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Billy Gray Net Worth, Biography, Wiki 2017-2016

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.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Vampyre Wars 1996 Majordomo
Porklips Now 1980 Short Dullard (as William Gray)
Love and Bullets 1979 Officer Durant (as William Gray)
Father Knows Best: Home for Christmas 1977 TV Movie Bud Anderson
The Father Knows Best Reunion 1977 TV Movie James Anderson Jr.
Werewolves on Wheels 1971 Pill (as William Gray)
Dusty and Sweets McGee 1971 City Life
The Bold Ones: The Protectors 1970 TV Series Morgan Vontz
Medical Center 1969 TV Series Student at Party
Custer 1967 TV Series Billy Nixon
I Spy 1966 TV Series Gerson Stutman
Combat! 1966 TV Series Candell
The Navy vs. the Night Monsters 1966 CPO Fred Twining (as Bill Gray)
Rawhide 1965 TV Series Lindsey McCuller
Arrest and Trial 1964 TV Series Colin Martin
The Greatest Show on Earth 1964 TV Series Nick
The Red Skelton Hour 1962 TV Series Mr. Carmichael
The Explosive Generation 1961 Bobby Herman Jr.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1961 TV Series Perry Hatch
General Electric Theater 1961 TV Series Buzz Marlowe / Jerry Alquist
The Deputy 1961 TV Series Johnny Blatner
Bachelor Father 1960 TV Series David Ross
Stagecoach West 1960 TV Series Frankie Niles
Peter Gunn 1960 TV Series Eric Thorwald
Father Knows Best 1954-1960 TV Series Bud Anderson
The Christophers 1957 TV Series
TV Reader's Digest 1956 TV Series
The Scarlet Hour 1956 Tom Rycker
The Seven Little Foys 1955 Bryan Lincoln Foy, as a Teen
The Outlaw Stallion 1954 Danny Saunders
Annie Oakley 1954 TV Series Tagg Oakley
The Loretta Young Show 1954 TV Series Nick Monti
Cavalcade of America 1954 TV Series Andy Jackson
Fireside Theatre 1954 TV Series Barry
Doggie in the Bedroom 1954 Short
Adventures of Superman 1953 TV Series Alan Harper
All I Desire 1953 Ted Murdoch
The Girl Next Door 1953 Joe Carter
By the Light of the Silvery Moon 1953 Wesley Winfield
The Schaefer Century Theatre 1952 TV Series
Racket Squad 1952 TV Series Danny Jenkins
Chevron Theatre 1952 TV Series
Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair 1952 Kettle Boy (uncredited)
Celanese Theatre 1952 TV Series
Gruen Guild Theater 1952 TV Series
The Return of Gilbert & Sullivan 1952 Short
Talk About a Stranger 1952 Robert Fontaine Jr.
The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951 Bobby Benson
Jim Thorpe -- All-American 1951 Jim Thorpe - as a Boy (uncredited)
The Guy Who Came Back 1951 Willy Joplin
On Moonlight Bay 1951 Wesley Winfield
Her First Romance 1951 Boy at Camp Barracks (uncredited)
So You Want to Be a Cowboy 1951 Short Little Boy Movie Patron with Lollipop (uncredited)
Gene Autry and The Mounties 1951 Boy (uncredited)
Sierra Passage 1950 Young Johnny Yorke
The Magnavox Theatre 1950 TV Series Johnny / Big Mouth's Grandson
The Killer That Stalked New York 1950 Pinkie (uncredited)
The Gene Autry Show 1950 TV Series Eddie Baker / Jimmy Foster
Mister 880 1950 Mickey (uncredited)
Between Midnight and Dawn 1950 Peter J. 'Petey' Conklin (uncredited)
Three Little Words 1950 Boy (uncredited)
In a Lonely Place 1950 Young Boy Seeking Autograph (uncredited)
Kill the Umpire 1950 The Boy Catcher (uncredited)
The Good Humor Man 1950 Junior (uncredited)
Singing Guns 1950 Albert
Father Is a Bachelor 1950 Feb Chalotte
Abandoned 1949 Tough Kid in Park (uncredited)
Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff 1949 Boy With Bow and Arrow (uncredited)
The House Across the Street 1949 Boy (uncredited)
The Talented Tramps 1949 Short
So You're Having In-Law Trouble 1949 Short Little Willie (uncredited)
Lust for Gold 1949 Boy (uncredited)
Bad Men of Tombstone 1949 Willie Stover (uncredited)
So You Want to Be a Baby Sitter 1949 Short Junior - Homer's Boy (uncredited)
Puddle Patch Klub 1949 TV Series Pinky
Parlor, Bedroom and Wrath 1948 Short
Fighting Father Dunne 1948 Chip
The Bride Goes Wild 1948 Boy (uncredited)
The Judge Steps Out 1947 Boy at Birthday Party (uncredited)
The Gangster 1947 Little Boy (uncredited)
The Fabulous Texan 1947 Boy (uncredited)
Driftwood 1947 Boy (uncredited)
The Hal Roach Comedy Carnival 1947 Sandy, in 'Curly'
Curley 1947 Sandy (uncredited)
Little Mister Jim 1947 Neighbor Boy (uncredited)
Backlash 1947 Denny (uncredited)
The Strange Woman 1946 Boy on Bridge (uncredited)
Rendezvous with Annie 1946 Little Boy (uncredited)
Specter of the Rose 1946 Jack Jones
Suspense 1946 Small Boy at Zoo (uncredited)
Our Old Car 1946 Short Boy (uncredited)
One Exciting Week 1946 Small Boy (uncredited)
Cluny Brown 1946 Richard Watkins, Boy in Pharmacy (uncredited)
Throw a Saddle on a Star 1946 Tough Boy (uncredited)
To Each His Own 1946 Billy Ingham (uncredited)
An Angel Comes to Brooklyn 1945 Boy (uncredited)
Adventures of Rusty 1945 Harry (uncredited)
The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry 1945 Child (uncredited)
Man of Courage 1943 Mike Wilson

