William Shatner Net Worth 2022 (Forbes) – Salary, Income, Earnings

William Shatner Net Worth

William Shatner has an estimated net worth of $100 Million. He is a Canadian actor, singer, and comedian. Shatner first started as a stage actor before moving to television. He earns most of his income from movies and television shows. 

William Shatner is best known for having played Captain Kirk in the Star Trek franchise. With the total box office collection of $2.5 billion of the franchise, it becomes obvious why William Shatner has such a large net worth. He earns around $150,000 per episode. His monthly salary is more than $400,000.

The other part of William Shatner’s net worth includes his commercial income and his investment in Priceline. We estimate that William Shatner earns around $5 Million a year. 

To calculate the net worth of William Shatner, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as student loans and credit card debt, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: William Shatner
Net Worth: $100 Million
Salary Per Episode: $150,000
Annual Income: $5 million
Source of Wealth: Actor, Musician, Novelist, Spokesperson, Film director, Television producer, Voice Actor, Screenwriter, Television Director, Singer

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Early Stage and Screen Roles

Shatner made his Broadway debut in Tamburlaine the Great, directed by Guthrie, in 1956. He also found work in the fledgling television medium, appearing on shows such as the Goodyear Television Playhouse, Studio One, and Playhouse 90. Shatner made his film debut with Yul Brynner in 1958’s The Brothers Karamazov, playing one of the title characters. He returned to Broadway that same year for a two-year run in The Secret Life of Suzie Wong. For his performance, he received a Theatre World Award in 1959.

Shatner played an army captain in the Holocaust drama Judgment at Nuremberg in 1961. He played a racist who fought against school integration in The Intruder (1962). Shatner’s first television series, For the People, premiered in 1965. He played an assistant district attorney in New York City in the short-lived drama.

‘Star Trek’ Series and Films

The following year, Shatner took on the role that made him famous around the world. As Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek, he commanded the U.S.S. Enterprise, a starship traveling through space in the twenty-third century.

On his travels, Kirk encountered all sorts of unusual aliens and challenging situations. Accompanying him on these adventures was his loyal crew, which included first officer Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and medical officer Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy (DeForest Kelley). Created by Gene Roddenberry, the science fiction series premiered on September 8, 1966, and ran for three seasons.

During the run of the series, Shatner also made an unusual career move. He recorded an album, The Transformed Man (1968), which featured spoken versions of contemporary pop hits. Shatner, already known for his dramatic but serious way of speaking his lines in Star Trek, now recorded versions of songs such as “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by the Beatles.

Not long after the album’s release, Star Trek was canceled. However, the series lived on in syndication and became even more popular. Star Trek aired as a Saturday morning cartoon in the mid-1970s and was revived as a live-action film in 1979. Shatner returned to the role of Kirk and starred in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

The film’s warm reception by moviegoers showed how much audiences appreciated the old series. At the beginning of the film, Kirk has become an admiral, Bones has retired and Spock has returned to the planet Vulcan. But the three return to work on a new version of the Enterprise and solve a crisis related to a mysterious cloud that has destroyed several starships.

In the sequel Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Kirk must defeat an old adversary bent on revenge, Khan Noonien Singh (Richardo Montalban). It was followed by Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986).

The next chapter in the Star Trek film series received a lukewarm reception. For Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), Shatner not only returned as Kirk, but also made his debut as a feature film director. The film, unfortunately, received some pretty negative reviews. Film critic Roger Ebert called it “a mess,” with “little danger, no characters you really care about, little suspense, uninteresting … villains and a lot of small talk”.

Regardless of the reviews, the Star Trek film series continued at warp speed. The next installments were Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) and then Star Trek Generations (1994). In Generations, the members of the original Star Trek pass the baton to the cast of the spin-off series Star Trek: The Next Generation, marking the end of Shatner’s starring role in the franchise.

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TV and Movie Roles

‘T.J. Hooker’

In 1982, Shatner took on a new starring role on television in T. J. Hooker. He played a veteran police officer who returns to the streets. The supporting cast included Heather Locklear and Adrian Zmed as younger police officers who work with and look up to Shatner’s character. Unlike the original Star Trek series, T. J. Hooker was immediately popular with television audiences.

