One of the best-known American comedians of all time is David Spade who has a net worth of $70 million. . When he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in the 1990s, his career took off as he worked on parody sketches and other material for the program. His career has taken off since then, with appearances in a slew of films and other comedic venues.
David Wayne Spade was born on July 22, 1964, in Birmingham, Michigan, the son of Judith and Warne Spade, to whom he is married. Andy and Bryan are his brothers. Spade’s parents split shortly after moving to Scottsdale, Arizona, when Spade was only four years old. Their mother was the primary caregiver for the boys, who were brought up in a state of relative poverty.
Prior to entering ASU, David attended Scottsdale Community College and Saguaro High School. He received a business degree in 1986 and was a member of the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon. As a student, Spade was a regular at the university’s Farce Side Comedy Hour sketch comedy program. He also performed stand-up at Greasy Tony’s Pizza in Tempe, AZ, when he was in college.
Andy Spade, the younger of the two brothers, went on to co-found Kate Spade with his wife, Kate, who sadly committed herself in 2018.
As of 1990, David Spade was a regular cast member of ‘Saturday Night Live‘ as a writer and a contributor to the program. His performance on SNL earned him a lot of respect in the business and he stayed there until 1996.
In 1995, he co-starred in the comedy “Tommy Boy” with Chris Farley, a fellow ‘Saturday Night Live cast member. ‘Black Sheep’ was another comedic picture in which he and Chris Farley featured together.
The character of Joe Dirt appeared in another comedy film in 2001, and he starred in Capital One ads from 2002 to 2006.
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For six seasons from 2007 to 2013, he played Russell Dunbar in the comedy Rules of Engagement.
In 2010 he starred in the film ‘Grown Ups’ starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, and Rob Schneider as Marcus Higgins, a character he created. In 2013, he makes a cameo appearance in ‘Grown Ups 2′.
The Wrong Missy’ was David Spade’s most recent cinematic role.
Live Saturday Night
As a stand-up comic in Los Angeles, Spade continued to perform. A gig on “Saturday Night Live” came his way thanks to Dennis Miller, a friend and fellow comic. To get into the show’s cast he had to work his way up from writer to producer. Many of his skits became immediate classics when partnered with Chris Farley, a fellow cast member and longtime friend of his.
SNL producer Lorne Michaels had the idea to cast the two together since they had such great chemistry in iconic recurrent sketches like “Gap Girls” and “Matt Foley.” Farley and Spade were cast as Tommy Boy, a loving reckless fool, respectively, in the 1995 film “Tommy Boy,” produced by Michaels. For “Black Sheep” in 1996, the two collaborated again, using roughly the same approach.
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In spite of the lackluster critical reception, the films sailed to success at the box office and became cult favorites among SNL fans. The actor’s inability to attend Farley’s burial after the actor died of a drug overdose in 1997 sparked speculations that he and the late actor had a falling out. In many interviews, Spade has indicated that seeing his close buddy “in a box” was emotionally too much for him to bear.
History of Earnings
David made an average of $150,000 every episode during the first several seasons of “Just Shoot Me! “. His compensation was increased to $300,000 per episode before the sixth season. That amounted to a yearly budget of $6.6 million. Prior to royalties from this series, David Spade earned a total of $30 million in basic pay.
On “Rules of Engagement,” David earned $150,000 each episode at its peak. About $3.6 million was spent every season.
Heather Locklear, Julie Bowen, Teri Hatcher, and Naya Rivera are just a few of the prominent ladies David has dated. When he appeared on E! News, they referred to him as “Bachelor-era George Clooney of the comedy world.” With former Playboy Playmate Jillian Grace, he has a daughter named Harper, who was born in 2008. He has never had a wife or a family.
On November 29, 2000, Spade was assaulted by his helper while he was asleep. Stun gun-wielding thief David Warren “Skippy” Malloy broke into Spade’s house early in the morning and assaulted him. Spade was able to extricate himself from Malloy and lock himself in a toilet with a shotgun until the authorities arrived. Convicted of a crime, Malloy escaped prison time. He was sentenced to five years of probation, drug and mental health therapy, and a need to be at least 100 yards away from Spade during that time. A total of 480 hours of community service were assigned to him as part of his sentence.
In December 2005, Spade gave $100,000 to the Phoenix police department. The tornado victims in Oklahoma received his donation of $200,000 in May of that year. In 2014, he donated $100,000 to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and another $100,000 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, after the terrible death of his sister-in-law.
During the month of June 2017, a burglar broke into David’s Beverly Hills, California, house.
Many of David Spade’s homes in Los Angeles have been among the most opulent in the city.
He sold a Malibu mansion for $10.225 million in 2013. Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, was the buyer.
In 2001, he purchased a house in Beverly Hills‘ Trousdale Estates neighborhood for $4 million. In January of 2022, David put this house on the market with an asking price of $19.95 million. He spent $2.3 million in West Hollywood, California, in April 2020 for a small property.
David spent $13.85 million for a new Hollywood Hills house in October 2021.