Jack Black and Tanya Haden
This one isn’t exactly straightforward. Musician and actor Jack Black met Tanya Haden in high school, but they ended up losing touch after leaving school. 15 years later, the couple met at a mutual friend’s party, and hit it off.
Jack Black finally popped the question in 2006, and the pair were hitched just months later — no wonder after waiting so long! Now, the happy couple has two sons together — Samuel Jason, and Thomas David.
Kathy Avanzino and Rick Hilton
While her half-sisters Kim and Kyle were sent down the child star path, Kathy Avanzino was instead encouraged to marry into money. Paris and Nicky’s mom met businessman and heir Rick Hilton when she was just 15, and married him at 20. Together, these long-time lovers have four kids, including sons Barron and Conrad.
Clearly, a Hollywood institution, Rick and Kathy Hilton have weathered the storm for decades. They are now grandparents to Lily Grace, Teddy Marilyn, and Milou Alizée.
Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson Jackson
First up is the highest-grossing actor of all time — Samuel L. Jackson. The star met his wife, LaTanya Richardson, while the two attended different colleges in Atlanta. Richardson is an actress but stepped back after the birth of their daughter, Zoe.
Speaking about their relationship, Jackson has said, “We actually thought we were going to be the black Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, but we were going to stay together! She’s had a good career. I’ve had a good career. So it’s worked.”
Jeff Daniels and Kathleen Rosemary Treado
Another committed monogamist in the acting world is Jeff Daniels. The Emmy Award winner married his high school sweetheart, Kathleen Treado, in 1979. Interestingly, the pair decided to raise their kids in the couple’s home state, Michigan, rather than in Beverly Hills.
Speaking about the decision, the star said, “Kathleen and I had both been raised here; good enough for us, good enough for them.” He continued, “It was just too important to get wrong. My career came second to that.”
Ron Howard and Cheryl Alley
Director and actor Ron Howard has been on our screens for quite some time. Starting as a child star, the actor has starred in successful sitcoms and directed multiple hit movies. For his efforts, Ron Howard has won two Oscars.
Howard married wife Cheryl Alley when they were both 21 years old. He remembers, “It’s crazy — we were teenagers, it shouldn’t have worked. We got married young, that shouldn’t have worked either, and yet it really and truly has.”
Heather Morris and Taylor Hubbell
The delightful Heather Morris warmed our hearts as the goofy, hip popping Brittany S. Pierce in Glee. The actress met her future husband, Taylor Hubbell, when he was still a college baseball player. In fact, the couple had attended the same Arizona high school, but didn’t cross paths.
When Heather Morris moved to LA, Taylor Hubbell hit her up on Myspace. Since then, the couple has tied the knot and welcomed two sons — Elijah Beckwith, and Owen Bartlett.
Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley
While rockstars tend to have a reputation for womanizing, that isn’t true in all cases. Just take Jon Bon Jovi as an example. The Grammy Award winner met his wife, Dorothea Hurley, at their New Jersey high school. Then, they made a stop on one of the band’s tours and got married in Vegas.
Definitely not just a whim, this marriage has lasted over three decades, and the couple shares four kids. The star has said, “We really like each other. We want to hang out.”
Rainn Wilson and Holiday Reinhorn
Another set of long-term lovers are actor Rainn Wilson and author Holiday Reinhorn. This couple met when they were both studying acting at the University of Washington. After dating for over a decade, they got hitched in 1995.
Now, Wilson and Reinhorn have a son together, as well as a menagerie of animals. Among other things, the pair own two Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs named Snortington and Amy, and a zonkey named Derek. Together, the couple works with an educational foundation in Haiti.
Chris O’Donnell and Caroline Fentress
Next, we have actor Chris O’Donnell, and his wife Caroline Fentress. This couple met at Boston College and got married in 1997 in Washington. Together, the pair have five children — Charles, Lily, Finley, Maeve, and Christopher.
After over 30 years together, it’s safe to say that these two have a pretty strong marriage. O’Donnell himself grew up with six siblings, so clearly having a big family is normal for this star. Adorably, all of his kids have had cameo roles in his TV shows.
LeBron James and Savannah Brinson
There are rather a lot of athletes on this list, starting with the iconic LeBron James. While some athletes have a reputation for using their status to date lots of models and actresses, others stick to one person.
Savannah Brinson and LeBron James started dating in high school, and she became pregnant with their first child. After 10 years together, the star proposed, and the couple eventually married in 2014. In total, they have three children — Bronny, Bryce, and Zhuri.
Tyler Posey and Seana Gorlick
Here are some more childhood sweethearts — this time it’s actor Tyler Posey and his teen love, Seana Gorlick. Sadly, unlike some others on this list, this couple didn’t make it. Posey and Gorlick actually got engaged in 2013, but broke it off in the same year, after 10 years together.
