- Full Name: William Maher, Jr.
- Born: 1/20/56
- Place of Birth: New York, NY
- Occupation: Writer/Producer/Actor/Host
- Marital Status: Staunchly Single
BILL MAHER NET WORTH HISTORY
The bulk of Bill Maher’s wealth comes from being the host/writer/producer of first Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, and then Real Time With Bill Maher.
ABOUT BILL MAHER
Bill Maher began his career as a stand-up comedian in the seventies, and toiled in the stand-up jungles until he was spotted by a Tonight Show host and got his big break on the show on August 31st, 1982. Maher’s edgy, atheist-themed humor struck a cord with Americans in the Reagan era, and throughout the eighties worked as a comic actor in a number of sitcoms and films, including DC Cab, Alice, Max Headroom, Newhart, Cannibal Women in the Avacado Jungle of Death, Murder She Wrote, and Roseanne.
In 1993, Maher was offered his own round-table political humor talk show called Politically Incorrect. The show moved to ABC in 1997 and enjoyed a four year run. In 2001, shortly after the attack on the World Trade Centers, Maher came under fire for his attack on those who called the terrorists “cowards”. On his show, Maher said “We have been the cowards, lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That’s cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it’s not cowardly.” This resulted in big-name advertisers such as Sears and Federal Express pulling their ads from the show, and channels in some markets pulling the show from their lineups. In 2002, ABC pulled the plug on the show, citing low ratings.
This was not the end for Bill Maher and his politically incorrect humor. In 2003, Maher landed a similar show on HBO titled Real Time With Bill Maher. On premium cable, Maher felt freed from the constraints of network television and was allowed to be his own, foul-mouthed, politically incorrect person. Featuring a monologue, a one-on-one discussion with a guest, a round table discussion and a wrap-up called New Rules, the show is a huge hit for HBO and is currently in its thirteenth season.
Maher also continued appearing on television and in movies, now largely as himself, throughout the run of both shows.
In 2002, Maher wrote a book about the “war on terror” called When You Ride Alone, You Ride With Bin Laden. The titled was taken from a world war 2 American war poster that read When You Ride Alone, You Ride With Hitler that was produced to promote carpooling. The aim of the book was to show that the current war, unlike past successes such as WWII, seemed to be afraid to ask Americans to make sacrifices to support the effort, even though Bin Laden, unlike Hitler, was supported by oil revenue.
In 2008, Maher wrote, produced and starred in a documentary that highlighted his politically incorrect humor as well as his atheism called Religilous. The movie explained how much Christianity seemed like other, “crazier” religions, as well as drew parallels between Christianity, as well as the story of Christ, with religions that predated Christianity by, sometimes, thousands of years.
Maher continues to host Real Time on HBO, as well as his successful stand-up career. Maher remains in demand across the United States, even in the so-called Red States, despite his libertarian humor and views.