What Is Johnny Galecki’s Net Worth and Is He The Richest Big Bang Theory Cast Member?

Age/Date of Birth:
46 years old (30 April 1975)
Height:
5 feet 4 inches (1.65 m)
Ethnicity/Race:
Polish, Irish, and Italian descent
Nationality:American
Wife or Girlfriend:Alaina Meyer (Partner)
Parents:Father: Richard Galecki
Mother: Mary Louise (Mary Lou) Noon
Net Worth:$100 million

If you are a fan of The Big Bang Theory, you cannot help but love the character, Dr. Leonard. He may not be like Simon, but he has his things simply going for him. Johnny Galecki, the star who gave life to Dr. Leonard, is a prolific American actor, as well as one of the highest-paid TV actors out there.

Through his various stints as an actor, Johnny Galecki has been able to garner a massive net worth that runs into millions of dollars, precisely an estimated $100 million.

He has had roles on hit TV shows like Roseanne (1992-1997), as well as movies such as I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), In Time (2011), and Rings (2017), to mention a few. Amazingly, Johnny’s consistency and extraordinary acting, alongside his comic skills which he brings to each role, have made him a fan-favorite and many of his fans have been curious, wanting to know more about his earnings and how he made a fortune from his career. We bring you the details of Johnny Galecki’s net worth and other interesting facts.

How Much Is Johnny Galecki Worth?

In case you are wondering how much he is worth, especially because he has not appeared in many movies like other actors, it would interest you to know that the actor is worth a fortune. Johnny Galecki’s net worth is estimated at $100 million.

Well, he may not have appeared in up to fifty films and television series put together but all he needed to change his financial fortune was just one role, and that is what he was offered when he was cast for a role in one of CBS’ biggest television series, The Big Bang Theory. The show did not only increase Johnny Galecki’s finances exponentially but also took him to an entirely different level of fame.

Thanks to his appearance on the CBS series, the actor graced Forbes Magazine’s list of highest-paid TV actors in 2018 with his earning of $25 million that year alone and was only second to fellow Big Bang Theory actor, Jim Parsons, who also made a million dollars per episode of the sitcom.

How Did Johnny Galecki Make His Money?

As we have already established, Jonny made a large chunk of his money from his career as an actor especially from his role as Dr. Leonard on The Big Bang Theory. While most people know him as an actor, it is interesting to know that he is also a producer, though not in the category of some Hollywood heavyweights such as Kevin Feige, Kathleen Kennedy, Jerry Bruckheimer, David Heyman among others.

His Big Bang Theory Salary

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In 2007, Jonny was offered a role as Sheldon Cooper but he believed his talent was better suited for the role of Leonard Hofstadter, which he was eventually cast as. When he first joined the Big Bang Theory, Galecki was making $60,000 per episode of the first season, which translates to over a million dollars for that season. However, from the second season, through to the fourth, he pocketed $250,000 per episode.

While the show continued to record massive commercial success, Johnny Galecki’s salary and net worth continued to increase. From the 5th to the 7th season, the actor got a paycheck of $350,000 per episode. He received a massive $1 million for each episode for seasons eight, nine, and ten which adds up to $72 million for the three seasons (24 episodes each). However, $100,000 was cut from this mount in the last two seasons.

According to a 2017 report by Variety, five original cast members of the show — Johnny Galecki, Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar, and Simon Helberg — agreed to have their pay reduced by $100,000 in order to help costars Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik, who were making just $200,000 per episode (800,000 less than the original five casts) earn more.

Following this agreement, the final two seasons saw Johnny Galecki pocketing $900,000 for each episode of the 11th and 12th seasons, which translates to $43,200,000 as each of the seasons had 24 episodes. Through the show, Johnny Galecki made over $163.7 million, contributing to his incredible net worth of $100 million. Although the show has ended, Jonny and other casts will still be earning money from it as they were able to negotiate a deal that gave them a legal right to receive 1 percent of the show’s backend equity.

