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What is Bob Odenkirk’s net worth? Fortunes explored as actor reveals he was bankrupt before ‘Breaking Bad’

Bob Odenkirk received recognition for his performance as Saul Goodman on AMC breaking Bad. During a recent appearance on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show, Odenkirk revealed he was bankrupt before he was offered the role on the critically acclaimed series.

The actor recalled how breaking Bad was not a popular show at the time and his agent had advised him to turn it down. Odenkerk said:

“And I was like, ‘Man, I haven’t said no in a year and a half – but maybe you haven’t noticed’.”

Before being cast in Breaking Bad, Odenkirk had tried his hand at directing; he worked on several film projects which did not work out financially. During the conversation with Stern, he revealed that he lacked creativity and vision.

Odenkirk said the movie he was directing left him in a financial hole, forcing him to call his business manager for help, who then surprised him by asking for a $900,000 loan to help his client to stay afloat.

Although Bob Odenkirk was initially skeptical of the role, he consulted a friend before accepting it. He said:

“I always checked it out, always wanted to know what the show was about. I called a friend, someone I used to write with – Reid Harrison – and he was like, ‘Oh, this is the best show on TV. You have to do this. It’s the best thing ever.

His performance on breaking Bad led to the character having its own spinoffs; You better call Saul premiered in 2015 on AMC and is set to end later this year.


Bob Odenkirk’s net worth explored

Bob Odenkirk is best known for his performance in Breaking Bad (Image via John Lamparski/Getty Images)
Bob Odenkirk is best known for his performance in Breaking Bad (Image via John Lamparski/Getty Images)

Bob Odenkirk is best known for his role as Saul Goodman on the AMC crime drama series breaking Bad and its fallout You better call Saul. He also received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for both shows.

According to CelebrityNetWorth, the 59-year-old is estimated to be worth around $16 million, having made his fortune through his work as an actor, comedian, writer, director and producer.

In 1998, the blood in the wine star and his wife Naomi Odenkirk have bought a home in the Hollywood Hills area of ​​Los Angeles for $675,000. The 2,900 square foot property featured vaulted ceilings and large windows offering sweeping views of the surrounding canyons and city lights.


The couple listed the home for $2.49 million in 2014. However, they settled for $2.45 million.

They then bought a property in Bronson Canyon for $675,000 in 2010. However, the house had fallen into disrepair and it was speculated that the couple would renovate it and either sell it or keep it for rental income. Given its modest nature, it was unlikely that they would ever live there.

Bob Odenkirk then bought a 2,800 square foot home in Hollywood Hills in 2015. He and his wife spent $3.3 million on the property, which featured traditional Spanish styling and beautiful views of the surrounding canyons. The outdoor area had other facilities such as a swimming pool, spa and manicured gardens.

Odenkirk earned $100,000 for each episode of breaking Bad. However, when he started performing and producing You better call Saul, he earned $150,000 for each episode of the first season. He currently earns $200,000 per episode, which is $2 million per season.


The heart attack on the set of Bob Odenkirk

On July 27, 2021, Bob Odenkirk suffered a minor heart attack on the set of You better call Saul. He opened up about his health on the Howard Stern show, mentioning that CPR, defibrillators and staying in shape saved his life.

Someone in the set was able to perform CPR on Odenkirk after he collapsed, and a defibrillator was used on him three times. He explained:

“Which is actually a lot, Howard. When the defibrillator doesn’t work once, it’s not good. When it doesn’t work the second time, it’s kind of like – forget it. But then they kicked it a third time, and it got me back to a rhythm.

Odenkirk said he was physically fit from starring in his 2021 thriller, Person, and credited it with helping him stay alive. He said that since he was in good shape, it helped widen the veins around his heart, allowing more blood to flow to his heart during CPR.


Edited by Sandeep Banerjee

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