Even after T. J. Hooker went off the air, Shatner remained a fixture on television, becoming the host of Rescue 911 in 1989, an early entry into the genre of reality television that recreated emergency situations.

‘The Practice,’ ‘Boston Legal’

On the big screen, Shatner appeared as a beauty pageant host in Miss Congeniality (2000) and its sequel Miss Congeniality 2 (2005) with Sandra Bullock. In 2003 he made a guest appearance as a talented but eccentric lawyer in The Practice. His role as Denny Crane earned him his first Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2004. He had previously been nominated for his guest appearance in the science fiction sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun in 1999.

The Practice creator David E. Kelley created a spin-off series, Boston Legal, in 2004, featuring Shatner’s character Denny Crane. A lawyer and master trial attorney, Crane acts as a sort of mentor to Alan Shore (played by James Spader). For his work in the series, Shatner won his second Emmy in 2005 – this time for the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Further nominations in this category followed in 2006 and 2007.

‘Shatner’s Raw Nerve,’ ‘Weird or What?’

In 2008, Shatner began working on ‘Shatner’s Raw Nerve,’ a celebrity interview show on the Biography Channel. He then worked on another Biography Channel project called Aftermath with William Shatner, which focused on the stories of ordinary citizens who became celebrities overnight, and also hosted the show ‘ Weird or What?” which focused on the supernatural.

‘$#*! My Dad Says’, ‘Better Late Than Never’.

In 2010, Shatner returned to the sitcom TV, in the short-lived series $#*! My Dad Says, which was based on the Twitter feed of the same name.

Starting in 2015, he hosted the U.S. version of the stop-motion series Clangers and had some success the following year with the reality travel series Better Late Than Never alongside Henry Winkler, George Foreman and Terry Bradshaw.

‘The UnXplained’ on HISTORY.

Shatner is host and executive producer of the nonfiction series The UnXplained ( HISTORY ), premiering July 19, 2019 at 10 p.m. ET /PT. The series explores topics that have puzzled humanity for centuries, from mysterious structures and cursed ancient cities to alien sightings and bizarre rituals.

“It’s a fascinating show that offers viewers credible answers to questions about mysterious phenomena, but also leaves other theories unexplained,” Shatner said.

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Books

Shatner has had a lot of success as an author. During the 1987 writers’ strike, he turned a screenplay idea into a novel. As a result, TekWar (1989), a science fiction work starring a middle-aged private detective working in the twenty-second century, was born. More Tek titles followed some of which were adapted for television.

Shatner also collaborated with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens to develop a series of Star Trek novels, and launched the science fiction series Quest for Tomorrow and Samuel Lord.

Shatner is also a veteran of nonfiction and co-wrote the books Star Trek Memories (1993) and Star Trek Movie Memories (1994) with Chris Kreski. He and Kreski also collaborated on Get a Life! (1999), a book about the phenomenon of Star Trek fans. With David Fisher, the actor co-authored several nonfiction books, including Up Till Now: The Autobiography (2008) and Live Long And…: What I Learned Along the Way (2018).

Awards

In 2005, William Shatner was awarded both the Golden Globe and the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Denny Crane in the series ‘Boston Legal’.

Shatner on Priceline Stock

In recent years, there has been much debate about whether or not William Shatner earned $600 million as an advertiser for Priceline.com. Here is why:

Shatner appeared as the “Priceline Negotiator” in a series of commercials for the newly formed dot-com travel company in 1997. 

At the time, the Internet bubble was still growing, and companies like Priceline were receiving insane stock market valuations after their IPOs. Rumor has it that Shatner demanded stock as compensation instead of cash. Priceline stock lost almost all of its value when the bubble burst. Buying stock seemed like a brilliant move at the time. 

The result was that the stock fell to $1.80 a share in 2000. More than a decade later, Shatner was still appearing in commercials and Priceline had made a huge comeback, now trading for more than $300 per share. 