Johnny’s Other Screen Appearances

Although he has the successful and highly-acclaimed CBS sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, to thank for his astounding net worth, Johnny also has other film and television credits to his name from which he has definitely made a good amount of money. Some of his other notable TV appearances including Roseanne, Entourage, and The Conners.

He has also boosted his bank account through his roles in movies such as National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Rings, The Cleanse, A Dog’s Journey, In Time, Table for Three, etc. However, his pay for these screen jobs is not known but it is believed that he must have been well-rewarded for his roles in them considering the fact that most of them were a huge commercial success.

The Christmas family comedy film, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, which is National Lampoon magazine’s third installment of the Vacation film series, premiered at No. 2 at the box office in 1989 and made a gross amount of $11,750,203 during the opening weekend. By its third week of release, the movie made it to the number one spot on the box-office chart and remained there the next weekend. It eventually garnered a gross total of $71,319,546 in the U.S just from showing in movie theaters and ultimately became the highest-grossing film in the series until 2015 when Vacation was released.

In 1997, Jonny played the role of Max Neurick in I Know What You Did Last Summer, a movie that was made on a budget of $17 million. The film opened in theatres in North America on the 17th October of the said year and recorded a gross earning of $15,818,645 in 2,524 theaters in the U.S and Canada. This made it #1 on the box-office chart and it retained the position for two more weekends. By the time it was done showing in theatres in December 1997, it had made $72,586,134 in Canada and the United States and $53 million in other countries, bringing its worldwide total to $126 million.

Jonny Galecki portrayed the character of Borel in the 2011 film In Time and in its opening weekend, the movie grossed $12 million. It eventually grossed a total of $173.9 million globally, including $37.5 million which it made in the United States, and $136.4 million it garnered internationally. The actor’s 2017 film title Rings was also a huge commercial success as it was made with a production budget of $25million, but ended up grossing $27.8 million in the U.S and Canada and $55.3 million in other countries, bringing its worldwide total to $83.1 million.

Jonny’s most recent film, A Dog’s Journey (2019), grossed a worldwide total of $75.6 million- $22.7 million in the United States and Canada, and $52.8 million in other countries. It recorded just $8 million in the U.S and Canada in its opening weekend, making it the lowest opening that has been recorded by any of W. Bruce Cameron’s Dog films.

Filmmaking

In addition to being an actor, Jonny is also into filmmaking. He is an executive producer and also owns a production company known as Alcide Bava Productions. Even though details of the company are scarce, it has seen to the production and co-production a handful of movies and television series. These include the 2016 dark fantasy comedy movie titled The Cleanse, which Jonny starred in and co-produced alongside three others. The movie was debuted on 13 March 2016 at South by Southwest and released in the United States by Vertical Entertainment on the 4th of May 2018.

On February 26, 2018, a TV sitcom, Living Biblically, co-executive produced by Jonny Galecki, started airing on CBS. The series was based on the best-selling book, The Year of Living Biblically, written by Esquire magazine editor A. J. Jacobs. Sadly, after just eight episodes of the first season had been broadcasted, the series was canceled by CBS, however, the remaining episodes that completed the season were later aired from July 7 to 21, 2018.

The actor’s Alcide Bava Productions is also credited with the production of The Squealer (2017), a 94-minutes long mystery film written and directed by William Sparks. The company alongside A. Smith & Co. Productions also produced a series called SciJinks. It was released in the U.S in May 2018 and aired from 16 until 6 June 2018. The series features Johnny Galecki, who is the host, and his team of pranksters using science as a means of pulling off outrageous stunts on unsuspecting persons.

In October 2019, it was announced that a new multi-camera comedy titled The Squad from Johnny Galecki and writer Anthony Del Broccolo had been put into development by NBC. The half-hour eSports comedy is said to focus on a group of people all of who became friends newly (but also become enemies sometimes) as a result of their mutual love for competitive eSports. The series is written by Del Broccolo who also serves as its executive producer together with Galecki and Holly Brown for Alcide Bava Productions.

Johnny Galecki is also the executive producer of The Griswolds, a TV spin-off series that entered development in December 2019. Although it is yet to be picked up officially, the series is slated to be broadcasted on HBO Max.

