Most of the stars we know today may not be that famous in the coming years, or they probably tried other careers aside from acting to secure their financial future. That’s what the entertainment industry is all about. Taking advantage of the situation they have at hand and securing their future with other investments.
Let’s take a look at the story of celebrities and their life after their retirement or their time while they are not in a set. Most of them did well because of their smart money management while others fell short and had their struggles in life. Let’s dive down and see what their lives are like after their shine fades on the stage. Most of them will surprise you, so let’s get started!
Debra Winger, whose full name is Debra Lynn Winger. Debra’s name was derived from the actor Debra Paget, who was her father favorite actress. During her part-time job at university, Winger was temporarily blind in a car accident. This accident made her decide to pursue her dream and give up college to become an actress. Winger’s career is nothing short of spectacular as she’s one of the most sought-after actresses during her prime and she also had all the awards and accolades to back this up.
However, even with all the success she had in her career, she still has an on and off period in the limelight. During Winger’s time off from filming, she spent some of it as a teaching fellow at Harvard University. Winger also tried her luck as an executive producer for a couple of documentaries including the Academy Award-nominated documentary Gasland. We are sure that she never experienced any issues financially especially with credit cards.
Catherine Zeta-Jones, who is an English actress. She is one of those actresses that found the secrets of eternal youth. Catherine’s father is the owner of a dessert factory and her mother is a tailor. She showed great interest in acting since she was a child and often participated in various performances in her school. When she was 15 years old, Catherine dropped out of school to start her acting career. In the 90s, Catherine starred in the drama series ‘The Darling Buds of May’ and became famous among the UK for it.
With the help of the movie Titanic, Catherine was favored by Hollywood director and made her way in Hollywood. She appeared in The Mask of Zorro and marked a successful start in her Hollywood career. However, things started to slow down a bit for her career in the late 2000s. Good thing, she was able to steer her career to the right path and managed to make a strong comeback. In 2000, Catherine married and had two children later.
Sally Field is not only a well-renowned actress, but she’s also respected behind the scenes as a director. Her contributions to the industry allowed her to cash-in a couple of awards and recognition under her wing, including three Primetime Emmy Awards, a pair of Academy and Golden Globe Awards. Field’s mother is the actress Margaret Field and her father is a salesman. After her parents divorced, Field lived with her mother, who remarried to a stuntman. Field later recalled that she was treated badly by her stepfather during that period.
Field began her acting career in 1965. She first started her journey on television with Gidget, but received mediocre response. In 1976, her Hollywood stock rose thanks to her part in Sybil and paved the way for her to become one of the greats in the industry. Field also showed good signs of money management and wasn’t involved in any bankruptcy reports in the past years. Recently, Sally Field has actively advocated women’s rights, supported homosexuality and participated in climate protests.
Performing arts may be part of their family genes and we could expect nothing less from Ashely Judd. Judd is the daughter of the famous country music singer Naomi Judd. She is also the half-sister of Wynonna Judd, a multi-award-winning American country music personality. Judd started her professional career in 1991, she starred in the movie Star Trek: The Next Generation. She’s part of the big movie hits of the 90s, including the films Ruby in Paradise, Heat, A Time to Kill and Double Jeopardy. Her career continued to ride the waves of her success in the 2000s and a few box-office hits during the 2010s.
Apart from her acting career, Judd also loves basketball, martial arts such as Taekwondo and Judo. She also focuses on humanitarian work and has been insisting on protecting the rights of women and children for several years. In 2016, Judd was appointed as a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador. She’s also one of the personalities that hired a couple of lawyers and filed a complaint against Harvey Weinstein.
Phoebe Belle Cates was born in a family of film and television professionals. Her mother is Broadway producer Lily, and her father is the television pioneer Joseph Cates. Cates became a model when she was 14 and has appeared on the covers of several magazines since. Her acting debut was in 1981, the film Paradise. For some inappropriate shots, Phoebe expressed regret to appear in this film. In 1982, Cates starred in ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ and gained fame for it.
