Over three decades, and 'The Wonder Years' starlet has already made a name for herself. Playing Winnie Cooper in this series was McKellar's big break. However, this radiant star has solidified her acting career and personal life by combining her beauty, brains, and talent. Most know her on-screen persona, but Danica is passionate about numbers.
Featuring in several blockbuster hits and publishing many copies of award-winning mathematics books have helped this American actress rocket to fame. In a nutshell, McKellar is a bankable star, a notable mathematics writer, and an advocate in education.
However, some people wonder what hides behind this bankable face that contributes to her net worth of around $ 6 million. Here's a breakdown of how this American Actress has and continues to build her wealth.
Acting and Television Career
Could 'The Wonder Years' be Danica's main source of wealth? The Wonder Years is one of McKellar's shows loved by many. It's a series in which she played Winnie Cooper on ABC from1988-1993, at the age of 13 years. This TV series ran for six seasons, airing 115 episodes.
She's also been starring in a series of hit movies "2002-black hole" as Rachael, a movie that has earned $35 million, and an earlier action film in 1992, "Sidekicks' where she played Lauren, which has recorded earnings worth $17 million. McKellar's acting talent is indeed inborn.
She made her first appearance when she was a child and has natured this skill throughout her life. At 9years old, back in 1984, McKellar showcased her acting talent in several TV commercials. She made an appearance in two revamped TV episodes by 1987, playing a child character in 'The Twilight Zone,' a series that has accumulated $29million globally.
She's also a Hallmark actress. Over the years, McKellar has played a lead role in several thrillers, "XCU: Extreme Close Up" and "Good Neighbor" in 2001. She subsequently made an incredible impact in the industry by starring in "The Year That Trembled," "Jane White Is Sick & Twisted," and "Raising Genius," Intermission, a comedy film that has made $5 million, to mention a few.
She's also appeared and earned recognition in a number of horrors, war, and drama films. Besides film appearance, McKellar has been the voice behind "Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam," "The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania," and "Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo" among other animated movies. The stellar actress's appearance in these video games cannot go unnoticed, as it's part of her revenue source besides a career spot.
The 2004 x-men legends game records earnings worth $28 million from 800 thousand downloads, with 2006 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance making $5 million from approximately 1000 downloads, and 2009 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 earning $59 from approx. one thousand downloads among other games.
A fraction of Danica McKellar's earnings come from bookselling. She's the New York Times Best Selling writer of Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape, Ten Magic Butterflies, Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra, Bathtime Mathtime, Goodnight Numbers and, Do not Open this Math Book became her best sellers. She's also written several math books and sold over 500,000. Though the exact earnings from the sold books remain unknown, sales records confirm that she has made a sizeable income.
Screenwriting, Film Directing, and Production
Regardless of the proportion, we can't assume the earnings she's made from writing, directing, and producing some short movies, "broken" and "speechless." They also add to her net worth.
How Much Are Actors like McKellar Paid?
Danica McKellar has acted in around 32 movies, some of which have earned considerable revenue. The question is, how much has McKellar made from all these films? While there is no standard salary for TV actors, Hollywood reveals that an experienced actor can pocket around $75,000 – $100,000 per episode with seasoned stars taking home $150,000.
However, the rate varies depending on the skills and recognition that the specific actor has nurtured throughout their career. In a telephonic interview from Los Angeles, Danica McKellar confirmed having spent 25% of her acting earnings and 75% writing her math books, leaving her with a net worth of approximately $6 million.
Throughout her life, McKellar has earned lots of honors. She was nominated the person of the week in August 2007. She's also received several awards in connection to her mathematics books, from the Communications Award by the Joint Policy Board to the 2007 World News with Charles Gibson's.
Danica McKellar Personal Life
McKellar is the daughter of Christopher McKellar, a real estate developer, and Mahalia McKellar, a homemaker. She's a sibling to Crystal McKellar, Chris Junior, and Connor McKellar. She was born in the La Jolla area of San Diego, California, in 1975 but relocated with her family to Los Angeles in 1983.
Danica's passion for mathematics kicked at an early age. She studied at the University of California at Los Angeles, where she graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. She is recognized for publishing numerous Scientific research papers throughout her schooling life.
Her dating life began in 2001 when she met and started courting composer Michael Verta. They married on March 22, 2009, and got their son Draco in 2010. However, their relationship didn't last. They divorced on June 1, 2012. Two years later, McKellar tied a knot with Scott Sveslosky, a lawyer, on November 15, 2014. Their wedding took place in Kauai, Hawaii.
McKellar as A Philanthropist
This multi-talented lady is also a philanthropist. Looking at her lifestyle, one would think that she keeps all her revenue to herself and her family. However, McKellar takes part in helping needy kids. She collaborates with several charity organizations in Los Angeles and worldwide to channel her donations to the neediest children.
Her passion for mathematics and helping the needy child drives her to be in the front line in supporting a Math-o-thon, a charitable drive aimed at raising financial support for kids with cancer and helping those with a passion for math. Danica McKellar is also one of the key supporters of The My Stuff Bags Foundation, whose projects aim at helping the deserted and neglected kids in the United States.
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