Jane Frances Kaczmarek was born on 21 December 1955, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA, of part-Polish descent, and is an actress probably best known for being a part of “Malcolm in the Middle” for six years as Lois. She’s also been nominated numerous times for both Golden Globe and Emmy Awards. All of her efforts have helped put her net worth to where it is today.
How rich is Jane Kaczmarek? As of mid-2016, sources estimate a net worth that is at $9 million, mostly earned through a successful career in acting now spanning almost 35 years. Aside from television projects, she’s also done theatre work and appeared in feature films. She’s also made numerous guest appearances in several popular television shows and as she continues her career it is expected that her wealth will increase.
Jane Kaczmarek Net Worth $9 million
Kaczmarek attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated with a degree in theatre. Afterwards, she attended graduate school at the Yale School of Drama where she became part of the school’s theatre company.
One of Jane’s first film appearances was in “Pleasantville”, and during this time she was also part of numerous Broadway hits including “Lost in Yonkers” for which she won an LA Drama Critics Circle Award. She then made an appearance in the film “Falling in Love” which starred Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro, but continued being a part of television shows for most of her career. A few of her television appearances include “St. Elsewhere”, “Frasier”, “Law & Order”, and “Felicity”. She also became a part of “The Big Bang Theory”, “The Simpsons”, and “Raising the Bar”, all of which contributed steadily to her net worth.
What really put Jane into the spotlight was the show “Malcolm in the Middle” for which she was cast as a mid-season replacement in 2000. Many called her performance in the series a breakout role, and her character was often compared to Homer Simpson. During her time in the series she was nominated seven Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and won two Television Critics Association Awards, an American Comedy Award, and Family Television Award for her performances, all of which helped her net worth to grow.
After “Malcolm in the Middle” ended, Jane would go on and work on other projects including the unsuccessful “Help Me Help You”. She was then cast in “Raising the Bar” as Judge Trudy Kessler but it was also of short duration. In 2010, she became part of the television movie “Reviving Ophelia”, and then tried her hand at doing voice work in “Jake and the Never Land Pirates”. In 2011, she made a guest appearance in “Wilfred”, and also made an appearance in “Good People”, plus similar guest appearances in “The Middle”, and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in which she portrayed DA Pamela James. She also became a part of an alternate ending feature of “Breaking Bad” which is part of a DVD/Blu-ray box set. A few of her latest projects include “The Comeback” and “The Big Bang Theory”. Her net worth still benefited from these varied involvements.
For her personal life, it is known that Jane married actor Bradley Whitford in 1992; they have three children but in 2009 the couple filed for divorce and the following year sold their villa in San Marino. Aside from that, Kaczmarek underwent hip replacement in 2004 due to chronic arthritis but recovered soon after.
With her Malcolm in the Middle (2000) co-star, Erik Per Sullivan, lent her name to the book "Together" and added an afterword. The book aims to educate young people about the importance of livestock to the world; with emphasis on addressing world hunger.
It was revealed during a segment featuring her ex-husband, Bradley Whitford, on the The Megan Mullally Show (2006) that if she had only one food to eat for the rest of her life, it would be Polish sausage. (October 16, 2006).
Received seven consecutive Emmy nominations for Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Malcolm in the Middle (2000)) but never won.
Founded the charity "Clothes off our Back" (http://www.clothesoffourback.org) with her ex-husband, Bradley Whitford, in 2002. "Clothes off our Back" runs on-line auctions after major awards shows where celebrities' gowns, tuxedos, and other articles of clothing, are auctioned off. The proceeds go to children's charities such as Cure Autism Now (http://www.cureautismnow.org) and The Children's Defense Fund (http://www.childrensdefense.org/).
Studied at Yale University School of Drama, where she was a classmate of Kate Burton.
"I hate cooking, so my only concern was fitting a turkey in it on Thanksgiving and I can." (when asks when she will use her newly purchased 1950s stove).
"If a stove like this was good enough for 50s moms, who made three meals a day, then it's good enough for me!" (when asked why she bought her 1950s stove.)
Look, you can get yourself cut and stitched, or you can get a good girdle. The day before my first Emmy show, I went to Sears and bought a really good girdle. And I've worn that thing to every single awards show since!
Student teaching is the hardest job there is. Secondary school kids didn't want to be there. I skipped out one afternoon and went to the mall, and there were some of my students there. But they couldn't report me, could they? - about the time she was student teaching