Cates not only proved herself that she’s one of the premier actresses out there in Hollywood, but she also showed that she had what it takes to manage her own investments. In 1994, Phoebe decided to quit acting and concentrate on taking care of her two children. Later, her boutique, the Blue Tree, has slowly emerged as one of the prime boutiques in New York and online. It also allowed her to spend precious time with her family. Now, that’s something any money can’t buy!
You must have heard of Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda or Peter Fonda. This luxurious Hollywood family is the fonda family where Bridget Fonda was born. Influenced by her family, Bridget is also an excellent actor. She appeared in the movie Easy Rider at the age of five. Bridget starred in the movie Harvey in high school and became interested in acting. Bridget was one of the most sought actresses of the 90s. She rose to prominence thanks to her part in the classic movie The Godfather Part III. She also appeared in Single White Female, Singles, and Could Happen to You.
We last saw Bridget Fonda in the television movie Snow Queen in 2002 and a year later, she shocked the entertainment world when she got involved in a serious car accident that caused severe injuries to the actress. Good thing she put a lot of investments in her insurance that led to her speedy recovery. At the same year, she married a singer and began a married life.
Rene Russo was born in a poor family. She dropped out of school early. She was discovered by chance to enter the modeling circle. Since then, Russo has appeared in various magazines and advertisements. In 1987, Russo made her first TV series, then she appeared in movies such as Lethal Weapon, Ransom, The Thomas Crown Affair and achieved success. Russo may not have the longest list of movies and television shows in the bunch but she clearly made up for it with the impact she made throughout her professional career as an actress.
While she’s not engaged in a project, she’s also working as a model and endorser for companies and products, as well as a producer. These gigs will surely keep her off from the bankruptcy line. During the height of her career, Russo decided to live a life away from the limelight and took a five-year break from acting. She later returned with a bang in the movie franchise Thor, which marked her return into prominence.
Joe Pesci’s career can be described as one of the best supporting actors in Hollywood of all time. He was so effective in his craft, he even overshadowed some of the main actors he came across with. Pesci has been a child actor since he was a child. When he was ten years old, Pesci starred in Star Time Kids. He also formed a band with friends in his teens. Pesci’s famous work is Raging Bull, for which he broke a rib. In addition, his famous works include Goodfellas, Casino, Lethal Weapon, etc.
Pesci was known to portray tough guys with a hot temper and appeared mostly alongside the team of Robert De Niro and the filmmaker Martin Scorsese. In 1999, he finally announced that he’ll be making his retirement official but will still accept occasional roles from time to time. Pesci then shifted his focus in his music and released a couple of albums after his retirement from the silver screen. He also appeared in commercials occasionally.
Born in 1967, Mira Sorvino has shown great interest in acting since she was a child. She made her screen debut in the TV series Swans Crossing. During the 90s, Mira Sorvino made a huge noise and grabbed almost all of the accolades available in the entertainment world. A huge part of that success came from her role in Mighty Aphrodite. Later, her works include Mimic, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, At First Sight, etc.
Her stroke of good luck continued up until the tail end of the 2000s when things started to slow down for her career. Though she still has a couple of films, during that span, it still doesn’t hold a candle compared to the success she received a decade earlier. However, she’s really not that worried, since her excellent money management skills allowed her to get through those rough times.
Back in the days, Macaulay Culkin was once the most popular kid not only in Hollywood but in the entire entertainment world. Almost everyone knew how talented and bright the future holds for this kid. Culkin started his acting career at the age of four and appeared in many Broadway shows. At the age of eight, he made his film debut Rocket Gibraltar. His comic antics in the Home Alone franchise made him a household name, especially during the 90s.
He also starred in other famous movies such as My Girl, Richie Rich, The Good Son, etc. In the midst of his prime as an actor, he decided to step away from the limelight and live a normal kid. Everything seems to be going in the right direction until he faced legal issues concerning his possession of certain substances which led him to hire a competent lawyer in his defense. Nowadays, he’s now back on track and still continues to act in his comedy website and podcast.
