What Is Bitty Schram Net Worth and Why Did He Leave Monk?

Bitty Schram’s net worth is estimated at $3 million. Bitty Schram was born on 17th of July 1968, and she is a 55 year-old American stage, TV, and film actress with a rose to fame through her role in Monk, a very popular American comedy and drama detective TV series.

One could not talk about Monk without remembering Bitty Schram, the lead of the series who many came to like for her acting prowess and ingenuity. She was, however, later written out of the series for trying to renegotiate the terms of her contract.

Summary of Bitty Schram’s Biography

  • Full Name: Elizabeth Natalie Schram
  • Nickname: Bitty Schram
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: July 17, 1968
  • Bitty Schram’s Age: 55 year old
  • Place of Origin: Mountainside, New Jersey, U.S
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Nationality: American
  • Education: University of Maryland
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Bitty Schram’s Height in Inches: 5 feet 8 inches
  • Bitty Schram’s Height in Centimeters: 173 cm
  • Weight: 58 kg or 128 lbs
  • Bitty Schram’s Net Worth: $3 million

Who Is Bitty Schram?

Bitty was given the full name Elizabeth Natalie Schram at birth on the 17th of July 1968 in Mountainside, New Jersey. She belongs to the White American ethnicity and is the second child out of the four children of her parents. Her father who was a tennis player legally divorced her mother who was a banker when Bitty was barely 10 years old. Having followed in her father’s steps from a very young age, Bitty Schram went on a Tennis Scholarship at the University of Maryland where she obtained a degree in advertising design at graduation.

After school, however, she retraced her steps from both tennis and what she studied in school to pursue an entirely different passion in acting. She joined the Broadway Theater in the hope of building a career and worked on for several plays which further sharpened her acting skills.

The Sources of Bitty Schram’s Net Worth

During the very active years of her acting career, Bitty Schram earned a good salary as a TV star and eventually as a film actress. Her accumulated net worth has been pegged at $3 million. She is still active in the industry, albeit not as active as she used to be.

Acting Career Contributed Largely to Bitty Schram’s Net Worth

Kicking off her acting career in theater, she featured in a minor role as Terry in the crime drama film Fathers & Sons (1992) alongside actors Rory Cochrane, Jeff Goldblum and Rosanna Arquette. Next, her popularity soared with a role A League of Their Own (1992), a movie directed by Penny Marshall. In the American sports comedy-drama, she played the famous role of Evelyn Gardner a right fielder of ‘Rockford Peaches’ baseball team.

In 1993, she featured as a Pharmacy clerk alongside actors Kevin Anderson, Annabella Sciorra, and Matthew Broderick in an American romantic movie titled The Night We Never Met. Her other movie credits of that year include My Family Treasure as young Alexandra that same year (1993) and as Helen in Neil Simon’s play Laughter on the 23rd Floor which was shown at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The play had 24 previews and ran for 320 performances that ended in 1994.

The following years were busy for Bitty Schram whose portfolio of movie appearances only seemed to be on the rise. She appeared in Long Island Fever (1995), The Pallbearer (1996) as Lauren, One Fine Day (1996) as Marla and much more. On Tv, she has credits in such series as G vs E, Strong Medicine, Felicity, Unconditional Love, Destiny.

However, her breakthrough to prominence happened when she was cast in the lead role for Monk where her character as Sharona Fleming, a typical nurse who is divorced and is raising her child alone in New Jersey.  The series aired for 8 seasons starting on 12 July 2002 and ending on 4 July 2009. Her outstanding work in the series saw her score nominations for the Best Actress of the comedy TV series at the 2004 Golden Globe Awards.

Why Did Bitty Schram Leave Monk?

The real reason she left was that some of the actors, herself included, had tried to renegotiate their pay cut and the terms of their contracts, but the network turned down their requests. Other actors who were involved in the saga are Ted Levine and Gray Stanford. She eventually returned to the show in season 8.

Bitty Schram, like most other celebrities, has maintained a certain level of confidential mum concerning her personal life. During her most active years in the industry, she did her best to stay focused on her career and built up her professionalism in the TV and entertainment industry. Because of how beloved her role on Monk was, it came as a shock to many when Bitty alongside other key actors left the show in the third season. However, the network explained this away by stating that they had chosen to go in a different creative direction.

How much did Bitty Schram make per episode on Monk?

The exact amount that Bitty Schram made per episode on Monk has not been publicly disclosed. However, it is reported that she was earning between $20,000 and $50,000 per episode during her initial run on the show. However, it is speculated that when she returned for the show’s final season in 2009, her salary may have been higher due to her increased popularity and the success of the show. However, the exact amount she made during the final season is not known.

Did Bitty Schram Regret Leaving Monk?

Bitty Schram has always been clear that she does not regret leaving the popular TV show, Monk. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she said that although it was a hard decision for her to make at the time, ultimately, it was the right choice for her career, although she did miss working with the cast and crew. She also said that she was proud of the work she had done on the show and that she was grateful for the experience.

She explained that while she loved playing Sharona Fleming, she wanted to explore other opportunities and push herself creatively. It appears that leaving Monk was an essential move for Bitty Schram’s success as an actress. She was ultimately replaced by Traylor Howard.


Rejoice Ohmar
Rejoice Ohmar
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