Elister L. Wilmore, popularly known as Larry Wilmore, came into the limelight when he made a controversial statement about Barack Obama at the ‘White House Correspondents’ Association’ dinner. It is reported that he used the word “nigga” to refer to the then President Barack Obama, in a friendly way with a profound intention of course. Larry Wilmore started out as an actor in some short films, did some writing and producing in between and hosted a number of shows and podcasts as well. Keep reading to know more about Larry Wilmore’s Net Worth in 2019.
The 56-year-old American celebrity, Larry Wilmore was born on 30 October, 1961, in Los Angeles County, California. His parents, Larry and Betty Wilmore come from Evanston, Illinois. Larry Wilmore was brought up in quite a big family, which included his parents and 5 siblings; the most popular of them is Marc Wilmore (apart from Larry Wilmore). Marc Wilmore has been almost on the same steps, as his brother, pursuing acting, producing, writing (for T.V.) as his career. Larry Wilmore attended Damien High School (an all-male Catholic school) in La Verne, California where he was even made the class president. Science, science-fiction, magic, fantasy and all such complex, yet timeless themes/subjects appealed the most to him.
Larry Wilmore then went to the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He took Majors in Theatre while he was there. However, he dropped out to pursue his passions for acting and stand-up comedy.
At the beginning of his career, in the 1980s, Larry Wilmore got a few roles in television and several in short films. It was in the 1990s when he got a shot at writing in the show, “Into the Night With Rick Dees”. After that, he played the role of a bus driver in an episode of the sitcom, “Sister, Sister”. If this wasn’t enough (as a beginner), Larry Wilmore went on to produce and write two other sitcoms titled- “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “The Jamie Foxx Show”.
Larry Wilmore then did a number of shows, which he either produced or wrote. Using his talent in the best way possible, he switched sides and came in front of the camera for “The Daily Show” wherein he was billed as the “Senior Black Correspondent”. His comic side made it even better and while it was a sensitive topic, it was never played with. Larry Wilmore landed many other offers for acting and occasionally, he did one or two. Apart from acting, he has also authored the book, “I’d Rather We Got Casinos and Other Black Thoughts”, which was published in the year 2009.
In the year 2012, Larry Wilmore had his own show time special, “Larry Wilmore’s Race, Religion and Sex”.
The year 2015 brought more luck with it when Larry Wilmore started hosting “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore”. The show aired on Comedy Central and was partly inspired by “The Daily Show”. ‘Busboy Productions’ Jon Stewarts company produced the show, which was premiered on 19 January, 2015. The show had its own artistic bend in how it used comedy to tackle sensitive issues, such as discrimination on the basis of race, class and gender. Although, the show was cancelled due to the poor ratings, it gathered its set viewership with time and proved to be a success for Larry Wilmore.
Awards and Achievements
The stand-up comedian in Larry Wilmore proved himself time and again clinching many accolades.
The list of his award-winnings is: –
• 2001: The Peabody Award for “The Bernie Mac Show”
• 2002: TCA Awards- Outstanding Achievement in Comedy for “The Bernie Mac Show”
• 2002: Teen Choice Award- Choice TV Breakout Show for “The Bernie Mac Show”
• 2002: Primetime Emmy Award- Outstanding Writer for a Comedy Series for “The Bernie Mac Show”
Apart from these, Larry Wilmore has also won three more awards for the same show.
Net Worth of Larry Wilmore
All of his TV shows, movies, talk shows, podcasts etc. have contributed to Larry Wilmore’s net worth. Larry Wilmore has an estimated net worth of about $4.5 million.
The dynamic and prominent personality of America has helped cut down racial issues in his own unique way. He has a special knack for comedy, which he has used to his advantage transforming himself into one of the few actors deserving praise for their comic timing.