How much is Harry Hamlin worth?
|Date of Birth:
|October 30, 1951 (age 71)
|United States of America
|5 ft 10 in (1.8 m)
About Harry Hamlin
Harry Hamlin, whose full name is Harry Robinson Hamlin, is an American actor, business investor, entrepreneur, producer, and writer. He began acting in the 1970s and became famous after his role of Perseus in the 1981 fantasy film Clash of the Titans. Since then, he has taken part in many other films and series such as L.A. Law, and Mad Men from which he earned nominations for four Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Awards.
The actor who because famous when he landed the role of Perseus in Clash of the Titans, was born on October 30, 1951, in Pasadena, California. He’s the son of Chauncey, an aeronautical engineer, and Bernice, a socialite. During his teenage years, he attended the Flintridge Preparatory School as well as The Hill School. At that time, he was passionate about various sports such as lacrosse and soccer.
He attended the University of California, Berkeley where he was a member and part-time president of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. In 1974, he graduated from Yale University with a dual Bachelor of Arts in drama and psychology. A few months later, he began acting in drama schools and theatres. In 1976, he was awarded a Master of Fine Arts in acting from the American Conservatory Theater. At that time, he took part in the production Equus, which attracted the attention of Stanley Donen.
His television debut came in the 1976 just after his graduation from the American Conservatory Theater. At that time, he starred in the comedy play Taming of the Shrew, influenced by William Shakespeare’s work. In the late 1970s, he starred in his first film,Movie Movie, and first television series – Studs Lonigan.
Besides earning his first nomination for a Golden Globe Award, in the 1980s, he also accumulated an estimated $500,000. His breakthrough role came in the 1981 fantasy film Clash of the Titans, where he played the role of Perseus. Thanks to the film, which earned an estimated $70 million, and his other appearances he earned a name for himself in Hollywood. In 1986 he joined the NBC legal drama series L.A. Law, where he played the role of Michael Kuzak. Besides earning millions in total, he also earned his second nomination for a Golden Globe Award.
Since the 1980s, the actor has been proactively taking part in both television and theatre projects. His Broadway debut came in the 1982 play Awake and Sing. As an avid Shakespearean actor, he has taken part in many world-renowned plays – Hamlet, Macbeth, Henry V, King Lear, Summer and Smoke, and The Tempest to name a few.
In the past decade, in addition to writing his first book Full Frontal Nudity, Harry Hamlin also became a businessman. All told Harry Hamlin has earned a net worth of an estimated $14 million. Currently, he’s an advocate and spokesperson of fusion power and angel investor and co-founder of the company TAE Technologies. He’s also on the board of governors of the educational and scientific organization NSS (National Space Society).
Towards the end of the 20th century, Hamlin took part in many television movies – Laguna Heat, Dinner at Eight, Deceptions, and Deadly Intentions. In the 1990s, he also became a voice actor that joined the cast of Batman: The Animated Series. Besides landing leading roles in television series such as Movie Stars, Veronica Mars, and Mad Men, he also appeared in several video games such as God of War II.
Hamlin’s Total Net Worth
Harry Hamlin’s career began on a major upward curve in 1980 when he was cast as Perseus, in Clash of the Titans. A movie that earned $70 million from a $9-15 budget. In 1981 he was cast in Making Love which, when it was released a year later, only earned $11.8 million dollars back from its $9 million budget. All the same, Hamlin’s role was well received and these early years formed the basis of his career. His net worth was about $500,000 by 1985. Fortunately, that was also the year that he was cast in L.A. Law. A TV series that Hamlin would go on to star in 105 episodes of.
Salaries for 1980 TV series were low compared to what some TV actors are paid today; however, it still earned Hamlin a $1 million dollar net worth by 1991. He appeared in about 30 episodes of L.A. Law from 1986, to and including 1988. Per episode he was likely being paid $550 (an inflation adjusted $3,500), making his two-year earnings from the show $39,000 (an inflation adjusted $105,000). After the second season, and before the start of the third, the rates go up per episode and it is estimated that he earned $10,000 per episode (an inflation adjusted $25,000). This salary was in place for about 38 episodes making his total earnings from 1988, to and including 1989, $380,000 (an inflation adjusted $952,000).
