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Ray Erskine Parker Jr. was born on the 1st May 1954, in Detroit, Michigan USA, and is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor and producer, probably best known for his hit theme song written for the movie “Ghostbusters” (1984), for which he was nominated for an Oscar. Parker also played with his band Raydio (1977-1981) and was associated with Barry White. Being a prominent musician helped him to increase his net worth. He has been active since 1972.

Have you ever wondered how rich Ray Parker Jr. is, as of mid-2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Ray Parker’s net worth is as high as $2.5 million. In addition to his successful career in music, he is also a producer and an actor,which efforts have generated more money into his bank account.

Ray Parker Jr. Net Worth $2.5 Million

Ray Parker Jr. is a son of Venolia Parker and Ray Parker Sr. and has a sister Barbara and brother Opelton. He went to Angel Elementary School, where started to play the clarinet at age six, encouraged by Afred T Kirby, his music teacher at the time. He later moved to Cass Tech High School, and graduated from the Northwestern High School, Detroit in 1971. Parker subsequently studied at the Lawrence Institute of Technology.

Parker wanted to leave his mark in music, and he started to play during the late ’60s and even co-wrote his first songs with the legendary Marvin Gaye when was 16. He had a job as a studio musician, and after some excellent performances, Ray moved into professional waters by playing guitar for Stevie Wonder’s funk song “Maybe Your Baby” in 1972. The link with Wonder was a good recommendation for Barry White to hir Parker as a sideman in his The Love Unlimited Orchestra in 1973. Ray also briefly appeared in the Sidney Poitier movie “Uptown Saturday Night” in 1974.

Ray Parker has written songs for many performers which has endeared him to the music world; the most notable have been The Carpenters, Aretha Franklin, Deniece Williams, Rufus and Chaka Khan, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, The Spinners, Boz Scaggs, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Herbie Hancock, and Diana Ross, but among many more too numerous to mention

Together with Vincent Bohnam, Jerry Knight, and Arnell Carmichael, Parker formed the band called Raydio in 1977, and had a big first single “Jack and Jill”, which reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Their debut, self-titled album released in 1978 went gold, while the following album “Rock On” (1979) reached #4 spot on the R&B chart. The band released another two studio albums – “Two Places at the Same Time” (1980), and “A Woman Needs Love” (1981) which reached the #1 spot on the Billboard chart. With all four albums being certified gold, and millions of records sold, Parker’s wealth significantly increased.

The band broke up in 1981, and Parkers started his solo career and had six Top 40 singles including “The Other Woman” (Pop #4) in 1982 and “Ghostbusters” in 1984. He received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song, but lost out to Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called To Say I Love You”, but Parker did win a Grammy award in 1984 for the “Ghostbusters” theme. His debut solo album “The Other Woman” (1982), was the only one gold certified, and which reached the top of the R&B charts. “Woman Out of Control” (1983), “Sex and the Single Man” (1985), “After Dark” (1987), “I Love You Like You Are” (1991), and “I’m Free” (2006) were the following albums; most recently Parker appeared on ABC’s “Greatest Hits” in July 2016.

Regarding his personal life, Ray Parker Jr. married Elaine in 1994, and they have four sons. Parker was rewarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014 for his contribution to music.


