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Jonathan Frakes Net Worth: How Much He Made on ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’

Jonathan Frakes Net Worth: How Much He Made on ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’

For Jonathan Frakes, becoming involved with Star Trek: The Next Generation helped raise his net worth by a whole lot. Of course, fans know Frakes expertly played Commander William T. Riker for his show’s entire run. He’s even gone behind the camera to direct episodes, which has led to movies. Frakes has been married to General Hospital superstar Genie Francis for more than 30 years.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Frakes’ net worth is $25 million. Born in 1952 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, Frakes grew up having a love of jazz music. He started learning how to play the trombone as a kid. A friend described Frakes as always friendly, funny, and even showed signs of being an actor.

So, when the 1970s rolled around, Frakes worked for Marvel Comics as Captain America. He would dress up as the superhero and show up at fan conventions around the nation. A few TV appearances on shows like The Waltons, Matlock, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Hill Street Blues, followed Frakes along, too.

Jonathan Frakes Met Genie Francis on ‘Bare Essence’

Then, in the 1980s, he was in the cast for a nighttime soap opera named Bare Essence. On this show, Frakes met Francis, who was one of the show’s main stars.

But Star Trek came calling in 1987, sending Frakes off to watch original series episodes from the 1960s. He didn’t have an iota of an idea what Star Trek was about when he got the role. Frakes appeared in 176 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation alongside Sir Patrick Stewart‘s Jean-Luc Picard.

As for Frakes’ salary, he initially earned $45,000 per episode between the late 1980s and early 1990s. In The Next Generation’s final seasons, he was earning $100,000 per episode. For being in Star Trek: Generations, he earned $400,000. Then, for directing and acting in Star Trek: First Contact, Frakes earned $5 million.

Frakes also spent time behind the camera to direct episodes, plus appearances in a number of movies. He’s one of two regular cast members to appear in four different Star Trek series. Those would be Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Enterprise.

Then, in 1990, Frakes took up space as a director for TNG episodes. He added episodes from Deep Space Nine and Voyager to his directing resume. Among the Star Trek films he’s directed include Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection.

‘Star Trek’ Series See Frakes As Director

In speaking with Variety, Frakes spent time looking back at some of his favorite Star Trek episodes to direct. The first one was titled The Offspring, a TNG episode from its third season. It centers around Lt. Cmdr. Data (Brent Spiner) trying to create an android child named Lal (Hallie Todd). For Frakes, he dealt with what other directors did on the show’s set: a rambunctious cast.

“Our cast, as you probably know, is notoriously rambunctious,” he said. “I was, for better or for worse, one of the leaders of that kind of behavior on the set. Some directors didn’t like coming to work with us because we were that bad. We would be yakking right up until action.”

Actors who work with Frakes on his set have reportedly given him a nickname, “Two-Takes Frakes.” That’s because he likes to keep things moving on his movie set, similar to the way Clint Eastwood works.

Additional TV directorial work includes The Orville, The Librarians, Burn Notice, NCIS: Los Angeles, and many others. Frakes and Francis are the proud parents of two children.