What Is Melissa McBride’s Net Worth?
Melissa McBride is an American actress and former casting director who has a net worth of $9 million. Melissa McBride is best known for playing Carol Peletier on the AMC series “The Walking Dead” (2010–present), a role that has earned her two Saturn Awards. Melissa has more than 25 acting credits to her name, including the films “The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys” (2002), “The Mist” (2007), and “The Reconstruction of William Zero” (2014) and the television series “In the Heat of the Night” (1994), “Walker, Texas Ranger” (1997), and “Dawson’s Creek” (1998; 2003). Melissa has also lent her voice to the film “Delgo” (2008), the TV show “Robot Chicken” (2017), and the videogame “The Walking Dead: Onslaught” (2020).
The Walking Dead Salary
In early seasons, McBride’s salary was $8,500 per episode. As her role became more crucial to the show, Melissa signed a three-year $20 million contract with AMC to continue on the show.
Melissa McBride was born Melissa Suzanne McBride on May 23, 1965, in Lexington, Kentucky. She is the daughter of Suzanne Lillian Sagley and John Leslie McBride, and she grew up with three older siblings, John Michael, Melanie Suzanne, and Neil Allen. Sadly, John Michael passed away in 1990, followed by Neil in 2008 and Melanie in 2012. McBride’s mother studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse, and her father owned a business.
Melissa began appearing in television commercials in the early ’90s, and she was a spokeswoman for Ford Motor Company. She guest-starred on “Matlock” (1993), “In the Heat of the Night” (1994), and “American Gothic” (1995) and her first film was 1995’s “Mutant Species.” That year McBride also co-starred with Harry Hamlin and Annie Potts in the TV movie “Her Deadly Rival,” then she guest-starred on “Profiler” (1996) and “Walker, Texas Ranger” (1997) and appeared in the TV movies “Close to Danger” (1997), “Any Place But Home” (1997), and “Pirates of Silicon Valley” (1999) and the miniseries “A Season in Purgatory” (1996). She guest-starred on “Dawson’s Creek” in 1998, then returned as a different character in the 2003 series finale. In 2002, Melissa co-starred with Jodie Foster, Emile Hirsch, Kieran Culkin, Jena Malone, and Vincent D’Onofrio in the film “The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys,” which was based on the 1994 semi-autobiographical Chris Fuhrman novel of the same name. She appeared in the short films “Nailed!” (2006) and “The Promise” (2007), and in 2007, she was cast as “Woman With Kids at Home” in the Frank Darabont-directed adaptation of the 1980 Stephen King novella “The Mist” alongside Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, and Andre Braugher. “The Mist” won a Fright Meter Award for Best Horror Movie and earned nominations from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, Empire Awards, Golden Schmoes Awards, Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, and Scream Awards.
In 2008, McBride voiced Miss Sutley / Elder Pearo in the computer-animated film “Delgo,” and she co-starred with Harry Connick, Jr. and Angie Harmon in the Lifetime movie “Living Proof.” When Frank Darabont began developing “The Walking Dead,” which is based on the Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard comic book series of the same name, he offered Melissa the role of mother and abused wife Carol Peletier. Carol was a recurring character during the first season in 2010, and she became a series regular the following season. As of this writing, McBride has appeared in more than 120 episodes of the long-running series, and she reprised the role of Carol in the “Conan” episode “It’s not the Hotlanta, It’s the Humidylanta” (2013), the “Robot Chicken” episode “The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who’s Walking” (2017), and the “Fear the Walking Dead” episode “What’s Your Story?” (2018). Melissa has earned critical acclaim for her performance as well as two Saturn Awards and nominations from the Critics’ Choice Television Awards, IGN Awards, and “Fangoria” Chainsaw Awards. There were plans for Melissa and her co-star Norman Reedus to star in a spin-off after the final season of “The Walking Dead” concludes, but after it was decided that the series would film in Europe, she dropped out because “relocating to Europe became logistically untenable” for her. While starring on “The Walking Dead,” McBride has also appeared in the films “The Reconstruction of William Zero” (2014) and “The Happys” (2016) and in an episode of AMC’s “Ride with Norman Reedus” (2019).
Melissa has lived in Atlanta, Georgia, since the mid-1980s. In 2000, she began working as a casting director for the Atlanta-based company Stllwell Casting and said that it brought her “a whole different kind of fulfillment than acting.” McBride is credited as a casting director on the feature film “The Last Adam” (2006) and the short films “The Promise” (2007), “This Side Up” (2009), “Golden Minutes” (2009), “The Party” (2010), and “Broken Moment” (2010).
Awards and Nominations
“The Walking Dead” has earned McBride eight Saturn Award nominations from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, and she won the award for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2014 and 2015. She won an EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama in 2015, and in 2016, she earned an iHorror Award for Best Female Performance – Horror Series. Melissa and her “Walking Dead” co-stars won a Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series in 2012, and in 2020, the series received a Merit – Honorary Award at the CinEuphoria Awards. In 2014, McBride earned an Online Love Award and a Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nomination from the Critics Choice Television Awards. Melissa has also received a “Fangoria” Chainsaw Award nomination for Best TV Supporting Actress (2015), a Gold Derby Award nomination for Drama Supporting Actress (2014), an IGN Summer Movie Award nomination for Best TV Hero (2014), and a Poppy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama (2016) for “The Walking Dead,” and she earned a Shorty Award nomination for Best of Social Media in 2013.