How much is Pam Dawber worth?
|Date of Birth:
|October 18, 1951 (age 71)
|United States of America
|5 ft 6 in (1.69 m)
About Pam Dawber
Pam Dawber was born and raised in a suburb of Detroit. Her father was a commercial artist and she had one sister, Leslie, who unfortunately died from a congestive heart condition in 1976. Pam attended Reid Elementary School in Goodrich and attended North Farmington High School and Oakland Community College (OCC), initially with the intention of transferring to a four-year college. However she put her studies on hold after she began to earn money as a model. Then, after a friend suggested that she should accompany her to New York, to present their modeling portfolios to modeling agents, she decided to drop out of schooling and not go to college.
Instead, she continued on a path with the skills that she had learned by herself. Modeling and singing and working in trade shows in Detroit with the intention of rolling it all into a career in New York City. After some trouble in relocation and finding her feet, she put in the effort to schedule and meet with many modeling agencies in New York, finally signing with one of the top agencies, Wilhelmina. An exclusive contract with the agency guaranteed that she would earn more money and soon had her appearing in television commercials, in addition to her photoshops where the images were used in adverts promoting many various brands and products.
At that time she also began to study acting techniques, did voice work, and eventually, after many dozen auditions, she landed a lead role in a stock production of a musical comedy called Sweet Adeline. The show that was being performed at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut, also led to her auditioning for another role, this time in the TV series Tabitha. While she did not get cast, she managed to get the role of Tracy Farrell in the 1978 film A Wedding. This turn of events also resulted in her signing an exclusive contract with ABC-TV, from which she was soon cast as the female lead in Mork & Mindy, a TV series that had her co-starring Robin Williams.
After starring in 94 episodes of the show, Dawber became incredibly famous and continued her career with notable roles in My Sister Sam, Do You Know The Muffin Man?, Stay Tuned, A Child’s Cry for Help, and I’ll Remember April. While her acting career ended in 2000, she has continued to make appearances in a few TV series, and most recently, appeared for 7 episodes in NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
Dawber’s Total Net Worth
Pam Dawber’s early career seemed risky. Instead of continuing to college, she instead decided to move her modeling side hustle to New York City to make a bona fide career out of it. Through her determination to make it work, she put in the time and effort to visit multiple modeling agents eventually signing to one of the top agencies in New York at the time, Wilhelmina.
She continued to invest more of her efforts into developing her skills, including acting and voice work. Then, after finding a few small roles she was cast in the role of a lifetime as Mindy McConnell in Mork & Mindy. After reaching nationwide fame she was cast as Samantha Russell in My Sister Sam, and has since appeared in numerous more television series and films. In total, from her work in the entertainment business, Pam Dawber has earned estimated total career income of $10 million dollars.
Of that amount, around $1 million is expected to have been paid in business related costs. The remainder, $9 million, will have been taxed at a rate of around 43% as Pam Dawber has been residing between the states of New York and California, but mostly in California, and earned through some high tax years with top brackets of as much as 70% for federal taxes. However, she also earned through low tax years in the early 90s, was often in lower tax brackets, and California tax was lower than it is today. After tax, it is estimated that her career earnings are at around $5.13 million dollars, having paid $3.87 million dollars in taxes.
Pam Dawber married Mark Harmon in 1987 and they remain together. They have two children together, Sean and Ty Christian Harmon, and their personal life, while kept very private, is considered to have been peaceful. A year after they were married, the coupled moved into a $4 million dollar home in the Mandeville Canyon, Los Angeles. The property purchase was likely paid outright by Mark Harmon, considering his net worth and earnings were so much higher than that of Pam’s. The home was later sold for $7.9 million to director Barry Levinson and they have made several other lucrative real estate deals since they have been married. What is more, Pam’s husband Mark Harmon has earned tremendous sums from his acting career while they have been together.
Considering the divorce default rules of California that ask for an equal division of assets, and not an equitable division of assets, derived while married. It is likely safe to say if a divorce was to occur, there would be a transfer of assets to Pam in the region of $50 million dollars. That is, as Mark Harmon has a net worth of estimated to be north of $100 million dollars. Therefore, it is estimated that Pam Dawber has a net worth of around $60 million, considering her likely personal costs but also her likely investment gains.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Pam became involved in modeling, singing and working in trade shows. While she had been working toward going to college, her work outside of school was already earning her money and she decided to risk it all and try to become a model in New York City. Her risk and efforts paid off, she was soon accepted by a major modeling agency and, after continuing to train as an actress, was cast in roles on television. It was not until her role as Mindy McConnell in Mork & Mindy however, that her career really took off. Then, after only a year appearing as Samantha Russell in My Sister Sam, she married Mark Harmon. It is the California divorce laws that are in no small part the reason for her incredible wealth.