American Actress initially gained worldwide attention for her role in the popular NBC sitcom, The Facts of Life in the late 70’s. The daughter of a television director, she made her small screen debut in Sesame Street at the tender age of five. Continuing to venture out into the show business, she was later cast as a series regular in the CBS comedy, Baby I’m Back (1979). However, it wasn’t until she landed a lead role in the series, Diff’rent Strokes (1979) that her popularity as a child star began to grow.
Carrying on with her acting career, Fields eventually went on to play Regine Hunter in the Fox sitcom, The Living Single (1993). Some of her other acting credits include Living Single (1993), and What to Expect When You’re Expecting (2012). Most recently however, her popularity has risen after she was cast in the eighth season of the popularity reality series, The Real Housewives of Atlanta (2015).
Unsurprisingly, the New York-native has accumulated a fair amount of wealth throughout her years in the show biz. Let’s take a look at her career to see where most of her fortune came from.
Kim Fields’s Net Worth 2018 – $8 Million
How did Kim Fields Make Her Money and Wealth?
Born on May 12, 1969 in New York City, New York, Kim Fields is the daughter of American actress and television director, Chip Fields. Following in her mother’s footsteps, she first ventured into the show business at the tender age of five in the children’s TV program, Sesame Street. Not long after, she landed a lead role in the sitcom, Baby…I’m Back! (1977)– not too shabby for an eight-year-old!
Some of her other initial projects included Roots: The Next Generation, Good Times, Mork & Mindy, and Have I Got a Christmas For You. By the time she was eleven, Fields already had several credits to her name as a young actress. In 1979, Fields received another big break after being cast in the popular NBC sitcom, Diff’rent Strokes, which brought her greater attention from the public.
Before long, she had scored a breakthrough role in the Prime Time Emmy Award-nominated NBC TV series, The Facts of Life (1979). Portraying one of the show’s main protagonists, Fields’ performance earned her several accolades including two Young Artist Award nominations (e.g. Best Young Comedienne), and a TV Land Award nomination. Remaining on the show from the start until end, she starred in the sitcom from 1979 until 1988. Considering the fact that she was in the sitcom for so many years, it would have most likely earned her a respectable amount.
While Fields was starring on The Facts of Life, she also appeared in a variety of TV films for supplemental income. For instance, she was in Children of Divorce (1980), The Comeback Kid (1980), The Facts of Life Goes to Paris (1982), The Kid with the Broken Halo (1982), and The Facts of Life Down Under (1987).
Following the end of the NBC sitcom, the New Yorker, now in her early twenties, went on to make a few cameo appearances in the TV series 227 (1988), Martin (1992), and The Golden Palace (1992).
In 1993, Fields came face to face with another breakthrough after being cast as Regine Hunter in the Fox sitcom, Living Single. One of the most popular African-American series at the time, it attracted well over nine million viewers throughout its first season; although this figure subsequently fell, its popularity still remained consistent. To date, it remains to be the her most well remembered role on television. Already a seasoned actress at this point, one can only imagine the salary that she was paid for taking on the role.
Like before, she also took up various side projects during the air of Living Single; for instance, she appeared in Roc (1993), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1993), The Crew (1995), Kenan & Kel (1997), and Cupid (1998). In 1996, she even lent her voice to a character in the Fox’s animated cartoon, C Bear and Jamal.
By the 2000’s, it can be presumed that Fields had already earned herself a sizable fortune from the various successful sitcoms. Over the next few years, she continued to supplement her wealth by appearing in an array of television series such as Miss Match (2003), One on One (2004), The Division (2004), The Comeback (2005), The Cleaner (2008), and Monster Mutt (2010).
After what seemed like a rather uneventful few years, Fields returned to the limelight after being cast as a series regular in the popular reality series, The Real Housewives of Atlanta (2015). Introduced at the beginning of the eighth season which premiered in the fall of 2015, her popularity quickly exploded.
Seeing that The Real Housewives of Atlanta is one of the most popular reality TV programmings in America, garnering millions of viewers every week, it’s no surprise that its cast members are paid a decent check for their role in the show. While there’s no doubt that she’s been making bank from the series, her exact salary from the series has actually never been revealed- unlike that of her cast mate’s. Having said that, she reportedly owned more than $212,000 in federal taxes in 2015- so the question is, how much do you have to make to owe that much in taxes?
