David E. Kelley Net Worth

Whether it’s books, articles, blogs, movie scripts or pieces in magazines, these authors sure earn a lot. Famous for their work and impact to various communities and demographics globally, authors are usually very respected and have huge followings. David E. Kelley, the American Television writer, TV producer, Former Boston lawyer is no exception from this rule. This person was born in unknown on the April 4, 1956. As a kid and throughout his teenage years, attending Belmont Hill School, Princeton University, Boston University School of Law helped develop a love for creating content and writing pieces. David E. Kelley has a family of Jack Kelley unknown Claudia Kelley, John Kelley. Standing at unknown tall, David E. Kelley has a huge fanbase throughout every continent. So, do you want to know how much this person is worth? Well, the total estimated net worth of David E. Kelley is said to be $250 Million.

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Kelley grew up in Belmont, Massachusetts, where he attended the Belmont Hill School. Upon matriculating, he enrolled in Princeton University, majoring in political science. After his graduation in 1979, he attended Boston University Law School, earning his J.D. in 1983. He later began working at a Boston law firm, where he largely dealt with real estate and minor criminal cases.

In 1983 Kelley began writing a screenplay based on some of his experiences in law. After optioning the script in 1986, he obtained an agent, and his story turned into the 1987 film “From the Hip”. Around the same time, the script came into the hands of Steven Bochco, who hired Kelley as a story editor for his new series “L.A. Law”, eventually upgrading his position to executive story editor, co-producer, and then to executive producer. The series became extremely successful, earning Kelley two Emmys for writing; he left the show in 1991, but meanwhile, along with Bochco, he created the series “Doogie Howser, M.D.” that ran on ABC from 1989 to 1993. His net worth was rising nicely.

Starting his own production company in 1992, Kelley created his own series, “Picket Fences” for CBS, which won 14 Primetime Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. His second series for CBS was the medical drama “Chicago Hope”, which ran from 1994 to 2000, earning seven Emmy awards. Again, all added to Kelley’s net worth.

In 1995 he signed a five-year deal with 20th Century Fox Television to produce two series: “Ally McBeal for FOX and “The Practice” for ABC, both shows focusing on Boston law firms, however, in different ways. “The Practice” aired from 1997 to 2004 and “Ally McBeal” from 1997 to 2002, receiving high praises and winning numerous awards, which made Kelley the first producer to win Emmy and Golden Globe Awards in both the Outstanding/Best Drama Series and Outstanding/Best Comedy Series categories in the same year. His wealth was boosted again.

After extending his arrangement with 20th Century Fox Television in 2000, Kelley became the highest-paid producer in TV history, earning around $40 million a year. The same year he created “Boston Public”, the series which didn’t follow the success of Kelley’s previous works, but was a modest hit nevertheless. He achieved minor success with his next several series, “Girls Club”, “The Brotherhood of Poland”, “New Hampshire” and the reality show “The Law Firm”. However, his next project “Boston Legal”, a spin-off of “The Practice”, which lasted from 2004 to 2008, enjoyed astonishing popularity, winning seven Emmys and considerably adding to Kelley’s net worth.

In 2008, he signed a deal with Warner Bros. Television. In 2011 he created the legal drama “Harry’s Law”, which became the network’s second most-watched series. After its cancellation in 2012, Kelley went on to create the series “Monday Mornings” for TNT and then “The Crazy Ones” for CBS. However both series were soon canceled. He is currently working on a new series called “Goliath”, announced to be released in fall 2016, no doubt looking to lift his net worth further.As a screenwriter who has created series aired on major networks, Kelley has established a spectacular reputation in the television industry, and a significant fortune as well.

In his personal life, Kelley has been married to actress Michelle Pfeiffer since 1993. The couple has two children, including a daughter which Pfeiffer adopted several months before the couple married.

Structural info

  • Full Name: David E. Kelley
  • Net Worth: $250 Million
  • Date Of Birth: April 4, 1956
  • Place Of Birth: Waterville, Maine USA
  • Profession: Television writer, TV producer, Former Boston lawyer
  • Education: Belmont Hill School, Princeton University, Boston University School of Law
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Michelle Pfeiffer (1993-)
  • Children: Claudia Kelley, John Kelley
  • Parents: Jack Kelley
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/kelleyvilleusa
  • IMDB: www.imdb.com/name/nm0005082
  • Allmusic: www.allmusic.com/artist/david-e-kelley-mn0001592998
  • Awards: Edgar Award for Best Television Episode Teleplay (2004), TCA Award (1999), Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television (2001), PGA Television Producer of the Year Award (1999), Paul Selvin Award (1996), Laurel Award for TV Writing Achievement (2003)
  • Nominations: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Drama, TCA Career Achievement Award, British Academy Television International Award, Producers Guild of America Award – Norman Felton Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Telev…
  • Movies: “Wonder Woman” (2011), “Lake Placid 2” (2007), “Frankie and Johnny Are Married” (2003), “From the Hip” (1987), “Mystery, Alaska” (1999)
  • TV Shows: “Boston Public” (2000-2005), “Harry’s Law” (2011-2012), “Picket Fences” (1992-1996), “Chicago Hope” (1994-2000), “The Practice” (1997-2004), “Ally McBeal” (1997-2000), “Boston Legal” (2004–2008)

Quotes

  • [on scripting The Crazy Ones for Robin Williams] He says my words perfectly – then he uses his. I feel like I’ve been handed the keys to a car that I’m ill-equipped to drive.
  • I tend to be a little grand in terms of storytelling, I’ve never been limited by anybody’s sense of reality.

