About Chris Meloni
As for the day, Chris Meloni net worth is estimated at $30 million, making him one of the wealthiest actors in the United States. Chris Meloni net worth growth gained momentum in 1999, when he was cast for popular television series Law & Order. In this show Chris played Detective Eliot Stabler. It was only some three years ago, in 2011, that the actor announced about his departure, leaving the producers, who have been just presented with Mariska Hargitay‘s decision to reduce her time on air, in a difficult position. We cannot tell you what motivated this decision, as both the actor and his representative were very laconic. The later just said that it is „time for the new chapter“. Having in mind that he has played the same leading role for 12 years, it is possible tha Chris just wanted some changes in his life. After all, we all need to feel that we are growing in our job, to experience something new to break the routine.
However, other explanations sound reasonable too. For example, here is what the rapper and actor Ice-T, who has worked with Chris for a long time, has told E! Online: ‘We all negotiate separately… I’m not somebody who’s dying to leave the show, but at the end of the day you still have to sit down with the execs and hammer it out. So I guess with Chris, it didn’t go his way“. You might think that this explanation is unlikely, because by the time he left Law & Order Chris Meloni net worth was already pretty high. However, this wasn‘t necessarily about greed. As Ice-T has explained in an interview, the leading actors spend up to 14 hours on the set every day. They are doing a really hard job and rarely have time to be with their families. Thus it is not surprising that they want to be paid adequately.
During his career Chris has played not only the detective, but the widest range or roles and this has lead him to believe that „people don‘t know where to place him“. In one of his interviews the actor has said: „ Terry Gilliam used me as a quirky cop in ‘Twelve Monkeys’, and then he hired me again to be an effeminate hotel clerk in ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’. Another time, I was shooting this indie film ‘The Souler Opposite’ and six days a week, I’m playing this big puppy dog, then I come to the ‘NYPD Blue’ set and become this scumbag.“ However, I think that the variety of roles Meloni has been offered just proves that he is a really talented, universal actor. And his talent is the reason why I am convinced that Chris Meloni net worth will continue to grow despite the fact that he left Law & Order!