William Hung is a former singer, technical crime analyst, and actor. The Hong Kong-born American rose to fame in 2004. He took part in the television series known as American Idol during its third season. Hung performed the song She Bangs by Ricky Martin. He halted his music career to work in a Sheriff Department in 2011. Keep reading to know more about William Hung’s net worth in 2018.
William Hung Early Life
William Hung was born in 1983 on 13th January. His birthplace was Sha Tin, Hong Kong, but he left China for Camden, New Jersey, the United States of America.
He joined the John H. Francis Polytechnic High School. Hung graduated in 1993. Then he entered the University of California, Berkeley to study civil engineering. However, he dropped out after participating in American Idol to pursue a music career.
On 18 June 2014, Hung married Jian Teng. Their wedding ceremony was held in Alhambra, California.
William Hung Career
William was still a student at the university when he auditioned for American Idol. The event was held in San Francisco in September 2003. On the 15th January of the following year, he became the finalist of the show. That same year, Koch Entertainment made a record deal with Hung. He had three albums with the label namely Hung of the Holidays, Miracle: Happy Summer for William Hung and Inspiration. Giuseppe D produced the latter album. The first one was an extended play while the others are studio albums.
His singles include We Are the Champions and Achy Breaky Heart released in 2004 and 2005, respectively. Hung released music videos for the two songs as well as that of She Bangs.
He made appearances in commercials for Game Show Network, Ask.com as well as Cingular Wireless. In May 2014, Toronto Blue Jays hired him to sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame at the Rogers Centre.
His debut film appearance was in 2004 on Where is Mama’s Boy which was released in January the following year. He acted alongside Nancy Sit who is a famous Hong Kong actress. William portrayed a character of a village kid forced to work to pay his mum’s hospital bills. He sold Chinese pancakes to do so.
Other appearances were in The Fairly OddParents, Celebrity Deathmatch, Airline, Arrested Development, and George Lopez. Both Don Chin and Laura who is his wife set up his fan site. After that, he appeared in On Air with Ryan Seacrest, the Late Show with Letterman, The Howard Stern Radio Show, Dateline NBC and The Early Show on CBS. Also, Arrested Development, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Countdown with Keith Olbermann and Entertainment Tonight among others.
Hung’s music career came to an end in 2011. Subsequently, Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department hired him as a technical crime analyst. He is on record saying that he does not regret that move whatsoever.
Awards & Achievements
William Hung was the finalist of the season three of the American Idol television series.
Net Worth of William Hung
William Hung has an estimated net worth of about $800 thousand. His primary source of income was his music career. He sold 200,000 copies of his first album. Then, 35,000 and 7,000 copies of the second and the third one, respectively. Hung also earned by appearing on television shows and officials. Currently, he makes money as a crime analyst.
Hung was a civil engineering student when he took part in the American Idol contest. As soon as he became its finalist, William dropped out of school to pursue a career in music. Later, he left the industry. Currently, Hung serves at the Sherriff’s department of Los Angeles County. He is a technical crime analyst.