Greg Berlanti has created quite a few hits for The CW with his universe of DC superhero shows, including Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl, which will move from The CW’s parent company CBS to the teen-focused network for its second season.
The shows have helped to launch the careers of many young actors and revitalize the careers of more seasoned veterans of the field. With how much of a ratings boon they have been for the network, its no surprise that the stars on them have been able to make some serious cash— young actors like Grant Gustin, Caity Lotz, and Emily Bett Rickards have all been able to accrue $2 million net worths, despite their limited number of acting credits outside The CW shows.
However, their wealth pales in comparison when placed next to some of their costars who, between their impressive resumes in film, television, theater, music, and more, have earned quite a lot of money throughout their time in the spotlight. Here are The 18 Richest Arrowverse Actors.
18. Katie Cassidy – $2.5 million
Cassidy narrowly beat out her on-screen sister, Caity Lotz, for a spot on this list, with a net worth of $2.5 million to Lotz’s $2 million. Cassidy was born into an acting family, the daughter of The Partridge Family‘s David Cassidy. The actress has been a staple of shows on The CW for years, dating back to the early years when it was actually two networks—The WB and UPN. She began with a four episode run on The WB’s 7th Heaven before landing for a couple episodes on UPN’s Sex, Love & Secrets. She then moved on to a memorable run as the first iteration of the demon Ruby on Supernatural before joining the cast of Harper’s Island, one of her first non-CW shows. Don’t worry, though, she hardly left the family, as the show aired on CBS, The CW’s parent company. Then she appeared on The CW’s Melrose Place, before hopping over to Gossip Girl on, you guessed it, The CW. With a new deal inked for her to become a series regular across all of the network’s superhero shows in this coming year, it looks like the actress is taking over The CW to very profitable effect.
17. Stephen Amell – $2.5 million
It looks like Stephen Amell is on his way to becoming as rich as his alter ego Oliver Queen, with the actor racking up a net worth of $2.5 million over his 12 years of acting. He started off by guest starring in a number of different series, including a very quick appearance as a doorman in everyone’s favorite teen series Degrassi: The Next Generation in 2004. His first main role came in the Canadian series Rent-a-Goalie and he had his first series regular role on American television on HBO’s dramedy Hung in 2011. That was also the year he joined The CW family, guest starring as a werewolf on the network’s The Vampire Diaries. He truly broke out when he joined Arrow, though, and he appears to have found his calling playing vigilantes, as his other big role recently has come from playing Casey Jones in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. The actor has also recently established a relationship with the WWE, participating in a number of wrestling matches for the company.
16. Danielle Panabaker – $3 million
Panabaker is known now for her role as scientist Caitlin Snow on The Flash, but the actress first started earning at a young age, as a child star appearing in a number of different Disney Channel movies. Panabaker has been acting since she was 15, starting with guest starring roles on a number of big name TV series like The Bernie Mac Show, Malcolm in the Middle, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Her first Disney Channel film, Stuck in the Suburbs, won in the ratings and in the hearts of teen girls everywhere, while her next, Read It and Weep, gave her the opportunity to act with her sister, fellow child star Kay Panabaker, in the angstiest of angsty DCOMs. She also appeared in Sky High, playing her first superpowered character. Unlike most child stars, Panabaker’s transition into the world of adult acting world was fairly smooth, as she started picking up guest starring roles on shows all over the TV landscape. She landed recurring roles on Necessary Roughness, Bones and Justified and appeared in films like Friday the 13th and Piranha 3DD before landing the role of Caitlin on The Flash, proving that she’s got the talent and the staying power to be a fixture in the world of acting for a long time to come.
15. Paul Blackthorne – $3 million
Blackthorne got his start acting in television commercials, most popularly appearing as the Grim Reaper in Virgin Atlantic commercials in his native United Kingdom. He then moved on from lucrative commercial work to appearing in TV series like ER and 24. He landed the lead role on the short-lived The Dresden Files in 2007 and also had a starring turn on Lipstick Jungle. He was also a part of the short lived ABC series The River. Despite his lack of luck in picking series with staying power early on in his career, Blackthorne proved to be very popular on the guest start circuit, appearing all over the small screen in series like Burn Notice, Leverage, White Collar and Warehouse 13. He seems to have finally found his acting calling with his role as Quentin Lance, a role which is perfectly suited for his gruff personality. The actor is also set to start branching out more into film with a role in the upcoming Dark Ascension with Tara Reid, the first in what is supposed to be a trilogy of films.