Rumor has it that Shatner did not sell any of his stock in the decade after the bubble burst, leading some to speculate that his shares are worth over $600 million today.

Several times, including in an interview with Howard Stern, Shatner has vehemently denied these rumors. Shatner even tweeted:

“Someone stupid said something stupid about me making $600 million. It’s not true. The relatives are coming out of the woodwork. Too bad it never happened.”

His net worth of $100 million suggests that he never came into money of that magnitude, because the figure should be much higher.

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Cars

Since William Shatner is rich, he should own some luxurious cars. Unlike other celebrities, William Shatner did not show up on social media with his cars, so we do not have accurate information about his car collection.

We do know, however, that William Shatner sold two of his cars at the Barrett-Jackson auction at the South Florida Fairgrounds

Two cars are for sale: a 2002 Aston Martin DB7 Volante and a 2004 Volkswagen Phaeton (in mint condition).

In both cases, there is no minimum bid, so you have a chance to own a piece of automotive and pop culture history.

Houses

Given William Shatner’s wealth, you can assume that his house is more expensive than ordinary people’s. And since real estate is a common investment vehicle, we can safely assume that he owns several houses.

Shatner resides in a 4,016 square foot, four-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Studio City, California. Up until now, Shatner has used the 1925 home as a place to relax when he is not filming commercials for Priceline, attending charity events, or working with his horses.

After his divorce from Elizabeth Shatner in 2020, he gave up the Kentucky home he owned.

Legal Issues

Peter Sloan, a Florida radio host, sues William Shatner for $170 million for his role as Captain Kirk in the Star Trek movies and television series.

He recently began calling himself “Peter Shatner” and claims Shatner is his biological father. Sloan was adopted shortly after his birth. After digging through his birth records, he claims to have discovered that Shatner had an affair with his birth mother, Katherine Burt, in 1956. Katherine Burt now goes by the name Kathy McNeil.

If Sloan wins the lawsuit, Shatner may have to sell his estate at 3674 Berry Drive in Studio City, Calif. But even that will not be enough to cover the entire lawsuit, as the home is estimated to be worth only $3 million.

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Marriages and Personal

Shatner was married to Canadian actress Gloria Rand from 1956 to 1969. The couple shared three children. In 1973, Shatner married actress Marcy Lafferty. In 1996, their marriage ended in divorce. He married model Nerine Kidd shortly after. Kidd’s life was tragically cut short in 1999 when she drowned in a pool at the Shatners’ home in Studio City, California.

After such a tragic loss, Shatner was able to find happiness again with his 2001 marriage to horse breeder Elizabeth J. Martin. It was reported in late 2019 that the 88-year-old actor had filed for divorce.

Shatner founded the annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show in 1990 to raise funds for children’s charities as part of his own love of horses.

Shatner was named an Officer of the Order of Canada by Canadian Governor General Julie Payette in late 2017 for his contributions to popular culture and charitable work.

FAQs About William Shatner

Where did William Shatner make most of his money?

Currently, his net worth is estimated at $100 million. He earned most of his fortune as an actor, mostly in TV shows, but he has also appeared in several films. He is best known for the role of Captain Kirk in Star Trek. He has played this role in the TV series and movies of the franchise.

How tall is William Shatner?

William Shatner is 1.77 m tall.

Who is William Shatner’s first wife?

William Shatner’s first wife is Gloria Rand.

Favorite William Shatner Quotes

If we can clean up our world, I’ll bet you we can achieve warp drive.

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Success is different for everyone; everybody defines it in their own way, and that’s part of what we do in ‘Close Up’, finding what it was each person wanted to achieve and what their willingness to sacrifice for that was.

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We meet aliens every day who have something to give us. They come in the form of people with different opinions.

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If saving money is wrong, I don’t want to be right!

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Regret is the worst human emotion. If you took another road, you might have fallen off a cliff. I’m content.

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Most people, including myself, keep repeating the same mistakes.

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How do I stay so healthy and boyishly handsome? It’s simple. I drink the blood of young runaways.

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