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Raymond Daniel Manczarek, Jr. was born on the 12th February 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, USA of Polish descent,. He was a musician, singer, producer, film director, and author, but probably best known as a founding member and keyboardist of The Doors, one of the most influential and controversial rock bands in history. His career was active from 1961 to 2013, when he passed away.

So, have you ever wondered how rich Ray Manzarek was? According to authoritative sources, it was estimated that Ray’s net worth was over $25 million, an amount most of which he acquired during his successful career in the entertainment industry. Another source came from the sales of his books.

Ray Manzarek Net Worth $25 Million

Ray Manzarek spent his childhood in Chicago, where he was raised by his parents Helena and Raymod Manzarek, Sr. At the age of seven, he was first introduced to the piano and took piano lessons as he was growing up. He attended Everett Elementary School and matriculated from St. Rita of Cascia High School, after which he enrolled at DePaul University and graduated from the University’s College of Commerce in 1956 with a BA degree in Economics. After this, he moved to Los Angeles and enrolled in the film school at the University of California. However, he dropped out and spent his next couple of years as a prospective intelligence analyst for the Army Security Agency in Okinawa and Laos, before being discharged. In 1962 he decided to enroll again in the same program at the University of California, and received a M.F.A. degree in Cinematography three years later. At that time he met his future band co-founder, Jim Morrison.

Just forty days after finishing film school, Manzarek met Morrison purely by chance on Venice Beach in California. After hearing a few songs Morrison had written, the two of them decided to play together, and formed The Doors at that exact moment. They went on to hire Robby Krieger as a guitarist and John Densmore as a drummer. In the following years, The Doors released six studio albums, a live album and a compilation before the untimely death of Jim Morrison from a drug overdose in 1971. Manzarek, Krieger and Densmore continued to play as The Doors and released two more albums before they disbanded in 1973. Regarded as one of the most influential bands of all time, The Doors sold over 30 million albums in the USA, and over 100 million albums worldwide. They were the first American band to garner eight consecutive gold and platinum LP’s, and won many prestigious awards. The Door’s huge success certainly increased Manzarek’s net worth by a large margin.

After The Doors was disbanded, Manzarek went on to release solo albums, “The Golden Scarab” in 1973 and “The Whole Thing Started With Rock And Roll & Now It’s Out Of Control” in 1974, before forming the group Nite City, with which he released two albums, increasing further his net worth.

The surviving Doors members reunited a couple of years for various projects. Besides this, Manzarek collaborated with many other bands and musicians, including Iggy Pop, Echo and the Bunnymen, X, Weird Al Yankovich, Roy Rogers, Skrillex, etc. He also wrote and produced soundtracks for more than 100 film and TV titles. Additionally, he wrote, directed and produced several short and feature length films, all of which contributed a lot to his wealth.

In addition to music and film, he published an autobiography entitled “Light My Fire: My Life With The Doors” in 1998. He subsequently published two novels, “The Poet In Exile” in 2001, and “Snake Moon” in 2006, adding a considerable amount to his net worth.

Speaking about his personal life, Ray Manzarek married Dorothy Fujikawa in 1967. They had a son and three grandchildren. He passed away from a rare type of cancer at the age of 74, on the 20th May 2013 in Rosenheim, Germany.

Quick Facts

Birth date: February 12, 1939
Birth place: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Death date: May 20, 2013, Rosenheim, Germany
Height:6' 0½" (1.84 m)
Profession:Musician
Education:University of California, Los Angeles UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television DePaul University
Nationality:American
Spouse:Dorothy Manzarek m. 1967–2013
Children:Pablo Manzarek
Parents:Helen Manzarek, Raymond Manzarek, Sr.
Movies:The Doors: Dance on Fire, Love Her Madly 2000, The Doors – 30 Years Commemorative Edition, Deal of the Century, The Doors: Soundstage Performances, The Doors of the 21st Century: L.A. Woman Live, X: The Unheard Music
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Manager was Tom Vitorino.
2Longtime collaborator with Robby Krieger.
3He and The Doors were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6901 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA.
4Grew up on the south side of Chicago.
5Resides in Napa County, California.
6Attended UCLA film school with fellow The Doors band member Jim Morrison--Ray for a Master of Fine Arts, Morrison for an undergraduate degree.
7Is of Polish descent
8Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Doors) in 1993.
9Keyboard player with The Doors.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1His glasses
2Would incorporate the works of Coltrane and other jazz artists into his organ solos. (The Coltrane allusion specifically refers to block and minor chord vamping behind long instrumental solos and is associated with Coltrane's 1960 version of "My Favorite Things" and its influence on The Doors' "Light My Fire".)


