Updated: 12/18/2016 02:28 PM | First Published: 12/18/2016 11:03 AM

Tom Bergeron's career: from a street mime to a $12 million net worth

Tom worked as a street mime for few years. In retrospect, he says, the mime job sharpened his sense of humor and increased his self-awareness. He gave credits to his “mime years” in his autobiography - I'm Hosting as Fast as I Can! Zen and the Art of Staying Sane in Hollywood.

Tom started as a correspondent at WBZ-TV. In 1994, he joined the FX Network, as a host of Fox After Breakfast. At the same time, he made regular appearances in Good Morning, The Early Show and Supper Club for Planet Green. What made Tom popular, however, was the 1998 game show - Hollywood Squares.

Tom hosted Hollywood Squares across five seasons, from 1998 to 2004. Since the game series was not strictly scripted, turns of events and game dynamics required a versatile host. Tom in every sense was determined to entertain his audiences. He possesses an energetic on-screen vibe. He went on to host 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards College Television Awards Gala and Miss America Pageant.

Not only that, Tom is also popular for America's Funniest Home Videos (AFV). AFV  was an ABC reality show that broadcasted compiled videos of hilarious home accidents and practical jokes. If you are having a bad day at work, make sure to watch the program’s YouTube compilation. After all, it is never healthy to go to bed sad and/or angry! From his fruitful career in television, Tom has accumulated a net worth of $12 million dollars.

Equally important, Tom is a big time philanthropist. He is an avid volunteer seen participating in varied charity events. He was awarded the March of Dimes Special President's Award for exceptional volunteering ethics.