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Short Info

Net Worth$400 million
Date Of BirthSeptember 30, 1935
DiedSeptember 27, 2011, Cornersville, Tennessee, United States
FactAn avid golfer, he hit his fifth hole-in-one at the 176 yard, 16th hole at the Riviera Country Club in April 2004.

Johnny Mathis is an American singer of popular music. His career spans over 60 years. He has sold well over 350 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 1998, Mathis was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for his lifetime achievements in music.

Mathis was born in Gilmer, Texas, on September 30, 1935, to Clem Mathis and Mildred Boyd. His father was a sharecropper of African descent, while his mother was of Native American and African descent. Mathis has four siblings: two brothers and two sisters. He grew up in San Francisco, California.

Mathis began his singing career with the Johnny Mathis Quartet in 1952. He recorded his first album, Wonderful! Wonderful!, in 1956. It included the hit singles “Chances Are” and “It’s Not for Me to Say”. Mathis’ career took off from there. He went on to release over 60 albums and score several hit singles, including “Misty”, “Wild Is the Wind”, and “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late”.

Mathis has been married three times. His first marriage was to Marilyn McCoo, with whom he has two children: a son, Johnny Jr., and a daughter, Michelle. His second marriage was to Andrea Bescond, with whom he has a son, Jeremy. His third marriage is to Valeria Vardal, with whom he has no children.

Mathis’ net worth is estimated to be $400 million. He has earned this through his successful singing career and various business ventures.

Mathis is 6 feet tall and of slim build. He has dark brown eyes and hair.

General Info

Full NameJohnny Mathis
Net Worth$400 million
Date Of BirthSeptember 30, 1935
DiedSeptember 27, 2011, Cornersville, Tennessee, United States
Height1.7 m
ProfessionActor, Singer, Songwriter, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, When a Child Is Born, Misty
EducationGeorge Washington High School, San Francisco State University, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, When a Child Is Born, Misty


ParentsClem Mathis, Mildred Boyd, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, When a Child Is Born, Misty
SiblingsClem L. Mathis, Jr., Linda Mathis, Elizabeth Mathis, Michael Mathis, Marguerite McMillian, Ralph Mathis, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, When a Child Is Born, Misty


AwardsGrammy Hall of Fame, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, When a Child Is Born, Misty
NominationsGrammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist, Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance, Male, NME Award for World Male Singer, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, When a Child Is Born, Misty
MoviesMagic Moments: The Best of '50s Pop, Live by Request: Johnny Mathis

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1If you really want to learn about a person, play a round of golf with him or her. You'll learn how they treat their dog, their husband or wife, and their children. You'll learn how they react to missed opportunities, because that's all golf is--a lot of missed opportunities.
2For the first 20 years of my life, I think, I sang standing with my eyes closed and my fists clenched. Mostly it didn't bother the people in the audience, but it did bother the critics, so much that I got horrible reviews, terrible. They said 'He has no stage presence', 'He's shy', 'He doesn't know what to do between songs', 'He fidgets', 'When he sings, he closes his eyes and just goes off and...' Those reviews bothered me a great deal. But I lived with it. And then finally one day all the reviews became positive. And I hadn't changed at all, it's just that they finally decided that they liked what I was doing.


