Johnny Galecki is known for his role on the popular television series “The Big Bang Theory.” He’s also a very rich member of the cast of the show that recently ended its long-running series. He has accumulated a net worth of an astounding $50 million. But how did he come to be so rich? Was it from his role as Leonard Hofstadter on the show, or did he have other investments or side businesses? We looked into his history and were surprised by what we discovered.
His early life
Johnny Galecki is an American actor but he was not born in this country. He was born on April 30, 1975, in Bree, Belgium. His dad enlisted in the United States Air Force and his station was in Belgium when Johnny was born. He was an American citizen from the time of his birth because both of his parents were American citizens. The family moved back to the United States and settled in Illinois.
His acting career
Galecki began acting when he was just 7 years old. His first experience was in a stage production. He secured a role in “The Member of the Wedding, ” and was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award at the tender young age of just 11. He continued acting until he landed television and movie roles as guests in regular shows, but with none of the parts major or recurring. His break came in 1992 when he was cast in the role of David Healy on the hit sitcom “Roseanne.” He was the boyfriend of Darlene Connor and would later become her husband on the show. He became a regular and stayed with the show until it aired its final season in 1997. After “Roseanne” ended, he went on to appear in a variety of films including “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” “Suicide Kings,” “Bean,” “Vanilla Sky,” “Bookies,” and “The Opposite of Sex.” He joined the cast of the television sitcom “The Big Bang Theory as Leonard Hofstadter, a Cal Tech physicist.
“The Big Bang Theory” turned out to be a raging success. It was reported by Forbes magazine that from the eighth season through the tenth, that Johnny was paid a cool $1 million for each episode, which is the same amount that his co-stars were making. During the 11th and 12th seasons, the actors all agreed to take $100,000 less per episode to accommodate higher salaries for Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik. At $900,000 per episode with an average of 24 episodes per season, he was raking in the cash. Galecki’s character Leonard was one of the most beloved characters in the series. He and Dr. Sheldon Cooper were the most unlikely roommates and together, they brought chemistry to the screen that pulled the audience in on an emotional roller coaster that was filled with tons of laughter and some very poignant moments. When Leonard fell in love with Penny on the series, fans were rooting for him and were in as much torment as he while they dated, then broke up and repeated the process. It was a magical day when Penny proposed to Leonard, and finally, the two were married. They saved this part until nearly the end of the series, which made the show all the more riveting. He was an integral character in the series and although it’s hard to choose one lead character, he came the closest.
Galecki was also invited to reprise his role of David Healy when Roseanne Barr returned to a reboot of “Roseanne” which was titled “the Connors.” Even after Barr was fired from the show, it continued forward and he remained a part of the cast along with Sara Gilbert, his on again off again wife on the show. If there’s one thing that Galecky is good at, it’s having trouble in character relationships. Still, his income from the show couldn’t come close to what he was making on “the Big Bang Theory.” Still, these all served as a stepping stone to a larger role. There were no guarantees when the cast began the first season of the sitcom series, but as it turns out, “The Big Bang Theory” has been the capstone of Galecki’s career in acting.
His life as an actor
Johnny Galecki officially began his acting career in 1987. He has spent more than 30 years in the business. Many fans are not aware that he also appeared in the 1989 film “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” as Rusty, the son of Chevy Chase’s character. His first big break was on “Roseanne” but this isn’t the series that made him so incredibly rich. While it certainly gave him some great exposure as an actor, he wasn’t paid nearly the amount that he would later earn on TBBT.
To answer the question about how Johnny Galecki made his tens of millions in net worth, the answer is that it was earned by his career as a professional actor. He’s made a lot of money from a variety of different television shows and films, but the most that he has ever earned in his career hs been through “The Big Bang Theory.” The bulk of his fortune was made when he was appearing in approximately 24 episodes per season at a whopping $1 million per episode. Even when the agreed-upon amount was reduced to $900 million, it’s still a truckload of money. Even after taxes have been paid on his gigantic annual salary, Johnny Galecki ended up with $50 million to the good. Of course, this is also including his assets such as cars, recreational vehicles and his extravagant mansion, for which he paid several million dollars.