Norman Lear’s career is one for the ages. As the mind behind some of the most influential – and popular – shows in the history of television, he changed the medium forever. Some of his shows include “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” and “One Day at a Time,” just to name a few.
So, how much money has the almost 99-year-old legend earned during his career? According to an article on CelebrityNetWorth.com, Lear’s storied career has resulted in an estimated net worth of approximately $200 million.
The article also reports that Lear purchased a copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence at the price tag of $8.1 million during 2001. He also purchased a mansion in Los Angeles for $6.5 million in 1995. He has a condo near Central Park in New York City which reportedly cost him $10.2 million.
Norman Lear was born in July 1922 in New Haven, Connecticut. He is a veteran of World War II. He started his professional career in public relations, then switched to a career as a comedy writer. That, obviously, turned out to be an excellent decision.
According to the article, Lear got his comedy start writing for Rowan and Martin and Martin and Lewis. It was during the 1960s, that he began developing the project that would become “All in the Family.” Although the show wouldn’t make it to television until January 1971, the wait was worth it. The show became a hit and led to seven – count it seven – spinoff series.
The spinoff series were: “Maude,” “Good Times,” “The Jeffersons,” “Checking In,” “Archie Bunker’s Place,” “Gloria,” and “704 Hauser.”
Norman Lear Accepts Carol Burnett Lifetime Achievement Award at Golden Globes
During the Golden Globe awards on Sunday (Feb. 28), Norman Lear became the third individual to accept the Carol Burnett Lifetime Achievement Award.
In his acceptance speech, Lear thanked the many people who have aided him during his career. He even said “there would be an entirely different Norman Lear here with you tonight” if he had not had the support of these people during his lifetime. There were numerous colleagues he mentioned in his speech. He even mentioned his years on The Colgate Comedy Hour. He also thanked his wife and six children, who range from ages 26-74, for their support of the years.
Norman Lear appropriately paid tribute to the award’s namesake on Sunday.
“I could not feel more blessed. I am convinced that laughter adds time to one’s laugh and nobody has made me laugh harder – nobody I owe more time to – than Carol Burnett and the brilliant team that helped her realize her comedic genius,” Lear said.
The first Carol Burnett Lifetime Achievement Award went to Carol Burnett during 2019. In 2020, it was given to Ellen DeGeneres.
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, Norman Lear has also received the National Medal of the Arts in 1999 and the Kennedy Center Honors during 2017.