Frank Joseph Whaley was born on the 20th July 1963, in Syracuse, New York State, USA, and is an award-winning actor, director and screenwriter best known to the world for playing Robby Krieger, guitarist of the cult rock band The Doors in the film “The Doors”, starring Val Kilmer, then as Brett in Quentin Tarantino’s classic “Pulp Fiction” (1994), and as Mason in the horror “Vacancy” (2007). His career has been active since the late ‘80s.
Have you ever wondered how rich Frank Whaley is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Whaley’s net worth is as high as $3 million, an amount earned through his successful career in the entertainment industry.
Frank Whaley Net Worth $3 Million
Frank is of mixed ancestry, as he has Sicilian and Irish roots, the son of Josephine and Robert W. Whaley, Sr. He attended Anthony A. Henninger High School, and after matriculation in 1981 he left home, due to problems with his father who was an alcoholic and abusive towards young Frank. He then enrolled at the State University of New York at Albany, earning a BA degree four years later.
His professional career started in 1987 with a minor role in the TV series “Spenser: For Hire”, while the same year he also featured in the Academy Award-nominated drama “Ironweed”, starring Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep and Carroll Baker. Two years later he portrayed Archie Graham in the Academy Award-nominated fantasy drama “Field of Dreams”, with Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones and Ray Liotta as the stars of the film. Also, he played Timmy in the biography about Ron Kovic, entitled “Born on the Fourth of July”, starring Tom Cruise, and directed by Oliver Stone. His net worth was well set.
Frank started the ‘90s with the lead role in the comedy “Cold Dog Soup”, and then portrayed Robbie Krieger in the biopic about the rock band The Doors in 1991, while also portraying one of the conspirators of the assassination of John F. Kennedy in “JFK”, starring Kevin Costner. In 1993 he portrayed Lee Harvey Oswald in the made-for-television drama “Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald, and the next year played Brett in one of Tarantino’s critically acclaimed productions, the crime drama “Pulp Fiction”, which received over 50 awards, including one Academy Award. By the end of the decade, Frank had appeared in numerous productions, however, none of the films became a success, except “Retroactive” (1997), in which he played Brian, next to Jim Belushi and Shannon Whirry, which only increased Frank’s net worth.
He bounced back in 2001 with the lead role in the romantic comedy “Pursuit of Happiness”, with Anabeth Gish, and then in 2005 featured in the Golden Globe- nominated drama “Mrs. Harris”, starring Annette Bening and Ben Kingsley. Two years later he was cast next to Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson in the horror “Vacancy”, further increasing his wealth.
He then had several minor roles in B production films, but in 2013 was selected for the role of Van Miller in the TV drama series “Ray Donovan”, continuing with television roles in recent years, such as Dr. Marston in “Under the Dome” (2015), Harry Markopolos in “Madoff” (2016), and as Detective Rafael Scarfe in “Luke Cage” (2016), which only benefited his net worth.
Frank is also an accomplished writer and director; his directorial debut was “Joe the King”, a crime drama starring Noah Fleiss, Karen Young and Camryn Manheim, and then in 2001 came his second film, comedy drama “The Jimmy Show”, in which Frank was also the lead actor, alongside Ethan Hawke and Carla Gugino. Most recently, he wrote and directed the musical drama “Like Sunday, Like Rain” (2014), starring young actor Julian Shatkin, then Debra Messing and Olga Merediz.
Regarding his personal life, Frank has been married to actress Heather Bucha, since 2001; the couple has two children together.