William Shatner is a Canadian actor, producer, director, and author. Shatner is popularly known for playing the role of USS Enterprise commander, Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek franchise. With over 7 decades in the entertainment industry, Shatner’s net worth is estimated at $100 million.
William Shatner Net Worth: How He Began
William Alan Shatner was born on March 22, 1931 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Like most actors, Shatner began performing as a kid and attended the Montreal Children’s Theater. He continued to pursue his acting passion in college at McGill University from where he graduated with a degree in Commerce in 1952. Shatner had a brief stint as a business manager at Mountain Playhouse, Montreal and afterwards, joined the National Repertory Theater of Ottawa. In the mid 1950’s, he portrayed several roles at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario.
During the same period, Shatner made his Broadway debut, while taking up minor roles in several Canadian films. He made his debut feature film appearance in Hollywood film “The Brothers Karamazov” (1958).
In the the early 60’s Shatner earned critical rave for a Broadway production and continued appearing in episodes of numerous TV shows.
William Shatner Net Worth: Breakthrough With Star Trek
In 1966, Shatner was called to play the role of USS Enterprise commander Captain James T. Kirk in TV series “Star Trek: The Original Series”. This role would go on to establish him as a world class act. However, his success with the NBC series wasn’t immediate. The series was met with tepid reviews and subsequently cancelled in 1969 after three seasons. Following the show’s cancellation, Shatner suffered a period of financial difficulty and was forced to accept various menial roles.
However, he soon rose to fame and became a cultural icon thanks to the 1970’s syndicated reruns of the original Star Trek series which became massively successful and garnered a cult following. The fame opened the doors to multiple movie roles and the Captain was back to winning ways. Shatner and his series co-stars then starred in the first Star Wars film. Released in 1979 it grossed $139 million on a $46 million budget. Shatner went on to star in 6 more Star Wars films ending in the 1994 version “Star Trek Generations” where his character was killed.
In addition to starring in the Star Wars films, Shatner has co-written several novels in the Star Trek Universe and directed the 5th sequel “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” (1989). All 7 Star Trek movies involving Shatner have grossed $734 million with a combined budget of $189 million.
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William Shatner Net Worth: Other TV And Movie Endeavors
Thanks to his Star Trek fame, Shatner’s next TV endeavor “T. J. Hooker” of which he played the titular character enjoyed immediate success. The ABC/CBS show ran successfully for 5 seasons between 1982 and 1986. His next hit show was “Rescue 911” which ran for 7 seasons from 1989 to 1996.
Shanter continued his success into the new millennium with hit movies like “Miss Congeniality” (2000) and its sequel “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous” (2004) alongside Sandra Bullock. Following his acclaimed role in the final season of “The Practice” which won him an Emmy, a spin off “Boston Legal” was created in 2004 based on his character. The show ran for 5 seasons and won him his second Emmy Award.
In addition to acting, Shanter has hosted successful shows such as celeb interview program “Shatner’s Raw Nerve”, “Aftermath with William Shatner” and “$h*! My Dad Says”. For the later, he received roughly $2.7 million from its 18 episodes at $150,000 per episode.
William Shatner Net Worth: TekWar And Other Books
Shanter has also written a number of fiction and non-fiction books. Perhaps the most notable of them is the science fiction novel series TekWar which has been adapted into 4 TV movies. He has also penned numerous non-fiction novels chronicling his experiences on the Star Trek franchise.
William Shatner Net Worth: Endorsements And Priceline Drama
Like every other popular celebrity, William Shanter has pitched for a number of brands. At the early stages of stardom in the 1970’s, he appeared in commercials for supermarket chains like Loblaws and SuperValu, Promis Margarine, General Motors’ automobile Oldsmobile and home computer Commodore VIC-20.
However, Shanter’s most controversial endorsement deal is with travel website priceline.com which began from the late 90’s. The Star Trek star received stock options rather than cash for the deal. Unfortunately, the stock price fell to barely $2 per share in the 2000. However in 2011, the travel company was back on their feet ad trading a share for $300. This led speculations that Shanter who still maintained his stocks had made about $600 million but Shanter has severally debunked the rumors. Priceline CEO, Jeffery BoydIt revealed in 2013 that Shanter sold his stock at a relatively lower price.