31 Shocking Celebrities Who Are Actually Poor
When you hear the word celebrity you automatically assume that they are rich beyond belief. People around the world dream about the day they become a celebrity and have all the money they can imagine. For some celebs that is just not the case. There are some rare instances where celebrities end up broker than just your average person. Here are some celebrities who are actually poor.
Child star of the TV series “Partridge Family”, Danny Bonaduce struggled with many off-screen battles. Not only did he battle drug addiction, but at one point he became homeless and was forced to live in his car. Since then, he has somewhat recovered financially, though not nearly with the same success as before.
American actress Kim Basinger reached the height of her success in the 80’s and 90’s. She starred in hit films like Never Say Never and LA Confidential. Despite that, the actress filed for bankruptcy after she was sued for backing out of an $8.1 million dollar deal. Recently, Basinger played a small role in the film Fifty Shades of Gray.
Screenwriter Tyler Perry invested all of his money into a theatre production that failed miserably. He lost everything and was forced to sleep in his car. The loss motivated Perry and he re-wrote the play until it received rave reviews. Recently, he has written and starred in well-received films like “Madea”.
Rapper 50 Cent experienced most of musical fame during the 2000s. His debut studio album went platinum and was even nominated for a Grammy. 50 Cent’s investment with beverage company Vitamin Water, resulted in a $100 million dollar profit. Reportedly, in June 2015 the rapper filed for bankruptcy.
Sly Stone is a musician most famous for his legendary role as lead for the band Sly and the Family Stone. He carelessly blew all of his profits and even had to sell his multiple homes. As of 2014 he was homeless and living in his camper. In 2015, he was awarded $5 million dollars as a result of his lawsuit to prior managers for poor management.
Actor Brendan Fraser enjoyed great success in the 80’s and 90s. His appearances in films like George of the Jungle and the Mummy trilogy were enormous hits at the box office. Unfortunately, his acting career took a nosedive shortly after. Adding to his woes, in 2007 he went through a divorce, and by 2013 he was forced to ask the courts to lower his child support/alimony payments because he was unable to afford them.
American actress Brett Butler starred in the hit TV show, “Grace Under Fire” for several years. By 1998, she took refuge in a homeless shelter. Since 2012, she has managed to secure recurring roles in a couple popular TV series. Let’s hope she manages her money a little better this go-round.
Adam Lambert reached the peak of his notoriety as a contestant on the TV show American Idol. In 2011, Lambet admitted to being homeless and living out of his car. His current whereabouts are unknown.
At a very young age, Amanda Bynes secured roles in numerous successful TV series. Despite the milestones in her career, Bynes’ personal life suffered. She experienced a mental breakdown in 2013 and was briefly hospitalized. As a result of her staggering medical bills stemming from the incident, the actress has been living with parents and staying out of the public eye.
Courtney Love is most famously known for her marriage to singer Kurt Cobain. In addition she also experienced her own success as an actress and singer. She was the lead singer in a popular band called “Hole” for many years. Due to legal and personal burdens, she defaulted on her credit card payments in 2009. American Express sued the singer and reported that Love owed them over $300,000.
Girls just want to have funds? Recording artist Cyndi Lauper made plenty hit songs, but still had to file for bankruptcy in 1981. To bounce back from the financial blow, Lauper worked in retail and as a waitress for many years. Eventually she was able to continue her career with another record company and managed to never have money issues for the duration of her career.
Gary Busey, the actor who had appearances in the popular movies “Lethal Weapon” and “Point Break” enjoyed great success in the film industry. However, like many of his counterparts, Busey quickly lost most of his fortunes. In 2012 he filed for bankruptcy. The actor had accumulated over a million dollars in debt and only $50,000 in assets.
Corey Haim, star of the 80’s film “Brat Pack” was completely broke at the time of his death in 2010. He passed away as a result of a drug overdose. According to friends, the star battled drug addiction for over ten years. At one point, Haim reportedly attempted to sell his teeth and hair on eBay to raise funds.
The worlds’ first supermodel Janice Dickinson, dominated the modeling scene during the 70’s and 80’s. In the early 2000s, she established her own modeling agency and appeared on popular reality TV shows. By 2013, Dickinson had racked up $16,000 worth of plastic surgery bills she couldn’t afford to pay. She was forced to file for bankruptcy ad owed the IRS one million dollars.
