How much was Mark Salling worth?

Net Worth:$100 Thousand
Profession:Professional Actor
Date of Birth:August 17, 1982
Country:United States of America
1.83 m

He was the resident hunky troublemaker on the hit musical series Glee. Yet Salling’s story turned sad (warning).

Who Is Mark Salling

Mark Wayne Salling was born in Dallas, Texas on August 17, 1982. The younger of two children, Salling was homeschooled before attending various parochial schools as a tween.

American actor Mark Salling had a net worth of just $100 thousand dollars at the time of his death, in 2018.

A Puck Of All Trades

By the time he enrolled in public high school, Salling was already mirroring his future breakout character. Puck’s sport of choice is football, but the young Salling chose wrestling, rugby and basketball to keep busy.  

Despite his love of sports, music was always first for Salling, who was performing cover gigs at local bars and talent shows by his junior year. He also took acting lessons at a local Dallas theater and landed a role opposite Naomi Watts in Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering in 1996, which was conveniently shot in Dallas. Salling was able to find work in other Dallas-centric productions like Chuck Norris’ show Walker, Texas Ranger, but he moved to Los Angeles in hopes of steadier work after high school.  

Hollywood Struggles

Despite his leading man caliber good looks and undeniable musical talent, Salling’s Hollywood dreams did not come true right away. He spent his first seven years in Tinseltown studying music and acting while teaching guitar lessons and scoring USC student films to pay the bills. In 2006 he won a role in the horror flick The Graveyard, but paying gigs were so few and far between that Salling considered packing his bags and taking the midnight train back to Texas.  

The exhausted Salling put together a reel and some press packets in a final, last ditch effort, and was eventually introduced to the agent that would change his life forever. After five auditions, he landed the role of Noah “Puck” Puckerman on Glee, a show that was pitched as a High School Musical for primetime TV.  

Instant Fame

Since its debut in 2009, Glee has won the hearts of millions upon millions of fans and established itself as a powerhouse Nielson success that also promotes a positive message. The cast has enjoyed instant fame and can be seen walking red carpets and gracing tabloid covers worldwide. Salling’s good looks and guitar skills have not gone unnoticed, and his eight-page spread in GQ in June of 2010 solidified his status as a sex symbol.  

In October of 2010, he released his debut solo album, Pipe Dreams. The album didn’t touch the level of success of Glee, but the single ‘Higher Power’ received a moderate amount of buzz.  

With fame came the inevitable tabloid scrutiny of his personal life. He was romantically linked with several starlets ranging from Paris Hilton to Disney’s Selena Gomez, and reportedly broke the heart of his smokin’ hot costar Naya Rivera. In August of 2010, a rumor surfaced that an enraged Rivera had egged and keyed Salling’s Lexus when she found out that he had been dating other girls. The rumor was never been confirmed, but Salling’s reputation of a player began to take hold.

Dark Times (warning)

After being charged with sexual battery and non-consensual sex by his girlfriend, Roxanne Gorzela, Salling was ordered to pay a settlement of $2.7 million.

On December 29, 2015, he was arrested by police after a raid took place of his home and child pornography was discovered on his computer. Police had been tipped off by an ex-girlfriend of his and they found over 50,000 images on his computer, during the search. He was later released on a $20,000 bail yet found guilty by the court on December 18, 2017 and sentencing was set to be revealed on March 7, 2018 for an expected length of four to seven years in prison.

Eventual Death

After going missing on January 30, 2018, Mark was found to have committed suicide by hanging himself six hours after being reported missing.

Defining Quote “I’ve been playing piano since I was five, and started writing when I was six or seven. It was never a revelation I had, it was just what I did. Playing music was always a part of my life, I don’t know anything else.”

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