Quotes

#Quote
1I'm just a '60s kind of guy. It's all love and peace. People say all my playing still sounds like The Doors, but did I sound like The Doors or did The Doors sound like me?
2[on collaborating with slide-guitar master Roy Rogers] It's simple. You just change focus and adjust your mind. It's as easy as taking off your Giants cap and putting on your Dodgers cap. Everybody loves a blues show. Republicans and Democrats, alike, love the blues.
3I miss him [Jim Morrison] every day. What great company he was. Talk about going to the pub and having a couple of beers with the guy--Morrison was perfect. He's been haunting me for some 40 years now, and I miss him every day.
4When I got the call to say Jim [Jim Morrison] had died in Paris I refused to take it seriously. Our manager, Bill Siddons, flew to Paris to establish the truth--but by the time he got there Jim had been buried. The coroner said that death was due to a hemorrhage brought on by a heart attack, which was caused by taking a too-hot bath after a heavy drinking spree.
5Johnny Depp has beatnik blood.
6Maybe, maybe we can make the world a better place to live and to love and to get high...'cause it sure ain't that now, man!


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Filmography

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Less Than Zero1987lyrics: "Moonlight Drive" / music: "Moonlight Drive"
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam1987TV Movie documentary writer: "FIVE TO ONE"
The Lost Boys1987producer: "People Are Strange"
Family Ties1987TV Series writer - 1 episode
Miami Vice1985-1986TV Series writer - 2 episodes
X: The Unheard Music1986Documentary writer: "Soul Kitchen"
Vagabond1985writer: "The Changeling"
Storm Riders1982Documentary writer: "Riders On The Storm"
Neighbors1981writer: "Hello, I Love You"
Taps1981writer: "Light My Fire"
American Pop1981writer: "People Are Strange"
Altered States1980writer: "Light My Fire" - uncredited
More American Graffiti1979writer: "Light My Fire"
Top of the Pops1979TV Series writer - 1 episode
WKRP in Cincinnati1979TV Series writer - 1 episode
When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?1979writer: "People Are Strange"
Hot Summer in the City1976writer: "Light My Fire" - uncredited
Hitler's Harlot1973writer: "Light My Fire" - uncredited
The Midnight Special1973TV Series writer - 1 episode
One Pair of Eyes1972TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
In for Life1970writer: "Light My Fire" - uncredited
The Coming Thing1970writer: "Hello, I Love You", "Love Me Two Times", "Five to One", "End of the Night" - uncredited
Handicap1968Short writer: "I Looked at You", "End of the Night"
The Doors1968TV Special documentary performer: "Alabama Song", "Back Door Man", "Love Me Two Times", "When the Music's Over", "The Unknown Soldier"
The Jonathan Winters Show1967TV Series writer - 1 episode
Malibu U.1967TV Series writer - 1 episode
Conan2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Minions2015writer: "Break On Through To the Other Side"
Strange Magic2015writer: "People Are Strange"
Rage2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mike & Mike2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tu cara me suena - Argentina2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Divorce2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Spise med Price2012TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Watch2012/Iwriter: "People Are Strange"
Californication2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Fringe2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
De wereld draait door2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Por Toda Minha Vida2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Glee2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cold Case2005-2010TV Series writer - 3 episodes
BBC Electric Proms2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Taking Woodstock2009writer: "Maggie M'Gill" - as Raymond Manzarek
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned2009Video Game writer: "Five to One"
Being Erica2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Operación triunfo2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