14. Tom Cavanagh – $3 million
Everyone’s favorite villain/scientist Tom Cavanagh has had a long history in TV and film, starting acting in 1991 and racking up 70 credits, most notably How to Eat Fried Worms, Scrubs, Trust Me and Ed. The actor has picked up most of his film and television roles in his native Canada, where The Flash and the rest of the Arrowverse shows are filmed. Cavanagh, like many of the actors on The Flash, is hiding a secretly amazing singing voice, with the actor cutting his teeth in a number of different Broadway and off-Broadway productions including A Chorus Line, Urinetown, and Grease. Cavanagh also hosts a podcast with Michael Ian Black called Mike and Tom Eat Snacks, which has been out on the airwaves since 2010, and he has lent his voice to Yogi Bear: The Video Game as Ranger Smith, reprising his role from the 2010 animated film, which also featured Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake, and Anna Faris.
13. Melissa Benoist – $3 million
Before Melissa Benoist landed the role of Supergirl, she played a very different kind of superhero: the optimistic, fresh-faced hero that we all needed to revitalize the long running FOX musical series Glee. Benoist has used her great singing voice in a number of her roles, including the title roles in musical productions of Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Thoroughly Modern Millie. In film, Benoist has appeared in Tennessee with Mariah Carey and the Oscar-winning Whiplash, as well as Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride and Al Pacino’s Danny Collins. On TV, Benoist had a few guest starring roles before landing her breakout role on Glee, including Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Homeland and Law & Order, both Criminal Intent and Special Victims Unit. Benoist has also added to her net worth by working as a brand ambassador for Coca-Cola, one of the many opportunities that her starring Supergirl role has offered her.
12. Jeremy Jordan – $3 million
Yet another reason why the Arrowverse needs to have a crossover musical episode, Jordan, who plays Winn on Supergirl, has made most of his money from his time starring in on and off-Broadway musicals. Jordan started on Broadway by appearing in Rock of Ages before getting cast as the understudy for Tony in the revival of West Side Story. He joined the pre-Broadway run of Bonnie & Clyde in 2010 as Clyde and stayed with the show until it moved to Broadway in 2011. He also appeared in the lead role of Jack Kelly in Newsies in its run at the Papermill Playhouse in New Jersey and took over the role on Broadway as well, earning him a Grammy and a Tony nomination. Jordan has used his voice for many of his TV and film roles as well, including Queen Latifah’s Joyful Noise, NBC’s Smash and the film adaptation of The Last Five Years, and he’s set to star as Tony in West Side Story once again for Hollywood Bowl concerts this summer.
11. Arthur Darvill – $3.5 million
Before landing the role of Rip Hunter on Legends of Tomorrow, Darvill was probably best known for his role as Rory Williams, companion of Matt Smith’s eleventh Doctor on the long running BBC series Doctor Who. The role earned Darvill the nerd cred that he would need to appear on The CW’s superhero series, but it isn’t the only thing he did before landing the time travelling role of Hunter. Darvill has also appeared on Broadchurch alongside the tenth Doctor David Tennant and has been featured in films like Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and Robin Hood. And, like just about everyone in the Arrowverse, Darvill also has quite the set of pipes on him and has played musical roles like Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, the male lead in Once and Long John Silver in Treasure Island. (Everyone lets start chanting together: Musical episode, musical episode, musical episode!)