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tähdet, tähdet2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
The X FactorTV Series writer - 3 episodes, 2009 - 2016 performer - 2 episodes, 2016
Lorraine2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Superstar Duets2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonTV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2015 - 2016 performer - 1 episode, 2016
Pencilmation2016TV Series short music - 1 episode
Ghostbusters2016performer: "Ghostbusters" - as Ray Parker, Jr. / writer: "Ghostbusters", "Ghostbusters I'm Not Afraid", "Get Ghost", "Saw It Coming" - as Ray Parker, Jr.
Britain's Got More TalentTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2015 - 2016 writer - 2 episodes, 2015 - 2016
Britain's Got TalentTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Mike & MikeTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick HarrisTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Lego Dimensions2015Video Game performer: "Ghostbusters" / writer: "Ghostbusters"
Scandal2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
One Hit WonderlandTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
The Last Man on Earth2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ex Machina2015lyrics: "Ghostbusters" / music: "Ghostbusters"
The Big Bang TheoryTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
About Last Night2014performer: "Ghostbusters Instrumental Version" / writer: "Ghostbusters Instrumental Version"
Ride Along2014writer: "I Love Dem Strippers"
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues2013writer: "Ghostbusters" - as Ray Parker
EastEndersTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
All Access: Mayweather vs. Guerrero2013TV Mini-Series performer: "Ghostbusters" - uncredited / writer: "Ghostbusters" - uncredited
Amachan2013TV Series short writer - 2 episodes
Phelous & the MoviesTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Animal PracticeTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
It's Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaTV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2008 - 2012 performer - 1 episode, 2012
Dancing with the Stars2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hawaii Five-0TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011TV Series writer - 2 episodes
CastleTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Some Jerk with a CameraTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Nostalgia CriticTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2009 - 2011 writer - 2 episodes, 2009 - 2011
Camping paradis2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ghostbusters Return2010Short "Ghostbusters" Instrumental
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Scream Awards 20102010TV Special performer: "Ghostbusters" / writer: "Ghostbusters"
Love Ranch2010writer: "You Got the Love" - as Ray Erskine Parker Jr.
Memòries de la teleTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
The SimpsonsTV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2002 - 2010 performer - 1 episode, 2002
Gonger 2 - Das Böse kehrt zurück2010TV Movie "Ghostbusters Ghostbusters Theme Song" / producer: "Ghostbusters Ghostbusters Theme Song" / writer: "Ghostbusters Ghostbusters Theme Song"
Zombieland2009performer: "Ghostbusters" / writer: "Ghostbusters"
Ghostbusters2009Video Game performer: "Ghostbusters" / writer: "Ghostbusters"
All Star Family FortunesTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts: Creating 'The Real Ghostbusters'2008Video documentary short writer: "Ghostbusters"
Animating 'The Real Ghostbusters'2008Video documentary short writer: "Ghostbusters"
He Slimed Me! The Green World of Slimer and 'The Real Ghostbusters'2008Video documentary short writer: "Ghostbusters"
Something Strange in Your Neighborhood: The Creatures of 'The Real Ghostbusters'2008Video documentary short writer: "Ghostbusters"
Who You Gonna Call? The Heroes of 'The Real Ghostbusters'2008Video documentary short writer: "Ghostbusters"
Saturday Night Live2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Be Kind Rewind2008performer: "Ghostbusters" / writer: "Ghostbusters"
Eddsworld2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Angry Video Game NerdTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2007
Doctor Who2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Just Like Heaven2005writer: "Ghostbusters"
UndercoverTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2005 writer - 1 episode, 2005
Freddy vs Ghostbusters2004Short performer: "Ghostbusters" - uncredited / writer: "Ghostbusters" uncredited, "Ghostbusters"
EdTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2002 producer - 1 episode, 2002 writer - 1 episode, 2002
Night Fever2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pop Up VideoTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1998 writer - 1 episode, 1998
Extreme Ghostbusters1997TV Series "Just Call The XGB" Main Title
The Real Ghostbusters1986-1991TV Series writer - 72 episodes
New Ghostbusters II1990Video Game writer: "Ghostbusters" - uncredited
CheersTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1990 writer - 1 episode, 1990
Ghostbusters II1989performer: "Ghostbusters" / producer: "Ghostbusters" / writer: "Ghostbusters"
DTV Monster Hits1987TV Movie performer: "Ghostbusters"
Quicksilver1986performer: "One Summer Day Dueling Bikes" / producer: "One Summer Day Dueling Bikes"
Bring on the Summer1986TV Special writer: "Mr Telephone Man" - uncredited
The 57th Annual Academy Awards1985TV Special documentary performer: "Ghostbusters" / writer: "Ghostbusters"
Fame1985TV Series writer - 1 episode
Solid GoldTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1985 writer - 1 episode, 1985
Knight Rider1984TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ghostbusters1984performer: "GHOSTBUSTERS" / writer: "GHOSTBUSTERS"
Ray Parker Jr.: Ghostbusters1984Video short performer: "GHOSTBUSTERS" / writer: "GHOSTBUSTERS"
Fort Apache the Bronx1981performer: "It's Time to Party Now" / writer: "It's Time to Party Now"
Moment by Moment1978producer: "Hollywood Boulevard" / writer: "Hollywood Boulevard"
Top of the PopsTV Series writer - 6 episodes, 1976 - 1978 performer - 3 episodes, 1978

