When Drew Carey was 18, he went on a cross-country trip from Ohio to California to visit his brother. He ended up homeless in Las Vegas for a time, selling his blood for extra cash. He slept in his car before eventually finding work as a bank teller and then a waiter at Denny’s.
Struggling to Succeed
But in 1995 his luck would change, that’s when “The Drew Carey Show” premiered on ABC. Carey initially earned $60,000 per episode in the first season, then renegotiated for $300,000. By the final season, he was earning $750,000 per episode. Carey appeared in every one of the 233 episodes over its nine-year run. Carey said about the hard times, “I wouldn’t have had this success if I didn’t struggle.”