Bryan Callen is an American comedian and actor who has an estimated net worth of $2.5 million. It is often said that the first million is hardest to make, but he has done this two and a half times over. He is best known for his MADtv comedy sketch series' in the late 1990s. There are a lot of struggling actors and comedians who don't make it big in their chosen professions and some never score enough gigs to make a living from the performing arts. How did Bryan Callen make his fortune? Was it in entertainment or did he have other revenue streams? We were interested in knowing so we looked into his career history and past to find out and here is what we discovered.
His early years
Bryan Callen is an American but he wasn't born in this country. He was born in the Philippines. When he was a child, his family did a lot of moving around because his father was in the American military and was moved around from one country to another during his career in the service. He took the family with him whenever he could so this gave Bryan a good view of the world around him. He spent time living in Saudi Arabia, Greece, Lebanon, Pakistan, and Indis with his family before settling in the United States. As a teenager, he lived in Massachusetts and attended the Northfield Mount Herman School. After graduating he continued his education at American University in Washington D.C where he earned his bachelor of arts degree in history.
Callen started acting professionally in 1995. He joined the cast of the "MADtv" sketch comedy series and made regular appearances from 1995 through 1997 and he earned a reputation for being truly funny. He had a style that made audiences laugh and his time on the show gave him the exposure that he needed to open doors for more work in the industry. The same year that he appeared in the comedy series he was also cast in the film "Mail Bonding." This was good fortune because it gave him a leg up by having his first film and TV series credits at the same time, officially making him a working professional actor and comedian.
The work kept pouring in
After breaking the ice in 1995, Callen landed more lucrative roles. He appeared in "O," "Run Ronnie Run," "Frasier," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Deliver Us from Eva, "Old School," "Live From Baghdad," "Sex and the City," "How I Met Your Mother," "The Hangover" and a sequel," "Californication," "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," "Ride Along," "The Goldbergs," and many more television series and films. Although it has not been disclosed how much he made in his salary for the various projects, we feel that we're safe to assume that since he has such an amazing acting portfolio that he was well paid for his work, and he has had multiple acting jobs throughout the years.
Box office hits
He also owns a podcast which is no doubt monetized by advertisers. While the average actor in the USA makes just under $50,000 per year, we think that it's safe to assume that Bryan Callen is doing much better than that. He is credited with 25 films throughout his career appearing with some of the best talents in the business including Kevin Hart, Gary Owen, Anna Faris, Bradley Cooper, and others. When you consider the fact that "The Hangover" franchise brought in $467.5 million for the first part at the box office in 2009, and another $586.8 million for part 2 in 2011, he has been involved in some of the top-selling films at the box office. He's still working hard appearing as a regular on "The Goldbergs" and he also appeared in "Joker," and "Think Like a Dog."
We also learned that Bryan Callen made a sizable amount when he bought a home in 2016 for $1.4 million. Just two years later he put the home in Venice, California up to sale for $1.9 million. This represents a profit of a half-million on the sale of the property. We mentioned his podcast earlier and Bryan is a co-writer for his web series "Dream Crushers." He co-hosts along with Brendan Schaub the series "The Fighter and the Kid," and the two also joined forces for a live podcast in 2016. This podcast was downloaded more than 3 million times per month and he and Schaub followed this up with "The Fighter and the Kid 3D" which was also a tremendous success. The show made it all the way to the number one position on Comedy Television show charts and it became one of the most highly downloaded television shows according to the data collected for iTunes charts.
We believe that it's safe to conclude that Bryan Callen's very successful career in the entertainment industry is where he has earned the bulk of his fortune. His involvement in major box office films, multiple television series and his own podcasts which were a bit hit with online audiences have all helped him to build his fortune. He is one of the fortunate few of the thousands who try their hand at entertainment to find success. He's funny and it's not difficult for him to land acting roles so he has had a steady stream of work. When he's not acting, he's entertaining people in other ways. He's a great all-around entertainer who does a great job of providing support to the main characters in the films and television shows that he appears in. Bryan Callen has a style that audiences truly enjoy. He hasn't needed to go outside of the entertainment world for work because he's found such huge success in acting and making us laugh.
Written by Allen Lee
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