1As usual, still performing at prestigious venues throughout the United States. [2004]
2Recording duet with Ray Charles for Charles' upcoming compact disc album of duets. [2004]
3He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1501 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
4Has the distinction of having an album - "Johnny Mathis' Greatest Hits"
  • on the Billboard charts for longer than any other album in history:
490 weeks, or the equivalent of 9-1/2 years.
5Went to high school with Lee Meriwether.
6An avid golfer, he hit his fifth hole-in-one at the 176 yard, 16th hole at the Riviera Country Club in April 2004.
7Referenced in the song 'The Call of the Wild (Merengue)' by David Byrne on his 1989 album, 'Rei Momo'.
8Mathis has had a string of hits, all on Columbia records, stretching from the 1950s through the 1980s and beyond. Hit singles include "It's Not For Me to Say," "Chances Are," "Wonderful! Wonderful!," "A Certain Smile," "Misty," "Gina," "What Will Mary Say?," and "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" (Duet with Denise Williams). Hit albums include "Wonderful! Wonderful!," "Open Fire, Two Guitars," "Johnny's Greatest Hits," "Heavenly," "Faithfully," "Warm," "Merry Christmas," and "Up, Up, and Away."
9Was a featured vocalist on the Grammy nominated (2004 awards) album "XXL" by Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band. Composer-arranger-pianist-saxophonist-band leader Gordon Goodwin has remained a longtime friend of Mathis and was once his former pianist.
10Won a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award on 23 February 2003.
11As of 2004, he has had the longest stay of any popular artist with Columbia Records to date, having recorded for them almost exclusively since 1956.
12Track and Field Tournament at San Francisco State University, the Johnny Mathis Invitational, is named in his honour.
13Just two years after his first recordings, his 1958 record album "Johnny's Greatest Hits" (Columbia Records) started the "Greatest Hits" trend for recording artists and record companies; every record company thereafter began to release "Greatest Hits" albums for their recording artists.
14One of the most financially ingenious artists in the recording industry, Mathis has full responsibility and creative control of the production of his recordings through Jon Mat Records, Inc. where he chooses his own songs, producers, etc. while Columbia Records remains responsible for distribution.
15Jazz pianist and composer Vince Guaraldi, who composed the music for A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) and many other "Charlie Brown" TV specials was the featured pianist and then-unknown talent on Mathis' demonstration recordings for Columbia Records in 1956.
16A shrewd financial investor, Mathis owns a Post Office in Wisconsin that he leases to the United States Postal Service.
17Early in his career, his then manager Helen Noga attempted to develop a feature film about the life of Black/Peruvian Indian saint Martin de Porres with Mathis portraying the Afro-Peruvian title role. This project, however, never reached fruition.



Music Department

Family Ties1983-1989TV Series singer - 149 episodes


Sleigh Bells Ring2016TV Movie performer: "Sleigh Ride"
Supernatural2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Aquarius2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Simpsons2003-2015TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Goldbergs2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Normal Heart2014TV Movie performer: "Chances Are"
Rob the Mob2014performer: "Dream, Dream, Dream"
Call the Midwife2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
Behind the Candelabra2013TV Movie performer: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas"
A Case of You2013performer: "It's Not for Me to Say"
American Dad!2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2010-2012TV Series performer - 4 episodes
Silver Linings Playbook2012performer: "Misty"
Desperate Housewives2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
Britain's Favourite Christmas Songs2011TV Movie documentary performer: "When a Child is Born"
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas2011performer: "Sleigh Ride Vocal"
New Girl2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
Top Gear2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
20 to 12010TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me2009TV Movie documentary performer: "Laura"
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story2009Documentary performer: "Things I Might Have Been"
I Love You Phillip Morris2009performer: "Chances Are"
EastEnders2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mad Men2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
Towelhead2007performer: "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear"
Crazy Love2007/IDocumentary performer: "Let's Love"
Zodiac2007performer: "It's Not For Me To Say"
7th Heaven2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Masters2005TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Las Vegas2004TV Series performer - 1 episode
Malcolm in the Middle2004TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Family Man2000performer: "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"
Donnie Brasco1997performer: "How Deep is Your Love" 1977
Jingle All the Way1996performer: "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"
To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar1995performer: "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult1994performer: "Misty" 1962
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York1992performer: "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"
Bébé's Kids1992performer: "Moonlight Becomes You"
Sjans1992TV Series performer - 1 episode
Doogie Howser, M.D.1992TV Series performer - 1 episode
Cheers1984-1991TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael1990performer: "Misty"
Goodfellas1990performer: "It's Not for Me to Say"
Chances Are1989performer: "CHANCES ARE", "WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL"
Everybody's All-American1988performer: "It's Not for Me to Say"
A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon1988performer: "I'M NOT AFRAID TO SAY GOODBYE", "CHANCES ARE"
In Performance at the White House: A Tribute to American Music - Jerome Kern1987TV Movie performer: "Dearly Beloved", "Yesterdays", "Make Believe"
Tin Men1987performer: "It's Not for Me to Say"
Crime Story1986TV Series performer - 1 episode
Gremlins1984performer: "Do You Hear What I Hear?"
Family Ties1982TV Series performer: "Without Us"
Asa Branca - Um Sonho Brasileiro1980performer: "My Love for You"
Falling in Love Again1980performer: "Yesterday's Dreams"
WKRP in Cincinnati1980TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Magic of David Copperfield II1979TV Special performer: "Chances Are"
Top of the Pops1976-1979TV Series performer - 9 episodes
The 51st Annual Academy Awards1979TV Special documentary performer: "The Last Time I Felt Like This"
Same Time, Next Year1978performer: "The Last Time I Felt Like This"
Christmas 761976TV Special performer: "Eres tu"
Dinah!1976TV Series performer - 1 episode
Walking Tall1973performer: "Walking Tall"
The 44th Annual Academy Awards1972TV Special performer: "Life Is What You Make It"
Monsanto Presents Mancini1971/ITV Special performer: "Lovers in New York"
The Ed Sullivan Show1968TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Biggest Bundle of Them All1968performer: "Most Of All There's You"
Shindig!1965TV Series performer - 1 episode
It's What's Happening, Baby!1965TV Special performer: "Wild is the Wind"
The 34th Annual Academy Awards1962TV Special performer: "Love Theme from El Cid The Falcon and the Dove"
The Best of Everything1959performer: "The Best of Everything"
A Certain Smile1958performer: "A Certain Smile"
The 30th Annual Academy Awards1958TV Special performer: "Wild Is the Wind"
Wild Is the Wind1957performer: "Wild Is the Wind"
Lizzie1957performer: "It's Not For Me To Say", "Warm and Tender"


