Robert Carradine, best known for his role as Sam McGuire on the popular Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire, recently made headlines after receiving a residual check from Disney for a whopping $0.00. The news left many fans and fellow actors stunned, shedding light on the ongoing issues surrounding actors’ residuals and the aftermath of the SAG-AFTRA strike.
Actor Robert Carradine Exposes Disney’s Low Residuals
For those unfamiliar with Lizzie McGuire, it was a beloved TV show that aired on the Disney Channel from 2001 to 2004. The series followed the life of Lizzie McGuire, played by Hilary Duff, as she navigated the ups and downs of being a teenager. Robert Carradine played Sam McGuire, Lizzie’s lovable dad, and his portrayal of the character made him a favorite among viewers.
Despite only getting two seasons, Lizzie McGuire was a massive hit for Disney and continued to get reruns for the years to follow. Actors typically receive residuals for their work in TV shows, especially when their work is aired in reruns or distributed through streaming platforms. In Carradine’s case, however, the residual checks he earned were shockingly low. The actor posted a photo of a check from Disney that was for $0.00, captioning it, “Why we’re striking…”
Robert Carradine reveals a $0 residual that he once got from Disney for ‘LIZZIE MCGUIRE’. pic.twitter.com/sRvSwyHwiR
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) July 28, 2023
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The issue of Carradine receiving a $0.00 check highlights the ongoing struggle faced by many actors when it comes to residual payments. Carradine may not be the only actor affected, but his situation brings attention to the massive problem in the industry.
This news also comes while rumors of the Lizzie McGuire reboot still happening have been swirling. The cancellation happened after the showrunner, Terri Minsky, left the project after some major creative differences. Even if a reboot were to happen, Disney still wouldn’t be able to move forward until an agreement is settled with the talent unions.