David E. Kelley is a well-known television writer and producer from the United States. David E. Kelly is a multi-millionaire with a net worth of $250 million. This is his and his wife, actress Michelle Pfeiffer’s, combined net worth. Since 1993, Michelle and David have been married. They share two children.
David belongs to a small number of people who have created shows for all four major American television networks: ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. He’s also produced shows for a number of popular streaming services. David E. Kelley has won 11 Emmy Awards and 4 Peabody Awards as of this writing. In 2014, Kelley was honored in the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame.
In April 1956, David Edward Kelley was born in Waterville, Maine. His father, Jack Kelley, is a member of the Hall of Fame of the United States Ice Hockey Association. He grew up in Belmont, Massachusetts, and graduated from Belmont High School.
He went to Princeton University after high school and received a bachelor’s degree in political science. He wrote a play based on the Bill of Rights for his senior thesis. Each amendment was a distinct personality.
He went on to Boston University Law School after Princeton to get his Juris Doctor. He was a member of the Legal Follies, a sketch comedy group with a legal theme, while in law school. He worked for a Boston law company after law school, handling real estate and small criminal cases.
Kelley, at 27 years old, began writing a legal thriller as a side project in 1983. He transformed the story into a screenplay, which was picked up by film producers and produced into the Judd Nelson picture “From the Hip” in 1987.
Producer Steven Bochco was looking for bright young legal writers for a new NBC series called “L.A. Law” in 1986. Bochco offered David a staff writer role on the show after reading his From the Hip script. David was hesitant to leave his law career at first, fearing that his excursion into TV writing would be short-lived.
David E. Kelley had been elevated to story editor and co-producer by the show’s second season. By 1989, he had risen to the position of executive producer. Kelley got two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series for his work on L.A. Law.
“Dougie Houser, M.D.” was created by Bochco and Kelley in 1992. They co-founded David E. Kelley Productions in the same year, which rapidly earned a deal with CBS television.
“Picket Fences,” David E. Kelley Productions’ debut series, ran 88 episodes over four seasons. Picket Fences won 14 Emmys.
He created the CBS sitcom “Chicago Hope” in 1994, which lasted six seasons and 141 episodes.
David’s contract with CBS expired in 1995, and he accepted a new, larger contract with 20th Century Fox. “The Practice” and “Ally McBeal” were the first two Fox ventures. On ABC, The Practice broadcast 168 episodes over the course of eight seasons. Over the course of five seasons, Fox broadcasted 112 episodes of Ally McBeal.
He produced “Boston Public” in 2000, which ran for four seasons and broadcast 81 episodes. In 2004, he created “Boston Legal,” which ran for five seasons and broadcast 101 episodes.
David departed Fox in 2008 to join Warner Bros. Television as a producer.
He created the Amazon Studios series “Goliath” in 2015 and the critically praised HBO drama “Big Little Lies” in 2017.
After being matched up on a blind date, David started dating actress Michelle Pfeiffer in January 1993. Michelle had begun legal adoption proceedings before meeting David. Michelle adopted Claudia Rose, a baby child, two months into their relationship. In November of 1993, David and Michelle tied the knot. Michelle gave birth to a baby named John Henry in August of 1994.
Michelle and David have a worldwide real estate portfolio. They’ve held a 340-acre oceanfront estate in a secluded wilderness section of British Columbia for at least a decade.
They allegedly spent more than $35 million on the land and the construction of a huge cabin hideaway. The property is so far away that it lacks a postal code. It can only be accessed by boat. They put this house on the market in October 2017 for $28 million.
They invested a total of $20.6 million on two lots in the San Francisco neighborhood of Woodside, totaling 8.7 acres, between 2004 and 2008. The house is 6,300 square feet. They listed it for $29 million in 2018 and sold it for $22 million in January 2020.
They paid $8.15 million for a property in Los Angeles’ Pacific Palisades in 2016. They paid $7.7 million for the house next door in September 2018, totaling $15.85 million.
They sold the first property for $9.1 million to Jim Crane, the Astros’ owner, in January 2020. At the same time, the second home was listed for $8.35 million. After a year, the price was reduced to $7.3 million.
Michelle and David purchased a beautiful mansion in the Pacific Palisades for $22.25 million in February 2020. They put the house on the market on July 9, 2021, and it reportedly sold in two weeks for the asking price.