Some time later, the actor came out as queer in a YouTube video. He has said, “You can be whoever you want to be and get with whoever you want to get with and it shouldn’t affect you.”
Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Levy
Okay, so technically Ozzy Osbourne was married before pairing up with his wife, Sharon. However, the Black Sabbath frontman has described his first marriage as “a terrible mistake,” so arguably he did marry his first love. Admittedly, he then cheated on her multiple times.
However, it’s undeniable that Sharon Levy married her first love. The star met Ozzy when she was just 18, and he was married. Years later, the star divorced his wife and married Sharon in the same year. They’ve been together ever since.
Jack Johnson and Kim Baker
Hawaiian-born singer-songwriter Jack Johnson is perhaps best known for his upbeat acoustic tune, “Better Together.” The star met his future wife, Kim Baker, in college, and they tied the knot in 2000. Now, they have three children — two sons, and one daughter.
Together, Jack and Kim Johnson are heavily involved in environmentalism, and particularly with ocean conservation. The star has donated the proceeds of his tours to environmental projects. He has said, “All my songs about love come when I’m trying to make my wife smile.”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall
Comedic heavy hitter Julia Louis-Dreyfus has also been in a long-term relationship with her first love. The actress married college sweetheart Brad Hall in 1987, after meeting in an improv class. How perfect!
Together, this star couple has two sons — Henry, and Charles. Considering Brad Hall is also a comedic actor, we reckon this house must be a barrel of laughs! Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the most decorated actors in TV history. Perhaps a long marriage is the secret.
Anthony Mackie and Sheletta Chapital
Here we have another long-term celebrity couple that just didn’t make it. Actor Anthony Mackie married his childhood sweetheart Sheletta Chapital in 2014, having met her in grade school. Despite their long relationship, the marriage only lasted a few years, with the couple officially splitting in 2018.
Together, Anthony Mackie and Sheletta Chapital have four sons. Interestingly, Mackie and Chapital were able to keep the end of their marriage on the down-low. The press only found out it had happened years after the official divorce.
Russell Wilson and Ashton Meem
And so soon we have another ill-fated couple that married their first love. This time it’s NFL quarterback Russell Wilson, who is now in a high-profile relationship with singer Ciara. But, before Ciara, there was Ashton.
Russell Wilson married his high school sweetheart, Ashton Meem, in 2012. Much like long-term couple Anthony Mackie and Sheletta Chapital, Russell Wilson and Ashton Meem’s marriage only lasted a few years. The couple didn’t have any kids, though Wilson is now a father with his second wife.
Sasha Pieterse and Hudson Sheaffer
Actress Sasha Pieterse was pretty young when she tied the knot. The star married husband Hudson Sheaffer when she was 23, in 2018. However, it makes sense that Pieterse didn’t want to wait any longer. After all, this pair had been dating since they were both teenagers. Speaking about her husband, the star has said, “He’s incredible. I’ve known him for so long.”
Despite Sasha Pieterse’s rising fame, the young couple managed to stay together. They welcomed their first child — son Hendrix Wade Sheaffer.
Sofía Vergara and Joe Gonzalez
Before she met husband Joe Manganiello, actress Sofía Vergara was married to another Joe entirely. The Columbian star met her first love in high school, and the couple tied the knot while still in their teens.
Together, Sofía and her first Joe have a son named Manolo — just like her fictional counterpart. Several years after the birth of their child, this young couple decided to call it quits. As we know, the star went on to marry actor Joe Manganiello.
Kendrick Lamar and Whitney Alford
Speaking about his longtime partner Whitney Alford, rapper Kendrick Lamar says, “I wouldn’t even call her my girl, that’s my best friend. I don’t even like the term that society has put in the world as far as being a companion — she’s somebody I can tell my fears to.”
These two met at the same high school, and Kendrick Lamar popped the question in 2015. These two are pretty private, but it is speculated that they welcomed a daughter in 2020.
Eminem and Kim Scott
Even a casual listener of Eminem’s music has heard about Kim. Particularly in his early career, the star was constantly bashing his ex-childhood sweetheart on his tracks. These two met in high school, when a young Marshall Mathers stood on a desk to rap an LL Cool J song.
At the time, a teenage Kim and her sister had run away from home, and then moved in with Eminem and his mom. The pair have been married and divorced twice, and are parents to Hailie, Alaina, and Whitney.
Snoop Dogg and Shante Taylor
Here’s another rap superstar that has stuck with one woman for most of his life. The inimitable Snoop Dogg — also known as Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. — met his love in high school, and has been with her ever since. Well, her and some other ladies along the way.