Facts

  • Started writing as a hobby at the age of 27.
  • Michelle Pfeiffer was already in the process of adopting a child by the time she met David. They had only been together for two months when their daughter Claudia Rose was added to their family.
  • Brother in-law of Kevin Ryan.
  • Brother-in-law of Dedee Pfeiffer and Lori Pfeiffer.
  • Has an adopted daughter named Claudia Rose (born in 1993) with Michelle Pfeiffer.
  • Has a son, John Henry, with his wife Michelle Pfeiffer. The son, born in 1994, is named after David’s father.
  • David Kelley’s father Jack Kelley was the former head coach for the Boston University Terriers hockey team and the first head coach for the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association formed in 1972.
  • The most Kelley-created shows to be on at any given time was five during the 1999-2000 television season, with Chicago Hope (1994) on CBS, The Practice (1997), and Snoops (1999) on ABC, and Ally McBeal (1997) and Ally (1999) on Fox.
  • Kelley became the first producer to win Emmy and Golden Globe Awards in both the Outstanding/Best Drama Series (The Practice (1997)) and Outstanding/Best Comedy Series (Ally McBeal (1997)) categories in the same year. [1999].
  • His father, Jack Kelley, was at one time director of operations for the Glens Falls [New York] Civic Center.

Filmography

Writer
Title Year Status Character
The Crazy Ones TV Series created by – 22 episodes, 2013 – 2014 written by – 2 episodes, 2013 – 2014
Monday Mornings TV Series created by – 10 episodes, 2013 written by – 8 episodes, 2013 teleplay – 1 episode, 2013 teleplay by – 1 episode, 2013
Harry’s Law TV Series created by – 34 episodes, 2011 – 2012 written by – 29 episodes, 2011 – 2012 story by – 1 episode, 2012 teleplay by – 1 episode, 2012
Wonder Woman 2011 TV Movie teleplay
Legally Mad 2010 TV Movie creator
Boston Legal TV Series created by – 101 episodes, 2004 – 2008 written by – 68 episodes, 2004 – 2008 story – 7 episodes, 2004 – 2008 teleplay – 7 episodes, 2004 – 2008 story by – 3 episodes, 2004 – 2007 teleplay by – 3 episodes, 2004 – 2007
Life on Mars 2008 TV Movie written by
Lake Placid 2 2007 TV Movie original concept – uncredited
The Wedding Bells TV Series created by – 7 episodes, 2007 written by – 6 episodes, 2007
The Law Firm 2005 TV Series creator
Boston Public TV Series created by – 81 episodes, 2000 – 2004 written by – 41 episodes, 2000 – 2003 teleplay – 2 episodes, 2001 story – 1 episode, 2001
The Practice TV Series created by – 167 episodes, 1997 – 2004 written by – 131 episodes, 1997 – 2004 teleplay by – 9 episodes, 1997 – 2004 story by – 6 episodes, 1997 – 2001 story – 2 episodes, 2002 teleplay – 2 episodes, 2002 story & teleplay – 1 episode, 2003
The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire 2003 TV Series written by – 5 episodes
Girls Club TV Series created by – 9 episodes, 2002 written by – 1 episode, 2002
Ally McBeal TV Series created by – 112 episodes, 1997 – 2002 written by – 100 episodes, 1997 – 2002 story – 6 episodes, 2000 – 2002 teleplay – 6 episodes, 2000 – 2002 story by – 5 episodes, 1998 – 2002 teleplay by – 5 episodes, 1998 – 2002
Chicago Hope TV Series created by – 141 episodes, 1994 – 2000 written by – 20 episodes, 1994 – 2000 teleplay by – 4 episodes, 1995 story by – 3 episodes, 1995
Snoops TV Series created by – 13 episodes, 1999 – 2000 written by – 5 episodes, 1999
Mystery, Alaska 1999 written by
Lake Placid 1999 written by
To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday 1996 screenplay
Picket Fences TV Series created by – 88 episodes, 1992 – 1996 written by – 5 episodes, 1992 – 1994
Mixed Nuts 1996 TV Movie
Doogie Howser, M.D. TV Series created by – 97 episodes, 1989 – 1993 written by – 2 episodes, 1989
L.A. Law TV Series written by – 60 episodes, 1986 – 1992 teleplay by – 8 episodes, 1986 – 1988
From the Hip 1987 screenplay / story
Mr. Mercedes 2018 TV Series screenplay – 1 episode pre-production
Big Little Lies 2017 TV Series teleplay by – 1 episode post-production
Goliath TV Series created by – 8 episodes, 2016 written by – 5 episodes, 2016
Producer
Title Year Status Character
Mr. Mercedes 2018 TV Series executive producer – 1 episode pre-production
Big Little Lies 2017 TV Series executive producer – 7 episodes post-production
Goliath 2016 TV Series executive producer – 8 episodes
The Crazy Ones 2013-2014 TV Series executive producer – 22 episodes
Monday Mornings 2013 TV Series executive producer – 10 episodes
Harry’s Law 2011-2012 TV Series executive producer – 34 episodes
Wonder Woman 2011 TV Movie executive producer
Legally Mad 2010 TV Movie executive producer
Boston Legal 2004-2008 TV Series executive producer – 101 episodes
Life on Mars 2008 TV Movie executive producer
