Willard Scott Jr. Net worth
Willard Scott Jr. Net worth – Willard Scott Jr. had a net worth of $10 million before he died on 4th September 2021. He made most of his income from the broadcasting career in had for decades.
|Name||Willard Scott Jr.|
|Date of Birth||March 7, 1934|
|Net worth||$10 million|
|Wife||Mary Dwyer Scott|
(m. 1959; died 2002)
|Date of Death||September 4, 2021|
|Cause of Death||Natural Causes|
Willard Scott Jr. Biography
Willard Scott Jr. (March 7, 1934 – September 4, 2021) was an American weather presenter, radio and television personality, actor, narrator, clown, comedian, and author. He was best known for his work as a weather reporter on the Today show, where he read out the birthdays of fans who turned 100 on live television.
Scott was born on March 7, 1934, in Alexandria, Virginia, and attended George Washington High School.
As a 16-year-old, he expressed an interest in broadcasting by working as an NBC page at WRC (AM), NBC’s owned-and-operated radio station in Washington, D.C.
Willard Scott Jr. Education
Scott subsequently went to American University, where he worked at WAMU-AM, the university’s radio station, from 1951 to 1953, alongside fellow student Ed Walker. Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and religion from the university. Willard Scott Jr. Net worth
Willard Scott Jr. Career
Scott, who joined TODAY in 1980, was perhaps best known for wishing happy birthday to viewers turning 100, a feature that grew in popularity over time, with photographs of centenarians appearing on Smucker’s jelly jars and Scott recognizing them in front of millions of people.
Scott, who started his 65-year career with NBC in 1950 as a page at the Washington, D.C. affiliate station, would also conduct his forecasts on the road, dazzling locals with his unflagging friendliness.
When ABC’s Good Morning America surpassed NBC’s Today in the ratings for the first time in over three decades in 1980, NBC News chief William Small responded by recruiting gap-toothed, overweight Scott to replace weatherman Bob Ryan. On the show, he was joined by Tom Brokaw and Jane Pauley.
Scott had spent the preceding 13 years as the folksy weather guy at WRC-TV, NBC’s station in Washington, D.C., standing 6-foot-3 and weighing close to 300 pounds at times. Scott appeared on video taking a bath, emerging from a manhole on Groundhog Day, and wearing just a barrel to remind viewers that it was Tax Day in the nation’s capital.
He appeared on the Today show dressed as Carmen Miranda, complete with a dress, enormous earnings, platform shoes, and a fruit-topped hat; he was also dressed as Boy George and Cupid (for Valentine’s Day). On The Tonight Show, he took off his toupee and revealed his bald head to Jay Leno.
It didn’t matter that Scott wasn’t exactly a weather specialist. His reports were written by two experienced meteorologists, according to a People magazine story from 1980.
In early 1996, Scott stepped into semi-retirement, and Al Roker took his place. He continued to come on the morning show two days a week to wish centenarians a happy birthday. From the studio lot of WBBH, the NBC station in Fort Myers, Florida, he appeared. Smucker’s jellies, which sponsored his birthday honors on Today, used him as their advertising voice.
On December 11, 2015, Scott announced his complete departure from television. On Scott’s final day (December 15, 2015), a memorial was conducted with tape highlights from his time on the show. In his honor, the plaza outside Rockefeller Center was called Willard Scott Way.
From 1959 until her death in 2002, Scott was married to Mary Dwyer Scott, with whom he had two children, Mary and Sally. Scott married Paris Keena, whom he first met in 1977 while she was working at WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., on April 1, 2014, at the age of 80. They’ve been in a relationship since 2003.
Willard Scott Jr. Cause of Death
Willard Scott Jr. died of natural causes on the 4th of September 2021. He was 87 years of age.
Willard Scott Jr. Net worth