Snoop married Shante Taylor back in 1997, and though they filed for divorce in 2004, they actually renewed their vows in 2008. Together, they have three sons — Cordé, Cordell, and Cori.
Joey Fatone and Kelly Baldwin
NSYNC star Joey Fatone is another celebrity that married his childhood sweetheart. However, these two didn’t last, confirming their divorce in 2020. Joey Fatone and Kelly Baldwin met in high school, and had an on-off relationship while the celeb toured with NSYNC.
After rekindling their relationship in 2000, Fatone and Baldwin welcomed their first child. They got married in 2004, and later welcomed daughter Kloey in 2010. Since then, Fatone has been dating social media personality Izabel Araujo.
Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra
Since they became famous as teen parents, it’s no surprise that Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra married their first loves. The reality stars got together in middle school, and shortly after, Lowell became pregnant. The teens put their first daughter up for adoption, and managed to stay together throughout the stressful time.
These reality TV parents got married in 2014, and have since welcomed two daughters — Novalee, and Vaeda. In fact, the pair have recently revealed that they’re expecting again.
David Beckham and Victoria Adams
Back in the ’90s, soccer player David Beckham had his eye on Spice Girl Victoria Adams. Posh Spice attended one of Beckham’s soccer matches, and soon after, the couple was an item. Becks proposed in 1998, and the pair made it official in 1999 (complete with gold thrones).
Together, Posh and Becks have four kids — sons Brooklyn, Romeo, and Cruz, and daughter Harper. It should be no surprise that all of the Beckham boys play soccer, and that two have modeled.
Stephen King and Tabitha Spruce
Author extraordinaire Stephen King has sold over 350 million copies of his books. On top of that, the King of Horror has a long-lasting relationship with his author wife Tabitha Spruce. The couple met in a writing seminar at the University of Maine. King remembers, “She came across — and still does — as a tough broad.”
Stephen King and Tabitha Spruce got married in 1971, and have three children together. Much like in the Beckham family, King’s sons have taken up the family trade, working as authors.
Brandi and Bryan Redmond
Redheads Brandi and Bryan Redmond met in high school, and tied the knot in 2003. When they joined Bravo’s Housewife franchise, the couple was parents to two girls — Brinkley, and Brooklyn. Shortly after, we saw them welcome adopted son Bruin, and more recently, they were surprised by daughter Brilynn.
However, reality fans know that Bryan Redmond was spotted with another woman in a viral video. Speaking about the situation, Brandi commented, “I will tell you that, you know, this was the craziest year and my darkest hour.”
Ja Rule and Aisha Murray
Ja Rule — real name Jeffrey Bruce Atkins — has been with wife Aisha since middle school. According to the rapper, “The first time I met her I was getting off the school bus, and she was the new girl in school.”
Ja Rule and Aisha Murray got married in 2001, and together they have three kids — daughter Brittney Asja, and sons Jeffrey Jr. and Jordan. This couple has certainly been through their ups and downs, especially because Ja spent some time in jail.
Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins
Our next set of happy celebs who married their first loves are country singer Thomas Rhett Atkins Jr. and wife Laura Akins. These two met when they were children, and started dating when they were teens. However, along the way, they did split and almost paired off with other people.
Thankfully, Rhett and Atkins tied the knot in 2012. Since then they have adopted a daughter, Willa Gray, and welcomed two more — Ada James, and Lennon Love. Adorable!
Timothy Olyphant and Alexis Knief
Actor Timothy Olyphant also met his wife through education. In this case, it was at college where the star first laid eyes on Alexis Knief. This pair got married when Olyphant was just 23 years old, but they’ve been together ever since.
Together, Timothy Olyphant and Alexis Knief have three children — Grace Katherine, Henry, and Vivian. Adorably, these two were an item long before Olyphant became a household name. It looks like they managed to weather the storm!
Bono and Ali Stewart
Here’s another star that met his future wife on the school bus. Bono remembers, “We were teenagers, went to the same high school. And just so happens that one afternoon I walked her to her bus.”
The star — real name Paul David Hewson — met Alison Stewart when she was just 12 years old. The couple got married in 1982, and are parents to daughters Jordan and Memphis, and sons Elijah and John. Unsurprisingly, Ali has inspired lots of U2 songs, including “The Sweetest Thing.”
Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly
Alright, so this one is a little different than the others on this list. English actor Paul Bettany was in love with actress Jennifer Connelly long before he met her. In fact, she was his first crush, and he proudly hung a poster of her in his childhood bedroom.
Years later, the couple worked together but were dating other people. Then, after the 9/11 attacks, Bettany tracked Connelly down and proposed. The pair weren’t even in a relationship, but she said yes! Now they have two kids together.