The Wedding Bells 2007 TV Series executive producer – 4 episodes
The Law Firm 2005 TV Series executive producer
Halley’s Comet 2005 TV Movie executive producer
DeMarco Affairs 2004 TV Movie executive producer
The Practice 1997-2004 TV Series executive producer – 167 episodes
The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire 2003 TV Series executive producer
Boston Public 2000-2002 TV Series executive producer – 13 episodes
Girls Club 2002 TV Series executive producer / producer
Ally McBeal 1997-2002 TV Series executive producer – 109 episodes
Chicago Hope TV Series consulting producer – 22 episodes, 1999 – 2000 executive producer – 22 episodes, 1994 – 1995
Snoops 1999-2000 TV Series executive producer – 13 episodes
Mystery, Alaska 1999 producer
Ally 1999 TV Series executive producer
Lake Placid 1999 producer
To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday 1996 producer
Mixed Nuts 1996 TV Movie executive producer
Picket Fences 1992-1995 TV Series executive producer – 66 episodes
L.A. Law TV Series executive producer – 44 episodes, 1989 – 1991 supervising producer – 19 episodes, 1988 – 1989 co-producer – 7 episodes, 1988
Doogie Howser, M.D. 1989 TV Series supervising producer – 1 episode
Miscellaneous
Title Year Status Character
Boston Public 2002-2004 TV Series executive consultant – 25 episodes
Chicago Hope 1995-1999 TV Series executive consultant – 51 episodes
Picket Fences 1995-1996 TV Series executive consultant – 22 episodes
L.A. Law TV Series executive consultant – 22 episodes, 1991 – 1992 story editor – 20 episodes, 1986 – 1987 executive story editor – 12 episodes, 1987 – 1988
Doogie Howser, M.D. 1989-1992 TV Series creative consultant – 74 episodes
Actor
Title Year Status Character
Frankie and Johnny Are Married 2003 David E. Kelley
Thanks
Title Year Status Character
Tiny Little Lies 2008 special thanks
Self
Title Year Status Character
Unsung 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Tavis Smiley 2012 TV Series Himself
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 TV Special Himself – Audience Member
14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2008 TV Special Himself – Audience Member
The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 TV Special Himself – Nominated: Outstanding Drama Series
The 12th Annual Golden Laurel Awards 2001 TV Special Himself – Winner
3rd Annual TV Guide Awards 2001 TV Special Himself
Snoops 2000 TV Series Himself
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 TV Special Himself – Winner: Outstanding Drama Series / Outstanding Comedy Series and Nominated: Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself – Winner: Best TV-Series – Drama & Comedy / Musical
The 13th Annual Genesis Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1998 TV Special Himself – Nominated: Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, Outstanding Comedy Series and Winner: Outstanding Drama Series
The Annual Museum of TV and Radio Honors. A Salute to Jerry Seinfeld and David E. Kelly 1998 TV Movie Himself – Honoree
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1998 TV Special Himself – Best TV-Series – Comedy / Musical & Nominee: Best TV-Series – Drama
The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1997 TV Special Himself – Audience Member
The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 TV Special Himself – Winner: Outstanding Drama Series
The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1994 TV Special Himself – Nominee: Best TV Series – Drama
The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1993 TV Special Himself – Winner: Outstanding Drama Series
The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1993 TV Special Himself – Audience Member
The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1992 TV Special Himself – Nominee: Best TV-Series – Drama
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 TV Special Himself – Winner: Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series and Outstanding Drama Series
L.A. Law 100th Episode Celebration 1991 TV Movie Himself – Writer
The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1990 TV Special Himself – Winner: Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series & Outstanding Drama Series
Commitment to Life IV: Los Angeles AIDS Project Benefit 1990 TV Movie Himself
The 41st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1989 TV Special Himself – Winner: Outstanding Drama Series & Nominee: Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
Bygone Days: An Ally McBeal Retrospective 2009 Video short
TV Land Moguls 2009 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself

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