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William Shatner’s Net Worth: How Much Did He Make on ‘Star Trek’?

William Shatner’s Net Worth: How Much Did He Make on ‘Star Trek’?

William Shatner has been a fixture in television and movies for six decades, helping to make his net worth grow. But Shatner, who was born and raised in Canada, took his early training in theater and found work in television.

Sure, he’s best known for playing Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek between 1966 and 1969 on NBC. This and other work has led Shatner to put together a net worth of $100 million dollars, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Before hitting it big with this role, though, Shatner made early television appearances on Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone. Kirk’s shadow would follow Shatner up to this very day. He provided voiceover work for a Star Trek animated series in the 1970s.

For his television work, Shatner reportedly collects $150,000 per episode where he appears. Yet when he was on Star Trek in the 1960s, he received $5,000 per episode. It’s estimated that Shatner has earned collectively $50 million from all his Star Trek-related work,

William Shatner Turned to Theater Work in the 1970s

Yet Shatner reportedly found himself getting typecast as Kirk, cutting him off from potential new roles. He spent time doing community theater plays to make ends meet for his family. Shatner also had guest-starring spots in movies like Big Bad Mama starring Angie Dickinson.

His luck started to change when returning to the Kirk character for the Star Trek movies. Shatner played Kirk in five of them, and he even directed one of them. Television came calling again in the 1980s when he played in ABC’s police drama T.J. Hooker. William Shatner starred alongside Adrian Zmed and Heather Locklear, giving him another successful series.

He wasn’t through with television, though. Shatner started playing attorney Denny Crane during the final season of The Practice. Producer David E. Kelley moved him and his character over to a new show, Boston Legal. Shatner would be on there through 2008, starring alongside James Spader. In 2016-18, he starred in both seasons on NBC of Better Late Than Never. Speaking of NBC, Shatner had a recurring role on Third Rock from the Sun as The Big Giant Head.

Documentary Takes Close Look at Shatner’s Life

William Shatner played a part in a 2023 documentary about his life titled You Can Call Me Bill. It covers all aspects of Shatner’s life, from successes to failures and personal tragedies. He’s also the host and executive producer for The History Channel show The UnXplained. It’s a show steeped in looking honestly at some of the world’s strangest occurrences.

For a period of time, William Shatner was the lead pitchman for Priceline adding to his net worth. There’s been some scuttlebutt about how much Shatner got in compensation between cash and company stocks. He shot down one rumor that said his stock is now worth more than $600 million.

Many of you also probably have heard William Shatner is a bit of a singer. In 1968, he put out his first album titled The Transformed Man. In 2011, his third album titled Seeking Major Tom, Shatner did covers of David Bowie’s Space Oddity and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, among other songs.

Shatner has been married four times and is the father of three daughters. Tragically, his third wife Nerine died in their pool in what was ruled an accidental drowning. An autopsy revealed traces of alcohol and Valium in her blood.

These days, he keeps busy with his television work and appearing at fan conventions. That’s a pretty stout schedule for a man who is 92 years old.