Dan Harmon has a $15 million net worth as an American writer, actor, director, and producer. Harmon’s most well-known works include the NBC sitcom “Community” (2009–2015) and the Adult Swim animated series “Rick and Morty” (2013–present).
Dan produced the 2014 documentary “Harmontown” and hosted the podcast “Harmontown” from 2012 to 2019. He wrote for the films “Monster House” and “The Sarah Silverman Program” (2007–2010), “Great Minds with Dan Harmon” (2016), “HarmonQuest” (2016–2019), “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return” (2017), as well as the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, 2008 Spike Video Game Awards, and The 81st Annual Academy Awards” (2009). Harmon directed episodes of “Harmontown” as well as “Computerman” (2003), “Laser Fart” (2004–2005), “The Most Extraordinary Space Investigations” (2005), “Acceptable TV” (2007), “ChooseYourOwnSelectAVision.TV” (2007), and “Water and Power” (2008–2009), all of which he also created and produced. Dan has acted in the films “Knight of Cups” (2015) and “Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss” (2018), as well as the television shows “Tenacious D” (2006), “Arrested Development” (2013), and “Dr. Ken” (2017). Dan’s book “You’ll Be Perfect When You’re Dead” was released in 2013.
Dan Harmon was born Daniel James Harmon in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on January 3, 1973. He graduated from Brown Deer High School and enrolled at Glendale Community College in California, where he was inspired to write “Community.”
Harmon and Rob Schrab were members of the Milwaukee improv comedy group ComedySportz early in their careers, and their album “Take Down the Grand Master” was released in 1996. “Heat Vision and Jack,” directed by Ben Stiller and starring Jack Black and Owen Wilson, had Dan and Rob co-write the pilot in 1999. Despite ordering the pilot, Fox declined to order the series. Harmon reunited with Black for the web series “Computerman,” which he created and starred in in 2003, and with Schrab in 2007 for “Acceptable.TV” and “The Sarah Silverman Program” “The Sarah Silverman Program” aired on Comedy Central for 32 episodes and received Primetime Emmy, GLAAD Media Award, and Writers Guild of America Award nominations. Dan then created “Community,” which aired 110 episodes over six seasons and starred Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, and Chevy Chase. Harmon was fired from “Community” in May 2012 due to “creative conflicts” between Harmon and executive producers, but he was rehired in June 2013.
Dan co-founded Starburns Industries in 2010, which went on to produce an Emmy-winning stop-motion episode of “Community” as well as “Rick and Morty” and the Adult Swim series “Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole” (2010–2012). In 2011, he started hosting “Harmontown,” a live podcast/comedy show at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood. The show began as a Feral Audio podcast in mid-2012, then moved to Starburns Audio in 2018. “Rick and Morty,” which Harmon and Justin Roiland co-created in 2013, has won two Primetime Emmys for Outstanding Animated Program. Dan also appears in the series as Bird Person. Harmon and Evan Katz announced in July 2017 that they would adapt Kurt Vonnegut’s 1959 novel “The Sirens of Titan” into a TV series, and Fox greenlit Dan’s Ancient Greece-set animated comedy series “Krapopolis.” in early 2021.
Dan’s research of Abed’s traits led Harmon to believe he might have Asperger syndrome in 2011, while he was writing the “Community” character Abed. Dan discovered that he was on the spectrum after consulting a doctor. Harmon proposed to Erin McGathy in December 2013. On November 15, 2014, they married and divorced the following year. Dan and Cody Heller started dating in 2016, and Heller proposed in January 2019. Harmon and Megan Ganz, a former “Community” writer, had a Twitter conversation in early 2018 in which Dan admitted to mistreating her while she worked on the show. He stated, “I’m filled with remorse and hazy memories of abusing my power and treating you like garbage. If you told me there was a way to fix it, I would be relieved. I’ll hand over control to you. Until then, at least I know I was a terrible boss and a spoiled brat.” Harmon later apologised on “Harmontown,” detailing how he made sexual advances toward Ganz and mistreated her after she declined his advances. Megan graciously accepted his apology, describing it as a “masterclass in how to apologise.”
Dan received backlash in July 2018 after a 2009 comedy skit was resurfaced. Harmon acted out sexual assault against a baby in the video “Daryl,” which was a “Dexter” parody. Dan expressed regret, saying, “In 2009, I created a ‘pilot’ that attempted to parody Dexter but only succeeded in offending. I quickly realised the video’s content was far too offensive and removed it immediately. Nobody should ever have to see what you saw, and I apologise for that.” 4chan users are said to have dug up the video in an attempt by the alt-right to smear liberal or leftist public figures.
Nominations and Awards
Harmon has been nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards, winning Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for The 81st Annual Academy Awards (along with a nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special) and Outstanding Animated Program for “Rick and Morty” in 2018 and 2020. In 2012, Dan received a Gold Derby Award for Comedy Series and an Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Writing in a Comedy Series for “Community” as well as nominations from the Banff Television Festival (Best Sitcom) and the Hugo Awards (Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form) for the series. Harmon has also been nominated for Annie Awards for Best Writing in an Animated Feature Film and Voice Acting in a Television Production for “Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole” (2007). (2012).
Harmon paid $3.6 million for a 6,168-square-foot home in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley in 2019. The house, which was previously owned by actress Mimi Rogers, has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and a Mediterranean-style pool.