Love him or hate him, the character of Archie Bunker on “All in the Family” remains one of the most iconic characters in the history of television. That status is most likely due to the divisive nature of the character. Whatever the reason, Archie is a character most people will never forget.
Playing such a divisive character can be both beneficial and detrimental to an actor’s career. So, how did Carroll O’Connor – the actor behind Archie Bunker – do financially during his lifetime?
According to an article on CelebrityNetWorth.com, O’Connor had an estimated net worth of $20 million when he died in 2001. He compiled this net worth thanks to his work on “All in the Family” as well as its spinoff “Archie Bunker’s Place.” O’Connor was also a star of the popular drama “In the Heat of the Night.”
Carroll O’Connor Began Acting on the Stage
Before he became famous for his television roles, O’Connor worked in the theater. He started acting on stage while he was a student at the University of Montana. Interestingly, he dropped out of the university and moved to Ireland. There, he aided his younger brother with getting into medical school.
While living in Ireland, O’Connor earned his degree at the University College Dublin. At the school, he focused on English literature and Irish history, according to the article.
While living in Ireland, O’Connor reportedly continued working on the stage. It was once he returned to New York that he got his big break. During the 1950s, he performed on Broadway in “Ulysses.”
The production was based on the novel by James Joyce. According to the article, the man who would become synonymous with Archie Bunker first appeared on television in 1960. “Sunday Showcase” was the name of that show.
As that decade went on, O’Connor appeared in more television shows and movies.
Carroll O’Connor was Living in Italy When Offered ‘All in the Family’ Role
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, Carroll O’Connor was residing in Italy. While there, Norman Lear, a famous television producer, requested that the actor return to the United States. Lear wanted him to play the character of Archie Justice on the new show “Justice for All.”
Eventually, the show was renamed “All in the Family.” And, Archie Justice became Archie Bunker.
Lear, O’Connor, and the rest of the cast of “All in the Family” had a hit with the show. Its first episode aired in January 1971, according to the article. It ran for a total of nine seasons. For five of those nine seasons, “All in the Family” was the highest-rated show in the Nielsen ratings.
O’Connor won four Emmy Awards for his playing Archie Bunker. He also won one Golden Globe, according to the article.
Back to Carroll O’Connor’s finances. According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, the actor and his wife, Nancy, lived in Malibu. Their home was located on the popular Broad Beach Road. The home sold for $9.5 million after Nancy’s death in 2014. The home was sold again in November 2020. for $24.8 million. It had reportedly undergone significant renovations between 2014 and 2020.