Crystal the Monkey is one of the most prominent animal actors in modern Hollywood. The capuchin’s filmography is enough to make many human actors ask if she’d share the contact information for her agent. Crystal got her start in 1997, playing — what else — a baby monkey in “George of the Jungle.” She has since gone on to have many prominent, recognizable roles: the drunk money in “Dr. Dolittle 2”, the drug dealing monkey in “The Hangover Part II,” Dexter in the “Night at the Museum” series, and a recurring role as Annie’s Boobs on “Community.”
Being such a prominent actor commands a big salary, even for an animal. On at least one occasion, Crystal got paid more than her human co-stars.
In 2012, Crystal co-starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom “Animal Practice.” Crystal was a big part of the show’s marketing and ad push, far from just some no-name animal. Just before the show debuted, TV Guide released their annual list of the highest-paid TV stars. The fifth highest paid actor for a comedy series was Crystal, pulling in $12,000 per episode. The only performers paid more than here were Hollywood elite, stars of hit shows like “Two and a Half Men” and “Modern Family” — meaning that Crystal’s veteran co-stars like Justin Kirk, Bobby Lee, and Joanna García Swisher were paid less than a capuchin monkey.
In 2014, The Hollywood Reporter said that Crystal got $108,000 for her nine episodes of “Animal Practice,” more than double the $52,000 SAG-AFTRA cites as the industry average a human would receive. As such, there’s a decent chance that Crystal has gotten paid more than at least a few co-stars on several occasions.