TV dads getting richer

NEEDHAM, Mass., June 19 (UPI) -- An analysis of by finds U.S. TV dads are working in more prosperous professions than the TV dads of the Golden Age of television.

In honor of Father's Day,'s compensation experts took a sampling of 60 TV fathers from the most popular television shows from the past six decades, identified their job and calculated their pay in 2005 dollars.


The highest-paid TV dad of all time was oil man Blake Carrington of "Dynasty" at $856,515 a year; followed closely by J.R. "Jock" Ewing, Sr., also an oil man, of "Dallas" at $838,569; and Phillip Drummond, president of a company, of "Diff'rent Strokes" at $720,600.

"Falcon Crest's" Chase Gioberti, who owned a California vineyard, had a yearly salary of $677,487; dry cleaning chain owner George Jefferson made $555,702 a year, while Michael Bluth of "Arrested Development" made $527,000 and Jed Barlet, the president on "West Wing" made 400,000

Although Sheriff Andy Taylor of "The Andy Griffith" would make $84,019 today, insurance agent Jim Anderson of "Father Knows Best" which ran from 1954 to 1969 would make $38,790.


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