William Shatner’s success has transcended beyond the hills of Hollywood. Aside from being a well-known producer, director and actor, he has written several books that have been read by his followers from all over the world. How much is William Shatner’s net worth following his multimedia popularity?
William Shatner was born on March 22, 1931 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. In 1951, Shatner made his film debut in Butler’s Night Off. In 1954, he played different roles at the Stratford Festival. Shatner was part of a well-known and televised production of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, Shakespeare’s Henry V and he made his Broadway debut in Marlowe’s Tamburlaine the Great in 1956. In Alfred Hitchcock Presents third season (1957-1958) he appeared in an episode titled, The Glass Eye. In December of 1958 he was cast in a live television production called The Christmas Tree. In 1959, he appeared in the Broadway production, The World of Suzie Wong. Succeeding television appearances include Outlaws, Thriller, The Twilight Zone, Channing, The Outer Limits, Route 66, 12 O’Clock High, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., For The People, The Reporter, Gunsmoke and The Big Valley. He also starred in several films such as The Intruder, Judgement at Nuremberg, Incubus, White Comanche and the western flick, The Outrage.
Shatner became a household name for his Captain James T. Kirk role in Star Trek. He was part of the series from 1966 to 1969. In 1973, he returned to his Captain Kirk role but only in voice for the animated Star Trek series. Shatner experienced a decline in his career as roles came by few and far in between. He lost his home and lived in a truck bed camper in the San Fernando Valley. He was later cast in several films including Big Bad Mama and The Devil’s Rain. He appeared on television on The Horror at 37,000 Feet, The Andersonville Trial, Barbary Coast, The Six Million Dollar Man, Columbo, The Rookies, Kung Fu, Ironside and Mission: Impossible. He was also seen on The $10,000 Pyramid, The $20,000 Pyramid, The Hollywood Squares, Celebrity Bowling, Beat The Clock, Tattletales, Mike Stokey’s Stump the Stars and Match Game. Shatner also did commercials for well-known brands such as Loblaws, SuperValu, General Motors and for Promise margarine.
Due to the cult following that Star Trek had, Shatner began appearing at Star Trek Conventions and became a popular icon. He starred in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which was released in 1979. He continued to play his role in the next six Star Trek films until the death of his character in Star Trek Generations in 1994. He appeared in the video game, Starfleet Academy in 1997. Later in the summer of 2006, for a DirectTV advertisement using footage from Star Trak VI: The Undiscovered Country. In the 2013 Academy Awards, he reprised the role with host Seth MacFarlane. After his Star Trek fame, he appeared in other films such as Free Enterprise, Airplane II: The Sequel. On television he was cast in T.J. Hooker and Rescue 911. It was in the 1980s when Shatner started directing on television and on feature films.
Aside from his popularity on television and films, he published science fiction novels, one of which was TekWar. Aside from appearing on the television series that followed, he also directed several episodes. In 1995, the William Shatner’s TekWar game was released. He was a narrator on Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie, a documentary in 1995. He narrated A Twist in the Tale, a miniseries in 1998. Shatner appeared on 3rd Rock from the Sun where he played the role of The Giant Head. This earned him an Emmy Award Nomination. His endorsement deals included Commodore VIC-20 home computer and priceline.com. He was CEO of C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures, a Toronto-based special effects studio from 1994 to 2010. Shatner published another book titled, Get A Life, in May 1999. In 2008, Shatner released Up Til Now: The Autobiography.
He was cast in more films including Miss Congeniality, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. He appeared in Brad Paisley’s Celebrity and Online music videos. Shatner became part of the final season of The Practice where he won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of the character, Denny Crane. He took his character to Boston Legal and won a Golden Globe and an Emmy in 2005. He was nominated again in the succeeding years up to 2009. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and on Canada’s Walk of Fame. He also appeared on $#*! My Dad Says, Weird or What and as a host of the interview show titled, Shatner’s Raw Nerve. Shatner appeared on Broadway for a production called Shatner’s World, We Just Live in It, in 2012. In the same year, he was guest presenter on Have I Got News For You. In 2014, he starred in a one night only autobiographical show on Broadway.
Shatner sold his kidney stone for $25,000 and donated the proceeds to Habitat for Humanity. He breeds American Saddlebreds and Quarter Horses. He owns a 360-acre farm near Versailles, Kentucky named Belle Reve Farm. His farm’s activities benefit the Central Kentucky Riding for Hope “Horses For Heroes” program. He supports the Hollywood Charity Horse Show. Shatner has been married four times. First to Gloria Rand in 1956 but later divorced in 1969. They have three daughters, Leslie, Lisabeth and Melanie. He was married to Marcy Lafferty from 1973 to 1996. His third marriage to Nerine Kidd was from 1997 until her death in 1999. He has been married to Elizabeth Anderson Martin since 2001.
Shatner’s television and film appearances continue up to this day. This year he appeared on the animated television series My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic as the voice of Grand Pear, in the seventh season episode, The Perfect Pear. So, how much is this Hollywood veteran’s net worth in 2018?
William Shatnet net worth, based on the entirety of his television and film career, is estimated to be $50-80 million.