Martin Milner Net Worth

Martin Milner Net Worth is
$500 Thousand

Martin Milner Biography

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.

Full NameMartin Milner
Net Worth$500 Thousand
Date Of BirthDecember 28, 1931
Place Of BirthDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
Height6' 1" (1.85 m)
ProfessionActor, Producer, Soundtrack
EducationUniversity of Southern California
SpouseJudith Bess "Judy" Jones; his death
ChildrenAmy Milner, Andrew Milner, Molly Milner, Stuart Milner
ParentsMildred E. Martin, Sam Gordon Milner
MoviesSweet Smell of Success, Life with Father, Valley of the Dolls, 13 Ghosts, Halls of Montezuma, Marjorie Morningstar, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Pete Kelly's Blues, Operation Pacific, The Private Lives of Adam and Eve, The Captive City, Compulsion, Sex Kittens Go to College, My Wife's Best Friend, S...
TV ShowsThe Swiss Family Robinson, Adam-12, Route 66, The Stu Erwin Show
1[interview in People magazine, 995] I was never a celebrity--just a working actor.
2I have no complaints on any level. I'm pretty happy about the way everything turned out.
1According to ex-Adam-12 (1968) co-star, Kent McCord, he said Milner was a strict performer, who drank just a little, who never worked during working hours, except for the 1 night while shooting. They were shooting a scene that winter, since it was so cold, Milner needed to have a shot of brandy to stay warm and the two didn't have a lot of dialogue to do, so, they got into the interior of the car, later, where he snuggled in and he had fallen asleep.
2He was cremated at Eternal Hills Memorial Park in Oceanside, California. His ashes were given to his wife.
3Milner, at age 28, shot to fame in 1960 with co-star George Maharis in the iconic TV drama Route 66 (1960), which found two restless young men roaming the highway author John Steinbeck had dubbed "The Mother Road" in a red Corvette convertible. Milner was "Tod Stiles," a young man born to wealth but suddenly broke when his father died and left him nothing but the new Corvette. Maharis was "Buzz Murdock," a hardened survivor of New York City's Hell's Kitchen. Together they toured the country in Tod's new Corvette, meeting all kinds of people and becoming involved with their lives. The series was said to have been inspired by Jack Kerouac's novel "On the Road" and it featured such actors--early in their careers--as Robert Redford, Alan Alda and Gene Hackman. As much a star of the show as Milner and Maharais was Route 66 itself. Although it has sine been bypassed in favor of bigger, faster interstates, the iconic highway stretched unbroken from Chicago to the Pacific Ocean during the show's heyday and was venerated as strongly contributing to the country's 20th-century westward migration. "Route 66" was the ONLY television program filmed entirely on location in the early 1960s, moving to new towns and cities for each new episode. Ironically, however, the action often took place off the highway. "The problem was that once you get into Oklahoma and Texas on the route, the scenery is flat and boring," Milner recounted in a 1997 interview. "Pictorially it just wasn't very interesting." Maharis, who became ill with hepatitis and missed part of the third season, left "Route 66" at the end of that year amid rumors of a contract dispute. Maharis was replaced by Glenn Corbett, who played a war hero trying to cope with civilian life. The magic was gone, however, and the show lasted just one more season.
4In 1968 he signed on to another "buddy" series, Adam-12 (1968) This time he was Officer Pete Malloy, a veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department assisted by rookie cop Jim Reed, played by Kent McCord. "I had a long, long friendship with Marty and we remained friends up 'til the end," McCord said. "He was one of the really true great people of our industry with a long, distinguished career--wonderful films, wonderful television shows, pioneering shows like Route 66 (1960). He was one of the great guys. I was lucky to have him in my life." The series was produced by Jack Webb, who applied the same realistic treatment of police procedures that he had in his "Dragnet" TV shows, in which he was Sgt. Joe Friday. During the seven-year life of "Adam 12" both Reed and Malloy won promotions. Milner had met Webb years before "Route 66" when both were appearing in Halls of Montezuma (1951), and Webb had hired Milner for an early radio version of "Dragnet." Later Milner appeared in several episodes of Dragnet (1951). When he was in the US Army stationed at northern California's Ford Ord, he would sometimes visit Los Angeles and look Webb up. "Even though there wasn't a part for me in 'Dragnet' that week," Milner recalled in 1989, "Jack would write one in so I could collect $125".
5His memorial service occurred six days after his passing in Oceanside, CA, with law-enforcement and community members paying tribute to him.
6Owned an avocado farm.
7His passions were "family and fishing, in that order" as he told People Magazine during an interview in 1995.
8Family moved to Seattle where he worked as a child actor in local plays, and then moved to Los Angeles, where his movie career began in his early teens.
9His role as veteran patrol officer Pete Malloy in Adam-12 (1968) inspired generations of kids to become cops. He got letters from policemen thanking him for "Adam-12". On Sept. 7, 2015, Los Angeles Chief of Police Charlie Beck said that the show and Milner "embodied the spirit of the LAPD to millions of viewers. His depiction of a professional and tough yet compassionate cop led to thousands of men and women applying to become LAPD officers, including me." [2015/09/07].
10His forthright manner and wholesome looks made him a popular choice to play cops, military officers and other authority figures.
11Died peacefully on a Sunday night at his home in Carlsbad, CA, surrounded by his family.
12Married singer and actress Judith Bess Jones on February 23, 1957. They had four children together: two daughters, Amy and Molly; and two sons, Stuart and Andrew. Amy, the eldest daughter, died of acute myeloid leukemia in 2004.
13Served in the Army from 1952-54.
14His father, Sam, was a film distributor, and his mother, Mildred, known professionally as Jerre Martin, was a dancer with the Paramount Theater circuit.
15Two television shows in which he starred and for which he is probably most famous, Route 66 (1960) and Adam-12 (1968), are both renowned for filming primarily on location as opposed to on a Hollywood sound stage.
16Was the visual inspiration for the original illustrations of the superhero Green Lantern/Guy Gardner (created in 1968). Milner was 37 years old at the point.
17Has played the same character (Officer Peter Malloy) in four different series: Dragnet 1967 (1967), Adam-12 (1968), The D.A. (1971) and Emergency! (1972).
18Has been a co-host of "Let's Talk Hookup", a radio show for fly fishing enthusiasts, since 1993.
19According to his audio commentary on a The Twilight Zone (1959) DVD, he initially turned down Adam-12 (1968) to appear in a play he thought would be more successful, but the play flopped.
20Father of four children: Andrew Milner, the late Amy Milner, Stuart Milner and Molly.
21Milner and Adam-12 (1968) co-star Kent McCord were reunited in a Nashville Beat (1989) on the Nashville Network. McCord played an L.A. cop visiting his friend Milner, an ex-L.A. cop who became a Nashville cop.