The Simpsons2015TV SeriesJohnny Mathis
A City of the King1971TV MovieInnkeeper
The Red Skelton Hour1965TV SeriesJohnny Appleworm
Lizzie1957Piano Singer


Paper Airplane2017TV Series very special thanks pre-production
I Love You Phillip Morris2009thanks
Close Encounters of the Third Kind1977special thanks


The Leslie Uggams Show1969TV SeriesHimself
Allen Ludden's Gallery1969TV SeriesHimself
Sing und swing1969TV MovieHimself
Night-Club1968TV SeriesHimself - Musician
The Kraft Music Hall1968TV SeriesHimself
The Woody Woodbury Show1968TV SeriesHimself
Dee Time1967TV SeriesHimself
International Cabaret1966-1967TV SeriesHimself
The Jackie Gleason Show1967TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The Hollywood Palace1964-1967TV SeriesHimself - Singer
Jede Stimme zählt1966TV MovieHimself - Musician
The Dean Martin Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The Andy Williams Show1964-1966TV SeriesHimself
Shindig!1965TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Eamonn Andrews Show1965TV SeriesHimself
It's What's Happening, Baby!1965TV SpecialHimself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium1964-1965TV SeriesHimself
Here's Edie1964TV SeriesHimself
New American Bandstand 19651957-1964TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Party1963TV SpecialHimself
Juke Box Jury1962TV SeriesHimself - Surprise Guest
Here's Hollywood1960-1962TV SeriesHimself
The 34th Annual Academy Awards1962TV SpecialHimself - Performer
About Faces1960TV SeriesHimself
The Frances Langford Show1960TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1959TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
The Patti Page Oldsmobile Show1959TV SeriesHimself
The Juke Box Jury1959TV SeriesHimself
The All-Star Christmas Show1958TV MovieHimself
The Garry Moore Show1958TV SeriesHimself
A Certain Smile1958Himself
This Is Your Life1958TV SeriesHimself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1957-1958TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Big Record1957-1958TV SeriesHimself
The 30th Annual Academy Awards1958TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The Eddie Fisher Show1958TV SeriesHimself
The George Gobel Show1958TV SeriesHimself
The Julius LaRosa Show1957TV SeriesHimself
The Last Old MasterDocumentary post-productionHimself
Tavis Smiley2010-2015TV SeriesHimself
Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark2014DocumentaryHimself
'51 Dons2014DocumentaryNarrator
Killing Me Softly: The Roberta Flack Story2014TV MovieHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993-2013TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest / Himself
The View2013TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The Alan Titchmarsh Show2013TV SeriesHimself
Teens Wanna Know2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Nation's Favourite Christmas Song2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Christmas Number One Story2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Nat King Cole Generation Hope: Johnny Mathis2011ShortHimself
Britain's Favourite Christmas Songs2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Daybreak2011TV SeriesHimself
Unsung2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Entertainment Tonight2006TV SeriesHimself
Johnny Mathis Live: Wonderful, Wonderful!2006TV Special
The 4th Annual TV Land Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
Andy Williams: My Favorite Duets2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Big City Dick: Richard Peterson's First Movie2004DocumentaryHimself
Weekend Today2002TV SeriesHimself
Today2002TV SeriesHimself
Live by Request: Johnny Mathis1998TV Special documentaryHimself
Muppets Tonight1998TV SeriesHimself
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch1997TV SeriesHimself
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's1997DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Songs of Johnny Mercer: Too Marvelous for Words1997TV MovieHimself
1995 Miss North America Pageant1995TV SpecialHimself - Performer (Miss America Tribute)
Ray Alexander: A Menu for Murder1995TV MovieHimself
Legend to Legend Night: A Celebrity Cavalcade1993TV SpecialHimself
David Foster's Christmas Album1993TV SpecialHimself
Holiday Greetings from 'The Ed Sullivan Show'1992TV MovieHimself
Vicki!1992TV SeriesHimself
American Bandstand's 40th Anniversary Special1992TV MovieHimself
One on One with John Tesh1991-1992TV SeriesHimself