American actor Don Johnson starred in popular TV series and films during the 80s. He even won a Golden Globe for his role in Miami Vice. In spite of his success, Johnson was forced to file for bankruptcy in 1991, 1992, 2004 and 2009. Perhaps his starlet daughter, Dakota Johnson will manage her money better and can help him pay his debts.
Chris Tucker landed major film deals starring in movies such as “Rush Hour”, “Fifth Element” and “Friday.” However, by 2011 he was barely working and ended up owing the IRS in back taxes and lost his home due to foreclosure. In 2012, Tucker played a major role in the Film “Silver Linings Playbook” in an attempt to get back into acting.
Lindsey Lohan launched into Hollywood stardom after her appearance in films such as Parent Trap, Freaky Friday and Mean Girls. Unfortunately, Lindsey’s travel, nightclub and drug habits resulted in her blowing most of her fortunes early on. At one point she owed the IRS $300,000, and Charlie Sheen generously offered her a check for $100,000. Sadly, her finances will probably never return to where they were.
Boxing legend Mike Tyson lost all of his money right in the middle of his boxing success. According to his accountants, though he earned hundreds of millions winning boxing matches in 1999, he still ended the year $3.3 million in debt. By 2000, he was able to secure his finances again through his participation in professional boxing. He earned over $65 million in boxing victories.
Actor Nicolas Cage has been fortunate enough to land many feature films throughout his cinema career. He has even earned Academy Awards nominations for his outstanding work in successful movies. The actors’ fortunes resulted in him leading quite a lavish, luxurious life. As a result, he was forced to sell many of his assets to pay off millions of debt owed to the IRS. Currently, he is being sued for failure to repay million dollar loans to an investment company.
Actress Lena Headley, star of “Game of Thrones” television show was forced to file for bankruptcy following her 2013 divorce. Typically when stars declare bankruptcy, they are not in actuality, completely bankrupt. Headley admitted that at one point, she was left with just $5 in the bank.
Actress Natasha Lyonne is known for her lead roles in the films “American Pie” and “Slums of Beverly Hills.” By 2005, the actress was homeless and had been hospitalized for a heroin addiction. Since then, Lyonne has vastly recovered. Recently, she has starred in the popular Netflix series, “Orange is the New Black.”
Actor Randy Quaid had quite an impressive Hollywood career, including snagging a Golden Globe award. He had roles in the feature films “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and “Brokeback Mountain.” Unfortunately, his luck ran out and since 2010 he’s been suffering from legal and financial troubles. He and his wife fled to Canada after stiffing a hotel out of a $10,000 bill. They have since been deported back to the US.
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Paula Jai Walker, star of Hollywood Divas admitted to being homeless and living out of a motel. Although she played small roles in several popular films, she was unable make enough money to afford her bills. Eventually, she ended up losing the condo she invested in.
Margot Kidder played Lois Lane, co-star of the original Superman movies. Shortly after her movie success, she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and was found sleeping in boxes. Kidder was treated by psychiatric professionals and reportedly never suffered another episode. The actress went on to pursue her career in Hollywood.
Singer Toni Braxton experienced large success in the 90’s with the release of the songs “Unbreak My Heart” and “He Wasn’t Man Enough”. However, her musical success was short-lived. In 1998 the singer was almost $4 million dollars in debt and had to file for bankruptcy. By 2010 she had to file for bankruptcy yet again, and this time her debt was reportedly between $10 and $50 million!
The infamous entertainer Pamela Anderson is most known for her outstanding modeling and acting success. What most people don’t know is that she has lost most of her fortunes and owes the IRS millions. To pay off her debt, Anderson had no choice but to sell her Australia mansion. She even had to sell additional real estate as well.
Willie Nelson is an American singer/songwriter. He’s regarded as a legend in the country music scene. In 1990, the star reportedly owed $16.7 million to the IRS and had to declare bankruptcy. Shortly after he recorded an album to recoup his losses and all earnings went directly to the IRS. Impressively, Nelson managed to clear his debts within three years.
One-hit wonder rapper Vanilla Ice reached the height of his career with the release of his song “Ice, Ice Baby.” Sadly, he never released another successful music project following that. Ice has suffered from many legal and financial troubles since the early 2000’s. In 2015 he was arrested and charged with burglary/grand theft after attempting to steal items from a Florida home.
Wesley Snipes starred in countless blockbuster films, including “Demoliton Man” and “Blade.” In 2008, it was discovered that Snipes hadn’t paid taxes in six years. His tax evasion resulted in a whopping $12 million dollar bill. The talented actor paid off his debts via a 28 month prison sentence.