Mariano and Clara Rivera
Panamanian-American baseball player Mariano Rivera met wife Clara when they were both in elementary school. The elementary school sweethearts got married in 1991 in Panama, and lived there for almost a decade before moving to New York.
Together, Mariano and Clara Rivera are parents to three sons — Mariano, Jafet, and Jaziel. There have been accusations of infidelity made towards the former professional athlete, though he has called them “unfounded.” The legendary pitcher is currently involved in various charity projects.
Steph Curry and Ayesha Alexander
Basketball royalty Steph and Ayesha Curry met at a church youth group when they were just teenagers. However, Ayesha claims that she didn’t even go to a basketball game until she’d been casually dating Steph for five years.
As Steph tells it, he was going to LA for the ESPY awards, and couldn’t stop thinking about his teen love. As it turned out, Ayesha was pursuing acting in Hollywood, so the two met up. After that, they tied the knot in 2001. Now, they have three kids together.
Misha Collins and Victoria Vantoch
Misha Collins — real name Dmitri Tippens Krushnic — had a difficult childhood. The actor came from a poor family, and experienced homelessness more than once. Incredibly, the star managed to make a name for himself, working as an actor and published poet.
Misha Collins first met Victoria Vantoch when he was the only boy in English class. They got married years later in 2001, and have two children together — son Anaximander, and daughter Maison. Victoria Vantoch is a successful writer and historian.
Alan Rickman and Rima Horton
Acting legend Alan Rickman met his future wife, Rima Horton when he was 19 years old, in 1965. Rickman and Horton met in an amateur theater group, and moved in together in 1977. Interestingly, these two didn’t get married until 2012. That’s four decades together before walking up the aisle!
Rima Horton worked as a politician, and as a senior lecturer. These two got married in a private New York City ceremony in 2012, but didn’t reveal it for another three years.
Patrick Mahomes and Brittany Matthews
Here’s another athlete who married his first love. Patrick Mahomes, an American football quarterback, met his future wife, Brittany Matthews when they were in high school together. When the athlete received his Super Bowl Championship Ring in 2020, he took the opportunity to pop the question to his long-time other half.
Patrick Mahomes and Brittany Matthews have a daughter together, born in 2021. Matthews was a professional soccer player, a personal trainer, and now co-owns a women’s professional soccer team.
Clayton Kershaw and Ellen Melson
From one happily monogamous athlete to another, we turn to pro baseball player Clayton Kershaw. The eight-time All-Star met Ellen Melson in high school, and the couple got engaged when they were both 21 years old.
Together, Clayton Kershaw and Ellen Melson have two children — daughter Cali Ann, and son Charley. Together, this couple does lots of volunteering and charity work. For example, they launched “Kershaw’s Challenge” to raise money to build an orphanage in Zambia.
Robin Thicke and Paula Patton
When Robin Thicke first met Paula Patton, he was just 14 years old, and she 16. Later, the pair tied the knot in 2005, but this long-term relationship ended up exploding into a tabloid frenzy. Thicke and Patton have son Julian together, and were in a relationship for over 20 years.
However, when actress Paula Patton filed for divorce, she cited her husband’s infidelity, abuse, and addiction issues. Since then, Robin Thicke married April Love Geary, with whom he has three children.
Witney Carson and Carson McAllister
Up next is professional Latin ballroom dancer Witney Carson. The TV star started dating her future husband in her senior year of high school, but he had always had his eye on her. McAllister remembers, “She was my dream girl since seventh grade. But she didn’t know I existed until senior year.”
Witney Carson and Carson McAllister got married in Salt Lake City in 2016, with fellow professional dancers as bridesmaids. The happy couple welcomed their son, Kevin, in 2021.
Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman
The fabulous Elizabeth Banks is another celebrity that’s been with the same guy since her younger years. Actually, Banks met Max Handelman on her first-ever day of college, but she didn’t think she’d marry him at that point. She later claimed, “Really, what happened was I’ve never met anyone that I liked more.”
Elizabeth Banks and sportswriter Max Handelman got hitched in 2003, and the actress converted to Judaism for her husband. Together, the lifelong pair have two sons.
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan
According to his version of the story, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was in a bit of a rush when he first asked out Priscilla Chan. He claims that his first words to his future wife were, “I’m going to get kicked out in three days, so we need to go on a date quickly.” How romantic!
Apparently, these two met at a frat party, and things must have gone well. They got married in the media magnate’s backyard in 2012, also celebrating Priscilla Chan’s graduation from medical school.
Mike Sorrentino and Lauren Pesce
Incredibly, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino postponed his relationship with college sweetheart Lauren Pesce so he could appear on reality TV. The star pursued Pesce when the pair attended high school together, but then ended the relationship before his star turn in 2009.
