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Arsenio Hall Net Worth

Arsenio Hall Net Worth
Net Worth$5,000,000
Full NameArsenio Hall
Date of Birth/AgeFebruary 12, 1956 (age 63)
Source of wealthComedian, Talk show Host, Actor, Writer, Producer
Country of originU.S.
State/City of originCleveland, Ohio
Last Updated2019

What Is Arsenio Hall’s Net Worth?

Arsenio Hall’s net worth is $5 million.

How Did Arsenio Hall Make His Money?

Hall is a stand-up comedian, TV talk show host, actor, voice actor, and movie producer.

Hall has been a fixture of American television since he hosted his iconic Arsenio Hall Show in the 1990s. He was one of the first black actors to host his own primetime talk show. In addition, he has had starring roles in hit movies.

In 1990, Hall was awarded a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He has continued working, doing voice work and producing a variety of TV shows and movies.


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Early Life and Career

Hall was born in Cleveland to Fred and Annie Hall. His father was a Baptist minister. Hall has remained loyal to his hometown and still roots for the Cleveland Browns football team.

Comedy Career

Hall graduated from high school and attended Kent State University.

He said there were no comedy clubs in his hometown, so he moved to Rosemont, Illinois, in order to perform at the many clubs in Chicago. Hall recounted that he went to open-mic nights for several weeks before mustering up the courage to get on stage. He was well-received, and he knew what he wanted to do.

After appearing in several Chicago clubs, he moved to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a Hollywood career. He began appearing in local comedy clubs and enjoying some solid success. His comedy routine came to the attention of TV producers. His first TV role was on a 1983 episode of Soul Train.

In 1983, comedian Alan Thicke asked Hall to join him as a sidekick on the show Thicke of the Night. The late-night talk show lasted only one season.

In 1986, he had two major roles. He was cast for a recurring voice role on the Ghostbusters animated show. He was also cast as Eddie Murphy’s co-star in Coming to America.


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Talk Shows

In 1986, the Fox Network launched Late Night with Joan Rivers, a talk show that it wanted to compete with Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. In 1987, Rivers left the show after a contract dispute. A series of hosts were invited to try their hand behind their desk, but each one bombed.

Finally, Fox invited Hall to give it a try. Hall made the show was a hit. He was immensely popular with young viewers and gave the show its best ratings ever. Since Late Night was slated to be canceled in 1988, Paramount offered Hall a contract for his own syndicated talk show.

The Arsenio Hall Show ran from 1989 to 1995. It was one of the top-rated shows on television. Hall encouraged his viewers to chant the Cleveland Browns war cry rather than applaud. His show developed an extremely loyal following and was a consistent rating winner.


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Television Roles

After his show ended, Hall starred in a series of shows including the sitcoms Arsenio and Martial Law. He hosted the rebooted version of Star Search for three years. He hosted the MTV Music Awards from 1988 to 1991.

He was a regular guest on Chappelle’s Show, The Late Show with Jay Leno and Lopez Tonight.

George Lopez, the star of Lopez Tonight, asked Hall to co-host several episodes of his show. He was grateful that he was the comedian invited to Hall’s talk show more than any other.


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Lopez felt that this gave him enormous exposure as a comedian. He said he considered Hall his inspiration and mentor.

Hall has also filled in as host for Piers Morgan Tonight and Access Hollywood Live.

In 2012, he appeared as a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice. He won the show that was hosted by Donald Trump, Jr. Hall donated his $250,000 prize to his charity, the Magic Johnson Foundation, which focuses on economic advancement for minorities as well as raising HIV/AIDS awareness, treatment, and prevention.

In 2013, CBS offered Hall a new talk show. The show was canceled after only one season.

Movie Roles

  • 1988: Coming to America.
  • 1989: Harlem Nights.
  • 1989: Paula Abdul: Straight Up video.
  • 1988: Time Out: The Truth About HIV, AIDS and You.
  • 1989: The Naked Brothers Band.
  • 1992: The Proud Family.
  • 1994: Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy!
  • 2005: Hector.
  • 2005: Igor.
  • 2006: Black Dynamite.
  • 2007: The Vote-Off.
  • 2008: Sandy Wexler.


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  • 1988 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Coming to America).
  • 1989 American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Coming to America).

Back in the Spotlight

In 2017, Hall announced that he was returning to stand-up comedy and started hitting the rounds of comedy clubs. In 2019, he scheduled a new comedy tour that began in Nashville.

He also announced that he and Eddie Murphy were working on the sequel to Coming to America. The movie’s release date has been confirmed as August 2020.


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Rumors have often circulated about women in Hall’s life. He has been linked in the gossip columns to a number of celebrities including Emma Samms, Paula Abdul, and Mary Frann. Hall confirmed that he did have a relationship with Samms.

He also had a relationship with Cheryl Bonacci, his former personal manager. In 1999 they had a son together named Arsenio Cheron. Hall. He goes by Cheron.

Hall took a few years away from show business to spend time being a father. He said at the time, “When I became a dad, I really fell in love with fatherhood. So, I didn’t care about show business at the point.”


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Favorite Quotes from Arsenio Hall

“My name is Arsenio. That’s a very unusual name for a black man. In Greek, it means Leroy.”

“I know I did the right thing when I took time off to raise my son. But it also came at a price. I turned down many opportunities over the years because I didn’t want to leave him for long periods of time. And in Hollywood, as in any business, the calls stop coming when you don’t answer.”

Success Tips from Arsenio Hall

“I am consumed with the fear of failing. Reaching deep down and finding my confidence has made all of my dreams come true.”

“God put me here to make you smile. Because everybody ain’t here to make you smile. These days, I think it’s enough just to be the guy that makes people laugh and I think that’s what we need most.”