Diagnosis Murder1997TV SeriesDetective Halloran
Murder, She Wrote1985-1996TV SeriesAdmiral Len Spalding / Bill Maguire / Clint Phelps / ...
RoboCop1994TV SeriesRussell Murphy
Life Goes On1992TV SeriesHarris Cassidy / Harris
The New Adam-121990-1991TV SeriesCaptain Pete Malloy / Store Owner
MacGyver1988-1990TV SeriesJames MacGyver / Turk Donner
Nashville Beat1989TV MovieCaptain Brian O'Neal
Airwolf1985TV SeriesArthur Barnes
Masquerade1984TV Series
The Ordeal of Bill Carney1981TV MoviePeter Belton
Fantasy Island1981TV SeriesTed Kingman / William T. Keating / Jed Morrison
The Littlest Hobo1980TV SeriesDon Porter
Crisis in Mid-air1979TV MovieDr. Denvers
The Last Convertible1979TV Mini-SeriesSergeant Dabric
The Seekers1979TV Mini-SeriesPhilip Kent
Little Mo1978TV MovieWilbur Folsom
Black Beauty1978TV Mini-SeriesTom Gray
Police Story1977TV SeriesGrady Dolin
SST: Death Flight1977TV MovieLyle Kingman
Flood1976TV MoviePaul Burke
Swiss Family Robinson1975-1976TV SeriesKarl Robinson
Adam-121968-1975TV SeriesOfficer Pete Malloy
The Swiss Family Robinson1975Karl Robinson
Hurricane1974TV MovieMaj. Hymie Stoddard
Runaway!1973TV MovieJohn Shedd
Emergency!1972TV SeriesOfficer Pete Malloy
The D.A.1971TV SeriesOfficer Pete Malloy
Columbo1971TV SeriesJim Ferris
Dragnet 19671968TV SeriesOfficer Pete Malloy
Three Guns for Texas1968Const. Clendon MacMillan
Land's End1968TV MovieEric
Valley of the Dolls1967Mel Anderson
Insight1967TV SeriesSherm
The Felony Squad1967TV SeriesThomas Glynn
Sullivan's Empire1967TV MovieJohn Sullivan
Run for Your Life1967TV SeriesColonel Mike Green Mike Green
The Rat Patrol1967TV SeriesSgt. Roberts
Ski Fever1966Brian Davis
12 O'Clock High1966TV SeriesMaj. Tony Dimscek
The Virginian1965-1966TV SeriesCase / Dave Ferguson
A Man Called Shenandoah1966TV SeriesNeal Henderson
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1965-1966TV SeriesStranger / Stanley 'Stan' Patrick / Lt. Eric Kurtz
Laredo1965TV SeriesClendon MacMillan
Gidget1965TV SeriesKahuna
Starr, First Baseman1965TV MovieJoe Starr
Zebra in the Kitchen1965Dr. Del Hartwood
Memorandum for a Spy1965TV Movie
Kraft Suspense Theatre1965TV SeriesLieutenant John Corby
Slattery's People1965TV SeriesRepresentative Scott Fleming
The DuPont Show of the Week1964TV SeriesRex Adams
Route 661960-1964TV SeriesTod Stiles / Paul Kades
Sex Kittens Go to College1960George Barton (as Marty Milner)
13 Ghosts1960Benjamen Rush
The Twilight Zone1960TV SeriesPaul Grinstead
The Private Lives of Adam and Eve1960Ad Simms / Adam
U.S. Marshal1959TV SeriesDeputy Bob Baxter
Hotel de Paree1959TV SeriesPat Williams
The Millionaire1958-1959TV SeriesMark Fleming / Neal Bowers
Steve Canyon1959TV SeriesSgt. Ernest Bigelow
Playhouse 901959TV SeriesCaptain Byers
Compulsion1959Sid Brooks
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse1958-1959TV SeriesPrivate Andrew Pierce / Barry Rodman
Rawhide1959TV SeriesJohnny Doan
Marjorie Morningstar1958Wally Wronkin (as Marty Milner)
Matinee Theatre1956-1958TV Series
Too Much, Too Soon1958Lincoln Forrester
Wagon Train1958TV SeriesMatt Trumbell
Sweet Smell of Success1957Steve Dallas (as Marty Milner)
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral1957James Earp
Desk Set1957Bit Part (uncredited)
Man Afraid1957Shep Hamilton
The Life of Riley1953-1957TV SeriesDon Marshall / Bruce
Navy Log1956TV SeriesMonk
Crossroads1956TV SeriesCharles Mitchell
Science Fiction Theatre1956TV SeriesBritt
Telephone Time1956TV Series
Pillars of the Sky1956Waco
West Point1956TV SeriesCadet Jonathan B. Layton
The Charles Farrell Show1956TV Series
Screaming Eagles1956Pvt. Corliss
Navy Wife1956
TV Reader's Digest1956TV SeriesUS Army Recruit
On the Threshold of Space1956Lt. Mort Glenn
The Great Gildersleeve1955TV SeriesBrick
Pete Kelly's Blues1955Joey Firestone
Francis in the Navy1955W.T. 'Rick' Rickson
Mister Roberts1955Shore Patrol Officer
The Halls of Ivy1955TV Series
Dragnet1952-1955TV SeriesStephen Banner
Schlitz Playhouse1954-1955TV SeriesClay Bryson
The Long Gray Line1955Jim O'Carberry (uncredited)
Dial M for Murder1954Policeman Outside Wendice Flat (uncredited)
Destination Gobi1953Elwood Halsey
Last of the Comanches1953Billy Creel
Torpedo Alley1952Undetermined Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
Battle Zone1952Corp. Andy Sayer
Springfield Rifle1952Pvt. Olie Larsen
My Wife's Best Friend1952Buddy Chamberlain
Belles on Their Toes1952Al Lynch (uncredited)
The Captive City1952Phil Harding
I Want You1951George Kress Jr.
The Stu Erwin Show1950-1951TV SeriesDrexel / Drexel Potter / Jimmy Clark
The Bigelow Theatre1951TV SeriesT.K.O.
Fighting Coast Guard1951Al Prescott
Operation Pacific1951Ens. Caldwell
Halls of Montezuma1951Whitney
Our Very Own1950Bert
Louisa1950Bob Stewart
The Lone Ranger1950TV SeriesDick McHenry
Sands of Iwo Jima1949Pvt. Mike McHugh
The Green Promise1949Joe - 4H Club Member (uncredited)
The Wreck of the Hesperus1948Nathaniel
Life with Father1947John Day


