Helen Hunt boasts a career that spans an impressive six decades, beginning in the 1970s with a modest role in the TV film “Pioneer Woman.” Her most recent endeavor has been her appearance in the series “Blindspotting” on Starz.
With a collection of accolades including an Oscar, four Emmys, and four Golden Globes, Hunt is undoubtedly a prominent figure in the entertainment industry. Beyond her acting, she’s delved into directing, helming two feature films and contributing to several TV episodes. Given this extensive resume, it’s natural to wonder about the wealth she’s amassed over the years.
As of 2023, multiple sources estimate Helen Hunt’s net worth to be around $80 million, a figure well-supported by the success of her previous ventures. One of her most significant revenue streams came from the NBC sitcom “Mad About You,” which aired from 1992 to 1999 and saw a brief revival in 2019. For the final season, Hunt and her co-star Paul Reiser earned a substantial $1 million per episode. Additionally, syndication of the show provided Hunt with substantial residuals.
While Hunt’s contributions to the silver screen are numerous, she is perhaps most renowned for her portrayal of storm chaser Jo Harding in the 1996 blockbuster “Twister,” which raked in nearly $500 million during its theatrical run. Although Hunt has not disclosed her exact earnings for the film, her status as the lead suggests she received a considerable compensation, if not a significant share of the profits.
However, the pinnacle of Hunt’s financial success can be attributed to her Oscar-winning performance alongside Jack Nicholson in “As Good as It Gets” in 1997. While already recognized for her talent, this role breathed new life into her career, especially with the prestigious Oscar win. Later film ventures included “Pay it Forward,” “Cast Away,” and “The Sessions,” the latter earning her a second Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
In recent years, Hunt has shifted her focus towards directing, overseeing episodes of various TV series such as “Revenge,” “The Politician,” “This is Us,” and “House of Lies.” She also took the reins in two feature films, both directing and starring in them: “Then She Found Me” and “Ride.” Nevertheless, like many stars from the 1990s, Hunt is circling back to familiar projects, as she’s rumored to have a cameo appearance in the upcoming Twister sequel/reboot “Twisters,” centered around her character’s daughter.