William Shatner is a Canadian born actor who has had a long and varied career. His net worth is currently estimated to be $100 million. Most of this fortune has been gained through his work as an actor, primarily in TV shows but he has also done some film work.
The role that he is best known for is Captain Kirk in Star Trek. This is a role he has played in the TV show and films in the franchise. The TV series first aired in 1966 and was popular with fans but it only ran for three seasons before it was cancelled by the network. For a time it looked as if this was the end of the stories of the USS Enterprise but the decision was made to make a feature film using the same cast that had been in the original show. In total six films were made and William Shatner starred in all of them, although his character was killed off in the last film.
He had also starred in a number of other long-running TV shows. He had the leading role in TJ Hooker as well as a main role in The Practice and the spin off show Boston Legal. He won an Emmy for his role as Denny Crane in the last season of The Practice and again for playing the same character in Boston Legal. Shatner and his co-star James Spader are the only two actors that have won an Emmy for playing the same character in two different shows. Boston Legal ran for five seasons in all and William Shatner starred in every season.
There have been rumors that he made £600 million as the face of Priceline.com through cashing in shares but this has been denied by William himself. When he starred in the Priceline commercials during the nineties he was reportedly given shares in the company instead of being paid for his work. The price of these shares fell dramatically in 2000 but after this they began to steadily rise again until the price reached over $300 per share. The rumors were that Shatner sold all of his shares when they reached this level having kept hold of them for almost thirty years. This is something that he has repeatedly denied, even going as far as to say that all the relatives that were coming out of the woodwork were wasting their time. The figure of $100 million as his net worth seems to suggest that he never came into money of this level as the figure would be much higher.
His work as an author is not as widely known as his other ventures but this is still something that earns him a great deal of money. Some of his most popular books are those that are written as a series including TekWars and Quest For Tomorrow. He has also written a number of fictional books based on the Star Trek series as well as non-fiction books that recount some of his own experiences of working on Star Trek and what the franchise has meant to him throughout his life. His role of Captain Kirk has meant that he has been deeply embedded in the world of science fiction throughout his entire career and this has carried on in the books that he has written.
He had also narrated a number of audio books. These are all books that he has written himself along with David Fisher and Chris Regan and are autobiographical in nature. These books have been well-received by fans as they help to give a real insight into his life and his Star Trek career in particular. The fact that he acts as the narrator makes it an even more personal experience.
William Shatner has been acting for over seventy years and he does not show any sign of slowing down any time soon. As well as making guest appearances on TV shows he also regularly attends Star Trek conventions for which he earns a small fee. He commands a fairly high fee for all the shows that he stars in and so there is a chance that his earnings could increase even further until the point when he finally decides to retire.