The Beverly Hillbillies icon and El Paso, Texas native died at 70-years-old in 1973, and had a remarkable net worth at the time.
Born in October of 1902, Irene Ryan would grow up to become one of television’s most recognizable characters. As The Beverly Hillbillies‘ beloved Daisy Moses, better known as “Granny,” Ryan put her decades of vaudeville, radio, television, and film expertise to grand use.
Her work in all of the above led to quite the fortune for the TV icon, too. At the time of her death in 1973, Irene Ryan’s net worth stood at $1 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. This is equal to roughly $7 million in 2021.
Tragically, on March 10, 1973, Ryan would suffer a stroke while performing Pippin for a live audience on Broadway, a production she would receive a Tony nomination for. Once she flew home to California on doctor’s orders, she was hospitalized and an inoperable glioblastoma was found. The malignant brain tumor would claim her life.
Her long life is beyond worthy of celebration, however. The Beverly Hillbillies icon first appeared on film way back in 1935 as part of the short One Big Happy Family.
Congruently, Ryan would perform as a double act with her first husband, Tim Ryan. After their divorce, she would tour with the legendary Bob Hope. During her Beverly Hillbillies heyday, she would be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series.”
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This remarkable career in mind, how does Irene Ryan’s net work compare to her contemporary icons?
Ryan’s partner in crime, Jed Clampett’s Buddy Ebsen, did pretty well for himself in life, as well. He died in 2003, but at the time of his death, The Beverly Hillbillies actor’s net worth was approximately $2 million.
And then there’s the ever-interesting Max Baer Jr. Fans know and love him as the iconic Jethro Bodine on The Beverly Hillbillies. He was a huge part of one of television’s all-time favorite shows, and will forever be associated with the character.
Knowing this, Baer Jr. would go into production and other “money-making” affairs to build his fortune. As such, Baer Jr. is now worth $50 million! That’s a hefty sum, right there, Jethro! The 83-year-old is going strong when it comes to finances, that’s for sure.
Over in the Happy Days pantheon, fellow matriarch Mrs. Cunningham would be played by Marion Ross. Now 92-years-old, Ross’s net worth beats out Irene Ryan’s after her continued work for decades in Hollywood. Not to mention her real estate ventures! As such, Ross is now worth an estimated $10 million.
At the time of his death, Mr. C’s beloved Tom Bosley’s net worth sat at $5 million by comparison. But Fonzie himself, Henry Winkler, holds a net worth $40 million after a long career in producing, directing, and continued acting, almost matching that of Beverly Hillbillies vet Max Baer Jr.