Andy Griffith or Lucille Ball: Which TV Icon Had Higher Net Worth?

by Emily Morgan
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Long after Andy Griffith and Lucille Ball stopped taping their beloved shows years ago, fans continue to watch whenever they air. Both Ball and Griffith were regarded as some of the most well-known TV icons in America, making us wonder about their salaries during their time playing the iconic roles. 

According to Celebrity Net Worth, the two icons had the same net worth. Ball had an estimated net worth of $60 million at the time of her death. Andy Griffith also had an estimated net worth of $60 million. 

Lucille Ball

In 1933, Ball got one of her earliest acting gigs when she starred in The Bowery. In addition to several uncredited roles, she also appeared in the 1935 film I Dream Too Much. The following year she starred in the role of Lillian Temple in Chatterbox.

However, her rise to fame wouldn’t arrive until 1940, when she played Bubbles in the 1940 film Dance, Girl Dance. In the same year, she also starred alongside Desi Arnaz in the movie Too Many Girls. 

In 1951, Ball took on the career-defining character when she starred in “I Love Lucy.” She remained on the show for six years until it ended in 1957.

Ball’s success as an actor didn’t stop when the show finished taping. After the iconic series ended, she appeared in many TV movies and shows, including “The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour,” “The Lucy Show,” and “Here’s Lucy.” In 1986 Ball made her final television performance in “Life with Lucy.”

Besides acting, Ball held the title of producer, director, and production manager. In 1974, she directed her first episode of “Here’s Lucy” titled “Lucy, The Sheriff.” Later in 1981, she led a TV short titled Bungle Abbey

Andy Griffith

Before he was Mayberry’s iconic Sherriff, Griffith made his television debut in a teleplay titled No Time for Sergeants in 1955. Two years later, he appeared in the film A Face in the Crowd

In 1958, Griffith starred in the film version of No Time for Sergeants. That same year, he was in the movie Onionhead.

For eight years, Griffith starred in “The Andy Griffith Show” from 1960 to 1968. After they finished taping, the series produced multiple spinoffs such as “Mayberry R.F.D.” and “The New Andy Griffith Show.”

In 2003, the cast reunited for a special titled “Back to Mayberry.” 

Fans also remember Griffith for his appearances in “Matlock,” “Salvage 1,” “From Here to Eternity,” and “Centennial.”

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