How much is Cole Sprouse worth?
|Net Worth:||$5.5 Million
|Date of Birth:||August 4, 1992 (age 30)|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.8 m)|
“The world of fashion and fine arts in New York really took me by surprise, and photography has helped me through a period of personal turmoil. I am glad when people like my portfolio, but its aim is – or was – to keep me at peace.” Cole Sprouse
About Cole Sprouse
Cole Sprouse is an actor who has been a staple in many young-adults and teenagers lives. This is due to his famous role as Cody in the show The Suite Life of Zach and Cody.
“I’ve become obsessed with trying to figure out who I am against situations that make me uncomfortable and not settled, ensuring that that fear of stagnation doesn’t allow me to flip into that bubble of privilege.” Cole Sprouse
Breaking Down Cole Sprouse’s Net Worth
Cole Sprouse has been in the spotlight ever since he was–you guessed it!–six months old! Such a normal age to be an actor, right? Just kidding, just kidding, as both you and I know, that is pretty extreme.
As you can tell from him being cast at such a young age, he has an interesting route to success; one that involves his twin brother, Dylan Sprouse, in many ways. It wasn’t always easy of course and as he has said himself, “There were points I wanted to stop acting. We got so busy and didn’t get to see our friends a lot, and I was like, ‘Wow, I’m kind of over this.’ But then we started really having fun on ‘The Suite Life.'”
“We have to be thankful for what we have. A lot of kids would love to be in our situation, and we realize that.” Cole Sprouse
Although Cole Sprouse made money by picking up acting roles in a variety of movies, he did not start making the big bucks until he struck the gold mine known as The Suite Life of Zach and Cody. At the pinnacle of the show’s popularity, it made Cole Sprouse and his twin brother a reported $20,000 each episode. Keep in mind these kids were only thirteen when they started this show!
“I don’t come from a lot, so Disney gave me the opportunity to go to college, which is great. My brother and I are some of the first in our family to ever do that.” Cole Sprouse
He made even more playing Jughead Jones on Riverdale, for an estimated $40,000 an episode.
Movies and shows aside, he has partnered with a number of clothing companies such as Neiman Marcus and J Brand Jeans, easily earning him some extra cash.
What is so interesting about Cole Sprouse is that he is still so young. We haven’t seen him blossom into his full potential yet, which means his fame and riches are most definitely expected to continue on the up and up.
“Going to college made me realize you have to have real spaces of privacy, and you have to establish those early.” Cole Sprouse
Sprouse’s Total Net Worth
Cole Sprouse has earned substantial sums during his acting career, which dates back to 1993 because Cole appeared as a baby in “Grace Under Fire” in 1993. He had also appeared in “Big Daddy”, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”, “Friends” and in half a dozen films and TV series by the age of 10.
His career really kicked off though in 2005, when he was cast (along with his brother Dylan) in “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody”. Cole appeared in 87 episodes of the show and for the last season he was paid a reported $20,000 per episode. For the first season he was likely paid a total of no more than $100,000 including a signing bonus.
For the second season Sprouse was paid likely around $10,000 per episode, making his total earnings $390,000 for season two which included 39 episodes. For season three at the reported salary of $20,000 per episode Sprouse earned $440,000 from the 22 episodes. Cole Sprouse’s total earnings from “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” were $930,000.
He reprised the role of Cody Martin in “The Suite Life on Deck” and earned an estimated $2 million for doing so. It was in 2017 however that Sprouse would earn his highest earnings when he was cast as Jughead in the TV series, “Riverdale”. He was paid $40,000 per episode for the last two seasons, which totaled $1.52 million, after he appeared in 38 episodes. For seasons two and three he was likely paid $25,000 per episode, earning $1.1 million from the 44 episodes. For season one of the show he was likely paid no more than $250,000. Cole Sprouse’s total earnings from “Riverdale” were $2.87 million.
From all of his other appearances, including “Five Feet Apart”, “Moonshot”, “Wizards of Waverly Place” and the remainder of his 41 acting credits. Plus his producing of 9 episodes of Borrasca (Podcast Series), and his 62 appearances as himself. Sprouse has earned another $5 million.
