Billy Gray Net Worth

Billy Gray Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Billy Gray net worth is
$1.5 Million

Billy Gray Wiki Biography

William Thomas “Billy” Gray was born on 13th January 1938, in Los Angeles, California USA, and is a retired actor, probably still best known to the world as Bud Anderson in the TV series “Father Knows Best” (1954-1960).

Have you ever wondered how rich Billy Gray is, as of late 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Billy`s net worth is as high as $1.5 million, earned through his successful career as an actor, during which he has appeared in more than 90 film and TV titles.

Billy Gray Net Worth $1.5 Million

The son of actress, Beatrice Gray and her husband William H. Gray, it was only a matter of time before Billy would be thrown into the film industry, so he was five when he made his debut in the film “Man of Courage”. Through the 1940s he had several uncredited roles, next to his mother in such films as “The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry” (1945), “An Angel Comes to Brooklyn” (1945), and “Specter of the Rose” (1946) among others. His breakthrough role came in 1951 when he was selected for the role of Bobby Benson in the sf film “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, which won a Golden Globe Award, and soon propelled him into the full-time acting world. Just three years later he got the part of James “Bud” Anderson in the sitcom “Father Knows Best”, which lasted until 1960, increasing his net worth by a large margin.

He repeated his role in several spin-off films, including “The Father Knows Best Reunion” (1977) and “Father Knows Best: Home for Christmas” the same year.

While the show lasted, Billy became immensely popular and featured in several more productions, including “The Seven Little Foys” (1955), and “The Scarlet Hour” (1956), directed by the legendary Michael Curtiz. Following the end of the show, it became quite easy for him to find new engagements, however, he only recorded one-time appearances in various television series, including “Stagecoach West” (1960), “Bachelor Father” (1960), and made an appearance in the film “The Explosive Generation” (1961), while continuing with TV roles in “The Red Skelton Hour” (1962), “Arrest and Trial” (1964), “The Navy vs. the Night Monsters” (1966) and “The Medical Center” (1969) among others which increased his net worth. In 1971 he returned to the big screen with the role of City Life in “Dusty and Sweets McGee” (1971). The same year he also appeared in “Werewolves on Wheels” (1971). Billy finished the `70s with a role in the film “Love and Bullets” (1979). His last know role was in the film “Vampyre Wars” in 1996.

Billy is also a successful businessman; he is the co-owner of the Big Rock Engineering, through which he manufactures several of his own inventions, including the self-massager and high-technology guitar picks, among other products. He is also an avid motorcyclist, and has maintained a large collection of motorbikes.

Regarding his personal life, Billy has been married and divorced twice, firstly to actress Donna Wilkes, and secondly to Helena Kallioniotes, but no further details about his marriages are available to the public.

Full NameBilly Gray
Net Worth$1.5 Million
Date Of BirthJanuary 13, 1938
Place Of BirthLos Angeles, California, United States
SpouseHelena Kallianiotes, Donna Wilkes
ParentsBeatrice Gray, William H. Gray
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a C, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Continuing Supporting Performa
MoviesFather Knows Best, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Dusty and Sweets McGee, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, The Seven Little Foys, On Moonlight Bay, Porklips Now, The Girl Next Door, The Explosive Generation, Talk About a Stranger, Fighting Father Dunne
TV ShowsFather Knows Best
1[on his Father Knows Best (1954) years, c. 1983] "I wish there was some way I could tell kids not to believe it - the dialogue, the situations, the characters - they were all totally false. The show did everybody a disservice. The girls were always trained to use their feminine wiles, to pretend to be helpless to attract men. The show contributed to a lot of the problems between men and women that we see today....I think we were all well motivated, but what we did was run a hoax. Father Knows Best (1954) purported to be a reasonable facsimile of life. And the bad thing is that the model is so deceitful. It usually revolved around not wanting to tell the truth, either out of embarrassment, or not wanting to hurt someone....If I could say anything to make up for all the years I lent myself to that kind of bullshit, it would be: *You* Know Best."
1Today, those who fondly recall him in the archetypal 1950s family sitcom Father Knows Best (1954) may be surprised to learn that when the series debuted in 1954, the show did so poorly in the ratings that CBS canceled it in March of 1955. A flood of protests came from viewers insisting that the show be reinstated. The show was moved to an earlier time, and it gradually became a hit.
2Portrays Bryan Foy as a teen in The Seven Little Foys (1955).
3His resemblance to actor Martin Sheen was exploited in the film short Porklips Now (1980), a parody of Apocalypse Now (1979), where he played the character of Health Inspector Will Dullard, based on Sheen's performance of Capt. Benjamin L. Willard.
4Son of actress Beatrice Gray.
5Inventor of the F-1 guitar pick.
6Billy Gray has been involved in 'Speedway' Motorcycle Racing as a Competitor during the 70s, 80s & 90s. His 'Speedway' Bike was known as the 'Orange Crate Special', then later as the 'Orange Blossom Special'. The name was given to Billy's bike By the Announcer at Irwindale Raceway due to the solid orange rims that Billy used on his 'Speedway Bike'.
7In July, 1998, Billy Gray settled a libel suit he brought against noted film critic and historian Leonard Maltin, known for his annual guides on available movies and videos. In all guides from 1974 to 1998, Maltin mistakenly listed Mr. Gray as a real-life drug addict and pusher in the critique of Dusty and Sweets McGee (1971). Billy appeared in the film only as an actor. Part of the suit brought against 'Leonard Maltin' required that he publicly apologize for the 27-year long defamation of character. He did so, during a press conference, on the morning of July 18, 1998.