60/902008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Spisok korabley2008Documentary writer: "Crystal ship"
Memòries de la tele2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Simpsons1999-2008TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Parashat Ha-Shavua2006-2007TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Banda sonora2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Sopranos2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Entourage2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Eight2006TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse2006Video writer: "The End" - uncredited
Kiss Me Again2006writer: "Feijoada"
My Name Is Earl2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Wasteland2005Video Game writer: "Peace Frog"
X: Live in Los Angeles2005Video writer: "Soul Kitchen"
The Jeff Healey Band: Live at Montreux 19992005Video documentary writer: "Roadhouse Blues"
Ramones Raw2004Documentary writer: "Take It As It Comes" - as Manzarek
The Desire2004TV Series writer: "Light my fire"
Woyzeck2004TV Movie writer: "Light my Fire"
Medicopter 117 - Jedes Leben zählt2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pop Idol2001TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tatort2001TV Series writer - 1 episode
Someone Like You...2001writer: "I'm a Tree"
Cast Away2000writer: "Light My Fire"
Girl, Interrupted1999writer: "Roadhouse Blues"
Me and Will1999writer: "Queen of the Highway"
Superstar1999"I'm a Tree"
That '70s Show1999TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Waterboy1998writer: "Peace Frog"
The X Files1998producer: "Crystal Ship" / writer: "Crystal Ship"
Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train1998writer: "Break On Through To the Other Side"
The History of Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 61995TV Movie documentary writer: "When the Music's Over"
Strange Days1995performer: "Strange Days"
The Basketball Diaries1995writer: "Riders On The Storm"
Nico Icon1995Documentary writer: "The End"
Mistah1994writer: "Hello, I Love You", "The Unknown Soldier", "Riders On The Storm", "Break On Through To The Other Side", "The End"
Mystery Science Theater 30001992-1994TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Koskenkorva Cowboys1992writer: "Light My Fire", "Hello I Love You"
Palm Harbor Vice1991writer: "L.A. Woman"
Air America1990writer: "Love Me Two Times"
The Jeff Healey Band: See the Light - Live from London1989Video writer: "Roadhouse Blues"
Casualties of War1989writer: "Hello, I Love You"
Road House1989writer: "Roadhouse Blues"
The Wonder Years1988-1989TV Series writer - 2 episodes
True Believer1989writer: "Crystal Ship"

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Doors: Live at the Bowl '682012Documentary
Love Her Madly2000
Light My Fire: Ray Manzarek - A Return to the Whisky a Go Go2000Video documentary
The Doors Collection1999Video documentary
The Best of the Doors1997Video
The Doors: The Soft Parade1991Video documentary
The Doors: Live in Europe 19681991Video documentary
The Doors: Live at the Hollywood Bowl1987Video documentary
The Doors: Dance on Fire1985Video documentary creative director
Induction1965Short

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Poet in Exilepre-production
Rebel Roar: The Sound of Michael McClure2008Video short
VH1 Storytellers2000TV Series documentary 1 episode
The Doors Collection1999Video documentary
The Doors: The Doors Are Open1968TV Movie documentary

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Poet in Exilebased on the novel by pre-production
Love Her Madly2000
Induction1965Short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Poet in Exileexecutive producer pre-production
Light My Fire: Ray Manzarek - A Return to the Whisky a Go Go2000Video documentary executive producer
Feast of Friends1970Documentary producer

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Deal of the Century1983Charlie Simbo
Induction1965ShortRay (uncredited)

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
VH1 Storytellers2000TV Series documentary musician - 1 episode
A Boy and His Dog1975musician

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Doors: Dance on Fire1985Video documentary concept / creative director

