Feig has been working on Hollywood for over to decades as an actor, writer, director and producer. After years of bit parts in television and film, he finally broke through with the critically acclaimed and beloved series Freaks and Geeks in 1999. It might have only run for one season, but it remains one of the best shows about high school and highly influential, mixing comedy and drama in ways not many broadcast TV shows did at the time.
Here’s a look at Feig’s career and his net worth.
1. He Has a Net Worth of $1.5 Million
Feig has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million, Celebrity Net Worth estimates. That might not seem like a lot, but it will grow with Ghostbusters.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Feig is set to make $10 million for making the new movie, with McCarthy set for $14 million. The film was originally budgeted at $169 million, but Sony studio chief Tom Rothman cut that down to $154 million. Rothman came in after Amy Pascal left the studio following the Sony hack.
2. He Went Into Acting After Winning ‘The $25,000 Pyramid’
Feig went into Hollywood after he won The $25,000 Pyramid‘s top prize and quit his job. As Variety points out, he then went into acting first. If you were watching television during the 1990s, there’s a good chance you spotted Feig in a small role, even if you didn’t know him.
He had a recurring role in the short-lived Dirty Dancing series in 1988, had a part on It’s Garry Shandling’s Show., played various characters on the sketch show The Edge and even appeared in an episode of Roseanne. His best-known role was as Mr. Pool during the first season of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch.
However, Freaks and Geeks took his career in a new direction and he’s done most of his work behind the camera lately.
3. He Knows Hollywood is All About Making Money
Feig doesn’t wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to his chosen profession. He’s been quick to defend his Ghostbusters cast as critics complained about the idea of an all-female Ghostbusters. One critique he surprisingly embraced though was the idea that it’s just a cash grab. In an interview with the New York Times, Feig agreed.
“Everything ever made in Hollywood since the beginning of time is a cash grab. That’s why the original Ghostbusters existed,” Feig said. “It wasn’t an altruistic thing. Studios make movies to make money, and filmmakers try to make something that will entertain an audience while trying to make money for the studio.”
Of course, this was hardly the first time Feig had to defend making the new Ghostbusters and it will hardly be the last. As USA Today points out, Feig’s been defending it since 2014, when he first got the job.
“I’m just trying to show off people with talent I know they have and give them the roles and let them shine. That’s what you do with men,” Feig told USA Today. “That’s what you do with anyone that’s talented.”
4. His Wife, Laurie, Managed Hugh Laurie
One reason why Bridesmaids featured many British stars is because Feig and his wife, Laurie, are “huge Anglophiles,” he told The Guardian in 2011. Feig and Laurie have been married since 1994. She’s a manager and managed Hugh Laurie, Helen Baxendale and other British actors.
Spy also featured a number of British actors, including Jason Statham and Jude Law. The film also helped introduce British comedian Miranda Hart to American audiences. Laurie and Feig met Hart when they were producing the show Ron and Beverly in the U.K. and Hart was a guest.
“I wasn’t there that night, but my wife was, and she called me and said, ‘I met someone you are going to fall in love with,'” Feig told The Mary Sue. “Because my wife knows the types of people I like and find funny. And I met Miranda at a party, and did fall completely in love with her and found her so funny.”
5. All of His Movies with Melissa McCarthy Have Made Over $100 Million
Feig has made four movies with McCarthy, including Ghostbusters. The first three all grossed over $100 million domestically. Bridesmaids was an international smash, grossing $169.1 million in North America and $119.3 million overseas. The film also earned critical acclaim and Oscar nominations for the script and McCarthy’s supporting role.
In 2013, The Heat, which paired McCarthy with Sandra Bullock, took in $159.6 million domestically and $70.3 million overseas. Spy made $110.8 million domestically and $124.8 million overseas last year.
Ghostbusters has to make more than Spy to be considered a hit, especially with the huge $154 million budget. The reviews have been on the positive side so far.
“I’ve been handed the keys to a few really beloved properties, and I don’t take that lightly,” Feig told Variety last year, referring to the fact that he also got to produce The Peanuts Movie. “I am hyper-aware of it, and I don’t want to f-ck this up.”