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A to Z2014TV SeriesRay Parker Jr.
The Kid Who Loved Christmas1990TV Movie
Disorderlies1987Pizza Deliveryman
Enemy Territory1987Will
Charlie Barnett's Terms of Enrollment1986VideoL.A. Vice Cop #2
Berrenger's1985TV SeriesZack Shepard
Uptown Saturday Night1974Ray (uncredited)

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Psi-Kix2008TV Series music by, 2008
You Can't Change That1982Video short

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extreme Ghostbusters1997TV Series composer - 2 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Basketball Wife2013TV Series executive producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fly by Night1992production assistant

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Real2016TV SeriesHimself
Today2016TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest Musician
Inside Edition2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Greatest Hits2016TV SeriesHimself
Hired Gun2016DocumentaryHimself
Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters2016Video documentaryHimself
Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest, Singalong Live
The Story of Funk: One Nation Under a Groove2014TV Movie documentary
Nathan East: For the Record2014DocumentaryHimself
Actors Entertainment2014TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Wife Swap2013TV SeriesHimself
Basketball Wife2013TV SeriesHimself
Unsung2011-2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Recorded Live2011TV SeriesHimself
Brian Culbertson: Live from the Inside2009VideoHimself
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Loose Women2009TV SeriesHimself
Die Hit-Giganten2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Let the Music Play: The Barry White Story2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Greatest Ever Comedy Movies2006TV MovieHimself
The 100 Greatest Family Films2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Best Ever Family Films2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
I Love the '80s2002TV Series documentaryHimself
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2002TV Series documentaryHimself
American Bandstand's 50th Anniversary Celebration2002TV MovieHimself - Performer
MTV Video Music Awards 19901990TV SpecialHimself
21 Jump Street1990TV SeriesHimself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1986-1988TV SeriesHimself
Family Reunion: A Gospel Music Celebration1988TV Movie documentaryHimself
Soul Train1980-1988TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Guest / Themselves
Showtime at the Apollo1987TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host
Top of the Pops1978-1987TV SeriesHimself
New American Bandstand 19651978-1987TV SeriesHimself
The 14th Annual American Music Awards1987TV SpecialHimself
Joan Rivers: Can We Talk?1986TV Series
The 13th Annual American Music Awards1986TV SpecialHimself
Solid Gold1985TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself - Co-Host
The 57th Annual Academy Awards1985TV Special documentaryHimself - Performer & Nominated: Best Original Song
Pryor's Place1984TV SeriesHimself
Gimme a Break!1984TV SeriesHimself
Na sowas!1984TV SeriesHimself
Champs-Elysées1984TV SeriesHimself
Ray Parker Jr.: Ghostbusters1984Video shortHimself
Soul City USA1984TV MovieHimself
The 10th Annual American Music Awards1983TV SpecialHimself
The American Music Awards1982TV SpecialHimself
You Can't Change That1982Video shortHimself
The Midnight Special1978-1979TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Host

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Memòries de la tele2010TV SeriesHimself
Top of the Pops 22007TV SeriesHimself
Hittimittari1984-1985TV SeriesHimself
Top of the Pops1978TV SeriesHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingOn March 6, 2014. At 7065 Hollywood Blvd.
1985BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Original SongGhostbusters (1984)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1985OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Music, Original SongGhostbusters (1984)
1985Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Original Song - Motion PictureGhostbusters (1984)
1985GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Album of Instrumental Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television SpecialGhostbusters (1984)· Kevin O'Neal
· Bobby Alessi
· Tom Bailey
· Graham Russell
· David Foster
· Jay Graydon
· Diane Warren
· Mick Smiley
· Elmer Bernstein


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#Fact
1He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on March 6, 2014.
2Brother of Opelton Parker.
3Father of Gibson Parker, Jericho Parker and Redman Parker.
4Was sued by Huey Lewis, who claimed that the "Ghostbusters" theme was similar to Huey Lewis and the News' "I Want a New Drug." It was later settled out of court.In 2006, Parker filed suit against Lewis, for reiterating his claim of plagiarism against Parker in a VH1 special. According to Parker, public statements on the matter were forbidden by the agreement.
5Made two music videos for his 1982 Top 5 hit "The Other Woman", both of which MTV refused to play because they did not fit the MTV "rock" format.
6In 1977, Parker created the Raydio, an acid jazz and R&B group. The band is: Vincent Bohnam, Jerry Knight, Ray Parker Jr. and Arnell Carmichael.
7Was a sideman in Barry White's "Love Unlimited Orchestra" in the mid-1970s.


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