After he made his money, Mike Sorrentino went back to Lauren Pesce and eventually married her in 2018. Together, the couple has a son named Romeo Reign. Lauren Pesce clearly has a lot of patience, especially as Sorrentino was imprisoned in 2019.
Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Lane
The late Kobe Bryant sadly passed away in a helicopter crash in 2020. During his incredible life, the professional athlete was in a long-term relationship with Vanessa Lane. The star first met his future wife when she was a high school student, and backup dancer in a music video. They were engaged six months later.
Because Kobe Bryant was already signed to the NBA, the couple faced huge amounts of scrutiny. In fact, Lane ended up finishing her education via homeschooling. These two got married in 2001.
LL Cool J and Simone Smith
According to rapper LL Cool J, the secret to a long-lasting marriage is good communication. He has said, “I’m not looking to win arguments, this isn’t debate class. We each express ourselves and then either fix the issue or move on.” That sounds reasonable!
The star met Simone Smith when they were both teenagers and a friend introduced them. After dating for eight years, the couple got married in 1995. Together, these two have four children — Najee, Italia, Samaria, and Nina.
Prince William and Kate Middleton
Last but not least are their royal highnesses, Prince William and Kate Middleton. As most people know, these two met at St Andrew’s University. In fact, Kate caught Wills’ eye when she walked in a fashion show wearing nothing but a slip.
Kate Middleton and Prince William started dating in 2003, and shared a flat with other housemates while studying. As you might expect, this couple was hounded by the press. Of course, their highly publicized royal wedding took place in 2011.
Actors Who Made Millions – Doing Only Commercials!
These actors have found success by starring in various commercials throughout their careers. You’ll be surprised to discover just how successful many of these commercial actors became!
T. J. Jagodowski – Sonic Commercials
T. J. Jagodowski is fairly recognizable for being featured in the long-running Sonic Drive-In commercials. The funniest thing about these commercials is that most of them were actually improvised by the actors on the spot. The improvisation is a unique feature that was probably one of the reasons why they were so popular. For T.J., these improvised commercials were just business as usual. Most of his training was done through improv classes, and they left him with a net worth of $600,000.
Diane Amos – Pine-Sol Commercial Lady
When not being the featured face of the Pine-Sol commercials, Diane Amos was working as both a film actress and a stand-up comedian. Her first taste of television was as a competitor on the popular television game show, The Wheel of Fortune. Several years later, in 1993, Amos landed the spot for the lovely smelling fragrant cleaner, Pine-Sol. Those commercials certainly paid her well, her net worth is estimated to be around $250,000. “That’s the power of Pine-Sol, baby!”
Dean Winters – The Allstate Guy
Better known for his roles on television shows like Oz and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Dean Winters is no stranger to appearing in front of the camera. In 2009, Winters suffered a terrible accident. After being diagnosed with a bacterial infection, Winters was rushed to the hospital where he was actually pronounced dead for several brief moments. After he recovered, he was approached by the insurance company, Allstate, where the Mayhem campaign ended up earning him $4 million.
Melanie Paxson – Red Robin Commercials
Melanie Paxson has been in numerous works on both television and movies, in addition to television commercials. One of her most popular commercial roles was the hamburger loving customer in the popular Red Robin commercials. But that was far from her only on-screen job. She’s played as Jaclyn in Cupid, Sara Brennan in Happy Family, and as Julie in Notes from the Underbelly. Additionally, she was in the Disney Channel TV movie Descendants, which aired in 2015.
Isaiah Mustafa – Old Spice Commercials
Who doesn’t remember Isaiah Mustafa from the “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” commercials for Old Spice? Appearing shirtless and usually doing stunts like motorcycle jumps and bursting through walls, Mustafa’s deep voice and impressive physique kept audiences engaged and laughing. Much of his personal brand and body came from playing as a wide receiver when he was younger. The Old Spice commercials have certainly done well for Mustafa, he now has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
Dennis Haysbert – The Allstate Commercials
Dennis Haysbert has an impressive screen presence with a remarkable ability to eloquently deliver a message with a deep and powerful voice. While he’s starred in numerous television series, one of his most memorable appearances has been his work as the voice of the Allstate Insurance Company, a role he has been performing since 2004. After ending his message with “That’s Allstate’s stand. Are you in good hands?” He was delivered his paycheck. Added up it’s around $14 million.
Beck Bennett – The AT&T Commercials
Beck Bennett got his claim to fame on the AT&T commercials where he would ask children questions while sitting at a comically small table. The series of commercials was known as the “It’s Not Complicated” series, and it served as Bennett’s big break. After making audiences laugh at the advertisement, Bennett got an opportunity to work on the series Saturday Night Live, where he has been a regular member since 2013. He has also founded his own sketch comedy group.
