Wayne Newton is an American entertainer. It is considered to be one of the best entertainers in Las Vegas. Wayne has many nicknames such as Mr. Las Vegas, Midnight Idol, and Mr. Entertainment. He is also a professional singer and his song “Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast” ranked 4th on Billboard chart. Today, let’s learn more about the career, biography, and net worth of Wayne Newton in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Wayne Newton was born in Virginia on 3rd April 1942. His father was an auto mechanic while her mother was a homemaker. Newton learned to play piano, guitar, and Roanoke at the age of six. He started singing in the local clubs and theatres. His family moved from Virginia to Ohio and then to Phoenix. Wayne suffered from severe asthma, and he left North High School just before finish the junior year.
He and his brother Jerry were noticed by a Las Vegas booking agent and signed for two weeks. Eventually, the contract was extended to five years and the brothers used to do six shows a day. In 1963, Wayne released his first album after signing with Capitol Records.
Wayne married Elaine Okamura in 1968, and they have a child named Erin who was born in 1976. In 1985, the couple divorced and Wayne married Kathleen McCrone from Ohio. They have a daughter named Lauren born in 2002. Wayne has extremely love for music and horses. He went through an extreme financial crisis in 1992 where he had to file for bankruptcy. It took him 7 years to recover.
In 2005, he was charged for not paying the due to IRS. Even Oakland County International Airport sued him for parking his plane for three years without paying any fee. The court ordered to sell Wayne Newton’s estate to pay his dues in 2012.
Career, Awards, & Nomination
Newton was first hired by the reputed entertainer Jack Benny for an open act in his show. Then Wayne started performing at the Flamingo Hotel. It was during the same time that he released the song ‘Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast’ and sold over millions of copies. He went on to receive many offers for music recording and performed across America and especially in Las Vegas with various bands.
In 1989, Wayne’s live stage show was broadcast. His next famous song was The Letter, and it topped many charts. By 1994, Wayne completed performing the 25,000th Solo show in Las Vegas which is the biggest achievement in his life. In 1999, he signed a 10-year deal with Stardust to perform 40 weeks out of a year with six shows a day.
Wayne was nominated for the Saturn Award in 1992 for the Best Supporting Actor. In 2003, he was nominated for Favorite Guest Performance By a Musician on a TV Show at the TV Land awards. In 1976, he won the best star on the Walk Of Fame award. Wayne also won Arabian Horse Breeders’ Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
Net Worth & Earnings
How much net worth do you expect from the person called Mr. Las Vegas? We all know that Las Vegas is the land of money. He has over $150 million at present in spite of facing multiple financial crisis and lawsuits. The main sources of his income are his albums, live shows in Las Vegas, singles, films, and guest appearances. He also co-owns Aladdin Hotel and has a plane and multiple luxurious cars.
Wayne Newton is a self-made musician and entertainer. He has been crazy rick in his life, and he hardly had time to manage his wealth efficiently. That is why he faced so many lawsuits and had to sell Newton’s estate. But the harder he fell, the earlier he rose, and he has recently made a comeback after nearly five years of hiatus.