American actor Billy Gardell didn’t work on-screen professionally until he turned 31 & proved that success doesn’t define the age bar. Currently, Gardell portrays the lead Robert “Bob” Wheeler in the TV sitcom Bob Hearts Abishola (2019- Now). The Pennsylvania native started with guest roles then saw himself as a recurring cast before wide recognition as the lead Mike Biggs, a Chicago police officer in Mike & Molly (2010-16).
Over a course of 2 decades since turning professional in 2000, he appeared in many TV shows: Yes, Dear, Heist, My Name Is Earl, Sullivan & Son and Sun Records.
Raised By Mother After Parents Divorced- Billy Gardell’s Age and Height?
Gardell, whose birth name is William R. Gardell was born on August 20, 1969, in Swissvale, Pennsylvania, the USA. Although Billy barely shares the identity of his family members, the American actor states that his parents divorced when he was young.
As a result, the Yes, Dear star moved to Florida with his mother & younger siblings, where he would attend Winter Park High School.
As of December 2021, the 5 feet 11 inches tall actor (180 cm) is 52 years old.
Made TV Debut At His 30s- Breakthrough From ‘Mike & Molly’
Ironically in this world of rush, it’s never too late to start anything & seems actor Gardell is one of the exemplary figures. Firstly, a stand-up comedian, Billy tried out his hands in acting & made his TV debut in 2000 through The King of Queens and Judging Amy, at the age of 31.
Then from 2001 to 2006, he appeared as a recurring cast Billy Colavita in Yes, Dear; he also earned recurring roles in Lucky, The Practice, Quintuplets, & My Name Is Earl during that time frame.
Although Gardell’s first-ever main role was in the TV series Heist (2006), his breakthrough actually came with the portrayal of Mike Biggs in Mike & Molly (2010-16, 6 seasons).
Then, he worked in TV series: Sullivan & Son (2012-14), New Girl (2016), Sun Records (2017), and Young Sheldon (2018-19). Aside from small screens, the Monopoly Millionaires’ Club host worked in supporting roles in the films: Bad Santa (2003), Room 6 (2006), Jersey Boys (2014), Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017).
What Is Billy Gardell Doing Now?
Since 2019, Gardell portrays Robert “Bob” Wheeler, a middle-aged compression sock businessman, in Chuck Lorre’s TV sitcom Bob Hearts Abishola. The story is a love journey of Billy’s character who falls for a Cardiac nurse, portrayed by Folake Olowofoyeku and tries to get her sights on.
Already with 47 episodes, its 3rd season premiered on September 20, 2021, & stars Christine Ebersole, Matt Jones & Gina Yashere.
As per IMDB, the American actor is working in the upcoming film The Italy Boys (under pre-production).
Did you know? Before acting, Billy worked as a stand-up comedian at a local comedy club, Bonkerz, after the support of his father & grandmother. But that’s not the only thing he did, the future American TV star worked at a department store warehouse at 15 and then cleaned bathrooms & answered calls in a local club during the late 80s.
Net Worth Of ‘Mike & Molly’ Actor Billy Gardell
Currently, in his 50s, Gardell’s transition from comedian to actor earned him the perks of a millionaire. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Billy has an estimated net worth of $10 million as of late 2021. No doubt, his major income source is acting but “how much he earns?” is often a topic of curiosity.
Allegedly, the ‘Mike & Molly’ star attracted tens of thousand dollars per episode from the TV sitcom & now averages a high 6-digit figure payroll annually from ‘Bob Hearts Abishola’. Prior to acting, he had stints as a stand-up comedian for a few years.
In addition to that, he aids his fortune growth through TV ads appearances as well. Reportedly, he is a commercial spokesperson for Round Table Pizza. Since March 2021, Billy Gardell appears in Novo Nordisk’s commercial for A1C medication Ozempic (for Type 2 diabetes) & possibly pockets a decent sum.
In the United States, the average salary of an actor is $57,000 (can go higher accordingly with talent, project & fame). While a stand-up comedian earns in the range of $16,640 to $74,880.
Who Is Gardell Married To? Wife, Kids & Other Details On Personal Life!
The Bob Hearts Abishola actor is married & currently enjoys a decade-long blissful relationship with his wife Patty Gardell. As reported, they couple exchanged vows on September 30, 2001, in a low-key wedding ceremony. Moreover, they are tight-lipped about their courtship.
The American actor is not active on Instagram but actively uses Twitter. His Twitter handle (@BillyGardell) has over 50.8K followers, where he shares pictures with his wife.
On a Twitter post of mid-May 2016, he posted a picture with his wife which read “My true award in life is being married to Patty!”
Together, the duo is parents to a son named William III, born in 2003 (18 years old as of 2021). An avid NFL fan, especially of Pittsburgh Steelers, Billy confirmed that his favorite player is Jack Lambert, while his son’s favorite is former Steeler Hines Ward.
Reportedly, back in 2019, Gardell was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Moreover, he used to struggle with weight loss; once weighed 350 lbs. Now, with a change in eating habits & property dietary, he weighs around 202 lbs.