How much is Jon Cryer worth?
|Net Worth:||$75 Million
|Date of Birth:||April 16, 1965|
|Country:||United States of America|
From the brat pack to one of Two and a Half Men, Jon’s been on the scene since the ’80s.
Who Is Jon Cryer
Actor Jon Cryer gained fans early in his career for his goofy portrayal of Duckie in the popular ’80s classic Pretty in Pink (1986). Stuck in the shadow of his then-doppelganger, Matthew Broderick, Cryer maintained a spotty career for almost two decades until the hit sitcom Two and a Half Men rescued him from being relegated to an ’80s pop culture relic.
American actor Jon Cryer has a net worth of $75 million dollars, as of 2020.
Becoming A Brat
Born on April 16, 1965, this New York native grew up in the Bronx as the son of Broadway performers. Having set his mind to becoming an actor himself, Cryer skipped college to attend London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. For his cinematic debut, Cryer played a teenage photographer obsessed with an aspiring rockstar alongside Demi Moore in the romantic comedy No Small Affair (1984).
With John Hughes films dominating the box office in the ’80s, Cryer found fast and lasting fame after he was cast in Pretty in Pink as the lovable sidekick to Brat Pack queen Molly Ringwald. Cryer lip-syched his way into the hearts of dreamy teens with his record store rendition of an Otis Redding tune and thus cemented his place as one of the decade’s iconic faces.
As memorable as his performance was, Cryer spent the next several years in some very forgettable movies. One outlier in his resume that stood out amongst critics was the Top Gun spoof Hot Shots! (1991), in which Cryer shared the screen with Cary Elwes and his future sitcom co-star Charlie Sheen. His television endeavors proved to be similarly underwhelming, but only in the beginning.
In 1989, Cryer landed the central role in The Famous Teddy Z, a sitcom about a young Greek baker making it big as a talent agent. Due to its less-than-stellar ratings, the show was yanked after the sole season finished production. Aside from the occasional appearance in TV shows like Dharma & Greg and The Outer Limits, Cryer continued to involve himself in projects that never made it past season one. But his streak changed drastically in 2003 when he was cast in the CBS comedy Two and a Half Men.
Becoming A Man
With Cryer and Sheen playing live-in brothers and polar opposites, the antics ensued and the ratings skyrocketed. In 2009, Cryer took home an Emmy for his portrayal and the series kept a healthy viewership for seven straight seasons. With renewal contracts already drawn up for the following year, it seemed like nothing could stop the show’s undying success. And that’s when Charlie Sheen went Charlie Sheen.
Fresh out of rehab (again), Sheen went on a flurry of interviews where he spewed out bizarre rants and combative tirades mostly against Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre. Unhappy with Sheen’s antics, CBS producers brought the show’s production to a halt with a swift and indefinite cancellation, leaving Cryer temporarily jobless.
With his career postponed and plenty of free time, Cryer moved on to another project. In March 2011, Cryer kept himself busy by joining the cast of Company, a New York Philharmonic musical production that also featured such stars as Neil Patrick Harris, Patti LuPone, Christina Hendricks and Stephen Colbert.
Fortunately Two and a Half Men was far from over and Ashton Kutcher was hired to replace Charlie Sheen for season 9. He plays a billionaire who buys the house and the show went on for another three seasons until it’s season finale in 2015.
Man and Wife
In 2000, Cryer married actress Sarah Trigger, with whom he had a son. The couple went through a bitter divorce in 2004, but the drama didn’t end there. In 2009, Trigger was arrested for felony child abuse and, the following year, she tried to get her then-boyfriend to kill Cryer, a scheme that failed. Despite all of the off-screen drama with his ex, Cryer kept his relationship with entertainment reporter Lisa Joyner, whom he married in 2007.
Having preserved his early movie personality in his smile, Jon Cryer has attained a new height of fame through his television success. But not without some thanks to the ever-“winning” Charlie Sheen media magnet.
Defining Quote “It’s an actor’s greatest dream to do something that people latch on to. Doing that once in your life, you’re lucky. And it’s not like I was playing a horrible character.”