Tim Leigh Williams – Trivago Commercials
Tim Leigh Williams has quite a bit of acting experience under his belt, and not only in the United States. This 53-year-old actor has also worked in Germany where he has starred in several different television shows and German movies. In the United States, his list of films includes the likes of Valkyrie, Ninja Assassin, and Labyrinth of Lies. He is also well known for appearing in the commercials for Trivago and has made a reported $5 million.
Vince Shlomi – the ShamWow Guy
Oh yes, nothing like those infomercials that would run at the most unusual hours of the morning. Well here’s a fun fact, many of them actually worked, generating profits for the companies selling the products and the on-screen salesmen doing the selling. In this case, it was Offer Shlomi, who changed his name to Vince Shlomi after he left Israel, who pitched the popular product ShamWow. Thanks to the work on those infomercials, Shlomi ended up with $2 million.
Charles “Chip” Esten – Carl’s Jr.
For those of us who grew up watching Whose Line Is It Anyway? we all remember Chip as the hilarious rotating guest star of the show as he brought audiences to their knees with his quick and witty improv. But Chip, whose real name is Charles Esten, is known for much more than that. In particular, for his portrayal of the white-bearded man named Carl Hardee Sr. for the Carl’s Jr. fast-food restaurant chain. He’s worth $5 million.
Nichole Randall Johnson – DriveTime Commercials
Known for her role on the comedy series MADtv, Nicole Randall Johnson had been a staple of that cast from the moment she was hired in 2005. After performing in numerous sketches, Johnson was recognized for being a truly funny talent and was also offered a position as a writer of the show for their eleventh season. By 2013, Johnson had raised her profile to a significant enough level to be recruited for the DriveTime commercials. She’s now worth $700,000.
Gillian Vigman – as “Jack’s Wife”
Another comedian from the popular MADtv sketch comedy series, Gillian Vigman also worked as an actress on the show. But she didn’t stop there, fans of the popular sitcom New Girl are likely to recognize Vigman for having a role in the series as well. She’s been in quite a few commercials, the most popular by far being the role as “Jack’s Wife” in the Jack in the Box television commercials. With all her work and experience, she’s worth $500,000.
Hallie Eisenberg – the Pepsi Girl
Looking at Hallie Eisenberg, it might be fair to say that she looks oddly familiar. If you don’t recognize her don’t feel bad, Hallie Eisenberg got her role as the Pepsi Girl when she was very young, unlike her brother Jesse Eisenberg, the star of movies like Zombieland and The Social Network. Looks like on-screen talent just happened to run in this family. While Hallie’s career didn’t go as long as her brother’s, she earned $1 million.
Patrick Warburton – National Car Rental
There’s something about Patrick Warburton’s slow deep voice that viewers just can’t get enough of. This television and movie funnyman has been busy entertaining the masses since the mid 1980s where he has been a part of a number of memorable projects. These include what is probably his most notable role as Joe Swanson on Family Guy. He’s also been the star of a series of commercials for National Car Rental, raising his net worth to about $30 million.
Wendy Kaufman – the Snapple Lady
Many commercial actors are known better by the brand they promoted rather than their actual names. For Wendy Kaufman that certainly is the case. Just go ahead and type into Google “Snapple lady” and within seconds you’ll see Wendy Kaufman. She was hired to work for the delicious juice company in 1991 after her best friend’s father, who was also one of the founders, hired her to be the spokeswoman. After all the commercials, Wendy Kaufman earned an impressive $500,000.
Maria Bamford – the Target Lady
This actress is no stranger to cracking jokes for a number of animated series. Perhaps it’s just coincidence, but many of her projects have gone on to become some of the most renowned animated comedies on television. These include American Dad, Spongebob Squarepants, and Bojack Horseman. Maria Bamford’s talent and on-screen enthusiasm was then given its next challenge as the incredibly energetic Target Lady. Her net worth is now a cool $300,000 and it’s only likely to go up.
Angela Sarafyan – The Umbrella Girl
Angela Sarafyan got her start as the Umbrella Girl from the well known Cingular Wireless commercials. Her yearly salary for that commercial work was a respectable $75,000. But the rewards she received from starring in those commercials went a lot more than just several thousand dollars. The exposure she got from them elevated her career, helping her to secure roles for Judging Amy, Criminal Minds, and Westworld. As a result of all this work, Sarafyan is now worth $6 million.
Demetri Goritsas – Slim Jim Guy
Demetri Goritsas has appeared in a number of blockbusters including The Bourne Identity and even X-Men First Class. So how did Goritsas get there? Many probably don’t remember, but this blockbuster actor began his career in the 1990s playing the Slim Jim Guy for the popular jerky snack that can be found everywhere from gas stations to supermarkets. It might be easy to think that he only made money in movies, in fact, Goritsas made $100,000 from commercial work.
