You Won’t Believe How Much the Cast of General Hospital Makes Per Episode
A Guinness World Record holder for being the longest-running soap opera in the United States, General Hospital has been gracing our televisions since 1963. As such, it is highly likely that its stars have been pocketing fat paychecks already – are they earning more than film actors?
As any TV show enthusiasts would know, cast members have varying salaries, usually depending on their characters. An actor who only has a few lines earns an average of $450 per day while for background actors, $200.
It goes without saying that if you have more lines on the show, the higher your pay is. But, if you are a new addition to the cast but isn’t the main character, you get to go home with $1,000 per episode.
It is not as lucrative as the film industry, but it pays well, too. Say you’re a big star in the soap opera world, you get to go home with $260,000 per year because there are about 26 episodes of the show annually.
If you have been on the show for five years, then your per-episode pay could be around $1,500, and if you do the math, you get to be $390,000 richer per year. Meanwhile, actors who are more crucial in the storyline could earn about $780,000!
Actors who have been with the cast for a decade are getting more than $5,000 for every episode, or $1.3 million per season. Maurice Benard, for example, has been playing Sonny since 1993, which means he is already earning big from the ABC soap – although he has a relatively meek net worth ($2 million).
Laura Wright, who plays Carly Corinthos on the show, has an estimated net worth of $10 million even though she only joined the cast in 2005. Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), meanwhile, only has $3 million tied to her name.
Nikolas Cassadine and Connor Bishop actor Tyler Christopher has an estimated net worth of $7 million while Kristen Storms (Maxie Jones) is worth $6 million. This goes to show that you can still make a respectable amount in soap operas.
However, work has taken a halt these days because of the widespread coronavirus that still has no cure. That means production for the soap opera had also been postponed, with the rising number of deaths and infected people.
Because of the limited number of new episodes in the can, ABC opted to only show four original episodes a week. On Fridays, it will be airing repeat ones with an actor introducing and highlighting what the audience is about to see.
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