John Paul Tremblay's Net Worth Might Surprise You

In most versions of history, a show like Trailer Park Boys would have run a season or three before fading into obscurity. The times we live in, however, have seen the originally low-key Canadian cable show rise from its underground cult classic beginnings to a bona-fide international sensation that has moved to Netflix, and (so far) lasted for a total of 12 seasons, as well as several movies and an animated spin-off series. 

The world just can't seem to get enough of Julian (John Paul Tremblay), Ricky (Robb Wells), Bubbles (Mike Smith), and the rest of Sunnyvale Trailer Park's colorful crew. Tremblay and the other main actors were all amateurs who just happened to be friends of series creator Mike Clattenburg. Tremblay has almost exclusively focused on his role as Julian for nearly two decades, so he's virtually indistinguishable from the broke, hustling small-time criminal. Tremblay does have a life outside the series, however, and his personal finances are in considerably better condition than Julian's. In fact, John Paul Tremblay's net worth might very well surprise you.

From no-budget wonder to millionaire

It's always difficult to gauge the finances of a well-known actor, particularly one as DIY as John Paul Tremblay. On one hand, Trailer Park Boys is a famously grassroots operation that remained a small-scale underground hit for years and years. On the other, Tremblay is part of the main cast in a long-running hit comedy show. Perhaps fittingly, the actor's net worth appears to be somewhere between the poverty line of his famous character and the tens of millions your average actor in a 12-season hit show might be worth. According to wealth estimation site Celebrity Net Worth, Tremblay's earthly possessions amount to $2 million. 

In 2014, Tremblay explained the show's early finances in a post on a fan forum (via Reddit), as a response to a fellow Trailer Park Boys actor's comments about the show's meager wages. He says that TPB started out and continues to be a passion project, and that he actually used to own a chain of pizza restaurants before selling them to focus on the show's punishing production and promotion schedule where some years, the pay amounted to "pennies an hour." He also noted that while they were eventually able to hire a manager and start capitalizing on their success, there's simply not as much money in being a Canadian cult TV favorite as one would assume. Fortunately, the show's international success in recent years means that Tremblay's sacrifices weren't in vain.