About Mason Reese
Mason Reese is an American former child actor, author, restaurateur, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the 1970s with many appearances on television. His television debut came in the “Saturday Night Live with Howard Cossel”, when he was just ten years old. His popularity was boosted when he became a regular cast on “The Mike Douglas Show”, where he worked from 1973 to 1980 as both an actor, and co-host.
How did Mason Reese earn his net worth?
In addition to his time on television series and films, the funny actor also took part in multiple commercials that helped him earn an additional income. Among some of his most popular commercials are for Dunkin Donuts, Post Raisin Bran, and Underwood Delivered Ham. In 1973, he made his first appearance on a television series as part of “The Mike Douglas Show”. His first appearance was on the show was as a child actor, thanks to which he earned an income of $500.
Eventually, he was hired for more episodes of “The Mike Douglas Show” and became a recurring cast. He continued to appear in various episodes from 1973 to 1980 not only as a child actor but also as a co-host. By 1980, his net worth surpassed $500.000 from not only the show but also appearances on commercials and other television series. In 1975, he filmed a sitcom pilot for the comedy “Mason”, which aired on ABC. That year, he became a regular guest on Howard Cossell’s variety show and, he also became a regular contributor to Howard Sterns’ very first television show.
Why is he so famous?
Mason Reese became famous when he joined the cast of “The Mike Douglas Show”. He was born on April 11, 1965, in Los Angeles, California. His parents are William Reese and Sonia Darrin. His mother was a former film actress that attained national popularity with her role in the 1946 film noir “The Big Sleep”. Mason was raised in the Manhattan borough of New York City. He attended the Saint Michael Montessori School for several years and was then transferred to the Professional Children’s School.
His passion and love for acting began in his pre-adolescent years. At the age of four, Reese’s parents auditioned him for multiple commercials, where he was able to learn more about acting. Thanks to the fame of his mother, he was able to win a few auditions. Between 1969 and 1984, before he even turned twenty years old, he had already starred in more than 75 commercials in the United States. In addition to earning a lot of money from the commercials, he also won himself seven Clio awards, including one in the category “coveted best male actor”.
What makes him so successful?
The things that made this television personality so successful is his appearance and comic skills. Since the 1970s and 1980s, he has continuously appeared on panel discussions and talk shows both on television and radio. Among some of the most popular shows in which the favorite child star has appeared multiple times are “Good Morning America”, “The Today Show”, “People Are Talking”, “Wonderama”, “Phil Donahue”, and “The Regis Philbin Show”.
In the past two decades, Reese has starred in several short comedy films and series such as “Whatever Happened to Mason Reese” and “Life Interrupted”. At the peak of his career, in 1978, he even released his own autobiography called “My Story”, which became a New York Times best-seller. Ever since the beginning of the new millennium, the former child actor has been heavily featured on television productions by the channels VH1, and Child Star Confidential on E! Network. In the early 2000s, he decided to pursue a career as a restaurant entrepreneur. As of now, Mason owns multiple restaurants in Manhattan such as “Destination Bar and Grill”, “Paladar”, and “The Luxury Box”.
Mason Reese first started his career as a child actor at the young age of four. By the time he turned twenty, he had already starred in nearly 100 commercials and had won several Clio awards. Thanks to his unique looks and talent, he became a pop icon in the 1970s. His television appearances on “The Mike Douglas Show”, as well as multiple commercial stints, helped him accumulate a net worth of $1 million. Now, in addition to owning many restaurants, he continues to take part in many television projects.