Laurel Coppock – as Toyota Jan
Laurel Coppock has also been in a number of films and television shows. But in spite of all that on-screen experience, she’s often remembered as playing Jan in the Toyota commercials. That’s not to say that her other works haven’t been notable of course. In fact, they include a number of heavy hitters including Arrested Development, Modern Family, and The Office. After years of professional acting Coppock is living it big with an estimated net worth of $1 million.
Orlando Jones – the 7-Up Commercials
It seems like MADtv has a habit of hiring funny people right before they go on to star in popular commercials. For Orlando Jones, this formula didn’t pass him by. In addition to starring in the popular sketch comedy series, he also worked between 1999 to 2002 as the spokesman for 7-Up. Those two works combined certainly paid off for Jones! He went on to become a screenwriter for the comedy A Different World and is now worth $5 million.
Valerie Bertinelli – Jenny Craig Program
Valerie Bertinelli got her start acting at the young and hopeful age of 15 when she landed the role of Barbara Cooper Royer on the CBS television series called One Day at a Time. The show ran for a number of years, beginning in 1975 and ending 9 years later in 1984. Bertinelli then leveraged her television presence to become the face of the Jenny Craig weight loss program. She was paid an impressive $1.55 million for these memorable commercials.
Brad Pitt – Chanel No. 5
It’s a stretch to say that Brad Pitt is a commercial actor, in fact, it makes more sense to call him an A list star who has appeared in some of the most impressive and well-received movies ever to hit theaters. That being said, Pitt has done his fair share of commercial work as well, particularly with the Chanel perfume company and their line of Chanel No. 5. The company paid Pitt a remarkable $7 million for appearing in their commercials.
Angelina Jolie – Louis Vuitton Ads
It’s not fair to talk about Brad Pitt without mentioning the equally impressive Hollywood star Angelina Jolie. Not only has she acted in a variety of great movies, but she’s also directed a few of her own as well. It’s no surprise then that if her former husband was going to get commercial work, she was going to get some too. While Brad was given $7 million for his commercial appearances, Jolie got $10 million for appearing in Louis Vuitton ads.
Catherine Zeta-Jones – the T-Mobile Girl
For many people, it was the commercial work that made the star. Just look at the number of actors on this list who got their start working on commercials before getting roles on television and movies. But it definitely pays to have made it first before appearing in those ads. For Catherine Zeta-Jones, she had already become a household name before starring as the T-Mobile girl. Her appearances boosted mobile sales quite considerably and earned her an impressive $20 million.
Jay Z – Samsung Galaxy Phones
By far one of the most popular and successful rappers ever to hit the music and entertainment industry, Jay Z is known worldwide and his concerts have a habit of selling out in moments. With all this success comes even more opportunity, and before long one of the largest cell phone companies in the world, Samsung, came knocking. They were willing to offer Jay Z $20 million to promote their Galaxy phone, and the results more than spoke for themselves.
Beyonce – “Queen B” in Pepsi
Jay Z might be one of the most successful rappers to ever create music but even he pales in comparison to his wife, Beyonce. Considered by many to be one of the most beloved celebrities ever, there were YouTube videos during the height of her success that showed people reacting in horror after hearing others say they didn’t “absolutely love” Beyonce. So who could be better to use for advertisements? Beyonce was offered $50 million to appear in Pepsi commercials.
50 Cent – G Unit Sneakers
Just when it seemed like celebrities couldn’t get paid more than Beyonce’s incredible $50 million deal with Pepsi, in walks 50 Cent to raise the bar. Widely considered to be one of the most successful celebrity endorsements, Reebok ended up paying 50 Cent an almost record-breaking $80 million to advertise their shoes. 50 Cent took up the mantle as the face of the G Unit sneakers and as a result Reebok almost sold out during their winter sales.
Jake Wood – the Geico Gecko
Since the mid 1980s, Jake Wood has been a popular fixture of British television. Most on the far side of the pond will likely recognize him from his work on EastEnders where he played the role of Max Branning. For a while, Wood was the very recognizable voice of the Geico Gecko, providing voice work for the animated lizard for over 10 years. Wood ended up leaving after refusing a pay cut but brought $3 million of pay with him.
Paul Marcarelli – Verizon Wireless Guy
Thanks to Paul Marcarelli we’ll never be able to say the line, “Can you hear me now?” without hearing his voice. During his 10 years as the Verizon spokesperson, Marcarelli was popularly known as the “Can You Hear Me Now? Guy” for his frequent use of the line in those memorable commercials. During the 10 years working for the popular phone company, Marcarelli was a hard worker. He made 40 commercials a year and earned $10 million for his work.