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Father Knows Best 1958-1960 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Girl Next Door 1953 performer: "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 Bay 1951 performer: "Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine", "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

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

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Actor's Journey 2011 Video documentary Himself
The Actor's Journey for Kids 2011 Video documentary Himself
Decoding 'Klaatu Barada Nikto': Science Fiction as Metaphor 2008 Video documentary short Himself
The Making of 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' 2008 Video documentary short Himself - Interviewee
Acting Normal: Billy Gray on Douglas Sirk's All I Desire 2008 Video documentary short Himself
On the Edge of Black and White 2008 Documentary Himself
TV Land Confidential 2007 TV Series documentary Himself - Interviewee
The O'Reilly Factor 2005 TV Series Himself
Child Stars: Their Story 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Making the Earth Stand Still 1995 Video documentary Himself
The Howard Stern Show 1992 TV Series Himself
The Howard Stern Show 1987 TV Series Himself
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards 1984 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Outstanding Comedy Series
The Mike Douglas Show 1978 TV Series Himself - Actor
That Regis Philbin Show 1965 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1958 TV Series Himself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1951 TV Series Himself - Actor

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pioneers of Television 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Bud Anderson - Father Knows Best
Love, Hate & Propaganda: The Cold War 2011 TV Series documentary Bud Anderson in 'Father Knows Best'
Watch the Skies!: Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us 2005 TV Movie documentary Bobby Benson (uncredited)
The Our Gang Story 1994 Video documentary Sandy
Sex Violence & Values: Changing Images 1986 TV Movie Son (uncredited)
Superman and the Jungle Devil 1954 Alan Harper
Your Play Time 1953 TV Series

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1959 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Supporting Actor (Continuing Character) in a Comedy Series Father Knows Best (1954)


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#Fact
1 Today, 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.
2 Portrays Bryan Foy as a teen in The Seven Little Foys (1955).
3 His 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.
4 Son of actress Beatrice Gray.
5 Inventor of the F-1 guitar pick.
6 Billy 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'.
7 In 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.

#Quote
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."


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