Donnie Wahlberg has always been the most vocal Blue Bloods champion. The actor loves being on the show, and he often takes to social media to show appreciation to fans. It’s safe to say that he’s found his signature role in Danny Reagan, the hard-nosed NYPD veteran, and he’s not only gotten critical praise but some hefty pay checks in the process.
Wahlberg is the second-highest-paid actor on Blue Bloods, and for good reason. He’s been part of the show from the start, and he often factors into the main storylines. It’s difficult to think of what the show would even look like without his presence.
That said, the money situation hasn’t always been clear with regards to Wahlberg’s character. There were times when he promised to give his salary over to a fellow cast member if the show didn’t work out, and he recently took a pay cut. Let’s delve into the ups and downs of his Blue Bloods salary and determine how much he really makes.
What is Donnie Wahlberg’s net worth?
According to The Things, Wahlberg started out making $60K per episode. The more successful the show became, however, and the more power he wielded as one of its main stars, the more he was able to get. The outlet claims that the actor renegotiated his contract to earn a whopping $160K per episode, which makes sense given his impressive net worth of $25 million.
The cast member previously alluded to was Bridget Moynahan, who was initially reluctant to join the show until Wahlberg asked her to reconsider. He recounted the interaction during an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
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“[I said I’d] give her all of my paychecks if we weren’t able to shoot in New York”, he revealed. “So, thank God we shot in New York.” The show was an immediate hit (obviously), and Wahlberg got to keep his paychecks.
He did, however, decide to give part of his paycheck over when it came time to renew Blue Bloods for another season. There were reports that crew members would be cut due to the lack of money available, so Wahlberg, along with Moynahan and Tom Selleck, agreed to forego 25% of their salary to keep the crew intact. This means that Wahlberg will be making an estimated $120K per episode in season 14. Still an eye-watering amount of money.
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