Wayne Newton Biography
A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Wayne Newton is an American singer and entertainer best known by nicknames like The Midnight Idol, Mr. Las Vegas, and Mr. Entertainment.
Some of his well-known songs include 1972’s “Daddy, Don’t You Walk So Fast” (his biggest hit, peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard chart), “Years” (1980), and his vocal version of “Red Roses for a Blue Lady” (1965).
Wayne Newton Parents
Newton was born in Norfolk, Virginia, to Patrick Newton, an auto mechanic, and his wife, Evelyn Marie “Smith”. He is of Irish, German, and Native American ancestry. Newton’s mother is half Cherokee and his father is half Powhatan.
Wayne Newton Age
Newton is 80 years old as of 2022. He was born on April 3, 1942, in Norfolk, Virginia, United States.
Wayne Newton Wife
Newton is married to Kathleen McCrone, a lawyer from North Olmsted, Ohio. The couple got married in 1994 and they have one daughter together.
He was previously married to Elaine Okamura from 1968 to 1985 when they divorced. Together they had one child, Erin Newton.
Wayne Newton Las Vegas
Newton performed his 25,000th solo show in Las Vegas in 1994. Later in 1999, he signed a 10-year deal with the Stardust, calling for him to perform there 40 weeks out of the year for six shows a week in a showroom named after him.
In 2005, in preparation for the eventual demolition of the casino, the deal was, from all reports, amicably terminated. Newton began a 30-show stint that summer at the Hilton. Wayne’s last show at the Stardust was on April 20, 2005, and during a break in his on-stage performance, he announced to the crowd that night he wanted to spend more time with his wife and new daughter as the main reason for canceling the contract.
He said the Boyd family made him a very nice offer to stay on past the demolition of the hotel and casino and to play in other Boyd venues, but he declined citing “another deal in the works for Vegas”, but he did not mention the Hilton specifically.
News crews were expecting this performance to end on time, to make their 10 pm and 11 pm shows, but the show finally ended around 11:30 pm, thus eliminating the possibility. Mr. Las Vegas went on at 7:30 that night and sang nearly his entire repertoire and songs of other Vegas mainstays as well.
In 2001, Wayne succeeded Bob Hope as chairman of the USO Celebrity Circle and in January 2005, he started a reality television show on E! called The Entertainer.
Wayne Newton Net Worth
Newton has an estimated net worth of $120 million dollars.
Wayne Newton Albums
- Michelle (Capitol, 1967)
- Wow!: Live Hollywood Concert (Capitol, 1968)
- The Greatest! (Capitol, 1968)
- Somewhere My Love (Capitol, 1968)
- “Dreams of the Everyday Housewife” and “Town & Country” (MGM, 1968)
- One More Time (MGM, 1968)
- Walking on New Grass (MGM, 1968)
- Christmas Isn’t Christmas Without You (MGM, 1968)
- Live at the Frontier, Las Vegas (MGM, 1969)
- How I Got This Way (Capitol, 1971)
- Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast (Chelsea, 1972)
- Can’t You Hear the Song? (Chelsea, 1972)
- While We’re Still Young (Chelsea, 1973)
- Pour Me a Little More Wine (Chelsea, 1973)
- Everybody Knows (RCA Camden, 1974)
- The Best of Wayne Newton Live (Chelsea, 1974)
- The Midnight Idol (Chelsea, 1975)
- Tomorrow (Chelsea, 1976)
- Christmas Everywhere (Chelsea, 1976)
- Change of Heart (20th Century Fox, 1978)
Wayne Newton Songs | Singles
- Through the Eyes of Love
- Love of the Common People
- All the Time
- Dreams of the Everyday Housewife
- Husbands and Wives
- (I Guess) the Lord Must Be in New York City
- Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast(gold record)
- Can’t You Hear the Song?
- Pour Me a Little More Wine
- While We’re Young
- Help Me, Help You
- Lady Lay
- The Hungry Years
- You Stepped Into My Life
- I Apologize
- While the Feeling’s Good(with Tammy Wynette)
- The Letter
Wayne Newton Movies
- 80 Steps to Jonah – Mark Jonah Winters
- North and South – Captain Thomas Turner
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – (voice, archival)
- Licence to Kill – Professor Joe Butcher
- The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990) – Julian Grendel
- The Dark Backward (1991) – Jackie Chrome
- Best of the Best 2 (1993) – Weldon
- Night of the Running Man (1995) – August Gurino
- Vegas Vacation – Wayne Newton
- Elvis meet Nixon (1997) – Himself
- Ocean’s Eleven (2001) – Boxing Spectator (cameo)
- Who’s Your Daddy? (2004) – Peter Mack
- Elvis Has Left the Building (2004) – Himself (cameo, uncredited)
- Smokin’ Aces (2006) – Wayne Newton (cameo)
- The Hangover (2009) – Himself (cameo)
- Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (2011) – Jimmy 10-Strings (voice)
- 40 West (2011) – Sankey (cameo)
- Getting Back to Zero (2013) – Bruce
- Sharknado: The 4th Awakens (2016) – Himself
- Puppy Love (2021) – Marshall