10. Neal McDonough – $3.5 million
McDonough has made his career out of playing a number of different superheroes and villains. He has voiced Firebrand on the Iron Man TV series, Bruce Banner on The Incredible Hulk, Green Arrow in the short DC Showcase: Green Arrow and Deadshot in Batman: Assault on Arkham. He also played S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Dum Dum Guan in Captain America: The First Avenger, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter before landing the role of villain Damien Darkh in the Arrow-verse. McDonough also has nerd cred from appearing in other films and franchises like Star Trek: First Contact, Minority Report, Quantum Leap, The X-Files and Terriers. Other roles he is well known for include Dave Williams on Desperate Housewives and Robert Quarles on Justified, as well as his numerous commercial appearances including TV spots for Cadillac and The Gap. The actor has also lent his voice to a few different video games, including Rogue Warrior and Call of Duty: Black Ops III.
9. Colton Haynes – $4 million
Haynes has taken his insanely well-defined cheekbones to a lot of different places in teen television and movies, utilizing his ten-out-of-ten looks, acting talent, and social media savvy to create a fanbase that has helped launch him to a $4 million net worth. Haynes, like Arrow co-star and love interest Willa Holland, started his career in modeling at the young age of 15. He has appeared in campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch and Ralph Lauren and was featured in spreads in Teen Vogue, among many others. Although Haynes lost out on the ultimate teen heartthrob role of Edward Cullen in Twilight, he went on to make teen girl hearts flutter playing Jackson in Teen Wolf and as Roy Harper in Arrow. It’s also been confirmed that, after taking a break to move into film with San Andreas and appear in music videos with My Chemical Romance, Leona Lewis, Victoria Justice, and Andy Grammar, Hayne will be returning to his bubblegum teen TV roots in Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens.
8. Wentworth Miller – $4 million
Miller’s fellow Prison Break star Dominic Purcell wasn’t able to accrue a high enough net worth to earn a high enough spot on this list, but it looks like Miller’s starring turn in the popular Fox series has helped the actor earn quite a bit of dough. Miller, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for the role, has had a very long and successful acting career, appearing in films like Underworld and Resident Evil: Afterlife and guest starring on TV series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ER, Law & Order: SVU and Young Justice, in which he voiced Slade Wilson/Deathstroke, a character played by Manu Bennett on Arrow. He also wrote and produced the 2013 thriller Stoker, and recently completed a screenplay for The Disappointments Room, which is set to be released in November and stars Kate Beckinsale and Lucas Till. In addition to recently signing a deal to appear as a series regular across all the Arrow-verse shows, Miller is also set to reprise his Prison Break role in an upcoming miniseries.
7. John Barrowman – $4 million
Guess who else is an amazing singer? Barrowman has appeared in a number of musicals on London’s West End and on Broadway, including Anything Goes, Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera and La Cage aux Folles. Barrowman also appeared in movie musical The Producers in 2005. In addition to his theater experience, Barrowman has also used his baritone (get it?) to record a number of musical albums, including 2010’s John Barrowman, which debuted at number 11 on the charts in the United Kingdom. Barrowman has also had a successful film and television acting career, with a starring role on Doctor Who and its spin-off Torchwood and guest starring appearances on Desperate Housewives, Scandal and Reign. He has also appeared in films like Zero Dark Thirty and video games like Lego Dimensions, reprising his Torchwood character Captain Jack Harkness. Barrowman also has worked as a television presenter and reality star, appearing on Loose Women, The One Show, Attack of the Show, and Dancing on Ice and hosting Live & Kicking, Animals at Work, Small Animal Hospital, and This Morning.
6. Chyler Leigh – $5 million
Leigh started modeling and appearing in television commercials when she was in the eighth grade, appearing in campaigns for Coca Cola and Wendy’s and modeling for magazines and catalogues, before starting her career as a teen star. Her first acting role was in the popular rom-com parody Not Another Teen Movie with future Captain America Chris Evans, and she later went on to star in the not spin-off of That ’70s Show called That ’80s Show, with It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Glenn Howerton. Leigh appeared on short lived TV shows Girls Club and Reunion and also has appeared on popular series like The Practice and 7th Heaven, where she met her husband, actor Nathan West, with whom she has three children. Leigh’s true breakout role came when she was cast as Lexie Grey in Grey’s Anatomy, a role which she played for four seasons on the wildly popular Shonda Rhimes ABC series.
