Jimmy Fallon is an actor, comedian, television host, producer, and singer best known as for his time as cast on the SNL and as the current host of late-night talk show Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. His net worth is $25 million.
Jimmy Fallon Net Worth: Career Beginnings
James Thomas Fallon was born on September 19, 1974 in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, New York, shortly after his birth, his family moved to Saugerties, New York where he grew up. As a teenager, Fallon developed a strong passion for comedy and was a big fan of Saturday Night Life- his parents only let him watch scenes that they deemed appropriate for his age. Jimmy would re-enact his favorite scenes to his parents imitating actors and comedians from the show.
As a teenager, Jimmy was also passionate about music and learned to play the guitar at 13. In high school, Jimmy was dubbed the class clown and was actively involved in social events. In an effort to follow in his father’s footsteps who worked for IBM, Jimmy studied computer science in college but later switched to communications. While at college, Jimmy took up stand-up gigs during weekends performing in different comedy clubs. With just a semester to graduation, Jimmy dropped out of college and moved to LA to pursue an active career in stand-up comedy.
Jimmy Fallon net worth: Rise To Stardom
In LA Fallon joined a group called The Groundlings where he polished his comedic act. His dream and ultimate aim was to eventually become a cast on SNL, the comedy show he’d been obsessed about since his teenage years. His manager sent video tapes of him to producers at SNL and after a first failed audition, Fallon saw his dream come true when the second audition though difficult was hugely successful. He was 23.
He made his SNL debut on September 1998 in the show’s 24th season. The fourth episode of the show launched Fallon into stardom thanks to his performance of Halloween-themed version of songs by popular artists and his impression of other comedians including Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, and Howard Stein. Fallon stayed on SNL for 6 years- 3 years more than he had originally planned. During his second half years on the show, he also became host of Weekend Update, wrote a book, released his first comedy album which received a Grammy nomination and also hosted a couple of MTV award shows. Fallon earned about $25,000 per episode during his hey days at SNL.
Jimmy Fallon net worth: Movie Career Flop
He left SNL in 2004 to pursue a career in acting. His first major role was in Taxi (2004), unfortunately the movie turned out to be a flop, his follow up role in Fever Pitch (2005) was just a bit better with no outstanding outcome, on the flip side, Jimmy won big after meeting film producer Nancy Juvonen on the set of Fever Pitch, the two got married in 2007 and have since stayed married with two daughters. Jimmy also enjoyed a better success lending his voice to animated characters. His roles in films earned him at least $1 million.
Return To TV With Late Night Show
Following a rather unsuccessful post-SNL period, Fallon was without direction for a while until Lorne Michaels creator/producer of SNL suggested to NBC that he take over The Late Night franchise which was soon to be without a host following the contract expiration of Conan O’Brein. Fallon succeeded O’Brein as the host and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon premiered in March 2009.
Though the management and the general public were unsure if he was the best option for the show, Jimmy turned out to become surprisingly successful winning over the hearts of fans and increasing the show’s popularity. He brought a paradigm shift to the show by ultimately focusing on music, gaming and dancing. Several clips of the show began to go viral online. In 2013 Fallon’s paycheck increased to $11 million. His second comedy album won a Grammy for Best Comedy Album in 2013.
In 2014, Jimmy Fallon succeeded Jay Leno as host of NBC’s Tonight Show after penning a 6-year contract that will keep him as host until the fall of 2021. The debut Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon was a huge success registering 11.3 million viewers.
Fallon has written three books, he also makes cameo appearances in movies and TV shows.
Fallon owns a $1.35 million four-bedroom co-op in a Manhattan apartment building and a $5.7 million farmhouse in the Hamptons.