In 2016, Fields also participated in the twenty second season of the popular dancing competition series, Dancing with the Stars. One of twelve contestants, she was paired up with professional dancer Sasha Farber. After several weeks of dancing on the stage, the two were eliminated during the fifth week. Although she didn’t end up taking home the winner’s title, she still earned a fair amount from her participation on the show. For those of you who are unaware, everyone who signs up is given $125,000. Depending on how long they remain on the show, they are then given the opportunity to win additional amounts (e.g. $10,000, $20,000, $30,000, etc).
Some of the other reality TV shows that she’s taken a part in include Dish Nation, The Dr. Oz Show, Home & Family, and Whatever Happened to?
Aside from being an actress and reality star, she has also worked on several titles as a television producer. While she was still in university, she launched her own production company called Victory Entertainment. So far, she has helped to produce the projects Silent Bomb (1994), Teen Talk (2002), Tall Dark & Handsome (2004), A Royal Birthday (2006), 2007 Anguilla Transquility Fest (2007), and Lens on Talent (2010).
As a director, Fields has also worked on Living Single, Kenan & Kel, Tyler’s House of Payne, and Let’s Stay Together, most of which she also starred in.
On top of her different television endeavors, The Real Housewives of Atlanta alumni has also taken on several business endeavors- like many celebrities. In fact just this year, it was announced that she is preparing to launch her own line of hair products.
But that’s not all, the star also revealed that she is working on creating a new line of wigs and pieces, to be called Next Level Natural, which is set to launch sometime in 2018.
Apart from that, the television celebrity has always been involved with music and singing. In fact, her first singles were released while she was still starring on The Facts of Life. Unbeknownst to many, she was also a member of a music group called Impromp2 with whom she sang with for many years. In 2003, Fields released a spoken poetry album called, Smooth is Spoken Here.
Last year, it was also announced that the former child star had signed a publishing deal with the Hachette Book Group to write a memoir. According to sources, the book will cover both her personal life and career in the entertainment scene.
Through her multi-decade career, Kim has successfully created a solid reputation for herself in the industry. To date, she has appeared in well over 50 different TV series, shows, and films, all of which have worked toward increasing her overall net worth.
Will the net worth of the former star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta continue to go up? Our guess is yes! Who knows? She just might find her way into another sitcom sometime in the future. The thing we can say for sure, is that a large chunk of her wealth came from the previous sitcoms that she starred in, and the previously mentioned reality TV show.
Kim Fields’ Personal Life and FAQ
Is Kim Fields Married?
Yes, Kim Fields is currently married to her husband of ten years, Christopher Morgan who works as a Broadway actor; the two tied the knot in a private ceremony on July 23, 2007.
Prior to that, she was in marriage with movie producer Jonathan Freeman from 1995 until 1995.
Does Kim Fields Have Any Children?
Yes, the actress and reality star has two children with her husband. Their first son named Sebastian Alexander Morgan was born in May of 2007; he was later seen for the first time in People Magazine. Six years later, she gave birth to her second son, Quincy Morgan at the age of forty four on December 3, 2013.
Where Did Kim Fields Go to College?
After graduating from Burbank High School in 1986, she attended Pepperdine University where she studied telecommunications. In 1990, she obtained her bachelor’s degree after which she did a few years of graduate studies.
Where Does Kim Fields Live? Pictures of Kim Field’s House
For many years, Kim Fields lived in a sizable home located in Atlanta- yes, the same one that was featured in The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Unfortunately for the star, it was later revealed that she had lost the property due to foreclosure.
We do not have any pictures of her home to share at the moment.
What Kind of Car does Kim Fields Drive?
Although the exact model is unknown, the star has been spotted driving a white SUV.
Kim Fields’ Career Accomplishments
Since she first made her TV debut as a child actress back in the late 70’s, Fields has accumulated several accolades. The winner of two Young Artist Awards for Best Young Comedienne (out of four nominations), she has also been nominated for a Black Reel Award (e.g. Best Supporting Actress), an Image Award (e.g. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series), and a TV Land Award.
Although Fields’ run on The Real Housewives of Atlanta (allegedly she had done it for the experience), she hasn’t left the show business altogether just yet. In fact, she will be co-starring in an upcoming drama film called, A Question of Faith (2017), that will center around three families and their journey to discovering God.