The Vampyre Wars1996Majordomo
Porklips Now1980ShortDullard (as William Gray)
Love and Bullets1979Officer Durant (as William Gray)
Father Knows Best: Home for Christmas1977TV MovieBud Anderson
The Father Knows Best Reunion1977TV MovieJames Anderson Jr.
Werewolves on Wheels1971Pill (as William Gray)
Dusty and Sweets McGee1971City Life
The Bold Ones: The Protectors1970TV SeriesMorgan Vontz
Medical Center1969TV SeriesStudent at Party
Custer1967TV SeriesBilly Nixon
I Spy1966TV SeriesGerson Stutman
Combat!1966TV SeriesCandell
The Navy vs. the Night Monsters1966CPO Fred Twining (as Bill Gray)
Rawhide1965TV SeriesLindsey McCuller
Arrest and Trial1964TV SeriesColin Martin
The Greatest Show on Earth1964TV SeriesNick
The Red Skelton Hour1962TV SeriesMr. Carmichael
The Explosive Generation1961Bobby Herman Jr.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1961TV SeriesPerry Hatch
General Electric Theater1961TV SeriesBuzz Marlowe / Jerry Alquist
The Deputy1961TV SeriesJohnny Blatner
Bachelor Father1960TV SeriesDavid Ross
Stagecoach West1960TV SeriesFrankie Niles
Peter Gunn1960TV SeriesEric Thorwald
Father Knows Best1954-1960TV SeriesBud Anderson
The Christophers1957TV Series
TV Reader's Digest1956TV Series
The Scarlet Hour1956Tom Rycker
The Seven Little Foys1955Bryan Lincoln Foy, as a Teen
The Outlaw Stallion1954Danny Saunders
Annie Oakley1954TV SeriesTagg Oakley
The Loretta Young Show1954TV SeriesNick Monti
Cavalcade of America1954TV SeriesAndy Jackson
Fireside Theatre1954TV SeriesBarry
Doggie in the Bedroom1954Short
Adventures of Superman1953TV SeriesAlan Harper
All I Desire1953Ted Murdoch
The Girl Next Door1953Joe Carter
By the Light of the Silvery Moon1953Wesley Winfield
The Schaefer Century Theatre1952TV Series
Racket Squad1952TV SeriesDanny Jenkins
Chevron Theatre1952TV Series
Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair1952Kettle Boy (uncredited)
Celanese Theatre1952TV Series
Gruen Guild Theater1952TV Series
The Return of Gilbert & Sullivan1952Short
Talk About a Stranger1952Robert Fontaine Jr.
The Day the Earth Stood Still1951Bobby Benson
Jim Thorpe -- All-American1951Jim Thorpe - as a Boy (uncredited)
The Guy Who Came Back1951Willy Joplin
On Moonlight Bay1951Wesley Winfield
Her First Romance1951Boy at Camp Barracks (uncredited)
So You Want to Be a Cowboy1951ShortLittle Boy Movie Patron with Lollipop (uncredited)
Gene Autry and The Mounties1951Boy (uncredited)
Sierra Passage1950Young Johnny Yorke
The Magnavox Theatre1950TV SeriesJohnny / Big Mouth's Grandson
The Killer That Stalked New York1950Pinkie (uncredited)
The Gene Autry Show1950TV SeriesEddie Baker / Jimmy Foster
Mister 8801950Mickey (uncredited)
Between Midnight and Dawn1950Peter J. 'Petey' Conklin (uncredited)
Three Little Words1950Boy (uncredited)
In a Lonely Place1950Young Boy Seeking Autograph (uncredited)
Kill the Umpire1950The Boy Catcher (uncredited)
The Good Humor Man1950Junior (uncredited)
Singing Guns1950Albert
Father Is a Bachelor1950Feb Chalotte
Abandoned1949Tough Kid in Park (uncredited)
Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff1949Boy With Bow and Arrow (uncredited)
The House Across the Street1949Boy (uncredited)
The Talented Tramps1949Short
So You're Having In-Law Trouble1949ShortLittle Willie (uncredited)
Lust for Gold1949Boy (uncredited)
Bad Men of Tombstone1949Willie Stover (uncredited)
So You Want to Be a Baby Sitter1949ShortJunior - Homer's Boy (uncredited)
Puddle Patch Klub1949TV SeriesPinky
Parlor, Bedroom and Wrath1948Short
Fighting Father Dunne1948Chip
The Bride Goes Wild1948Boy (uncredited)
The Judge Steps Out1947Boy at Birthday Party (uncredited)
The Gangster1947Little Boy (uncredited)
The Fabulous Texan1947Boy (uncredited)
Driftwood1947Boy (uncredited)
The Hal Roach Comedy Carnival1947Sandy, in 'Curly'
Curley1947Sandy (uncredited)
Little Mister Jim1947Neighbor Boy (uncredited)
Backlash1947Denny (uncredited)
The Strange Woman1946Boy on Bridge (uncredited)
Rendezvous with Annie1946Little Boy (uncredited)
Specter of the Rose1946Jack Jones
Suspense1946Small Boy at Zoo (uncredited)
Our Old Car1946ShortBoy (uncredited)
One Exciting Week1946Small Boy (uncredited)
Cluny Brown1946Richard Watkins, Boy in Pharmacy (uncredited)
Throw a Saddle on a Star1946Tough Boy (uncredited)
To Each His Own1946Billy Ingham (uncredited)
An Angel Comes to Brooklyn1945Boy (uncredited)
Adventures of Rusty1945Harry (uncredited)
The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry1945Child (uncredited)
Man of Courage1943Mike Wilson


