Katt Williams is an American stand up comedian, actor, voice artists and rapper. The Wild ‘n Out star makes most of his money from stand-up gigs and has an estimated net worth of $10 million.
Katt Williams Net Worth: How He Began
Katt was born Micah Sierra Williams on September 2, 1971 in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in Dayton, Ohio. As a teenager, Katt began performing stand up comedy in his neighborhood. At the age of 13, he emancipated himself from his parents and moved in Florida where he began working as a street vendor.
Katt also continued to hone his comedy skills by performing at various local clubs nationwide including Oklahoma and Oakland. During his brief stay at Oakland, he joined the Nation of Islam, an African-American religious and political movement. His stand up career received quite the boost in the late 90’s when he began performing at The Improv, The Hollywood Park Casino, The Icehouse, The Comedy Club and BET’s Comic View.
Katt Williams Net Worth: Breakthrough With Movies
While his stand up career began to gain momentum, Katt got his show biz big break as an actor. He made his debut acting role in police procedural drama series NYPD Blue in 2002. The same year, he gained worldwide recognition for his first film role as Money Mike in Ice Cube‘s stoner comedy film “Friday After Next”. The film was met with tepid reviews and performed mildly at the box office, grossing $33.5 million from a $10 million budget.
Katt continued his success on TV with shows such as “The Tracy Morgan Show”, and “My Wife and Kids”. His popularity surged thanks to his role on Nick Cannon‘s MTV sketch comedy and improv show Wild ‘n Out. Katt has appeared in other TV series like “The Boondocks” where he had a voice role and “Short Circuitz.” His other movies include Rebound (2005), Norbit (2007) The Perfect Holiday (2007), Epic Movie (2007) and First Sunday (2008).
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Katt Williams Net Worth: Continued Success In Stand Up
Williams’ fame from his numerous TV and movie roles helped to establish him as a mainstream comedian. His first comedy special “Katt Williams: Live: Let a Playa Play” was released in 2006. The same year, he released his first HBO comedy special entitled The Pimp Chronicles, Pt. 1. This was followed by “Katt Williams: American Hustle” a 2007 stand-up/comedy movie. His second and third HBO specials entitled “It’s Pimpin’ Pimpin'” and “Kattpacalypse” were released four years apart in 2008 and 2012 respectively.
Katt Williams continues to take up movie roles but stand up comedy tours remains his major money maker.
Katt Williams Net Worth: Others
In addition to acting and stand up, Katt is also an occasional musician. He released his debut studio album “It’s Pimpin’ Pimpin'” under Warner Bros in 2009. He has collaborated with the likes of The Game, DJ Drama, Lil Scrappy, and Lil Jon. In Grand Theft Auto IV released in 2008, Katt voiced himself.
Katt Williams Net Worth: Legal Issues
Katt Williams’s run-ins with the law are as numerous as his show biz gigs but fortunately, they’ve done little to hamper the success of his career. Katt has been brought in for countless charges ranging from guns and drug possession to theft, assault and battery. He has also been fined as much as $5 million in punitive damages.
In late 2012, he cancelled a slew of shows and announced his retirement from stand up following an incidence in Seattle which led to his arrest. However, 3 days later he announced his come back.
In late 2016, Williams allegedly assaulted his bodyguard after he failed to participate in criminal activities. Guns, drugs and $16,000 were seized from his apartment following a police raid. Williams pleaded no contest to the charges. The negotiation deal included a ban from Hall and Dawson counties and a 5 year probation that could be reduced to 2 should he adhere to the terms of the negotiation deal. Williams was ordered to restrain from the bodyguard, pay $7,500 in restitution and perform 100 hours of community service. Williams was also required to submit to treatment and evaluations for anger management, substance abuse and impulse control.
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