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Marty Stouffer Net Worth $5 Million

What is Marty Stouffer’s net worth?

Marty Stouffer is an American documentary filmmaker who has a net worth of $5 million. He is best known for his Wild America PBS TV series involving endangered wildlife. He has described himself: “I’m an entrepreneur, a raconteur … and probably, more than anything, I’m a storyteller.”

He was born on September 5, 1948, in Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA, as Martin Luther Stouffer Jr.

Marty was raised in Fort Smith, in western Arkansas, on the border with Oklahoma.

He went to Alaska to record footage with a Super 8 mm movie camera at the age of 19.

In June of 1970, he graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in English.

After college, Stouffer traveled to Africa and filmed the “Botswana, Where a River Dies” documentary.

In the mid-1970s, Marty and his brother Mark produced the NBC-TV Special “The Predators” (narrated by Robert Redford) and the film “The Man Who Loved Bears” (narrated by Will Geer).

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In 1981, PBS signed for the rights to broadcast Stouffer’s television series Wild America. It became one of PBS’s most highly rated regular series.

In 1982, he registered the trademark for” Wild America.”

In 1996, Marty was fined $300k for illegally building a trail near an elk migration route through property owned by the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies in Colorado.

Also in 1996, Stouffer was accused of staging fights between predators and filming supposedly wild scenes in cages.

“My conscience is clear,” he told AP News. Marty added:” I love animals. I’m not a bad guy. I’m not cruel. I don’t torture animals.”

In 1997, a film based on his life, Wild America, was released.

The film stars Scott Bairstow, Devon Sawa, and Jonathan Taylor Thomas. It grossed over $7.3 million at the box office.

In March 2015, he started a Kickstarter campaign to finance a 4K resolution remastering of Wild America. It only raised $3,410 of the target $1.25 million.

In December 2018, Marty Stouffer and Marty Stouffer Productions, Ltd. filed a lawsuit against National Geographic Partners, alleging that the company made copycats of his hit TV show with similar titles like America the Wild, America’s Wild Frontier, or Surviving Wild America.

“The National Geographic defendants specifically copy many iconic images from ‘Wild America,’ including, among others, the image of two bighorn sheep head-butting one another,” the suit says.


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The case number is 1:18-CV-3127.

“When it comes to protecting Wild America and my life’s work, I am like a grizzly bear protecting its cubs,” Stouffer stated.

In 2020, Stouffer’s trademark lawsuit against National Geographic is headed to a federal appeals court after a district court judge dismissed Stouffer’s local complaint.

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On August 25, 1979, Marty Stouffer married Diane Michelle Dale.


The couple has a daughter and a son.

His daughter, Hannah Stouffer, is an illustrator and artist who has worked with IBM, Nike, NPR, Christian Dior, Microsoft, The North Face, The New York Times, Disney, Vans, and American Express.

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Stouffer is 6′ 4½” (1.94 m) tall.

Net Worth

So, how much is Marty Stouffer worth?

Stouffer accrued most of his wealth from serving as the producer and narrator of Wild America.

The Wild America series contained a total of 120 half-hour episodes. He earned as much as $250,000 per show from PBS.

In 1996, Outside reported that Wild America earned Marty an estimated $18 million during its run. The series has also amassed sales of videos, both DVD and VHS, totaling over $60 million.

Therefore, American narrator Marty Stouffer has an estimated net worth of $5 million.

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Greg Johns

Sunday 21st of May 2023

I've watched Marty's Wild America since it came out on PBS. My wife & I are still watching re-runs now on the Roku channel. His shows are the very best wildlife programs out there! Marty...Hope you and your family are doing well

James A Giacopuzzi DVM

Saturday 22nd of October 2022

On tv he doesn’t look 6’4”” lol


Sunday 29th of May 2022

As a lover of animals and those who risk injury documenting them, I fully agree that Marty's shows on T.V. were among the very best watching for families all over America.


Monday 22nd of November 2021

My husband and I always watched Wild America and still do when they put reruns on. I agree it was the best family show eve

Patricia Wallace

Wednesday 2nd of June 2021

Best family show on television ever!