Father Knows Best1958-1960TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Girl Next Door1953performer: "I'd Rather Have a Pal Than a Gal Anytime", "YouI'd Rather Have a Pal / I'm Mad About the Girl Next Door" medley - uncredited
On Moonlight Bay1951performer: "Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine", "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" - uncredited


The Making of 'The Day the Earth Stood Still'2008Video documentary short thanks
Acting Normal: Billy Gray on Douglas Sirk's All I Desire2008Video documentary short special thanks


The Actor's Journey2011Video documentaryHimself
The Actor's Journey for Kids2011Video documentaryHimself
Decoding 'Klaatu Barada Nikto': Science Fiction as Metaphor2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of 'The Day the Earth Stood Still'2008Video documentary shortHimself - Interviewee
Acting Normal: Billy Gray on Douglas Sirk's All I Desire2008Video documentary shortHimself
On the Edge of Black and White2008DocumentaryHimself
TV Land Confidential2007TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
The O'Reilly Factor2005TV SeriesHimself
Child Stars: Their Story2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Making the Earth Stand Still1995Video documentaryHimself
The Howard Stern Show1992TV SeriesHimself
The Howard Stern Show1987TV SeriesHimself
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Comedy Series
The Mike Douglas Show1978TV SeriesHimself - Actor
That Regis Philbin Show1965TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1958TV SeriesHimself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1951TV SeriesHimself - Actor

Archive Footage

Pioneers of Television2014TV Mini-Series documentaryBud Anderson - Father Knows Best
Love, Hate & Propaganda: The Cold War2011TV Series documentaryBud Anderson in 'Father Knows Best'
Watch the Skies!: Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us2005TV Movie documentaryBobby Benson (uncredited)
The Our Gang Story1994Video documentarySandy
Sex Violence & Values: Changing Images1986TV MovieSon (uncredited)
Superman and the Jungle Devil1954Alan Harper
Your Play Time1953TV Series

Nominated Awards

1959Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Supporting Actor (Continuing Character) in a Comedy SeriesFather Knows Best (1954)

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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