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David Koechner, born David Michael Koechner, is an American comedy actor. He’s best known for his role as Champ Kind in the Anchorman films and as Todd Packer in the American version of The Office.
His wealth and fame are the products of his long acting career. David Koechner has appeared in over 190 films and television shows since he began working as an actor in 1995.
What Is David Koechner’s Net Worth
As of 2023, David Koechner’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million. The majority of his wealth comes from acting projects.
He has been working as an actor in high-profile projects featuring well-known talents such as Will Ferrell, Jack Black, and John C. Reily since 1995. Over the years his salary has increased and his projects have grown in size and number.
Continue reading to learn all you need to know about David Koechner’s annual income, early life, personal life, career, awards, and investments.
David Koechner’s Net Worth Annually
Koechner has starred in a laundry list of over 190 film and television projects. After 28 years in show business, he continues to star in four to five projects each year, which is why his net worth continues to grow annually.
His net worth is currently estimated at $5 million, growing steadily each year. He takes in an annual salary of $825,000 from his acting work.
Aside from on-screen acting, Koechner occasionally goes on tour, performing stand-up, improv, and comedy music.
He has written screenplays and helped in writers’ rooms for pre-existing projects, though these jobs are few and far between. Writing and development do not contribute much to his overall net worth.
His total monthly income is on average $68,750.
How Did David Koechner Get Rich?
David Koechner began his career in 1995 with a year-long stay on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. He joined the cast with fellow improv actors Nancy Walls and Adam McKay.
While on Saturday Night Live, he met future long-term collaborators Will Ferrell and David ‘Gruber’ Allen. This was also the year Koechner created the character Gerald ‘T-Bones’ Tibbons.
Gerald ‘T-Bones’ Tibbons became famous among improv and sketch comedy audiences, landing Koechner recurring roles on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Real Time with Bill Maher.
By the early 2000s, Koechener was on tour as ‘T-Bones’ with none other than Jack Black’s Tenacious D. This tour was the launch pad for Koechener’s career-launching role in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy in 2004. The film grossed an unbelievable $64.6 million, considering most of the cast’s stars were lesser known at the time.
Since appearing in Anchorman, Koechener has teamed up with Will Ferrell for several films, including Talladega Nights, which shot him to fame and raised his yearly income.
His fame and project size has continued to grow. He starred in the hit film The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
His net worth made two large jumps, once in 2004 when Anchorman was released and projects came flowing in. And again between 2005 and 2013, during his run on NBC’s The Office.
Koechener supplements larger projects by appearing in guest roles on TV shows, either in person or as a voice. These projects add up to $250,000 to his yearly income.
David Koechner’s Biography
David Michael Koechner was born in Tipton, Missouri on August 24, 1962, to Margaret Ann and Cecil Stephen Koechner. David is one of six, he has two brothers, Mark and Joe, and three sisters, Mary Rose, Cecilia, and Joan.
David’s father owned a turkey coop manufacturing business, cultivating a family lifestyle that later influenced Koechner’s character ‘T-Bones’.
He studied Political Science at Benedictine College and the University of Missouri. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, he moved to Chicago to pursue improvisational and sketch comedy by joining ImprovOlympic.
He soon left ImprovOlympic for Second City, where he met several future stars and collaborators.
|Full Name/Real Name:||David Michael Koechner|
|Nick Name/Stage Name:||David Koechner|
|Birth Place:||Tipton, Missouri, U.S.A.|
|Birthday:||August 24, 1962|
|Weight:||182 lbs (83 kg)|
|Height(How Tall):||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Wife/Husband:||Leigh Koechner (ex)|
|Parent’s Name:||Father: Cecil Stephen Koechner
Mother: Margret Ann (nee Downey) Koechner
|Kids/Children Name:|| Margot Koechner
|Siblings:||Brother (s): Mark Koechner, Joe Koechner
Sister (s): Mary Rose Koechner, Cecilia Koechner, Joan Koechner
|College:||Benedictine College and University of Missouri|
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David Koechner’s Career And Awards
His first film came in 1999 with the country music mockumentary, Dill Scallion. Luckily for Koechner, his act fit perfectly in writer David Allen’s The Naked Trucker Show, allowing the actor to go on tour after finishing the film.
He made small appearances in films such as Wag the Dog, Man on the Moon, and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
After his breakthrough role in 2004, he took on larger, supporting roles in movies like Thank You For Smoking, Talladega Nights, Extract, and Semi-Pro.
His first lead role came with The Comebacks in 2007, though it was a box office bomb.
He starred in four films in 2021, two in 2022, and is in production on three currently. He is also the voice of Willie in Puppy Dog Pals (TV) and has a recurring role on ABC’s The Goldbergs.
In 2015, Koechner was awarded the Best Actor Award at the New York Television Festival’s Independent Pilot Competition for this part in The Parker Tribe.
He received two MTV Movie Award nominations for Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy. He was nominated a third time for his role in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
He was also nominated in 2014 for Best Supporting Actor at the Fright Meter Wards for his role in Cheap Thrills. He received another nomination for Best Long Form Improv at the Improvisation News New York Awards in 2015.
David Koechner’s Personal Life
David Koechner married fellow actress Leigh Koechner in 1998. The couple has 5 children together, three daughters (Margot, Audrey, and Eve) and two sons (Charlie and Sargent).
The two separated in 2018 before finally filing for divorce in 2020.
Koechner spends his free time performing at comedy clubs or with his children. He is a major fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and is featured in several of the team’s official videos.
David is a co-host of the annual fundraiser, Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, a fundraiser for Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City with Paul Rudd, Rob Riggle, and Jason Sudeikis.
In 2022, the actor was arrested for his first DUI. He was charged after hitting a street sign with his car on New Year’s Eve in Simi Valley California. The actor’s ex-wife asked Los Angeles courts to suspend his visitation rights to their children.
He was arrested again five months later for another DUI in Cincinnati, Ohio. The officers on the scene said they could smell the alcohol coming from his car.
David Koechner is currently in Alcoholics Anonymous and is seeking help with sobriety.
David Koechner’s Investments And Endorsements
David Koechner does not have any known major endorsements or investments that make up or increase his annual income.
The actor works primarily in film and television, where his income is generated.
How many film credits does David Koechner have?
David Koechner has appeared in or worked on at least 200 film and television projects. His first television role was as a cast member on NBC’s Saturday Night Live alongside Will Ferrell.
What characters did he create on Saturday Night Live?
David Koechner was known for his recurring characters Bill Brasky, the British Fops, Gary Macdonald, and Tom Taylor (Get Off the Shed).
What was David Koechner’s first project as a voice actor?
Koechner made his first appearance as a voice actor in the animated film Barnyard as Dag. He’s gone on to voice characters in American Dad and F is for Family.
What critically acclaimed projects have David Koechner been a part of?
His most praised work was as a gun lobbyist in the satirical film Thank You For Smoking. This was his most acclaimed role to date, with Fox Searchlight campaigning for his nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Were The Comebacks really directed by Tom Brady?
There is some confusion about who directed Koechner’s first leading role. It was in fact Tom Brady, but not the football star. The sports comedy was written and directed by Thomas Adam Brady. Koechner stars opposite Carl Weathers.