Sex Kittens Go to College1960associate producer


Pete Kelly's Blues1955performer: "Bye Bye Blackbird" - uncredited


Partners2016/Iin memory of


Hollywood Squares2004TV SeriesHimself
Biography2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Route 66: Return to the Road with Martin Milner1998Video documentaryHimself - Host and Narrator
Vicki!1994TV SeriesHimself
Prime Times1983TV MovieHimself
Password Plus1979TV SeriesHimself
To Say the Least1977TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Squares1971-1977TV SeriesHimself
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Dennis Weaver1976TV SpecialHimself
The 18th Annual TV Week Logie Awards1976TV SpecialHimself
Tattletales1975-1976TV SeriesHimself
The Rich Little Show1976TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHimself
Password All-Stars1974TV SeriesHimself
The Dean Martin Show1973TV SeriesHimself
RCA's Opening Night1973TV MovieHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1973TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host
Laugh-In1972-1973TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Bowling1972TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1970TV SeriesHimself
Today1968TV SeriesHimself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
The 13th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1961TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1961TV SeriesHimself

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22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2016TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHimself
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryTod Stiles - Route 66
The Naked Archaeologist2010TV Series documentaryBricklayer
Gotta Get Off This Merry Go Round: Sex, Dolls and Showtunes2006Video documentaryMel
James Dean: Forever Young2005DocumentaryHimself
Biography2002TV Series documentaryDrexel in 'Jackie Knows All' episode of 'The Stu Erwin Show'
It's Alive: The True Story of Frankenstein1994TV Movie documentary

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