Kathy Najimy Net Worth 2023: Income, Salary, Career, Bio

Kathy Najimy is an American actress, director, producer, comedian, and activist who has a net worth of $8 million. She began her career as a comedian in 1986, becoming well-known for her feminist pieces like The Kathy and Mo Show.

She began her film career in the 1990s, and she is best known for her appearances in Soapdish (1991), Sister Act (1992), Hocus Pocus (1993), Hope Floats (1998), and The Wedding Planner (2001).

Aside from movies, Najimy is most known for her roles as Olive Massery on the NBC sitcom Veronica’s Closet (1997–2000) and Peggy Hill on the animated television series King of the Hill (1997–2010).

Najimy is an activist who frequently travels the country to speak on issues such as equal rights, women’s and girls’ safety and self-esteem, LGBTQ rights, and AIDS awareness.

What is Kathy Najimy’s Net Worth?

Net Worth$8 Million
NameKathy Najimy
Age65 Years Old
Height1.68M
ProfessionActor, Director
Annual Salary$2.5 Million Per Year
Last Updated2023

Early Life

Kathy Najimy was born on February 6th, 1957 in San Diego, California to Lebanese parents, Samia (Massery) and Fred Najimy, a postal worker. In 1946, her mother emigrated to the United States from Lebanon.

Her father died when she was 14 years old, and she was raised as a Maronite Catholic. Najimy graduated from San Diego State University in 1995 after attending Crawford High School.

Career Beginnings

Najimy began her acting career on stage, and she rose to national prominence in 1986 with the enormously popular comedic play with feminist undercurrents, “The Kathy and Mo Show.” But this was not her first experience with a celebrity; she had previously appeared on television.

In 1981, the young actress appeared on the TV show Family Feud with her family. She received a $10,000 reward. She also appeared as a participant in the game show “$25,000 Pyramid” in 1985. In the same year, she appeared in the television film Walls of Glass.

Breakthrough

In 1991, Kathy got her breakthrough when she co-hosted a show with Mo Gaffney called The Kathy & Mo Show: Parallel Lives. The same year, she made her feature film debut in the buddy police action drama, The Hard Way, and The Fisher King.

In 1992, Najimy received her most renowned role as Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act. A year later, she reprised her role in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. She then played Mary Sanderson in the immensely successful and critically praised 1993 comedy-horror film Hocus Pocus.

In 1994, she played various characters on Ellen, a sitcom starring Ellen DeGeneres. That same year, she also starred in her lowest-rated film, It’s Pat. She then continued to alternate between movies and TV series.

The Kathy and Mo Show: The Dark Side returned in 1995. She was cast in the critically acclaimed role of Dr. Barbara, by Bix Konstadt, in the medical drama Chicago Hope in 1996.

Najimy received a starring role in the sitcom Veronica’s Closet in 1997 and starred from 1997 to 2000. She also ventured into voice acting, appearing in the anime series Hey Arnold (1997–1999) and the animated film Cats Don’t Dance (1997). She also provided the voice of Peggy Hill, an award-winning character in the animated series King of the Hill (1997–2010).

Kathy Najimy annual Income and Wealth

Although she appeared in several films, including Nevada (1997) and Hope Floats (1997), none of them were box office successes. However, 2001 proved to be a slightly more successful year for her, with films such as The Wedding Planner and Rat Race performing well commercially.

Najimy rose to prominence as a voice actor in the 2000s when she appeared in TV shows such as Stuart Little (2003) and films such as Balto III: Wings of Change (2005), Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy! (2006), and Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers (2006).

Her most successful animated film, WALL-E, was released in 2008. Her other notable films include Step Up 3D (2010), The Guilt Trip (2012), Descendants (2015), and Dumplin’ (2018).

Najimy has had a very successful career on television. Her critically praised TV programs include Veep (2014-present), Younger (2015-present), Unforgettable (2015-2016), The President Show (2017), and Good Witch (2019).

She starred in Sia’s musical drama film, Music in 2021. The same year, she starred in the Netflix Christmas romance comedy Single All the Way. It debuted at number six in Netflix’s top ten weekly English-language film rankings.

Other Works

Najimy wrote and produced the off-Broadway play Gloria: A Life, which is based on the life of activist Gloria Steinem. Najimy co-wrote and performed a series of personal monologues with actresses such as Olivia Wilde, Amy Schumer, Debra Messing, and Gabourey Sidibe.

She is currently working on a documentary about the 53% of white women who voted for Donald Trump in 2016. She has also performed her solo performance, Lift Up Your Skirt, at a variety of venues, including the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, ICONS at Fire Island, and Feinstein’s at The Nikko.

Awards and Nominations

•Wins:

  • 3 OFTA Television Awards (1998, 2001)
  • 3 CableACE Awards (1995,1993)
  • Annie Award (2001)
  • American Comedy Award (1993)

•Nominations:

  • Q Award (1996)
  • OFTA Television Award (1998)
  • MTV Movie Award (1993)
  • Saturn Award (1994)

Personal Life

Najimy married Dan Finnerty of The Dan Band in 1998, and the couple has one daughter, musician Samia.

Activism

As a proud feminist and social justice advocate, Najimy has received countless awards for her relentless efforts in support of women’s, girls’, and LGBT rights; AIDS; animal rights; and reproductive rights.

She routinely travels the country as a keynote speaker on these topics. She is now working to reverse the ban on immigrants, protect reproductive rights, eliminate NYC carriage horses, and revive the ERA.

Najimy also uses her popularity to raise funds for charities by appearing on game shows. Najimy won the Grand Prize on CBS’s Gameshow Marathon in 2006, contributing $100,000 to Girls Best Friend. In 2013, she competed in Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off for PETA, finishing third.

Real Estate

Najimy paid $2.6 million for a 2,500 sq ft Carnegie House co-op on the second floor of 100 West 57th Street in Midtown, which has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a 650 sq ft private terrace.

Kathy Najimy Net Worth

As of 2023, Kathy Najimy’s net worth is estimated to be $8 million. She made the majority of her money as an actress, as well as a comedian and she earns $2.5 million annually. Najimy is well-known for her noteworthy roles in more than 25 films and more than 100 television shows.

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