Casey Kasem Net Worth at Death – Salary, Income, Wives

Casey Kasem Net Worth

Casey Kasem had an estimated net worth of $90 million at death. Casey Kasem was a well-known American radio and disc jockey, as well as a voice actor and actor. He was the first actor to play Norville “Shaggy” Rogers in the Scooby-Doo series and Dick Grayson/Robin in Super Friends. He earned his fortune from album sales, concerts, and television series. 

Casey was reportedly inspired to pursue a career in radio by “Make Believe Ballroom,” and his opportunity to work as a DJ/announcer came with the United States army on the Armed Forces Radio Korea Network. 

Casey played Shaggy in the popular ‘Scooby-Doo’ series and hosted the hugely successful radio show ‘America Top 40.’ He was proud of his radio program because he believed he was playing an important role in reuniting estranged loved ones and connecting music fans with their favorite music idols.

His radio program’s unprecedented success earned him the title of ‘The King of Countdowns’ from his fans all over the world. He also played minor roles in a number of films and provided his voice for numerous commercials and TV show characters. 

To calculate Casey Kasem’s net worth, add up all of his assets and subtract his debts, also known as liabilities.

Casey Kasem’s assets include everything he owns, such as the amount of money in his checking or savings account, real estate equity, savings and investment plans, and items with a clear market value (car, jewelry, clothes, art, etc.).

All outstanding debts, including the remaining balance on his home, car, business or personal loan, credit card debt, back taxes, and anything else he still owes, are included in his liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: Casey Kasem
Net Worth: $90 Million
Monthly Salary: $500 Thousand
Annual Income: $10 Million
Source of Wealth: Voice Actor, Disc jockey, Actor, Radio personality, Music Historian, Film Producer

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Early Life

Kemal Amen ‘Casey’ Kasem was born on April 27, 1932, and was named after Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the famous Turkish leader whom Casey’s father grew to admire. Kasem was born in Michigan, where both of his parents were Lebanese Druze immigrants who worked as grocers.

A show called ‘Make Believe Ballroom’ inspired Kasem to pursue a career in radio. In his first radio gig, he covered Sports Day at Northwestern High School. While attending Wayne State University, he provided voices for children in shows such as ‘Challenge of the Yukon’ and ‘The Lone Ranger.’

Career

His career began in broadcasting in Michigan. He became involved with shows such as ‘Sergeant Preston of Yukon’ and ‘The Lone Ranger’ after moving to Detroit.

Following that, he relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in radio and acting by joining KRLA. Dick Clark discovered him here and offered him a role in the TV musical ‘Shebang.’

From 1968 to 1969, Kasem played Robin in the television show ‘The Batman/The Superman Hour.’ He also played the minor role of ‘Knife’ in the film ‘Wild Wheels.’

He was cast as Scooby Doo’s sidekick, Shaggy, in the popular cartoon series ‘Scooby-Doo, Where are you?’ Kasem had no idea that this job would last him nearly his entire life. He went on to voice many other Scooby-Doo spin-offs and movies before retiring from the franchise in 2009.

Another significant achievement in Kasem’s career came in 1970, when he launched his own radio program called ‘America Top 40,’ in which he counted down the country’s top music tracks. The show was so popular that it was broadcast on over 1000 radio stations around the world at one point. It lasted nearly two decades before being cancelled in 1988.

He also provided Alexander Cabot III’s voice in several episodes of the ‘Josie and the Pussycats’ series. He was the voice of several characters on the classic television show ‘Sesame Street.’

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Major Works

Kasem’s career as a voice actor and radio personality flourished. People remember him as the unique voice of Shaggy in the ‘Scooby-doo’ series, as well as for entertaining America and the world with his radio show ‘America Top 40.’

Awards & Honors

Casey Kasem was honored with a star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ in 1981. This was done to honor his dedication and the years he spent as a radio jockey.

He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1992. He was, by the way, the youngest inductee ever.

Kasem was named ‘Man of the Year’ by the American Druze Society in 1996.

He received the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1997. This was also the first time in the award’s history that this category was given to an individual. He also received the ‘Radio Icon award,’ which he received at the 2003 Radio Music Awards.

Activism

He was a vegan who advocated for animal rights and environmental issues. He went so far as to quit the ‘Scooby Doo’ show in 1995 because he was asked to voice Shaggy in a Burger King commercial. He only renewed his contract in 2002 after the show’s creators assured him that they would be making Shaggy a vegetarian.

In light of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, he expressed his support for Arab-American and Lebanese-American issues. He wrote a brochure titled ‘Arab-Americans: Making a Difference,’ which was published by the Arab American Institute, to that end.

He was offered a role in the third season of “The Transformers,” which he turned down. He objected to the portrayal of Arabs in a negative light because he was a staunch supporter of the Arab-American relationship.

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Houses

Casey and Jean offered their 2.5-acre Beverly Hills estate for $42 million in April 2013. The 12,000-square-foot home is near the Playboy Mansion and next door to Kylie Jenner’s house.

Casey and Jean Kasem, who have owned the home for more than three decades, briefly reduced the price to $30 million before withdrawing the offer.

Seven years after his death, Jean Kasem put the property up for sale in February 2021 for $37.9 million.

In April 2021, it sold for $34 million.

Personal Life & Wives

Casey married twice during his life. Linda Myers, to whom he was married from 1972 to 1979, was his first wife. From his first marriage, he had three children.

He married actress Jean Thompson in 1980 and remained married to her until his death. From his second marriage, he has one child.

Death

Doctors initially diagnosed Kasem with Parkinson’s disease in 2007, but corrected their diagnosis in 2013 and revealed that he had Lewy body dementia. As a result, he was unable to speak during his final days.

Kasem passed away on July 15, 2014, at the age of 82, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. He was laid to rest in Oslo.

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