Certain actors seem to have a nose for groundbreaking series. You could say that about Tony Hale, the actor who connects Arrested Development with Veep from HBO. Whatever Hale chooses, players must do their best to join him.
But again, you could argue that Hale is a big reason why the shows have been so good (the chicken-or-the-egg question). Jeffrey Tambor, who anchored Arrested Development after his wonderful work at the Larry Sanders Show, is certainly in this class.
You can’t imagine Larry Sanders without ‘Hey now’, Hank Kingsley, and his work as George Bluth is just as indispensable. Lightning then struck a third time with Amazon’s Transparent.
But Tambor’s oeuvre goes back to the 1970s, when you could find him on The Ropers and Three’s Company. Here is a retrospective on the career of the 74-year-old actor and the estimated equity.
$275K per episode for ‘Transparent,’ up to $125K per for ‘Arrested Development’
In the late 1970s, Tambor started playing parts in the most popular TV shows of the time. You can find him in Kojak with Telly Savalas, Starsky & Hutch and Taxi before picking up larger roles. A major breakthrough came in The Ropers.
That led to sharing in Three’s Company and Nine to Five. In the 1980s, he landed a recurring role as a judge on Hill Street Blues. We can still remember him, starting with Larry Sanders at HBO, but casting directors knew Tambor long before that.
By the time he landed the lead on Transparent, for which he won a Golden Globe in 2014, Tambor had 200 actor credits to his name. So far it came with benefits. In 2016, he was one of the top earners on TV and earned $ 275,000 per episode for his portrait of a transgender person.
For the restart of Arrested Development on Netflix, Tambor earned no less than $ 125,000 per episode. After decades in the company he is approaching his peak potential.
Tambor’s net worth estimated at $16-18 million
While Tambor won a Golden Globe and his first Primetime Emmy for Transparent, he was no unknown critics. He had previously received six Emmy nominations for his work on The Larry Sanders Show (four) and Arrested Development (two).
But that Golden Globe for Transparent introduced Tambor to an even larger audience – and certainly helped its wage negotiations. In the midst of his success on the Amazon show, Celebrity Net Worth estimated Tambor’s fortune at $ 16 million.
Given that he had more work on Transparent to go – plus his work on the latest episode of Arrested Development – the net amount of Tambor could have come closer to $ 18 million.
But his fortune took a turn after accusations of sexual harassment while working on Transparent. Tambor admitted that he was a difficult member while playing a difficult role but retaining his innocence. (Many actors who worked with him in the past have defended him publicly.)
With his long career in the company and sufficient support behind him, we imagine that Tambor will continue to work in Hollywood. If he keeps his calm (and hands for himself) in the future, it will be difficult to keep him off the screen.