How much is William Shatner worth?

Net Worth:$100 Million
Profession:Professional Actor
Date of Birth:March 22, 1931
1.77 m

From his Captain Kirk Star Trek days to star of $#*! My Dad Says no matter what William Shatner says, we’re listening.

Who Is William Shatner

William Shatner is an everyday fixture in American homes due to his gig hawking discount hotels for Priceline. But don’t let his killer salesman chops fool you; Shatner boasts an impressive 50-year resume that includes Shakespearean actor, sci-fi novelist, Emmy winner and, of course, Captain of the USS Enterprise.  

Canadian actor William Shatner has a net worth of $100 million dollars, as of 2020.

Theatrical Beginnings

William Alan Shatner was born on March 22, 1931 in Montreal, Quebec to his father, Joseph, a clothing manufacturer, and his mother, Anne. But young William didn’t follow in daddy’s footsteps. When he was six, he began acting at summer camp. William’s passion for acting followed him but his father’s lack of encouragement for the profession led him to McGill University where he studied economics.  

William stole time away from his studies and continued to hone his craft when he began acting on CBS Radio. He later managed to pull together his business mind and his acting talents when he began managing a playhouse after graduation. But Shatner’s love of the stage soon won out and he joined the Canadian National Repertory Theatre in Ottawa. From there he moved on to Shakespeare at the Stratford Festival, and it wasn’t long before he made his Broadway debut in 1956.  

Moderate Success

After appearing in several Broadway productions and landing some bit parts on a variety of TV series, William got his big break in 1958 when he starred in MGM’s The Brothers Karamazov. He followed his performance up with TV roles on The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Outlaws and Thriller, but Shatner was discouraged by the lack of major film roles coming his way. In the 1960s, he took parts in ultimately poorly reviewed films, which gave him the reputation of a working but forgettable actor who could be booked for cheap.  

Shatner’s luck seemed to turn around in 1966 when he was offered the role of a lifetime—Captain Kirk on the sci-fi series Star Trek. Alas, the show only aired for three seasons and the early ’70s became a dark time for William. He had difficulty finding work and made appearances on game shows and commercials to support his family.  

Mainstream Fame

But when Star Trek entered syndication and the mega-hit film Star Wars conquered the box office, Shatner became an instant pop culture icon and gained a loyal following of “Trekkies.” Star Trek: The Motion Picture was released in 1979 and William reprised the role of Kirk for six more films until his character’s death in 1994’s Star Trek Generations. Shatner had no trouble finding work during his Trek reign, and after Kirk’s death he kept busy by appearing in films like Trekkies, Galaxy Quest, Miss Congeniality and Dodgeball. From 2004-2008 he earned rave reviews for his portrayal of Denny Crane on Boston Legal, a role that earned William an Emmy and Golden Globe award.  

It wasn’t long before Shatner was back on TV—in 2010 he landed the leading role in $#*! My Dad Says, but the show was critically panned and cancelled midway through its first season. In addition to his acting work, Shatner has found success as a spokesperson, most notably for the online travel company Priceline. William has reportedly earned upwards of $600 million for the hotel hawking gig. He has also recorded a number of highly criticized albums and penned several Star Trek books.  

Family Life And Personal Tragedy

Shatner married his first wife, Gloria Rand, in 1956 and the couple had three children before divorcing in 1969. William found love a second time with actress Marcy Lafferty, whom he married in 1973, but they too divorced in the mid ’90s. It seemed the third time might be a charm in 1997 when William gave marriage another go with model Nerine Kidd, but their marital bliss was cut short when she died in the couple’s swimming pool at age 40. Kidd had struggled with alcohol addiction for years and both alcohol and Valium were found in her system after her death. William, himself, discovered his wife’s body and has spoken publicly about the tragedy.  

William’s fourth and current wife is horse trainer Elizabeth Martin. Martin, who had also been widowed, bonded with William over their mutual love of horses, before the couple married in 2001.

Defining Quote “People view life with some sardonic humor, or with tragic consequences. I’m on the far side of the irony of life.”

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