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams2010special thanks
The Banger Sisters2002thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Keyboardist, The Doors (In Memoriam) (credit only)
When Albums Ruled the World2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Napa Valley Dreams2013Documentary shortKeyboardist, The Doors
The Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin - The Story of LA Woman2012Himself
A Norml Life2011DocumentaryHimself - Author
Re:Generation2011Documentary
Down the Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story2011DocumentaryHimself
Beatles Stories2011DocumentaryHimself
I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band2010TV SeriesHimself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Come Together2009VideoHimself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Light My Fire2009VideoHimself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Whole Lotta Shakin'2009VideoHimself
Sex in '69: The Sexual Revolution in America2009Himself
Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History - 1960's2009Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1950s: The Golden Era of the Musical2009Video documentaryHimself
The Reinactors2008DocumentaryHimself
Obscene2007DocumentaryHimself
9am with David & Kim2007TV SeriesHimself
The UCLA Dynasty2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Breaking the Rules2006DocumentaryHimself
The Drug Years2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
An Ox's Tale: The John Entwistle Story2006DocumentaryHimself
The Doors of the 21st Century: L.A. Woman Live2004VideoHimself
Temples of Rock2003TV Movie documentaryHost
Mayor of the Sunset Strip2003DocumentaryHimself - The Doors
The Definitive Elvis: 25th Anniversary2003Video documentaryHimself - Keyboards: The Doors
The Doors: Soundstage Performances2002Video documentaryHimself - Interviewee / keyboards
Venice: Lost and Found2002Documentary
When Hippies Ruled the World2002Documentary
The Definitive Elvis: The Hollywood Years - Part I: 1956-19612002Video documentaryHimself
The Definitive Elvis: The Hollywood Years - Part II: 1962-19692002Video documentaryHimself
The Definitive Elvis: The Television Years2002Video documentary
VH1 Storytellers2000TV Series documentaryHimself - The Doors
Light My Fire: Ray Manzarek - A Return to the Whisky a Go Go2000Video documentaryHimself - Host & Musician
The Third Mind2000Documentary
The Doors Collection1999Video documentaryHimself
The Adam and Joe Show1999TV SeriesHimself
The Best of the Doors1997VideoKeyboards
Feed Your Head1997Documentary shortHimself (Interview)
Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival1997DocumentaryHimself (The Doors)
The History of Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 11995TV Movie documentaryHimself (The Doors)
The History of Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 61995TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Doors: The Soft Parade1991Video documentaryHimself (Keyboards)
The Full Moon Show1991TV Series documentaryHimself
The Doors: Live in Europe 19681991Video documentaryHimself (keyboards)
X-Large1991TV Series documentaryHimself
The Turtles: Happy Together1991VideoHimself
Hard 'N Heavy Volume 121991Video documentaryHimself
The Doors: Live at the Hollywood Bowl1987Video documentaryHimself (keyboards)
X: The Unheard Music1986DocumentaryHimself
The Doors: Dance on Fire1985Video documentaryHimself (keyboards)
No One Here Gets Out Alive: A Tribute to Jim Morrison1981Video documentaryHimself
Beat-Club1972TV Series
John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band: Sweet Toronto1971Video documentaryHimself in the Limousine (uncredited)
Feast of Friends1970DocumentaryHimself (The Doors)
The Doors: The Doors Are Open1968TV Movie documentaryHimself - keyboards (as Ray Daniel Manzarek)
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour1968TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The Doors1968TV Special documentaryHimself - Musician
The Ed Sullivan Show1967TV SeriesHimself
Malibu U.1967TV SeriesHimself
New American Bandstand 19651967TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Breaking Through the Lens2014Documentary
The Doors: R-Evolution2014
The Doors: Live at the Bowl '682012Documentary
Echoes from the Bowl2012Documentary short
Reworking the Doors2012Documentary short
You Had to Be There2012Documentary short
The Doors: When You're Strange2009DocumentaryHimself
Banda sonora2007TV SeriesHimself
Video on Trial2006TV SeriesHimself - The Doors
The Music of Apocalypse Now2006Video documentary shortHimself
Musikprogrammet - programmet om musik2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Ed Sullivan's Rock 'n' Roll Classics, Vol. 4: Elvis & Other Rock Greats2003VideoHimself (as The Doors)
The Road of Excess1997Video documentary shortHimself
Rock & Roll1995TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Rock 'N' Roll Goldmine: The Sixties1986Documentary shortHimself (The Doors)

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