David Spade is a successful American comic, actor, screenwriter and producer. Throughout his career he has amassed a net worth of $60 million. He has earned his net worth through his comedy shows, television shows, film roles and real estate. Here is how David Spade achieved a net worth of $60 million.
Childhood, education and comedy
David Wayne Spade was born in Birmingham, Michigan on July 2, 1964. His father, Wayne, is a Sales Representative and his mother, Judith, is a writer and magazine editor. He has two brothers, Bryan and Andy. When David was just four years old, his family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona. After graduating from Saguaro High School, Spade attended Scottsdale Community College before transferring to Arizona State University. Spade was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and began to find his niche in comedy. While at Arizona State University, David Spade regularly performed the Farce Side Comedy Hour. David dropped out of college to pursue his dream of stand up comedy. He regularly performed at Greasy Tony’s Pizza in Tempe, Arizona and comedy hot spots. He also got some television parts in shows including “The Facts of Life”, “Baywatch”, “ALF”, “Monsters”, and “Born to Be Wild” and films including “Police Academy”. He also befriended fellow comedian Dennis Miller.
Friend and fellow comedian Dennis Miller helped David Spade get his big break. He got David a writing job on NBC’s Saturday Night Live in 1990. Eventually Spade became a cast member as well as a writer. On SNL, Spade was noted for his sarcastic one liners in skits where he played a flight attendant, a receptionist for Dick Clark and a Gap Girl. Although the early 1990’s were not SNL’s best rated seasons, David Spade did not go unnoticed. When most of the cast members quit the show in 1995, Spade continued on the show for another year to help transition the show into a new era. He also became good friends with fellow cast mate Chris Farley and the two would star in successful comedic movies. Spade describes his years at SNL as difficult. It was tough work and the criticism was often harsh, but the experience helped make him money, even though he was one of the lowest paid writers and actors on the show, and opened the door for new adventures. David Spade has returned to his beloved SNL as a host.
While David Spade will not be exclusively remembered for his characters on Saturday Night Live, he was able to get noticed when he starred in movies toward the end of his stint at SNL. Spade formed an unlikely friendship with fellow SNL cast member Chris Farley. In 1995 the pair were tapped to star in the “buddy” movie “Tommy Boy”. Spade and Farley would go on to star in the follow up film to “Tommy Boy”, “Black Sheep” and its sequel. Sadly, Farley passed away due to a drug overdose in 1997. David Spade did not attend the funeral because he was too emotional. He was close to Chris Farley and hated to watch his good friend and fellow film star struggle with drug addiction. David’s Spade has continued his film career. In 2001 he starred in the popular film “Joe Dirt” and later its sequel. In 2010 he starred in “Grown Ups” and later its sequel. Other films David Spade has been in throughout his career include “Jack and Jill”, “Hotel Transylvania” and “The Do Over”. He also appeared as himself in the documentary “I am Chris Farley”.
Alongside David Spade’s successful film roles, he made a name for himself and earned a lot of money starring in television sitcoms. Although he was offered starring roles in his own television shows, Spade recognized that his best comedic talents came out in ensembles. He took the role of the sarcastic receptionist in “Just Shoot Me!” which ran from 2007 until 2003. He earned an Emmy nomination and two Golden Globe nominations for the role. Spade later earned accolades for his role as Russell Dunbar on the sitcom “Rules of Engagement” which ran from 2007 until 2013. The role earned Spade $150,000 an episode.
Aside from his success in television, film and comedy, David Spade has made money from real estate. He sold his Malibu beach home in 2013 for $10.3 million. He has a Beverly Hills home which he bought in 2001 for $4 million. The home is currently worth at least $20 million. David Spade also has other real estate investments.
David Spade is no stranger to giving back. He has taken on many charitable causes throughout his career and believes in sharing his success. In 2005 Spade donated $100,000 to the Phoenix Police Department to buy firearms for officers. In 2013 Spade donated $200,000 to the Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund. The following year he donated $100,000 to the ALS Bucket Challenge. In 2018 Spade donated $100,000 to NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) following the tragic death of his brother’s wife, Kate Spade.
What he’s up to now
David Spade continues his successful career. It’s not because he worries about money, but it’s because he loves comedy. He continues to work in television and film as a writer and producer. He has recently appeared in television shows including “Roadies” and “The Mayor”. He recently voiced a role in “Hotel Transylvania 3” and had a role in “Father of the Year”. He also has appeared in music videos.