Milo Ventimiglia is the latest Hollywood star to have his name immortalized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, alongside This Is Us costar, Mandy Moore.
Ventimiglia has been an up-and-coming star since his early days on Gilmore Girls.
His recent role as Jack in the NBC drama series has made him one of the most profitable stars of the past three years.
Here is an inside look at Milo Ventimiglia’s rapidly rising net worth.
The Rise of Milo Ventimiglia
The California native had spent his formative high school years in the local drama society, seeing it as a path to a profession as an actor.
In 1995, Ventimiglia participated in a summer theatre program held by the American Conservatory Theatre before enrolling in the Unversity of California Los Angeles, where he majored in theatre.
While a student, Ventimiglia made his first television appearance in a 1995 episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Having found a niche as the all-American teen, he then appeared in a series of minor roles on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and the classic sitcom Saved by the Bell: New Class.
Ventimiglia’s film debut came with a role in the short film, Must Be the Music.
He achieved great success across the late 1990s; however, his first leading role was as Jed Perry in the short-lived show Opposite S*x.
Ventimiglia is best known to television viewers of the early 2000s as Jess Marino, the love interest of Rory Gilmore in Gilmore Girls.
He starred as Jess from 2001 to 2006, capturing the heart of millions as the smart-mouthed teen.
From there, he took on another role as a rebellious boyfriend in the third and final season of American Dreams.
Although the actor was known for smaller roles, he spent four years playing superhero Peter Petrelli in Heroes.
Ventimiglia was not solely a household name through his TV work. In 2006 he was cast as the son of Rocky Balboa in the film series’ sixth installment.
The Rocky films follow Sylvester Stalone as the now-iconic Rocky Balboa, the underground boxer-turned-Brooklyn-legend.
Ventimiglia was chosen to play Balboa’s son, a role he reprised in the Creed films just under a decade later.
His feature film debut came seven years earlier in She’s All That, the teen rom-com that put Rachel Leigh Cook and Freddie Prinze Jr. on the Hollywood map.
This Is Us and Ventimiglia’s Net Worth
Ventimiglia boasts a net worth of around $12 million, a figure he may only have been able to achieve thanks to his star status in NBC’s This Is Us.
The show follows a family across multiple generations through siblings Kevin, Kate, and Randall. Although it takes place primarily in the present, flashbacks are used to criss-cross a multitude of storylines and plot points.
Ventimiglia plays their father, Jack, who is revealed to have died before his children hit adulthood.
For his role, Ventimiglia has received widespread acclaim and been nominated thrice for the Emmy Award For Outstanding Lead Actor In A Primetime Drama Series from 2017 to 2019.
For his role, Ventimiglia has received widespread acclaim and been nominated thrice for the Emmy Award For Outstanding Lead Actor In A Primetime Drama Series, from 2017 to 2019.
As per Deadline, NBC sources claim the lead actors of the show requested a pay raise ahead of the sixth and final season.
They claim that the main cast negotiated substantial raises after the second season took off, and all the actors went up to $250,000 per episode.
Ventimiglia, along with the six other series regulars, were all given $2 million as a cash bonus ahead of the final season in January 2022.
Additionally, Ventimiglia’s $250,000 means his overall salary base amounts to approximately $4.5 million for season 6.
The cast collectively negotiated their contracts in 2018, and sources have yet to reveal how this truly affected their paychecks.
Since Ventimiglia had signed on to the show as the lead actor, he began with a higher salary than many of his costars.
It has been estimated that he and Mandy Moore began with checks of $85,000 per episode, whereas other cast members like Justin Hartley were at $40,000 per episode.
His Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame
On Monday, Ventimiglia attended the unveiling ceremony of his name on the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California.
The 44-year-old actor was excited to see his star being placed right next to Mandy Moore’s, a fun treat for fans of Rebecca and Jack Pearson.
The ceremony consisted of speeches from Ventimiglia’s industry peers, such as Jon Huertas and Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.
The actor also made a speech, thanking everyone in his personal and professional life who were the reason for his immense success in the industry.
“I am the sum of many people who have been an important and impactful part of my life through the years,” Ventimiglia said. “This star represents a large group of people — it may say Milo Ventimiglia but it is actually made up of 26 years worth of names both in front of and behind the camera professionally and personally.”
He later told People’s correspondent:
“I remember coming up to Hollywood as a kid to pick up lights for my theater productions when I was in high school, and I would drive and I would see the stars,” said Ventimiglia, who grew up in Southern California. “You dream that one day your name is going to be on that but then you kind of forget about it, and now you stand over your name written on a sidewalk.”
Although more of a symbol than anything else, having a star on the Walk of Fame is a stellar achievement for any industry creative.
Moore was unable to join him for the ceremony, telling her Instagram followers she was currently filming something exciting for the show’s final season, saying:
“The heartiest of congrats to my tv hubby and partner-in-crime, @miloanthonyventimiglia, on his STAR on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Wish I could have been there to celebrate in person but we are in the middle of shooting Season 6 and knowing Mi and how much he loves his job, he’d definitely insist that work comes first.”