Pauley Perrette Net Worth

Pauley Perrette (born March 27, 1969) is a former American actress and singer. Noted for playing Abby Sciuto in the U.S. TV police procedural series NCIS from 2003 – 2018.

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Pauley Perrette Net Worth

Pauley Perrette has a net worth of $22 million. She is also known for her vocal support for civil rights organizations, LGBT rights, and other organizations.

Early Life

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana Perrette was raised across different states of the southern United States. Living over the years in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, New Jersey, and California.

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She studied criminal justice at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia, subsequently went to John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. While in New York she got into a variety of odd jobs including bartending, flyer distributor even as a cook to foot her bills.


Perrette once revealed initially she wanted to work for animals, be in a rock and roll band, or be an FBI agent. Her acting began with bit parts and guest appearances, after she met an advertising agency director through a friend in New York, prompting her to move to Los Angeles. Initially, she was seen in the TV series Frasier and 24.

She played Alice Cramer, in the second season of Special Unit ( 2001). Following this Perrette bagged the most notable role of her career: Abby Scuito in NCIS. Based on real Naval Criminal Investigative Service, it’s one of the longest-running scripted shows in America. Perrette first made an appearance in two episodes of JAG (2003), which served as a backdoor pilot for the character. Subsequently, as Abby in two episodes NCIS: Los Angeles (2009), in NCIS: New Orleans (in 2014,16) each.

TV Guide reported on October 4, 2017, that Perrette would leave the series after the 15th season, making a final appearance in the episode “Two Step Back”.In 2020, Perrette was seen playing the lead as Jackie in the CBS sitcom Broke. Perrette was quoted saying the sitcom changed her life. On July 7, 2020, she announced her plan of retiring from acting.

Alongside being an actor, Perrette is also a poet, author, photographer, spoken word artist, and also vociferous advocate of civil liberties. She has produced a documentary Entitled Citizens Lane (2013) on U.S. civil rights attorney Mark Lane.

Perrette also had a go in music being the lead singer of all-female band Lo-Ball, based out of Los Angeles. Over the years Lo-Ball songs appeared in movies, and Perrette has been seen in music videos for different bands and artists. She also recorded a song “Fear” for NCIS: The Official TV Soundtrack, which featured in season 6 episode 25.

Some of her works include The Price of Kissing (1997), Hand on Pump (1998), Almost Famous (2000), My First Mister (2001), The Ring (2002), The Singularity Is Near (2008), Satan Hates You (2010), etc.

Personal Life

Perrette’s marriage with Coyote Shivers, Canadian actor-musician lasted 4 years (2000-04), with divorce finalizing later in 2006. Shivers allegedly assaulted Perrette mentally, physically, and sexually during and after marriage.

She was in a relationship with cameraman Michael Bosman for four years, got engaged but, didn’t marry rather went on a public campaign against the 2008 California proposition 8 and waited until same-sex marriages were legalized in California in June 2008. After splitting with Bosman, Perrette dated former British Royal Marine Thomas Arklie and announced her engagement with him in December 2011.

In 2004, Perrette worked with America’s Most Wanted. In 2014, she was hospitalized after hair coloring for her character’s trademark ink-black hair caused “a severe allergic reaction”.

In 2015, outside her Hollywood Hills home, she was assaulted by a homeless man. Perrette once said she left NCIS due to multiple physical assault incidents and also that she was terrified of her former co-star Mark Harmon.

She has been involved and supportive of multiple charitable organizations, like the American Red Cross, animal rescue, civil rights, LGBTQ organizations. She also co-owns a bakery named after her mother, Donna Bells Bake Shop, in Manhattan, New York City.

Although Perrette’s salary never was constant, she once reportedly earned around $200,000 per episode. Indicating at one point her annual income was $8.5 million.

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Some of her works include The Price of Kissing (1997), Hand on Pump (1998), Almost Famous (2000), My First Mister (2001), The Ring (2002), The Singularity Is Near (2008), Satan Hates You (2010), etc.


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