Andrea Rosen – Many TV Commercials
Andrea Rosen is one funny lady, so funny in fact that she’s managed to make a career (and a significant amount of money) because of it. She has made a name of herself as part of the comedy troupe, Stella and Variety Shac, but her television career is where she has really managed to shine. Her advertising work has been varied and many, and includes working with big companies like Bing.com, Staples, Office Supplies, and Yoplait. She’s worth $1.5 million.
J.K. Simmons – Farmers Insurance Group
It’s hard to picture J.K. Simmons working in commercials, not when he’s had so many roles in feature films. Some of his most notable and memorable works include Whiplash, Juno, La La Land, and, of course, the original Spiderman films. But Simmons hasn’t been afraid of using his considerable talents in order to help give companies an edge. Some of his advertising work has been with M&M (he’s the yellow one) and Farmers Insurance Group. He’s now worth $16 million.
Carly Foulkes – the T-Mobile Girl
After Catherine Zeta-Jones finished making millions working for T-Mobile as their spokeswoman, the torch was passed to the young Carly Foulkes. Originally from Canada, Foulkes started modeling by the time she was 13. Soon after she began working with Abercrombie & Fitch, Express, Gilly Hicks, Kohls, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Rugby by Ralph Lauren, and Tommy Hilfiger. By the time the 22-year-old took the mantle from Zeta-Jones, she had already made her first million, she’s now worth three.
Vanessa Lynn Branch – Orbit Gum
Vanessa Lynn Branch was born in England and made her way to the United States where she got her career start as a model and actress. She soon became the face of Orbit Gum for their television commercials. Her lovely British accent had a nice ring to it after she displayed the company’s gum before saying the line, “Fabulous! For a good, clean feeling. No matter what!” Flashing that pearly white smile ended up earning her a net worth of $500,000.
Milana Vayntrub – Lily Adams, AT&T
Milana Vayntrub originally came to the United States from Uzbekistan where she decided to try the American dream and become a comedian. So far, it seems as though things have worked out pretty well so far for this funny actress. Not only has she starred in a few short films and web series, but she also landed a spot on several TV programs. Her most popular role is as Lily Adams from the AT&T commercials which have earned her $3 million.
Katherine Crown – DriveTime Girl
Katherine Crown’s talent and enthusiasm have gotten her far in her career. In fact, who would’ve guessed that you could make so much money just from being charming and funny? Well, probably a lot of us based on the amount of talent on this list, a list that Katherine Crown has more than earned a spot on. She was hired in 2013 to play one of the DriveTime Girls in the advertising campaign that has earned Crown $1 million.
Morgan Smith-Goodwin – Red from Wendy’s
Morgan Smith-Goodwin is one funny character. She’s managed to turn her sense of humor into a successful career, one that has put her on the map—in addition to putting her in a really nice house! Many fans might recognize her from the popular HBO comedy series Veep, but she’s probably better known for her role in the Wendy’s commercials. Playing the role of Red, Morgan has earned enough to put her net worth at $3 million.
Stephanie Courtney – Flo from Progressive
As we like to say, if someone can say just one name and everyone knows who they’re talking about then that person has hit a high level of fame. Well, Flo from the Progressive commercials certainly fits that bill. In fact, she’s probably known more as Flo than her real name, Stephanie Courtney. Stephanie began entertaining via stand-up before moving to California and being cast in the Progressive commercials, making her $800,000 per year and $5 million total.
Jonathan Goldsmith – Most Interesting Man
Jonathan Goldsmith has been acting since the 1960s. His work began in New York where he worked as a theater actor before appearing in literally hundreds of films and television shows. That work ended up paying off in probably one of the most unexpected ways. Since becoming the “Most Interesting Man in the World” for Dos Equis beer, Goldsmith has made an incredible $8 million. Not only that, but he’s also become one of the most meme-able commercial figures ever!
Peter Grosz – Sonic Drive-In Commercials
Peter Grosz was the second half of the comedy duo in the improvised Sonic Drive-In commercials, where he appeared next to his friend and work colleague T. J. Jagodowski. But Grosz has a lot more on his resume than doing Sonic Drive-In commercials. His other work includes the popular HBO comedy series like Veep and even the popular television series Late Night with Stephen Colbert. Hard work pays off! Peter now has an estimated net worth of approximately $600,000.
Colin Ferguson – the Maytag Man
Colin Ferguson has made his fortune off of much more than just commercials, although working in the latter has certainly raised his profile considerably. This Canadian-American commercial star has also worked as a director and producer on various other projects. But 2014 turned out to be Colin’s year; he was offered the position of the Maytag Man as part of Maytag’s new campaign. He played the role of the appliance where he earned enough to be worth approximately $8 million.
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