When you put it all together. Cole Sprouse’s lifetime career earnings are at $10.8 million dollars. He will have had to pay tax on that, of course. It is likely that after tax optimizations and so on, he may have paid a tax rate close to 44%. Therefore his after tax earnings sit at $6.05, having paid $4.75 million in tax.
He has kept himself at of trouble, generally. He was arrested in a protest on May 31, 2020, in Los Angeles for racial justice after the murder of George Floyd. However I consider that a separate issue. No, Cole Sprouse has had his head on and has unlikely lost or spent that much and may have realized some investment gains. However he had also had to cover some quite costly agent fees. Overall, it is estimated that his net worth is about $5.5 million.
His first acting role was when he was a tiny, tiny human at the age of six months. I don’t remember anything from the time I was six months old, but I can say with some confidence that it did not involve acting.
Now that role may have established the foundation of his future success to some extent, but it was not Cole’s first big role–that came with a movie called Big Daddy, which also starred the media giant Adam Sandler. The movie was a box office hit, bringing in around $235 million dollars. And when the budget for the movie was only $34 million, that profit is not something to sneeze at.
“I took a break from acting for a little bit, came back, and didn’t know how it was going to be, but I had so much fun. I really had, like, a reinvention, a renewal.” Cole Sprouse
After Big Daddy, Cole Sprouse began to catch other roles in box office hits like his role in the movie The Master of Disguise (2002).
The role that absolutely catapulted him to a life of fame was his role in the show The Suite Life of Zach and Cody when he was just thirteen years old. It became one of the most popular shows to appear on Disney at the time and centered around a family–which included Cole’s twin brother Dylan–and their adventures and mishaps in a hotel watched over by a crude and no-nonsense man named Mr. Moseby.
After this role, Cole became known as “Cody off the Disney show.” Everyone knew who he was.
His big roles did not stop there. He is also known for his spectacular roles in Riverdale and Five Feet Apart.
“I’m a believer that we should support various forms of representation because they clearly resonate with unheard groups of people, and for such a huge project like ‘Riverdale,’ this kind of representation is fundamentally important.” Cole Sprouse
Some of Cole’s success can be attributed to his family connections. For example, the sole reason he got that acting gig at six months old was due to the connections his actress grandmother had–her name is Jonine Booth Wright.
But what other way could someone get an acting role at six months old? By going out into Hollywood and cold calling every producer or director you see? No, no, no. So to attribute Cole’s success entirely to his grandmother would be disingenuous. It would leave out the hard work he and his family had to do to even get a call back for many of his roles.
He is successful because he found a craft he was infatuated with and stuck with it. He took as much time as possible to learn from the veteran actors he acted alongside, becoming a student of the game.
“I’m a firm believer that if you’re nervous before you go into a scene, it means the scene is going to be good, and it means you’re invested in making something special.” Cole Sprouse
Not only does he have a passion for learning about acting, he also has a passion for learning about anything he can get his hands on. This is made clear by him halting his acting career and going to NYU, where he graduated with honors and majored in–you guessed it once again!–archaeology.
“Arrogance sort of destroys that nervousness because you’re having a bunch of people flatter you and tell you you’re awesome, and it keeps you from striving as hard for the kind of validation you seek from a good show.” Cole Sprouse
No matter what is set in front of him, he takes the time to master it. A constant want to learn and educate yourself is an attribute shared by the most successful, and it is shown here with Cole Sprouse.
“Something Dylan and I really don’t care much for is leaning into the identical twin thing. It doesn’t make sense.” Cole Sprouse
Cole Sprouse is ingrained into the memories of young adults because of his amazing roles in films like Big Daddy and shows such as The Suite Life of Zach and Cody. He started pursuing success at an age when memories are barely processed, and he didn’t stop there.
He put his heart and soul into pursuing an acting career, and that is exactly what he achieved. And the craziest part about it is that he is just turning 30 and who knows how much more success and money he will get through the rest of his long acting career.
“I think sexuality, especially, is one of those fluid things where oftentimes we find who we are through certain things that happen in our lives.” Cole Sprouse