How much is Lisa Kudrow worth?
|Net Worth:||$95 Million|
|Date of Birth:||July 30, 1963|
|Country:||United States of America|
Who Is Lisa Kudrow
Best known for the way she can deliver hilarious lines without breaking character, Lisa Kudrow is an actor and producer who first became famous for her role as Phoebe Buffay in the hit NBC TV show Friends. Through working on the show, she became the highest paid TV actress of all time, making tens of millions of dollars per season. Outside of the hit show, the actress has also had prominent roles in comedies in the 2000s and 2010s, and she is currently starring in Netflix’s Space Force. Some of her other popular movies and TV shows include Web Therapy, Analyse This, and The Boss Baby.
How did Lisa Kudrow earn her net worth?
It’s obvious that the vast amount of Kudrow’s wealth comes from her time spent playing Phoebe Buffay, which lasted for ten years and each year coming with a considerable pay increase. For the first season of the hit TV program, Kudrow was making $22,500 per episode, making her total intake for the season $540,000. That may seem like a lot, but is nothing compared to future seasons. For the whole of the second season, Kudrow made close to $1 million, and as her contract was up after that, her and the rest of the cast banded together to negotiate a much higher deal.
After their negotiations, the cast saw around $2 million each per season, but the biggest increase came for season seven, when her $125,000 per episode in season six skyrocketed to $750,000 per episode, which is $18 million per season. And for the final two seasons, She became the highest paid TV actress of all time (tied with her costars), earning one million dollars per episode. Her income from the show hasn’t ended yet, as she has ownership stakes in the show, meaning that she earns royalties from Friend’s syndication and DVD sales.
Why is she so famous?
It’s no secret that Kudrow’s fame comes almost entirely from Friends, as it was her first major role after she was fired from Frasier. In the early 90s, she was cast as Roz Doyle, Frasier’s radio producer, but was booted from development before the pilot episode was even filmed. However, everything balanced out when she was cast as Phoebe Buffay, and Friends’ success vastly outgrew that of Frasier. In the show, Kudrow plays the quirky wild card of the group, as she has strange ideas and an unusual perspective of the world due to her upbringing, and that’s why she’s many fans’ favorite, similar to why Kramer is so beloved on Seinfeld.
As Kudrow has the best comedy timing out of the whole cast of the show, she was quick to score roles in major comedy movies, including the Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro vehicle, Analyse This, and its sequel, Analyse That. In the movie, Kudrow played the wife of Dr. Sobel, played by Billy Crystal, who was presented with the task of becoming a gangster’s therapist. On top of that, she also starred in Dr. Doolittle 2, Hanging Up with Diane Keaton and Meg Ryan, and the Albert Brooks movie, Mother. Kudrow also featured in other TV shows, including The Simpsons, Hope and Gloria, King of the Hill, and she even hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live.
Though not all of her movie choices where a success while she was on Friends, it was after the show ended when Kudrow started focusing on movies and seeing huge box office returns. Kudrow took a step back and played more supporting roles instead of struggling to carry a whole movie on her shoulders. The actress starred in the coming of age drama Easy A alongside Emma Stone, which was a massive box office success considering its tiny budget, and she had a standout role in the Seth Rogen movie, Neighbors. That movie was so successful that it got a sequel with Kudrow reprising her role. But the biggest success Kudrow has seen post-Friends is for her voice acting in the animated movie The Boss Baby, which grossed more than half a billion dollars worldwide.
Kudrow also continued doing what she does best, playing outlandish characters on TV. Not only did she star in the HBO comedy The Comeback, but she also wrote and created the show too. The Comeback lasted for two seasons, and though it wasn’t HBO’s biggest property, it was certainly a hit amongst critics. Kudrow then created Web Therapy, an online show that was much more successful, lasting for six seasons. The show was even bought by Showtime and adapted for TV, lasting for four seasons on that medium. Outside of her own creations, she has also briefly reunited with her Friends’ costar Courtney Cox in Cougar Town.
What makes her so successful?
Kudrow may not be the most successful star of Friends, as that accolade goes to Jennifer Aniston, but she is by far the most talented in terms of comedy acting. The actress has amazing comedy timing and is able to deliver her bizarre lines with a straight face. Despite Phoebe being the oddest and quirkiest character, Kudrow is the actor who has broken character the least amount of times on the show. Though she hasn’t delved in to dramatic roles or acted alongside Adam Sandler, her comedy chops are second to none on the show.
It’s her understanding of comedy that has helped her in life after Friends too, as Kudrow has gone on to create not one, but two of successful TV sitcoms. Her first show, The Comeback, though it was cancelled after one season, has become a cult hit and it was even brought back for a second season nine years later. And Web Therapy has seen success on two different mediums thanks to Kudrow’s comedy skills, as the show is largely improvised. On top of that, Kudrow has been nominated for and won several awards including a Primetime Emmy for her role as Phoebe.
Thanks to being a part of one of the most popular shows on earth, Kudrow has been granted the ability to work at her own pace and have more creative control with the projects she works on. But it’s Friends itself that has gotten her the bulk of her estimated net worth, which currently sits at a massive $95 million. Most recently, Kudrow starred in the Netflix comedy Space Force, playing the wife of Steve Carrell’s character, and the show has been renewed for a second season.