Keisha Knight Pulliam is an American actress best known for her role as Rudy Huxtable on The Cosby Show. Her acting career spans over three decades and she has amassed a net worth of $12 million over that time, virtually throughout acting and television appearances. A more detailed look at how she earned this fortune can be found below.
Her first job came when she was just nine months old when she appeared in a baby product commercial for Johnson & Johnson. She continued to appear in other commercials during the first years of her life. She had a role in Sesame Street which was her first television work experience. The money she would have received for this job would have gone to her parents until she was old enough to access it herself. The money she earned from her publicity work would have provided a solid foundation to increase her net worth.
The Cosby Show
She played Rudy Huxtable on The Cosby Show for 177 episodes. She was only five years old when she was offered this role. Despite her young age, she had incredible success in the role. Her biography on TV Guide states that in 1986 she became the youngest female actress to be nominated for an Emmy. She practically grew up on the show and that helped turn her into a household name. As the popularity of the show increased, it is likely that its revenue increased. The show ran for 8 seasons and she appeared in 177 episodes. Rudy’s character was originally intended to be a boy, and Bill Cosby had Jaleel White in mind for the role. Auditions were eventually opened up to girls as well, and that’s where Pulliam really impressed. She managed to completely change Cosby’s mind about playing the role as a boy, although he still insisted on keeping the name Rudy. The Cosby Show is considered one of the most successful television shows in United States history. Being part of this show as a kid really paved the way for Pulliam to have a successful acting career as an adult. She also appeared in three episodes of the spin-off show, A Different World. Those three episodes wouldn’t have made a huge difference to her net worth, but they did help keep her in the spotlight.
His first film role also came at a young age. It was becoming apparent at this point that she was a very talented child actress. She starred in The Last Dragon in 1985, when she was already part of The Cosby Show. She also starred in TV movies over the next few years, including Back To Next Saturday, which was a spin-off from The Cosby Show. After that, she took a nearly 20-year hiatus before the release of her next film Motives in 2004. During her career, she was involved in television work more than films. However, the fees she earned from these films will have added to her net worth. She probably earned more from movies that were shown in theaters compared to those that were shown on TV.
Payne’s House by Tyler Perry
She had a guest role on the first season of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne. She became part of the main cast from the third season. She told Grio that one of the reasons she is so proud being part of the show is that she likes to bring joy into people’s lives. She also acknowledges how lucky she is to have had two long-term roles throughout her career. Her role in House of Payne was just a guest role to begin with. Her character, Miranda, was popular with audiences, and it was felt that the relationship with Calvin could also be explored further. She was made a regular cast member starting in the third season. The show took an eight-year hiatus after season 8 ended in 2012. It returned in 2020 and since then seasons 9 through 11 have aired. It is likely that she will reprise her role as Miranda if the series is renewed for a 12th season.
She has made appearances on various reality TV shows. It could have had a pretty big impact on his overall net worth. It is likely that she would have been paid for her participation in these shows. One of the shows she appeared on was Celebrity Big Brother. She told E-Online that while she was in the house, she realized there were more important things in life than win the cash prize. When she was about to be evicted, she asked the other roommates to kick her out so she could go home to her daughter. When celebrities appear on reality TV shows, it often raises their public profile for a short time. This means they charge higher fees for interviews and television appearances. Pulliam has been able to take advantage of the exposure she has by participating in these reality shows to add to her overall net worth. The fact that she’s appeared on several of these types of shows suggests that it’s something she enjoys. If she appears in more reality TV shows in the future, it could help boost her net worth even further.