For the remaining episodes that Hamlin appeared in on the show, from 1990, to and including 1991. He was likely paid $35,000 per episode (an inflation adjusted $80,000). It was likely too pricey to keep him on the show after that and he was replaced after 1991 until the show’s conclusions in 1994. That said, he made another 38 appearances before he was replaced and at the new rate of $35,000, earning $1.33 million (an inflation adjusted $3 million). In total, Hamlin earned $1.75 million from his appearances on L.A. Law.
As can be seen, adjustments for inflation have been included however they are largely irrelevant for calculating Hamlin’s net worth. If he was being paid $10,000 for an episode and put it in the bank and withdrew that $10,000 today, it would still be $10,000. Despite it having been worth the equivalent of $25,000 when he was paid that amount in 1988. It is relevant to lower relative living costs overall and any investments that may have been made. Converting cash into equity or property, for example.
Hamlin also earned a substantial sum from his appearances on Mad Men. He appeared in 15 episodes, 2013-2014, and was paid a reported $275,000 per episode. In total, Hamlin earned $4.13 million for his role as Jim Cutler on Mad Men.
From all of his other appearances, including Harry Loves Lisa, Save Me, Sex, Lies & Obsession, Veronica Mars and The Nanny, he has earned a total of an estimated $10 million. He has also appeared on The Hot Zone since 2019. Which brings Harry Hamlin’s estimated career earnings to $15.88 million. That figure also includes his appearances as himself of which he has 83 credits to his name. It is has not been taxed, however.
Harry Hamlin has earned more in some years, than in others. He has been earning taxable significant amounts from his acting career for the years between 1980-2022. On average he has earned $378,000, per year, which would put him in the higher tax brackets. However there were years he earned more and years when he earned less. It is also likely that he would have hired a company that would legally optimize some of his taxes. It is not a foregone conclusion but likely Hamlin would have paid about 44% in tax during his career. Making his career earnings $8.89 million, having paid $6.99 million in taxes.
Harry Hamlin has been married three times and divorced twice. He married Laura Johnson (1985–1989) and Nicollette Sheridan (m. 1991–1992). While his marriage to Nicollette Sherida was less significant his first marriage to Laura Johnson is considered significant in terms of a divorce settlement. However it was still early days in his career, he had not earned that much and likely was ordered to pay her no more than $250,000. Hamlin also had a daughter with Ursula Andress, which is an added cost along with his other two daughters.
He later married Lisa Rinna in 1997 and while there has been some recent hot topic discussion amid rumors about his alleged cheating on his wife The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna. Generally, he has kept himself in good condition legally, and assumedly, financially. He owns some real estate, a property in Beverly Hills that he designed in the 1980s. That may be worth as much as $3.5 million dollars today, however, he must have paid for it (likely with a mortgage) from his acting earnings and so that must be factored in. It likely cost him $1.3 million, leaving a $2.2 million addition to his net worth. He also may have realized some investment gains.
Which means, overall, and all things considered, including expenditure, losses and some considerable investment gains in the stock market and in other investments. It is estimated that Harry Hamlin has a net worth of about $14 million.
Harry Hamlin is an actor that has taken part in many films, theatre plays, television series, and video games. He started acting in the 1970s and attained mainstream recognition with his role in Clash of the Titans. During his illustrious career, which spans over four decades, he has participated in many television productions such as King of the Mountain, Director’s Cut, L.A. Law, Law and Order, and Shameless.
Mainly because of his incredible performances, he was able to earn an estimated net worth of $14 million while also winning prestigious awards and nominations for the likes of Primetime Emmys and Golden Globes.