Fan favorite Paul Rudd reveals how much money he makes from 'Friends'

Written by Henrik Rothen

Sep.02 - 2023 8:30 PM CET

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons
It's one of the questions he gets most often online.

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Paul Rudd, known for his roles in blockbuster films and the iconic TV show Friends, recently surprised fans by revealing that he doesn't earn any royalties from his time on the beloved series. Even though he was a fan favorite.

At 54, Paul Rudd has an impressive filmography that includes classics like Clueless, Romeo + Juliet, Anchorman, and Marvel's Ant-Man series. However, he is also remembered for his recurring role as Mike Hannigan, Phoebe Buffay's husband, on Friends.

Rudd's character, Mike, was introduced in the ninth season of Friends as Phoebe's fake date, set up by Joey. Despite the unconventional start, Mike and Phoebe's relationship blossomed, and they eventually got married.

Even though Paul Rudd was a fan favorite with his popular role as Mike, he doesn't earn a single cent when 'Friends' is repeatedly rerun or played on streaming services.

One of the most frequently asked questions Paul Rudd gets online is whether he receives royalties from Friends. During a recent press run for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Rudd clarified that he doesn't earn any royalties from the show. His co-star, Jonathan Majors, questioned whether that was anyone's business, but Rudd reiterated his point.

Despite not earning from Friends, Rudd is far from financially strapped. With a reported net worth of $70 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, it's clear that his involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been lucrative.

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