. | Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

Real name: Jared Fogle

Estimated net worth: $6 million

Jared from Subway isn’t so much one of the annoying commercial stars as he is disgusting and disappointing. A child pornography conviction destroyed Fogle’s career and ended his tenure as Subway’s spokesman, but not before he put millions in the bank.

Next: A new spokesman for the brand that never breaks.

2. The new Maytag Man (TIE)

Colin Ferguson Maytag Man

Colin Ferguson is the new face of Maytag. | Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images

Real name: Colin Ferguson

Estimated net worth: $8 million

Even brands that supposedly never break, such as Maytag, need spokespeople. Gordon Jump played the bored Maytag man until he died, and now Colin Ferguson has the job. It’s hardly his only acting role, but it’s the one we really know him for.

Next: He’s off in space these days.

2. The Most Interesting Man in the World (TIE)

Jonathan Goldsmith The Most Interesting Man in the World

The Most Interesting Man in the World attends the Kentucky Derby. | Robin Marchant/Getty Images

Real name: Jonathan Goldsmith

Estimated net worth: $8 million

Depending on how long you’ve been watching TV, you might remember Jonathan Goldsmith from small roles on The A-Team, Knight Rider, Dynasty, and St. Elsewhere, among others. We remember him most for playing Dos Equis spokesman The Most Interesting Man in the World. The brand made a change and fired him in 2016, but not before The Most Interesting Man in the World blasted off for Mars and Goldsmith pushed his net worth to $8 million.

Next: Five famous words and millions of dollars in the bank.

1. Can You Hear Me Now Guy

Paul Marcarelli was Verizon’s spokesman before becoming Sprint’s commercial star. | Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Real name: Paul Marcarelli

Estimated net worth: $10 million

Can you hear me now? Those are the five famous words Paul Marcarelli uttered as Verizon’s spokesman from 2001 to 2014. He backs Sprint now, and his time as a spokesman plus additional acting, writing, and producing credits give him an estimated $10 million net worth.

All net worth estimates courtesy of CelebrityNetWorth.

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