The 34th Annual Grammy Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Dying for a Smoke1992Video documentaryHimself
Christmas in Washington1991TV MovieHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1965-1990TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Musical Guest
American Masters1990TV Series documentaryHimself
Dionne and Friends1990TV SeriesHimself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1989TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1989TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The Songwriter's Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary... The Magic of Music1989TV MovieHimself
A Conversation with Dinah1989TV SeriesHimself (1991)
Soul Train1974-1988TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Guest
Solid Gold1980-1988TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Host / Himself - Co-host
In Performance at the White House: A Tribute to American Music - Jerome Kern1987TV MovieHimself
Mancini and Friends1987TV MovieHimself
Wogan1986TV SeriesHimself
American Bandstand's 33 1/3 Celebration1985TV SpecialHimself
Ryan's Hope1985TV SeriesHimself
Olympic Gala1984TV Special documentaryHimself - Song Performer
Salute!1983TV SeriesHimself
Oh Madeline1983TV SeriesHimself
The Glen Campbell Music Show1982TV SeriesHimself
Marvin Hamlisch: They're Playing My Song1981TV MovieHimself
Numéro 11975-1981TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Host
Tomorrow Coast to Coast1981TV SeriesHimself
The John Davidson Show1981TV SeriesHimself
Stars1980TV SeriesHimself
The Val Doonican Music Show1978-1980TV SeriesHimself
Mike Yarwood in Persons1979TV SeriesHimself
Top of the Pops1978-1979TV SeriesHimself
The Muppets Go Hollywood1979TV SpecialHimself
The 51st Annual Academy Awards1979TV Special documentaryHimself - Performer
The Mary Tyler Moore Hour1979TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1967-1979TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host / Himself - Vocalist / Himself
The 6th Annual American Music Awards1979TV SpecialHimself
Live Wednesday1978TV SeriesHimself
A Salute to American Imagination1978TV Movie documentaryHimself
Les rendez-vous du dimanche1978TV SeriesHimself
The Wolfman Jack Show1976TV SeriesHimself
The Midnight Special1973-1976TV SeriesHimself
The Diahann Carroll Show1976TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1975-1976TV SeriesHimself
La hora de...1976TV SeriesHimself
BBC Show of the Week1974TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1974TV SeriesHimself
Le grand échiquier1972-1973TV SeriesHimself
Get Happy1973TV MovieHimself
The Hollywood Squares1969-1973TV SeriesHimself - Guest Appearance
Top à...1972-1973TV SeriesHimself
American Bandstand's 20th Anniversary1973TV MovieHimself
The 44th Annual Academy Awards1972TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Stars on Sunday1971-1972TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Pet Set1971TV Series documentaryHimself
The Ice Palace1971TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host
Die Drehscheibe1971TV SeriesSinger
Monsanto Presents Mancini1971/ITV SpecialSinger
Vera Lynn1971TV SeriesHimself
Flip1971TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1957-1970TV SeriesSinger / Himself - Singer / Himself
Playboy After Dark1969-1970TV SeriesSinger
The Joey Bishop Show1968-1969TV SeriesHimself
Della1969TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

My Music: Songbook Standards - As Time Goes By2015TV Movie
Inside Edition2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Top of the Pops: The Story of 19762011TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
El disco del año 062006TV MovieHimself
A Classic Christmas from the Ed Sullivan Show2005VideoHimself
I Love a 1970's Christmas2000TV Special documentary
TV Ano 502000TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 21991TV SpecialHimself
Top of the Pops1975-1979TV SeriesHimself
Christmas 761976TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Numéro 11976TV SeriesHimself


Nominated Awards

2015GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Traditional Pop Vocal AlbumFor the album "Sending You a Little Christmas."
2011GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Traditional Pop Vocal AlbumFor the album "Let It Be Me: Mathis in Nashville."
2006GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Traditional Pop Vocal AlbumFor the album "Isn't It Romantic."

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