Family shows typically have one thing in common — precocious kid actors. Some former child stars step away from the limelight, while others solidify their place in Hollywood and earn serious dough. When it comes to the cast of The Wonder Years, each actor took a very different path in adulthood. Three decades after it became a primetime television hit, here’s how the co-stars stack up when it comes to wealth.
‘The Wonder Years’ was a coming of age story
On the backdrop of America during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s, The Wonder Years is a coming of age story centered around Kevin Arnold, his family, and his close friends. In the show, Kev’s older brother, Wayne, often gave him grief, and his eldest sibling, Karen, often ignored him. But, the youngster’s best friend, Paul, and childhood crush, Winnie, always had his back.
Josh Saviano as ‘Paul Pfeiffer’
Josh Saviano portrayed Paul, the loyal BFF to Kevin. After The Wonder Years ended, rumors swirled that Saviano became the rock star known as Marilyn Manson. But rather than hard rock in the spotlight, Saviano chose more low-profile gigs. Celebrity Net Worth estimates that his total wealth amounts to about $500,000.
Jason Hervey as ‘Wayne Arnold’
Before he landed the role of Wayne on The Wonder Years, Jason Hervey had gained experience on the big and small screens. Fans may remember him from titles including Meatballs Part II, Back to the Future, and Diff’rent Strokes.
After The Wonder Years ended, he continued juggling live-action and animated acting projects. His acting work has allowed him to amass an estimated $2 million fortune, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Danica McKellar as ‘Winnie Cooper’
Danica McKellar, who played Winnie on The Wonder Years, has racked up 100 acting credits and counting. With over 35 years in entertainment, the star has appeared in a slew of TV movies, series, animated projects, video games, and shorts.
DC Comics fans, especially, will appreciate McKellar’s voice acting skills in many animated programs, including the DC Super Hero Girls series in which she plays Frost, and Young Justice, in which she portrays Miss Martian. Through her steady career in acting, McKellar has built her capital to $6 million, as estimated by Celebrity Net Worth.
Fred Savage as ‘Kevin Arnold’
Fred Savage played the central character, Kevin, on The Wonder Years. He began acting on television over 30 years ago, and with more than 50 credits, he has shown no signs of stopping. Some of his most memorable roles as of late are fictionalized versions of himself, such as his part in Deadpool 2.
But Savage’s show business prowess extends behind the camera as well. He is a writer, producer, and director with an impressive number of hits on his reel. Savage has directed 72 projects, including several high-profile shows. Episodes of Modern Family, The Conners, and Black-ish are just a few of the media pro’s directing gigs.
Since Savage’s streams of income flow from both on-camera and backstage work, it is no surprise that his net worth has surpassed that of his former co-stars. Savage boasts a hefty $14 million fortune, according to Celebrity Net Worth’s estimates.
How can fans watch ‘The Wonder Years’ today?
Fans who want to relive The Wonder Years or introduce it to a new generation are in luck. The series is currently streaming on Hulu.