Bob Odenkirk is an American-born actor best known for playing Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Having started his career in entertainment in the late 1980s, he’s appeared in over 125 television series and movies.
But it’s not just his work on-camera that has contributed to his success. Bob Odenkirk’s net worth has also been impacted by his work as a producer, writer, and director, as well as his other business ventures and real estate investments. Read on to discover Odenkirk’s most successful projects and trace his career from the beginning until now.
Robert John Odenkirk was born in Berwyn, Illinois, on October 22, 1962. His father, Walter Henry Odenkirk, and his mother, Barbara Mary Baier, worked in printing. Unfortunately, Walter was an alcoholic, which partly led to the couple’s divorce. Odenkirk has six siblings.
Odenkirk was only 16 years old when he graduated from high school. He then attended several colleges, earning credits and gaining experience working at university radio stations. While at Southern Illinois University, Odenkirk started a late-night comedy show. Just before graduation, he moved to Chicago but still completed all his units remotely, graduating in 1984.
As soon as he arrived in Chicago, Bob Odenkirk joined a number of comedy groups. He attended workshops and eventually met Robert Smigel, who would later work with him on several projects. According to Odenkirk, his greatest influence during this time was Monty Python.
Saturday Night Live
Odenkirk soon got a big break when he was hired as a comedy writer on Saturday Night Live in 1987. He officially worked with the show from 1988 to 1991. During his three-year stint, Odenkirk was nominated three times, winning once, at the Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program.
Despite the Emmy nod, Odenkirk did not have much confidence in his writing. Eventually, he left the show and turned his attention towards acting, appearing in the comedy stage show Happy Happy Good Show. After several shows, Odenkirk moved to Los Angeles. And there, he returned to writing, working on Get a Life and The Dennis Miller Show.
The Ben Still Show
While writing for SNL, Odenkirk had a chance to work with Ben Stiller. The latter was impressed by Odenkirk’s work and hired him to write for The Ben Stiller Show. Odenkirk won his second Primetime Emmy for his superb writing. Unfortunately, the show was not renewed for a second season.
This was when Odenkirk began a collaboration with David Cross. The two comedians did a series of live sketch shows together. Odenkirk also appeared on TV shows like The Jackie Thomas Show, Roseanne, and The Larry Sanders Show. He also wrote for Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
Mr. Show with Bob and David
In the mid-90s, Odenkirk and David Cross partnered with HBO and turned their stage shows into the sketch program called Mr. Show. The show was critically acclaimed and even won Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Writing two years in a row. Odenkirk was one of the producers of the show.
Over the next decade, Odenkirk did a lot of writing, directing, producing, and starring in a variety of TV programs and films. In 2003, he played Keith in Melvin Goes to Dinner, which he also directed. And in 2004, he was instrumental in developing the semi-animated program called Tom Goes to the Mayor.
However, Bob Odenkirk’s net worth took a hit during this period. He revealed to Howard Stern that the films he had directed had actually left him a “financial hole.” His then-business manager applied for a $900,000 business loan for Odenkirk so that he could stay afloat.
Additionally, Odenkirk also had a number of minor roles in high-profile TV shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm, Everybody Loves Raymond, How I Met Your Mother, Arrested Development, Entourage, and many more.
During the second season of the top rated series Breaking Bad, Odenkirk joined the cast as Saul Goodman. Prior to the show, Bob Odenkirk’s net worth had taken a hit. He was bankrupt. However, this was about to change dramatically in the next few years.
The role was initially written for only three episodes, but Odenkirk’s performance turned it into one of the main characters. He ended up portraying the corrupt lawyer for 36 episodes, until the series ended after five seasons. It would also lead to the spin-off Better Call Saul shortly after.
Breaking Bad had a production budget of $3 million per episode. But during the series’ highest point, this had increased to $6 million per episode. By this time, Odenkirk was raking in $100,000 per episode.
Following the conclusion of Breaking Bad, Odenkirk was quickly cast as Police Chief Bill Oswalt in the first season of Fargo. He appeared opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman in nine episodes of the hit FX series.
Better Call Saul
2015 brought the massively successful Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad spin-off series. Odenkirk reprised his role as Saul Goodman, but this time, he was the show’s star. Additionally, he was also one of the producers.
During the first season of Better Call Saul, Odenkirk had a reported salary of $150,000 per episode. And by the time the series ended in 2022, Odenkirk was getting paid $200,000 per episode, or $2 million per season.
Needless to say, the series increased Bob Odenkirk’s net worth considerably. Moreover, it also earned him a handful of acting nominations. Over the years, Odenkirk was nominated four times at the Golden Globes, 11 times at the Primetime Emmys, and six times at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul were consistently nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
Incredibles 2 (2018)
In 2018, Bob Odenkirk’s net worth got another sizable boost from the Incredibles 2. Lending his voice to one of the main characters, Winston Deavor, Odenkirk got a pretty hefty salary of $2 million for his performance.
The film itself was a major blockbuster, drawing in more than $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office against a budget of $200 million. As of 2022, it’s Odenkirk’s highest-grossing film.
In 2021, Odenkirk stars as Hutch Mansell in the action film Nobody. It performed moderately well at the box office, bringing in $57.5 million against a budget of $16 million.
His performance got him a Best Actor nomination from the Critics’ Choice Super Awards. Additionally, he earned $1 million for the movie.
Among Odenkirk’s recent movie roles were as Father Robert March in Little Women in 2019 and as Bob the Goon (voicing) in 2022’s The People’s Joker.
As far as television roles, he currently voices the character Feather in the animated series Chicago Party Aunt. He is also set to appear as William Henry Devereaux Jr. in Straight Man, set for release in 2023.
Also adding to Bob Odenkirk’s net worth are a number of additional business ventures. Odenkirk has been producing films and shows for a while. However, it wasn’t until 2020 that he created his own production company called Cal-Gold Pictures.
Odenkirk also reportedly has considerable stock investments in PayPal, Boeing, Netflix, AT&T, and Qualcomm.
Soon after getting married, Odenkirk and his wife Naomi bought a 2,900 sq. ft. Hollywood Hills mansion for $675,000. In 2014, they listed it for $2.49 million and eventually sold it at a slightly lower price of $2.45 million.
A year later, they purchased a piece of property in a similar area in the same neighborhood. They paid $3.3 million for this new home, which includes a spa, a swimming pool, and gorgeous gardens.
Odenkirk’s wife is producer and talent manager Naomi Yomtov. The couple got married in 1997 and have two children.
Their son Nathan was born in 1998 and is now an actor, having appeared in Rat Bastard and Scrub. Their daughter Erin was born in 2000.
Bob Odenkirk’s Net Worth 2022
As of 2022, Bob Odenkirk’s net worth is estimated at $16 million. And while his work on-camera has had a significant impact on his net worth, his producing, directing, and writing work, along with his investments and real estate portfolio, also impact his net worth.
Fans of Odenkirk can look forward to seeing him next as Jonathan Wigglesworth in the comedy Worlds Apart, which is scheduled for release in 2023. He’ll also star in the series Straight Man as William Henry Devereaux Jr., the lead character.
Additionally, he has three more projects in the works, including Walking Time Bomb opposite Jason Alexander and the mini-series The Night of the Gun. He’s also writing and producing Annie Jenkins: A Not Very Romantic Comedy.