‘NCIS: Los Angeles’: What is Hetty Actor Linda Hunt’s Net Worth?

by Jennifer Shea

“NCIS: Los Angeles” star Linda Hunt has a full life and a Best Supporting Actress Oscar to boot. But if that weren’t enough, she’s also a millionaire.

In fact, CelebrityNetWorth.com estimates Hunt’s net worth at $12 million. She earns a salary of $80,000 per episode on “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

Born in Morristown, New Jersey, Hunt is a daughter of Westport, Connecticut who attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and Goodman School of Drama. From minor parts on TV in the 1970s, she progressed to larger film roles, winning an Academy Award in 1984 for “The Year of Living Dangerously.” She has also appeared in “Kindergarten Cop,” “Dune,” “If Looks Could Kill” and “The Relic,” among others.

As for television, besides “NCIS: Los Angeles,” Hunt has also starred in the hit TV show “The Practice.”

‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Star Had a Challenging Childhood

Diagnosed in high school with hypopituitary dwarfism, Hunt was teased a lot as a child. But her parents were always supportive, doing everything within their power to encourage her development and support her dreams. When they took her to her first Broadway show – “Peter Pan,” featuring Mary Martin – she saw a production that was larger than life, and one that she longed to join.

 Still, her parents worried about her career choice, particularly her father, who reportedly urged her to consider teaching instead. It wasn’t until she won an Oscar – never mind the two Obie Awards and a Tony nomination that came before it – that he finally relaxed about her pursuit of acting.

“I think up until I won that night, he always worried,” Hunt told CBS in 2013. “It was proof from people he didn’t know, from a world he didn’t know, that his baby girl was going to be all right.”

Hunt Won’t Appear on the Series Forever

As Hetty on “NCIS: Los Angeles,” Hunt manages to convey lethal confidence and authority despite her tiny stature. (She is 4’9”.) She says her character’s cult following, including among young people, is just one more really cool facet of the opportunity that “NCIS: Los Angeles” affords her.

“I think people have always liked in me the combination of being the underdog because I’m a tiny woman but I have enormous authority in myself,” Hunt once told The Daily Beast. “That dichotomy is intriguing for people: that confidence that Hetty has in herself and in her beloved agents.”

As much as she enjoys acting, however, Hunt said she actually looks forward to retirement. Her contract with CBS lasts into her 70s, but then, she said, she’d like to step offstage.

“I look forward to a time when I don’t have to work anymore,” Hunt told CBS. “Which is close at hand, I think.”