Who is Ed Kowalczyk? Net Worth, Age, Wikipedia, Family, Biography

Ted Kowalczyk Wiki Biography

Edward Joel Kowalczyk was born on the 16th July 1971, in York, Pennsylvania USA, and is a musician, guitarist, singer and songwriter, but probably best known to the world as one of the founding members of the rock band Live, with which he released eight studio albums, including “Throwing Copper” (1994), before he left the band to start his own solo career. Ed’s career started in 1984.

Have you ever wondered how rich Ed Kowalczyk is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Kowalczyk’s net worth is as high as $8 million, earned through his successful career in the music industry.

Ed Kowalczyk Net Worth $8 Million

Ed is of Polish ancestry and has a younger brother, Adam, who is also a musician and would often perform as an opening act for Ed and Live, with his own band Portion. Ed went to William Penn Senior High School, where he had met his future bandmates, Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey, who already played as a trio under the name Action Front. They then went through several name changes, and settled for Public Affection, and under that name recorded a demo tape entitled “The Death of a Dictionary”. Soon they recorded the EP “Divided Mind, Divided Planet” (1990), produced by Jay Healy. Little by little their name became known, and the group started performing regularly at CBGB in New York City, and in no time signed a recording contract with the Radioactive Records.

Their first album for Radioactive Records came out in 1991, entitled “Mental Jewelry”, which achieved platinum status in the USA, increasing Ed’s net worth and encouraging him and the rest of the members to continue to produce music.

Just three years later they released “Throwing Copper”, which became their best album, since it topped the charts in several countries, including the US and Australia, while it also achieved eight times platinum status in USA, Australia and seven times platinum in Canada. They continued in the same rhythm, releasing albums “Secret Samadhi” (1997), which also topped the US Billboard 200 chart, and “The Distance to Here” (1999), which was also platinum certified, increasing Ed’s net worth by a large margin.

Before Ed’s departure, they released three more albums, but their popularity began to decline, however “Birds of Pray” (2003) still achieved platinum status, and “Songs from Black Mountain”, reached gold certification.

Ed then left to launch a solo career, and released two studio albums – “Alive” (2010), “The Flood and The Mercy” (2012), and also an EP “The Garden” in 2012, which also improved his wealth.
Most recently, Ed returned to Live in late 2016, and the group is currently on tour.

Regarding his personal life, Ed has been married to Erin Broderick since 1997; the couple has four children.

Full Name Ed Kowalczyk
Net Worth $8 Million
Date Of Birth July 16, 1971
Place Of Birth York, Pennsylvania, United States
Height 1.77 m
Profession Musician
Education William Penn Senior High School
Nationality American
Spouse ‎Erin Broderick Kowalczyk
Children Cecilia Kowalczyk
Siblings Adam Kowalczyk
Music Groups Live (1984 – 2009)
Movies Fight Club
1 Bald head
1 Former lead singer for the band Live. He went solo in 2009 after the band split.


Title Year Status Character
Twisted 2014 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Killing Bono 2011 performer: “Great Beyond” / writer: “Great Beyond”
Zack and Miri Make a Porno 2008 writer: “Hold Me Up” – as Ed Kowalzyk
Australian Idol 2007 TV Series writer – 1 episode
One Tree Hill 2007 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Lots of Ice and a Little Bit of Water 2006 writer: “Sun”
Plauto, recuerdo distorsionado de un tonto eventual 2004 “Operation Spirit The Tyranny of Tradition”
Live: Pinkpop Festival 2002 2003 Video short lyrics: “Selling the Drama”, “White, Discussion” / writer: “Voodoo Lady”, “Nobody Knows”
Roswell 2002 TV Series performer – 1 episode
The Fast and the Furious 2001 writer: “Deep Enough” – as Ed Kowalczyk
The Mummy Returns 2001 writer: “Forever May Not Be Long Enough” – as Ed Kowalczyk
Urban Legends: Final Cut 2000 writer: “Dolphin’s Cry”
Playing by Heart 1998 performer: “Walk into This Room” 1998 / writer: “Walk into This Room” 1998
Virtuosity 1995 “White Discussion”
In the Army Now 1994 writer: “The Dam At Otter Creek”


Title Year Status Character
Live: Live at the Paradiso 2008 Video Edward Kowalczyk
Fight Club 1999 Waiter at Clifton’s


Title Year Status Character
Anonymity: The History of Straight, Incorporated 2010 very special thanks


Title Year Status Character
The Merge 2010 TV Series Himself
Yes We Can 2008 Video short Himself
100 Greatest Songs of the 90s 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself (as Ed Kowalczyk)
Howard Stern on Demand 2006 TV Series Himself
I Hear Trio 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Top of the Pops NL 2003 TV Series Himself
Live: Pinkpop Festival 2002 2003 Video short Himself (as Live)
American Masters 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Howard Stern 1997-2000 TV Series Himself
The Howard Stern Radio Show 2000 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Title Year Status Character
Top of the Pops NL 2003 TV Series Himself