The man, known as Commander William T. Riker in the TV series ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ is popular actor Jonathan Frakes. He is also a host known for the show ‘Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction’. The actor has also been credited as a director on many occasions. He is a house of talent who can do many things right from acting to directing. Keep reading to know more about the net worth of Jonathan Frakes in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Jonathan Frakes was born in Bellefonte in Pennsylvania but spent his childhood in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He comes from a very reputed family and his parents are James R. and Doris J. He was born in 1952 and also had a brother named Daniel, who died in 1997. Frakes also lost his father in 2002.
As far as the educational profile of the actor is concerned, he went to Liberty High School and was active in the school’s band. He also went to the Pennsylvania State University for his BA degree in Fine Arts. To add more, he has also received his Master’s degree from Harvard University. He sure is a well-qualified person and the son of a professor.
Before getting settled with his lovely wife in 1988, Jonathan Frakes was in a relationship with Debralee Scott for five years. He also had a romantic relationship with Jayni Chase in 1977. But he became a responsible family man after marrying Genie Francis. They are blessed with their son Jameson Ivor and daughter Elizabeth Francis. Their relationship is very strong and has been together for almost three decades.
Career, Award & Nominations
At the beginning of his career, Jonathan Frakes did a variety of jobs like appearing in conventions as ‘Captain America’ and joining the Impossible Regime Theater. His craze to perform took him to New York City and ended appearing in the Broadway play, ‘Shenandoah’. Then he got his break in television and guest appeared in many TV series. It was in 1987, that he became a part of the series ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’.
The success of ‘Star Trek’, also made him appear in its film franchise. He was the director and star of the 1996 film ‘Star Trek: First Contact’. That role made him receive a nomination for the Blockbuster Entertainment Award and Hugo Awards. As a director of the same film, he got nominated for the Saturn Award. The wonderful voice of the actor has also made him a voice actor for the TV series ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’.
Apart from directing the ‘Star Trek’ film series, Jonathan Frakes has also directed many other movies which include ‘Thunderbirds’, ‘Clockstoppers’, and ‘The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice’. He is not just restricted in directing films but has also directed many episodes of various TV series like ‘Roswell’, ‘Star Trek’ TV series, ‘Leverage’, ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’, ‘Persons Unknown’, and ‘The Librarians’.
Net Worth & Earnings
Ever wondered how much would be the net worth of a person who has been performing for over four decades. In 1987, he made $100,000 from ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’. But in less than a decade, the actor made $5 million from ‘Star Trek: First Contact’. There has been a considerable increase in his salary which made his net worth at $20 million. This has been amassed from his earnings as a director and actor. His authoritative and resonant voice has also contributed to increase his wealth which made him a host and voice actor.
A very talented and hard-working person, Jonathan Frakes is a very famous name in the entertainment world. He has acted in and directed some of the famous shows in the TV industry.