If you have not heard of Dan Harmon before, you will be tempted to ask what he does. The proper question to ask about this fellow should be what exactly does he not do. Incredibly talented, smart, and humorous, Harmon is a renowned American writer who is also a producer and actor. He has created several TV shows, stunning colleagues and fans with his dexterity, and has established himself as one of the most proficient writers and content creators in Hollywood.
He has also proven himself to be a good actor, who has appeared in a handful of shows and is also a rapper and podcaster. As a writer and creator, Dan is now most renowned for creating Community, a popular American comedy television series that airs on NBC. He is also known for co-creating Rick and Morty, an adult animated science fiction sitcom that GQ has hailed as “one of the funniest and most outrageous shows on TV”.
He Earns Bigly as One of Hollywood’s Most Accomplished Writers
Harmon’s career kick-started in the ’90s when he became a member of ComedySportz Milwaukee, an improvisational comedy organization with his friend Rob Schrab and others. The group later produced an album called Take Down the Grand Master in 1996. In 1999, Dan and Rob Schrab collaborated to co-write Heat Vision and Jack, a TV pilot that starred important actors like Owen Wilson. During this period, he also created several Channel 101 shows, winning a lot of admiration within the industry.
After appearing in some Channel 101 shows himself, Dan Harmon went on to create The Sarah Silverman Program, a TV sitcom for Comedy Central in 2007. He also worked as the head writer for the show for many episodes until it eventually came to an end in 2010. Since then, the Milwaukee native has gone on to contribute his insane writing skills to other productions including the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, 2008 Spike Video Game Awards, and the 81st Academy Awards ceremony in 2009.
While details of what he was paid for all these writing efforts are not known, no one needs to be told that what he earned from them has contributed to his wealth significantly.
Community and Rick and Morty Are His Most Lucrative Projects
In 2009, Dan Harmon gained even more prominence around America when he created Community, a comedy TV series which was based on his experiences at the Glendale Community College. The show was quite a hit after it started airing on NBC, and received critical and commercial acclaim.
It ran for three seasons, until May 18, 2012, after which Dan Harmon was fired from his position because of some creative conflicts between himself and executives. Despite the unpleasant way things ended, he was still adequately rewarded for his role in bringing the show to reality and was paid royalties running into millions of dollars.
Meanwhile, following his dismissal from Community, Dan put on his thinking cap and got to work with his creative partner, Justin Roiland. Together, they created Rick and Morty, an adult animated sci-fi sitcom that debuted in 2013.
Rick and Morty chronicle the crazy adventures of an alcoholic but brilliant scientist, Rick Sanchez, and his good-natured grandson, Morty Smith. The show has become quite popular among Americans and has received praise from several quarters. It has also won several awards including the 2018 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program, Critics Choice’s Best Animated Series, and two IGN awards for the same category.
Asides from writing and creating shows, Dan Harmon has also featured in some movies and TV series including Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss, Arrested Development, and Good Game. The revered content creator has also lent his voice to several productions including Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole, Axe Cop, and The Simpsons.
Insight Into Dan Harmon’s Earning Power
Dan Harmon has a net worth of $5 million and his major source of income is his work in Hollywood. It is not known how much the renowned writer was paid for his writing work on The Sarah Silverman Program as well as other shows he has worked on but it is estimated that TV writers in America make from $96,000 to $157,000 per season, depending on their status.
Given that The Sarah Silverman Program ran for three years, it is quite possible that Harmon earned three-times more than the above-quoted amount.
With regards to series creation, the Writers Guild of America requires that a royalty of about $1,000 per episode be paid its members but some big fishes in the industry earn as much as $6,000 per episode. It, therefore, means that Harmon earned anything from $1000 to $6000 per episode for his first show, Community. It also means that the Milwaukee native earned a similar amount for his work on Rick and Morty, which is at about 41 episodes as of this writing.
Finally, the average salary of a voice actor in America is sketchy as it depends on several factors including word count, hours involved, location, and the fame of the person involved. However, given Harmon’s status in the movie industry, there is no doubt that he would rank in the top echelons of the food chain.
Uncoupling from His First Wife
Dan Harmon used to be a married man; he was married to Erin McGathy, an American artist, comedian, and podcast host. The couple met and dated for a while before they got married. According to reports, Dan proposed to Erin in December 2013 and they finally tied the knot in November 2014.
The marriage was however short-lived as the couple filed for divorce just about a year later in October 2015. They gave no elaborate reasons for the split but simply the fact that their relations had deteriorated.
Sad to announce that @danharmon and I are divorcing. We ask that you respect our privacy as we discuss it openly on our respective podcasts
— Erin McGathy (@ErinMcGathy) October 11, 2015
As at the time of their separation, Harmon and Erin were working together on a live improvisation animation show known as HarmonQuest, and it made things awkward for a while as they had to gel on set whilst squabbling with each other in real life. The show, however, proved to be therapeutic as it made the couple realize that they always got along better as friends and work colleagues. They, therefore, sheath their swords and went through the divorce amicably. The two are now good pals and continue to work together on the show, which was renewed for a 3rd season in 2019.
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Meet Dan Harmon’s New Partner
Following his split from Erin McGathy, Dan Harmon found love in the arms of another woman called Cody Heller. Heller is a native of California and is a writer as well as a content creator. She has worked on several shows including Deadbeat, Wilfred, and Kidding. Harmon and Erin started dating in 2016 and have been together ever since.
Fans expect that they will take things further by tying the knot as man and wife and it seems their hopes will come true as Heller took to Instagram in January 2019 to reveal that she had proposed to her man. Her post led to an outpouring of good wishes with some of her female followers also revealing that they had similarly popped the question to their spouse.
Harmon and Erin are yet to tie the knot but they continue to grow in love and have even collaborated professionally in recent times. The duo worked together on the 2020 dramedy titled, Dummy.