What is Christopher Lloyd’s Net Worth?
Christopher Lloyd is an American television producer and screenwriter who has a net worth of $200 million. Not be confused with the actor Christopher Lloyd, this Christopher Lloyd earned his fortune as the co-creator of the series “Modern Family.” He co-created the show with Steven Levitan. He has also written for and executive produced a number of other popular shows, including “The Golden Girls,” “Wings,” and “Frasier.” Between his work on “Modern Family” and “Frasier,” Lloyd won 12 Emmy Awards, a record for a series producer.
Christopher Lloyd was born on June 18, 1960 in Los Angeles, California. His mother was Arline, while his father was television producer and screenwriter David Lloyd, who wrote for such major sitcoms as “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Taxi,” and “Cheers,” and later “Wings” and “Frasier.” Christopher Lloyd has four siblings: brothers Stephen and Douglas and sisters Julie and Amy.
First Television Hits
Just like his father, Lloyd found his success developing, producing, and writing for television. He began his career in 1986 as a writer on the NBC sitcom “The Golden Girls,” starring Betty White, Beatrice Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty as four older women sharing a home in Miami, Florida. Lloyd served as a screenwriter on the first four seasons of the series through 1989, penning such episodes as “Second Motherhood,” “Dorothy’s Prized Pupil,” “Mixed Blessings,” “Blind Date,” and “Little Sister.”
Following the Golden Girls, in 1991, Lloyd began writing for another NBC sitcom, “Wings.” Set at a fictional airport in Nantucket, Massachusetts, the show starred Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard, Thomas Haden Church, David Schramm, and Rebecall Schull, among others.
After leaving Wings in 1993, Lloyd became a writer and executive producer on his third NBC sitcom, “Frasier.” A spinoff of the sitcom “Cheers,” the show starred Kelsey Grammer as the titular psychiatrist, who returns to his hometown of Seattle, Washington to become a radio show host. “Frasier” went on to give Lloyd his greatest professional success yet, winning a record five consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series. Lloyd left “Frasier” following its seventh season, but returned for its 11th and final season in 2004.
Television Career Lull
Lloyd followed the smashing success of “Frasier” with two less popular shows. The first was the CBS sitcom “Out of Practice,” which he co-created with Joe Keenan. Centered on a dysfunctional family of doctors, it starred Christopher Gorham, Stockard Channing, Ty Burrell, Jennifer Tilly, Henry Winkler, and Paula Marshall. “Out of Practice” was canceled during its first season in 2006. The next year, Lloyd co-created the Fox sitcom “Back to You” with Steven Levitan. Notably, the show reunited Lloyd with “Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer, who played one of a pair of antagonistic television news anchors; starring opposite him was Patricia Heaton. “Back to You” was ultimately canceled during its first season in 2008.
After the disappointments of “Out of Practice” and “Back to You,” Lloyd charged back to success with the ABC sitcom “Modern Family,” which he co-created in 2009 with his former professional partner Steven Levitan. Following the lives of three diverse families in suburban Los Angeles, the show featured an ensemble cast including Ed O’Neill, Ty Burrell, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, and Rico Rodriguez. “Modern Family” was a sensation with both critics and audiences, running for 11 seasons through 2020 and earning five consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, matching the record incidentally set by “Frasier.” Lloyd also shared an Emmy with Levitan for writing the pilot episode of the series.
Beyond the small screen, Lloyd has also done some work in film. In 1996, he served as a producer on the romantic comedy “Dream for an Insomniac,” written and directed by Tiffanie DeBartolo and starring Jennifer Aniston, Ione Skye, and Mackenzie Astin. Later, in 2006, Lloyd was among the writers credited on the animated adventure comedy “Flushed Away,” a co-production between Aardman Animations and DreamWorks Animation.
In 1995, Lloyd wed actress, screenwriter, and comedian Arleen Sorkin, who is known for playing Calliope Jones on the NBC soap opera “Days of Our Lives” and for voicing comic book villainess Harley Quinn in various animated “Batman” series. Together, Lloyd and Sorkin have two sons named Eli and Owen.