5. Victor Garber – $5 million
Wow, another singer— really starting to feel like a theme here. Garber’s long acting history includes a number of theater roles, including the original Broadway production of Sweeney Todd, the revival of Damn Yankees, for which he was nominated for a Tony, and the off-Broadway production of popular musical Assassins. He also starred in the film adaptations of the musicals Godspell and Annie. Garber is best known for his work in romantic movies like Sleepless in Seattle and Legally Blonde as well as dramatic films like Argo, Titanic and Tuck Everlasting as well. He had his first foray into superheroes when he voiced the villain Sinestro in the direct-to-video film Green Lantern: First Flight, experience that would prove useful for his future role as Dr. Martin Stein on Legends of Tomorrow. In other TV work, Garber is well known for his starring role on Jennifer Garner’s Alias and has also appeared on Glee, Justice, Eli Stone, and more.
4. Willa Holland – $5 million
Holland has been acting and modeling for years, allowing the young actress to rack up quite the net worth. Holland, initially discovered by Steven Spielberg, has been modeling since she was seven, booking campaigns for huge companies like Burberry right off the bat and continuing to have a successful modeling career throughout her teens and twenties. She started in the acting world by playing Marisa’s younger sister Kaitlin on The O.C. (probably best known for her alopecia-stricken pony, China), replacing Shailene Woodley in the role in the third season, and has also booked appearances on Gossip Girl and in films like Legion, Straw Dogs and Tiger Eyes. The actress has also lent her voice to video games, playing Aqua in the Kingdom Hearts series, and has appeared in music videos with The Gliteratti, Melissa Etheridge, and White Arrows. Her many talents have allowed her to accrue an impressive net worth for her young age of 25.
3. Jesse L. Martin – $10 million
Martin has shown off the singing skills that helped to make him rich and famous during his time on The Flash, proving that pipes as great as his will never go out of style. His great voice helped him land his most famous role outside of The CW series, the role of Tom Collins in the Broadway musical and the film adaptation of Rent. The actor’s first notable television role was in Supergirl star Calista Flockhart’s Ally McBeal, where he played Flockhart’s love interest for 12 episodes. He then took a role as a member of the Law & Order franchise, playing Detective Ed Green for nine years, through the filming of the film version of Rent. Since he left Law & Order, Martin has used his vocals again in Joyful Noise and in Smash, alongside Supergirl star Jeremy Jordan. One last time everyone: What do we want? Musical episode!
2. Brandon Routh – $12 million
Brandon Routh may play the Atom in the Arrowverse, but the actor is rich off of his Superman money. Routh, who started modeling and acting while in college, was cast in the role of Superman for Warner Bro.’s Superman Returns when he was just 24 years old, initially intended to play the famous hero for a trilogy of films. However, Superman Returns did only okay with critics and did much worse at the box office, prompting the studio to cancel the other set of the films. Henry Cavill was later recast in the role for 2013’s Man of Steel, while Routh moved on to playing other roles in films like Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and TV series like Chuck, Partners and Enlisted. Routh has appeared in music videos with Christina Aguilera and The Lonely Island and has also voiced Superman in the Superman Returns video game and David “Hesh” Walker in Call of Duty: Ghosts.
1. Calista Flockhart – $24 million
Flockhart is best known for her starring role in legal dramedy Ally McBeal, a role which earned her four Golden Globe nominations and one win, as well as three Emmy nominations. Her 2002 Golden Globe win would end up being more important to Flockhart’s future than she realized, as it was at the ceremony that she met her future husband, Harrison Ford. The two have been together since and were married in 2010. Outside of Ally McBeal and her role as Cat Grant on Supergirl, Flockhart starred on ABC’s Brother & Sisters for five seasons and has appeared in films like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Birdcage, and The Last Shot. More recently, she has had guest appearances on Web Therapy, Robot Chicken, Full Circle and The Penguins of Madagascar. And, surprise, surprise, Flockhart has shown that she, too, can sing, recording numerous songs for the soundtrack of Ally McBeal.
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