What is Eriq La Salle’s Net Worth?
Eriq La Salle plays an actor as well as a director, producer, and writer with an estimated net worth that is $25 million. Eriq La Salle most well recognized for his role on the film comedy “Coming to America” and for his character in the role of the character Dr. Peter Benton on the medical drama TV show “ER.” In the latter role the latter, he won three NAACP Image Awards, as in addition to Emmy as well as Golden Globe nominations. On the other side of the lens, La Salle has directed episodes for a variety of TV shows which include “The Night Shift,” “CSI: Cyber,” and “Chicago Med.”
In the 90s and early 2000s Eriq La Salle became an iconic name. After having attended Juilliard and having graduated from Tisch School of the Arts in the mid-80s the actor and director started to perform regularly on off-Broadway and Broadway productions, as well as on soaps like “One Life to Live”. In the late 80s the actor was adding film work in his portfolio, which included the co-starring role in the film that became a hit “Coming to America”. However, it was the television that he had the greatest success. He also had guest-starring parts on shows such as “Gideon Oliver”, “L.A. Law” and “Quantum Leap”, along with roles as a star in numerous TV films, eventually led to the part that made him a superstar. He was on the scene in 1994 when he landed on the show as”Dr. Peter Benton on the extremely popular series “ER”. He starred in “ER” for eight seasons but only returned for a brief time in its fifteenth and final season. After his departure from “ER”, he has been a guest star or co-star in parts on a variety of television shows, including “The System”, “The Twilight Zone”, “Without a Trace”, “24”, “Cover Affairs”, “How to Make It in America” and “A Gifted Man”. While he’s yet to schedule shows with the sort of immense popularity “ER” experienced, he has been able to keep his job steady.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Eriq La Salle was born the 23rd of July 1962, in Hartford, Connecticut, and was raised with his mom Ada. He attended Weaver High School, and was also a student at the inter-disciplinary culture establishment Artists Collective, Inc. located in Hartford. To further his training, La Salle enrolled in the Juilliard School’s Drama Division for two years before transferring to the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and graduated with his BFA in 1984.
After he graduated of NYU, La Salle landed his first role in a Shakespeare in the Park production of “Henry V.” He was then part of a variety of both Broadway and off-Broadway productions.
As of 1985, La Salle made his big screen debut in the movie “Rappin’,” a sequel to “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.” The following year, he starred in part in the Italian thriller “Cut and Run.” The following two years, La Salle appeared in the crime thriller “Where Are the Children?” as well as the crime drama “Five Corners.” Then he played an unforgettable role to remember in the year 1988, when he was a part of Eddie Murphy, Shari Headley, Arsenio Hall, and James Earl Jones in the romantic comedy “Coming to America.”
La Salle’s credits during the 90s included his role in the horror psychological film “Jacob’s Ladder,” the thriller erotic “Color of Night,” as well as the crime film “Drop Squad.” In the beginning of 2000 La Salle was as a character in the thriller psychological “One Hour Photo” and the psychological drama “Crazy as Hell,” which he was the director and producer. Then, La Salle had cameo appearances in “Biker Boyz” and “The Seat Filler.” His credits in the following years include the gangster movie “Johnny Was” and the superhero film “Logan.”
On the small screen La Salle first appeared in the crime drama on television “Out of the Darkness” in the year 1985. In the next year, he appeared appearing in the episodes of “Spenser: For Hire,” “One Life to Live,” and “ABC Afterschool Special.” The following credits include “Another World,” “Mariah,” “Vietnam War Story,” “Leg Work,” “Knightwatch,” “Gideon Oliver,” and the films for television “What Price Victory,” “Magic Moments,” and “When We Were Young.” In the 1990s, La Salle appeared in episodes of the series “B.L. Stryker,” “A Different World,” “L.A. Law,” “Screenplay,” “Quantum Leap,” and “The Human Factor.” Also, he was in the TV movies “Hammer, Slammer, & Slade,” “Eyes of a Witness,” and “Empty Cradle.” La Salle landed his biggest part yet in 1994 when he was cast as Doctor. Peter Benton on the NBC medical drama “ER.” The character he played for eight seasons from 1994 until 2002, and then returned for the show’s fifteenth season, which ended in the year 2009. In his time in the series, La Salle received both Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations, and was awarded the award for three NAACP Image Awards.
While in the show “ER,” La Salle made his directorial debut in”Rebound,” a 1996 HBO television series “Rebound: The Legend of Earl ‘The Goat’ Manigault,” in which he had an acting part. A year after, he appeared on the film for television “Mind Prey.” In the early 2000s, La Salle was in episodes of “The Twilight Zone,” “The System,” and “Without a Trace.” In the following years, he played an important role in the role of United Nations Secretary General in the finale of the series in 2010 “24.” The following season, La Salle had recurring roles in”Under the Dome,” an HBO program “How to Make it in America” as well as”How to Make it in America” and the CBS show “Medical Drama “A Gifted Man.” His other credits include “Blackout,” “We Need Help,” and “Under the Dome.”
In 1999, at the period when George Clooney was leaving ER, Eriq landed a new agreement with producers which paid Eriq $27 million over three seasons, which was $9 million annually. It’s equivalent to earning about $14 million in the present, after inflation adjustments. It made him one of the top TV actors and he earned approximately $410,000 per episode. Prior to that, he was making $85,000 per episode.
Directing and Producing
Four years after his directorial debut in “Rebound: The Legend of Earl ‘The Goat’ Manigault,” La Salle directed an episode of the tv show “Soul Food.” In 2002 the year he directed his feature film debut in the psychological thriller “Crazy as Hell,” inspired by a novel written in 1982. The following year, La Salle directed episodes of “The Twilight Zone,” “Without a Trace,” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” as and an episode on “ER” during its final season. He then directed numerous episodes from other shows, 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.” Also, La Salle directed and executive produced several shows from “Chicago P.D.”
In the 1990s, La Salle was in relationship in the 90s with Angela Johnson. The couple were engaged in December 1997, but soon after they broke up.
In general, La Salle is very private about his private life, and maintains away from his media. Information about his relationship status are not available.
In 2016 Eriq purchased $3.03 million to purchase a property in Bel-Air. The house was previously listed at $3.495 million.
In 2010, he sold his long-running 6,000 square feet Beverly Hills mansion for $8 million. Eriq purchased the property in 1988, the year that he starred in “Coming to America,” for $1.7 million. In 2006, Eriq has spent at the minimum $1 million on the complete renovation. The house was sold on August 13, 2013 to a buyer who paid $6million. In the years following, the new owner tore his old home to the ground , and then constructed a new home of 6,000 square feet. In July 2020 , the house was sold as a $44.5 million. At the time of writing, this home is not for sale. The home appears at present:
In 2013, Eriq sold a lakefront home located in Lake Arrowhead, California for $2.7 million. Then, at that time period, Eriq bought another property located in Los Angeles for $1.6 million that was almost $500,000 profit from the price he received.