Real Name: Phil Swift
Salary Deal: Difficult to determine
The reason it’s tough to figure out how much Phil Swift is earning from his ads is he’s also the CEO of the company that makes Flex Seal. His net worth is currently ten million dollars, so things must be going well. Similar to Billy Mays, Phil Swift brings energy, bravado, and power tools to his demonstrations, which often has him repairing boats and hitting the water to prove his product’s efficacy.
With a loud shout and an obvious interest in proving that his products are worth your money, he’s becoming one of the most famous names when it comes to infomercials, despite sticking with his own products.
Jack's Wife for Jack in the Box
Real Name: Gillian Vigman
Salary Deal: Unknown
While Gillian Vigman isn't near the A-list, you've almost certainly seen her act. She's most recognizable as her role of “Jack's Wife” for a string of commercials for fast-food company Jack in the Box. She, as you might have guessed, acted as the wife to the company's mascot.
Her salary hasn't been divulged, but she's been in lots of other ad campaigns for Chase, DirectTV, Swiffer, Hanes, and plenty more. She's also been on the MADtv sketch series, and on the sitcom New Girl. She's also been in Step Brothers, The Hangover, and lots of other titles.
Professor Nathanial Burke for Farmers Insurance Group
Real Name: J.K. Simmons
Salary Deal: Unknown
We don't know how much famous actor J.K. Simmons earns by acting as this bespectacled professor for the Farmers Insurance Group, but we do know his net worth. It sits around twenty million dollars, so he must be doing pretty well for himself. There are good odds that you've seen a movie with Simmons in it, since the list includes the original three Spider-Man movies, Terminator: Genisys, and dozens more.
He's also given his voice to the video game Portal 2 as Cave Johnson, Gravity Falls as Stanford Pines, and The Legend of Korra as Tenzin. In his spare time, he acts for this insurance group.
Captain Obvious From Hotels.com
Real Name: Brandon Moynihan
Salary Deal: Estimated $180,000 per year
There are lots of recurring characters in TV ads these days, but one of the funnier faces is that of Captain Obvious. His quick wit and clever writing helped elevate the brand above just another website in the crowd. Brandon Moynihan gave the obvious statements of his character earth-quaking weight.
The character, complete with an elaborate costume, debuted in 2014, and Moynihan has been part of the character ever since. While this is Moynihan's only high-profile gig, he's estimated to be earning somewhere around two hundred thousand dollars a year to spout straight facts to help people find hotels at a cheaper price.
Billy Mays for Oxiclean
Real Name: Billy Mays
Salary Deal: Approximately one million per year
You know him, you love him, it's Billy Mays. Even if you weren't interested in OxiClean as a product, you might have turned into these half-hour infomercials just to sap some of the energy off of one of the most famous pitchmen in TV history. Mays ran a one-man production company, producing and starring in the ads himself to save costs. And that was important since each ad cost something like thirty thousand dollars to film.
But Mays was making it back and then some: at the time of his early death, his net worth was around ten million dollars, leading people to estimate that he was earning a million dollars a year to shill cleaning products and much more.