Real Estate

To maintain such massive net worth, Johnny Galecki has also dabbled into real estate. He acquired a beautiful 6-bedroom mansion in the historic and historically celeb-friendly Outpost Estates in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California in 2015. The mansion was owned by actors Ben Stiller and Jason Statham. Stiller sold it to Jason Statham during the summer of 2011 for $7.325 million and about four years later, the English action/thriller flick staple sold it to Galecki for $9.2 million.

Johnny Galecki’s ‘1920s Spanish compound’ in the Hollywood Hills Image Source

In 2016, the actor sold his house in Hollywood Hills West for $2.501 million, which was 25% higher than his asking price of $1.995 million. Galecki purchased the house more than ten years before from actor Patrick Dempsey for $982,500, as reported by The Los Angeles Times. In 2019, The Big Bang Theory star sold another of his property in San Luis Obispo, located in between Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, which he bought for $1.2 million in 2011.

Six years after he acquired the large property, a ranch that served as his hideaway home, the ranch and other property on the estate were destroyed during the wildfire that ravaged the area in 2017. Thankfully, Galecki was unharmed as he was not at the property at the time. Subsequently, he sold the ranch for just $825,000 in 2019.

In March 2021, Jonny Galecki put up his Outpost Estates mansion for lease. He made the property available through Brett Lawyer of Hilton & Hyland and to be resident in the 5,334 square-foot ‘1920s Spanish compound’ on a one-year furnished lease, a potential tenant is required to part with a whopping $45,000 every month, alongside a deposit of $135,000. The house features a family room, a living room, six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and a dining room. According to Architectural Digest, the home also has “a gym, a breakfast area, a library, an office, and a den, as well as a landscaped swimming pool and outdoor dining patio.”

How Rich Is Jonny Galecki Compared To Other Big Bang Theory Cast Members?

The Big Bang Theory star, Jonny Galecki is obviously not a poor man considering his $100 million estimated net worth, but is he the richest cast member on the popular television series? The answer is no. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Galecki and Kaley Cuoco, who also has a net worth of $100 million, are the second richest people among the cast of the series. They are just behind Jim Parsons, who was the highest paid television actor for many years with more than $25 million in yearly income from The Big Bang Theory and an estimated net worth of $160 million. Parson is also a narrator and an executive producer on the spinoff Young Sheldon.

Behind Galecki and Kaley Cuoco are Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar both of who played the roles of Howard Wolowitz and Rajesh Koothrappali respectively in the series and share a net worth of $55 million. Following behind them are Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch, Laurie Metcalf, Christine Baranski, and Kevin Sussman with their respective net worths of $25 Million, $20 Million, $14 Million, $14 Million, and $3 Million. 

Profile Summary 
First Name:John
Last Name:Galecki
Also Known As:
Johnny Galecki
Sex/Gender:
Male
Profession:
Actor
Famous For:The Big Bang Theory
Colleges/Universities Attended:
N/A
Educational Qualifications:
N/A
Religion:
Unknown
Birthday & Zodiac
Age/Date of Birth:
46 years old (30 April 1975)
Zodiac Sign:Taurus
Birth Place:
Bree, Belgium
Nationality:American
Ethnicity/Race:
Polish, Irish, and Italian descent
Country of Residence:
United States of America (USA)
Physical Attributes
Height:
5 feet 4 inches (1.65 m)
Weight:
66 kg (145 lbs)
Eye Colour:
Dark Brown
Hair Color:
Dark Brown
Other Body Measurements:
N/A
Relationships
Marital Status:
Not Married
Spouse/Partner:
Alaina Meyer (Partner)
Family and Relatives
Father:
Richard Galecki
Mother:Mary Louise (Mary Lou) Noon
Children:
Avery- Son
Siblings:Nick - Brother
Allison - Sister
Other Relatives:
N/A
Net Worth
Estimated Net Worth:
$100 million
Salary:$1 million per episode
Source of Wealth:
Acting Career

Tim Walbe
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