No matter how many years pass, we still can’t get over The O.C. The predecessor of Gossip Girl, The O.C. paved the way for angsty teen dramas about super rich and privileged kids. It’s been over a decade since the final episode aired, but we remember all the drama as if it happened yesterday.
The actors of the show have since moved onto other things, some of them landing roles on other hit shows and others settling down to start families. We did some research and found out what the gang is up to these days and what their net worth is. Check it out below!
10 Ben McKenzie: $13 Million
Ben McKenzie starred as the moody yet loyal Ryan Atwood, a troubled teen from Chino who hits the jackpot when he’s invited to live with the super wealthy Cohen family in Orange County. The O.C. plot line mainly follows Ryan’s journey, whether he’s breaking the rules at high school or ditching college to avenge Marissa Cooper’s death.
9 Adam Brody: $12 Million
Although you could argue that Ryan Atwood is the main star of the show, there’s no denying that Seth Cohen steals the spotlight most of the time. With his lightning-fast wit and his undeniable dorky charm, Seth Cohen literally ruined the relationship expectations for a whole generation of teenage girls.
Of course, Seth was portrayed by Adam Brody, who has a net worth of approximately $12 million. Since the show finished, Brody wed fellow teen drama star Leighton Meester, who played Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl. They also share a daughter together!
8 Mischa Barton: $1-3 Million
Mischa Barton devastated fans all around the world when she left the show after the third season. Her departure would have been the shock of the century, had she not accidentally spoiled it a few days prior. Marissa Cooper is a bit of a lost cause from the beginning to the end, no matter how much Ryan tries to help her. She’s just attracted to situations that are terrible for her.
According to Cheat Sheet, it’s estimated that Barton has a net worth of between $1-3 million in 2019.
7 Rachel Bilson: $16 Million
We’re pretty sure that the writers intended for Ryan and Marissa to be the favorite relationship on the show, but thanks to their undeniable chemistry, audiences were drawn to Seth and Summer. Even though they get off to a rocky start and go through a few rough patches, they are meant to be together. We waited four seasons to watch Summer walk down that aisle!
After playing Summer Roberts, and going on to star in the series Hart of Dixie, Rachel Bilson accumulated a net worth of $16 million.
6 Peter Gallagher: $8 Million
Peter Gallagher brought everybody’s favorite TV dad to life, and we’re forever indebted to him. Seriously, who doesn’t wish that Sandy Cohen was their dad? He is the perfect father figure and both Seth and Ryan and super lucky to be able to call him their dad.
This role was played beautifully by Peter Gallagher, who was one of the reasons that viewers kept tuning in every week. Celebrity Net Worth states that the actor is worth $8 million. He has a ton of other acting credits under is belt, including a supporting role in the dance flick Center Stage.
5 Kelly Rowan: $25 Million
If Sandy Cohen is the perfect father, then Kirsten Cohen is the perfect mother. Yes, she makes mistakes. Yes, she likes her Chardonnay. But when your father is Caleb Nichol, sometimes a girl has no choice! Even after all this time, we still think about how much we love Kirsten Cohen, and how grateful we are to Kelly Rowan for making her so real.
Speaking of real, Rowan has a net worth of $25 million in 2019, which is probably similar to what Kirsten would be worth on the show.
4 Melinda Clarke: $3 Million
Kirsten Cohen may be the perfect mom, but Julie Cooper is all the more interesting because she’s not perfect. She’s so deeply flawed that we can’t help but empathize with her. At the beginning of the series, she’s clearly the villain hell bent on keeping Ryan and Marissa apart. But by the end, we kind of wish she was our mom.
Melinda Clarke, who portrayed Julie Cooper, has a net worth of $3 million. Although she’s had other acting credits, she remains the best-known for her work on The O.C.
3 Tate Donovan: $5 Million
Tate Donovan played Julie Cooper’s loveable yet naïve husband, Jimmy Cooper. Out of all the characters on the show, Jimmy tends to make the most mistakes and his mistakes always seem to have the biggest consequences. But he keeps things interesting! Especially with his secret feelings for Kirsten.
In 2019, Donovan has a net worth of about $5 million. He has gone on to star in other successful television projects and is something of a legend amongst Disney fans for voicing the hero Hercules back in 1997.
2 Autumn Reeser: $3 Million
Some people hate the character of Taylor Townsend, but we can’t help but love her. After Ryan spends so much time chasing after the train wreck that is Marissa Cooper (sorry, but not sorry), he deserves someone who has their life together. Even if Taylor starts out as a preppy and annoying villain, we love her by the end.
Taylor was portrayed by Autumn Reeser, who has a net worth of approximately $3 million. Aside from her work on The O.C., she is known for playing Lizzie Grant on HBO’s Entourageand Leslie Bellcamp on The Arrangement.
1 Alan Dale: $8 Million
The O.C. is full of wealthy characters—plus a few who lose everything. But the richest of them all might just be Caleb Nichol, Kirsten’s villainous father who could never accept Sandy and seems to be missing a heart. Caleb is your average money-hungry businessman void of morals, but he does make the storylines juicier, especially with his impromptu marriage to Julie Cooper.
The New Zealand-born actor Alan Dale portrays Caleb Nichol, and he has quite an impressive net worth too. Although it’s not quite the same amount that the mogul Caleb might have in his bank account, Dale has a net worth of $8 million.