What is Eriq La Salle’s Net Worth?
Eriq La Salle is a $25 million net worth actor, director, producer, and writer. Eriq La Salle is best known for his role as Dr. Peter Benton on the medical drama television series “ER” and his appearance in the comedy picture “Coming to America.” He received three NAACP Image Awards, as well as Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, for the latter. La Salle has directed episodes of a variety of television programs, including “The Night Shift,” “CSI: Cyber,” and “Chicago Med.”
Early Years and the Beginnings of a Career
Eriq La Salle was born on July 23, 1962, in Hartford, Connecticut, to Ada and was raised by her. He attended Weaver High School as well as the Hartford-based multidisciplinary cultural organization Artists Collective, Inc. La Salle attended the Juilliard School’s Drama Division for two years before transferring to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he received his BFA in 1984.
La Salle won a part in a Shakespeare in the Park performance of “Henry V” after graduating from NYU. He was then cast in a number of Broadway and off-Broadway productions.
Career in Film
La Salle made his feature picture debut in 1985 with “Rappin’,” a sequel to “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.” He appeared in the Italian thriller “Cut and Run” the same year. La Salle featured in the mystery thriller “Where Are the Children?” and the criminal drama “Five Corners” during the next two years. He subsequently had one of his most memorable performances in 1988, when he co-starred in the romantic comedy “Coming to America” with Eddie Murphy, Shari Headley, Arsenio Hall, and James Earl Jones.
In the 1990s, La Salle appeared in the psychological horror film “Jacob’s Ladder,” the sensual thriller “Color of Night,” and the criminal picture “Drop Squad.” He acted in the early 2000s in the psychological thriller “One Hour Photo” and the psychological drama “Crazy as Hell,” which he also directed and produced. La Salle then appeared in “Biker Boyz” and “The Seat Filler” as a cameo. Following that, he appeared in the mobster thriller “Johnny Was” and the superhero picture “Logan.”
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A Career in Television
In 1985, La Salle made his television debut in the murder drama “Out of the Darkness.” He appeared in episodes of “Spenser: For Hire,” “One Life to Live,” and “ABC Afterschool Special” the following year. “Another World,” “Mariah,” “Vietnam War Story,” “Leg Work,” “Knightwatch,” “Gideon Oliver,” and the television films “What Price Victory,” “Magic Moments,” and “When We Were Young” were among his subsequent credits. La Salle featured in episodes of the series “B.L. Stryker,” “A Different World,” “L.A. Law,” “Screenplay,” “Quantum Leap,” and “The Human Factor” in the early 1990s. In addition, he appeared in the television movies “Hammer, Slammer, and Slade,” “Eyes of a Witness,” and “Empty Cradle.” In 1994, La Salle scored his greatest role yet, as Dr. Peter Benton on the NBC medical drama “ER.” He portrayed the role for eight seasons until 2002, when he returned for the series’ fifteenth and final season in 2009. During his stint on the program, La Salle was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe, and he won three NAACP Image Awards.
While remaining on “ER,” La Salle made his directorial debut with “Rebound: The Legend of Earl ‘The Goat’ Manigault,” a 1996 HBO television film in which he also had a supporting part. He starred in the television film “Mind Prey” three years later. La Salle appeared in episodes of “The Twilight Zone,” “The System,” and “Without a Trace” in the 2000s. Following that, he played the United Nations Secretary General in the “24” series finale in 2010. The next year, La Salle had recurring parts on HBO’s “How to Make it in America” and CBS’s “A Gifted Man.” Following that, he appeared in “Blackout,” “We Need Help,” and “Under the Dome.”
Salary in an ER
Eriq signed a new agreement with producers in 1999, just around the time George Clooney was departing ER, for $27 million over three seasons, or $9 million per year. After adjusted for inflation, it equates to roughly $14 million today. With the arrangement, he became one of television’s highest-paid performers, earning roughly $410,000 each episode. He was previously paid $85,000 every episode.
Producing and directing
La Salle helmed an episode of the television drama “Soul Food” four years after making his directorial debut with “Rebound: The Legend of Earl ‘The Goat’ Manigault.” In 2002, he made his feature film directorial debut with “Crazy as Hell,” a psychological thriller based on a 1982 book. Following that, La Salle directed episodes of “The Twilight Zone,” “Without a Trace,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and “ER” during its last season. He went on to direct episodes of several more programs, including “CSI: NY,” “Ringer,” “Crisis,” “Madam Secretary,” “The Night Shift,” “Under the Dome,” “CSI: Cyber,” “The Messengers,” “Rosewood,” “Lucifer,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Chicago Med,” “The Quad,” and “The Librarians.” La Salle also directed and executive produced many episodes of “Chicago P.D.”
La Salle was in a relationship with Angela Johnson in the 1990s. They were engaged in December 1997, but called it off soon after.
Overall, La Salle is quite secretive about his personal life and avoids the media. The specifics of his present dating status are unclear.
Property for sale
Eriq paid $3.03 million for a property in Bel-Air in 2016. The house was advertised for $3.495 million. In 2010, he offered his long-time Beverly Hills property for $8 million. He purchased the residence in 1996 for an unknown sum of money. In 2006, he spent at least $1 million on a whole refurbishment. Around the same time, he sold a $2.7 million lakefront home in Lake Arrowhead, California. Around the same time, he sold a different property in Los Angeles for $1.6 million, a roughly $500,000 loss from the purchase price.