Who is Wayne Newton and what is his net worth 2018? Wayne Newton is an entertainer and singer who have been nicknamed as “Mr. Entertainer”, “The Midnight Idol”, and “Mr. Las Vegas”. Some of his popular songs include “Danke Schoen”, “Red Roses for a Blue Lady”, “Daddy, Don’t You Walk So Fast”, “The Letter”, “Years”, and “Can’t You Hear the Song?” He has released many albums in his career and has also appeared in many films including ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’, ‘Sharknado: The 4th Awakens’, ‘Vegas Vacation’, ‘Night of the Running Man’, ‘The Adventures of Ford Fairlane’, and ‘80 Steps to Jonah’.
Carson Wayne Newton was born on April 3, 1942, in Norfolk, Virginia. He was born to parents Evelyn Marie “Smith” and Patrick Newton. His father worked as an auto mechanic and has served in the U.S. Navy. He spent his early years by learning guitar and piano in Roanoke. His family later moved to Newark in Ohio. From an early age, Newton used to sing in fairs, theaters, and clubs along with his brother Jerry. In 1952, he moved to Phoenix and attended the North High School.
He and his brother went on to appear in Ozark Jubilee on ABC. In 1958, the brothers signed for a local TV show called ‘Lew King Rangers Show’. They performed for five years which was originally for two weeks. In the 1960s, Newton also sang and acted for the television series ‘Bonanza’.
In 1968, Wayne Newton got married to Elaine Okamura. They have a child named Erin Newton. The couple divorced in 1985. He then got married to Kathleen McCrone in 1994. They have a daughter named Lauren Ashley Newton.
Wayne Newton was hired by Jack Benny for his show. Following this, he used to perform at the Flamingo Hotel. In 1972, he released the single “Daddy, Don’t You Walk So Fast”, which went on to sell more than 1 million records and became a gold-certified disc. In 1989, he held a live event known as ‘Wayne Newton Live in Concert’ which became a pay-per-view event.
In 1992, Newton released the song “The Letter” which became his No. 1 song on the country charts and Cashbox Pop. He performed his 25,000th solo show in 1994 at Las Vegas. He then signed a ten year deal with Stardust in 1999. In 2001, he became the chairman of USO Celebrity Circle by succeeding Bob Hope. In 2005, he started a reality TV show called ‘The Entertainer’ on E! In 2007, he became a contestant on the reality television show ‘Dancing with the Stars’.
He was teamed with Cheryl Burke in the competition. He then went on to appear in shows like ‘Larry King Live’, ‘The Price is Right’, ‘The Apprentice’, ‘The Amazing Race’, and ‘Celebrity Family Feud’.
In 2008, Wayne Newton was conferred with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service. In 2000, he was elected to the Gaming Hall of Fame. In his honor, a road in Las Vegas has been named as ‘Wayne Newton Boulevard’. In 1976, Newton received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was nominated for the 1992 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 2003, he was nominated for the TV Land Awards for ‘The Lucy Show’.
Wayne Newton Net Worth
Wayne Newton has appeared in a number of films and has released many albums in his career. In doing so, he has gone on to accumulate good wealth for himself. Wayne Newton’s net worth is an estimated $130 million. He is also the Arabian horse breeder and as of 2014, he has bred more than 700 foals.
He is the owner of the American Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds. He was also the part owner of Aladdin Hotel. In 1992, he filed for bankruptcy to reorganise debts worth $20 million. He has also released many singles including “Red Roses for a Blue Lady” which peaked at No. 3 in Canada.
Wayne Newton’s second wife Lauren Ashley Newton is a lawyer by profession. He has featured in a production to raise funds for research in diabetes. In 2010, he was sued by Bruton Smith for foreclosure.