Dennis Miller is an American stand-up comedian, talk show host, actor, commentator and personality who has a net worth of $100 million. Dennis Miller has earned his net worth through his career on radio, films and television. He also hosts his own TV talk show, and gives political and sports commentaries.
Early Career: Dennis Miller was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in November 1953. He won $500 after submitting a joke to Playboy magazine’s first annual humor competition and being runner-up. He started as the host of Punch Line in the early 1980s in Pittsburgh. He started doing stand-up comedy in New York and Los Angeles. He was narrowly beat out by fellow comic Sinbad on Star Search.
Success: Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels saw Miller’s routine at The Comedy Store and Miller took over as Weekend Update anchor on SNL. He stayed with SNL until 1991. In 1998 he released a stand-up CD that led to an HBO special. The Dennis Miller Show was launched in 1992 but was cancelled after seven months. In 1994 he started hosting Dennis Miller Live on HBO for which he won five Emmy Awards during the show’s run that ended in 2002. Miller became a color commentator for ABC’s Monday Night Football in 2000, but was replaced after two seasons. TV Guide Network ranked Miller’s run on MNF as the 12th Biggest TV Blunder. In 2007 Miller signed a deal to host The Dennis Miller Show, a three hour talk radio program.
Personal Life: Dennis has been married to former model Carolyn Espley since 1988. They have two sons. Dennis’ younger brother Jimmy Miller is one of the most successful entertainment managers in Hollywood. Jimmy is a founding partner in Gold/Miller which represents comedic actors such as Judd Apatow, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jim Carrey and Will Ferrell.
Real Estate: Dennis and Carolyn are secretly quite the property moguls with several extremely impressive real estate assets in their portfolio, primarily in the Santa Barbara area.
In 1993 Dennis and his wife paid an undisclosed amount for a nearly 4-acre estate in Montecito, California. They listed the home for sale in 2010 for $17.5 million. They ultimately sold the property in 2015 for $11.5 million.
They still own the property across the street from the previously mentioned mansion. They tried to sell this house in 2013 for $5 million but did not find a buyer and still own the home today.
For over a decade they owned a different 4+ acre in Montecito. They sold this property in November 2020 for a mind-numbing $49 million. It was soon revealed that the buyers of the home were none other than Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi.
In 2003 they paid $11.75 million for a beachfront home a few minutes south of Montecito in the tiny celebrity enclave of Carpinteria. They listed this home for sale in 2015 for $22.5 million, ultimately accepting $19 million in March, 2015. The buyer at the time was Lynda.com founder Lynda Weinman. Lynda sold this house in 2020 for just under $24 million.