Martin Milner was born on the 28th December 1931, in Detroit, Michigan, USA, and died on the 6th September 2015, in Carlsbad, California, USA. He was an actor, probably best remembered for performances in two popular TV series: CBS’ “Route 66” (1960-1964), and NBC’s “Adam-12” (1968-1975). Milner made most of his wealth thanks to these two TV shows, even though he was active for fifty years, from 1947 to 1997.
How you ever wondered how rich was Martin Milner at the time of his death? According to authoritative sources, Milner’s estimated net worth was $500,000. He appeared in over 100 film and TV titles, but the majority of his net worth came from TV shows in the 60’s and 70’s.
Martin Milner Net Worth $500,000
Martin Sam Milner was born to Mildred and Sam Gordon Milner, a Polish Jewish immigrant. His family moved around during Martin’s childhood in search for happiness, and finally settled in Seattle, Washington when Martin was nine. His involvement in acting came pretty soon after; Milner started to act in a school before joining a children’s theater group. His parents invested a lot in his career, and in Martin’s teenage years they moved to Los Angeles to find an acting coach and an agent for their son. His big screen debut came in 1947, when Milner played in the movie called “Life with Father”, starring William Powell. After graduating from North Hollywood High School in 1949, Martin landed a role along with superstar John Wayne, in “The Sands of Iwo Jima” (1949).
Martin appeared in several war films during the fifties, including John Wayne’s “Operation Pacific” in 1951, and “Mister Roberts” with James Cagney, Henry Fonda, and Jack Lemmon in 1955. These movies added a reasonable sum to the teenager’s net worth.
Martin Milner went to the University of Southern California, but dropped out just after just a year to fully concentrate on acting. His television debut came in 1950 in an episode of “The Lone Ranger”, but then Milner put his Hollywood career on hold in 1952 when he joined the US Army. Returning from military service, Martin acted in “The Life of Riley” from 1953 to 1958. He made guest appearances on many TV shows and movies such “TV Reader’s Digest” (1956) “The Long Gray Line” (1955), “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” (1957), among others.
In the next decade, Martin brought his career to a whole new level with the lead role in the TV series “Route 66” (1960-1964). The series was the biggest project in his career; the job’s description was to travel across the United States in a car with his partner, so Milner spent almost four years away from home filming in variouslocations throughout the US, so he took his wife and children with him during these trips.
During the 1960s he also made several other notable appearances, such as Officer Pete Malloy in the TV series “Adam-12” (1968-1975), and as Mel Anderson in the film “Valley Of The Dolls” (1968), among many others. Martin continued successfully through the 1970s, securing roles in such TV series and films as “Swiss Family Robinson” (1975-1976), “Little Mo” (1978), and “The Seekers” (1979).
Throughout the 1980s, he wasn`t as dedicated to acting as he was before, and only made brief appearances in a few TV series, but returned in the 1990s with the role of Harris Cassidy in the TV series “Life Goes On” (1992), and also starred in the TV series “RoboCop” (1994), and made his last screen appearance in an episode of the TV series “Diagnosis Murder” in 1997.
When it comes to his personal life, he was married to Judith Bess Jones from 1957 until his death. The two met at a Hollywood party in 1954, and had four children, but the eldest, Molly, was diagnosed with leukemia and died in 2004. Milner died from heart failure; he demanded to be cremated, and the urn was given to his family.
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