How Rich Is Sterling K. Brown as He Prepares for the Emmys?

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Sterling K. Brown will be seeking his fourth career Emmy at the 73rd Emmy Awards, to be held Sept. 19 and televised by CBS. He’s been nominated for Best Actor in a Drama Series five consecutive years for his role as Randall Pearson in the NBC hit “This Is Us,” winning in 2017.

Even if Brown doesn’t walk away with the golden statuette at the Primetime Emmys, he’s already a 2021 winner. At the Creative Arts Emmys, held over two nights the weekend of Sept. 11, Brown received Outstanding Narrator honors for his work on “Lincoln: Divided We Stand,” a CNN original series.

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“This Is Us” has been a financial boon for Brown. In 2017, Variety reported he was earning $75,000 per episode. The next year, he was among the cast members to receive a pay increase to $250,000 per episode, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The pay bump undoubtedly helped lead to his $10 million net worth, as listed by Celebrity Net Worth.

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From Business to Acting

Born in 1976 in St. Louis, Brown got the acting bug when he was a freshman in high school, cast in a campus production of “Godspell.” He entered Stanford as an economics major, and in a commencement address he gave at the university in 2018, he said it was OK to change direction.

“When I first got to Stanford, I thought I had it all figured out. Major in Econ, go into business, or finance, make BANK … and take care of my family. It made sense. It was the prudent thing to do. And while I had always loved acting, it just wasn’t practical.

“In my mind, a career in acting was reserved for the children of the wealthy who didn’t have to worry about making a significant contribution to the livelihood of their communities … Of their families.”

“But the call of the stage never waned. The desire to illuminate the human condition was always the thing that gave my life the greatest sense of purpose. … I had to let go of who I was, in order to become who I am. And, if you wish for your light to shine continuously, it is a process you’ll have to go through over and over again.”

He graduated from Stanford in 1998 with a degree in drama, then went on to earn an MFA from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 2001.

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Other Roles

Brown had guest roles in a variety of television dramas — “The West Wing,” “The Good Wife,” “Medium” and “NCIS” among them — before nabbing the role of Dr. Roland Burton on Lifetime’s “Army Wives.” He appeared in 108 episodes from 2007-13. Since then, he has been seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster hit “Black Panther,” playing the pivotal role of Prince N’Jobu, who was killed by his brother King T’Chaka. He also voiced characters in “Frozen II” and “The Angry Birds Movie 2” on the big screen.

It has been announced that “This Is Us” will end its run after six seasons in 2022. In preparation, Variety reported that Brown changed agents, shifting to CAA.

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Awards and Recognition

Brown won the Emmy for Outstanding Support Actor in a Limited Series or Movie in 2016 for his portrayal of prosecutor Christopher Darden in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” He followed it up in 2017 Emmy for “This Is Us.” In all, he has nine Emmy nominations. He also won a Golden Globe in 2018 for “This Is Us” and was nominated for “The People v. O.J. Simpson” the previous year.

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Dawn Allcot contributed to the reporting for this article. 

Last updated: Sep. 14, 2021

About the Author

Jami Farkas holds a communications degree from California State University, Fullerton, and has worked as a reporter or editor at daily newspapers in all four corners of the United States. She brings to GOBankingRates experience as a sports editor, business editor, religion editor, digital editor — and more. With a passion for real estate, she passed the real estate licensing exam in her state and is still weighing whether to take the plunge into selling homes — or just writing about selling homes.

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