Born in 1986, Bynes appear in advertisements early at the age of 7. Her debut was in ‘All That’ in 1996, and it became popular later. Bynes rose through Hollywood ranks during the 90s and a big part of her success came from her television projects, including the comedy All That and The Amanda Show. In 2002, she won the Kids’ Choice Award for ‘Big Fat Liar’. Success followed her through the 2000s.
However, things started going south when she found herself in the middle of a trap hole. Bynes needed a couple of lawyers for her defense after she was charged with DUI, reckless endangerment and possession of illegal substances. Bynes went to the School of Fashion Design after falling into these personal turmoil and started her own clothing brand, which eventually ended in bankruptcy. We last saw her on-screen in 2010 in the teen comedy film Easy A. Good thing, she was able to bounce back from her predicament and now on the right track towards rebuilding her life again.
Cameron Diaz was one of the premier A-lister back in the day and she was part of many movies in the past. In 1978, Cameron Diaz became a model and appeared in advertisements such as Ck, Coca Cola, and Levi’s. In 1994, Diaz starred in her film debut ‘The Mask’. Since then, her famous works include The Last Supper, My Best Friend’s Wedding and There’s Something About Mary. In 2000, she starred in Charlie’s Angels, which was a huge success.
In 2017, Cameron Diaz suspended her career from Hollywood to find ‘something different’. Her last film appearance was in 2014, the film Annie. Aside from acting, she also wrote a couple of books about health and wellness. The first one was called The Body Book, which became a New York Times bestseller and the last one was in 2016 called Longevity Book. We are sure she wouldn’t face any threat financially and her money in her savings accounts are miles away from the bankruptcy limit.
Lindsay Lohan has been away from the limelight after living a tumultuous life, needing the help of her lawyers now and then. Lohan started in the business as a model when she was young. Her TV debut was the soap opera Another World. Lohan became famous a year later for her performance in film The Parent Trap, which received great acclaim. Since then Lohan made several appearances on different television shows and movies. She is best known for the coming of age movies, like Freaky Friday, Mean Girls, and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.
Unfortunately, Lohan’s career has been affected due to some personal issues after 2005. In 2019, Lohan returned to the spotlight after it’s announced that she would be one of the panellist on the Australian adaptation of Masked Singer. She’s also set to return to Masked Singer Season 2. Apart from acting, Lohan is also involved in the fashion industry, for her childhood love for Monroe, Lohan launched a series of products about her.
ROBERT DE NIRO
Michael Scorsese’s mob films will never be complete without Robert De Niro. Born in 1943, he is best known as an actor, producer, and director. With his excellent acting skills, he has received several awards and accolades from almost all prestigious award-giving bodies that you can think of. Robert played on the school stage when he was young. At the age of 16, he dropped out of school to start his acting career. Robert first gained public attention in The Godfather Part II. Since then, he has become a household name in the US with ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘GoodFellas’ and ‘Casino’.
Robert remains an essential part of Hollywood, fans saw him as Murray Franklin in the critically-acclaimed 2019 movie Joker. He again wowed everyone when he starred in The Irishman. He also has an upcoming film directed by Scorsese again. In addition to movies, Robert has also made many investments, including hotels, restaurants and resorts. We believe these investments will make Robert not worry about bank accounts.
Richard Gere has been known to many as one of Hollywood’s most famous leading men. He started ien th business in the 1970s and captured every woman’s hearts in the movie American Gigolo. Gere showed a talent for music in his early years. He played the trumpet and created music in high school. After graduating from college, Robert started acting. He appeared in some musicals such as Grease, Taming of the Shrew in his early stage, and then gradually involved the movie screen. His early famous movie was Looking for Mr. Goodbar.
Since then, he has gradually consolidated his reputation in works such as Days of Heaven, The Cotton Club, Pretty Woman, Primal Fear. In 2016, he starred in Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, where he played as a small-time Jewish fixer. Although Gere has yet to retire officially, he’s now rarely seen in the spotlight. In recent years, Gere has been active in the protection of human rights and tribes.
Dustin Hoffman rose to prominence for his versatile acting. He could play almost any character, from the villain to an emotionally vulnerable lead character. Robert De Niro himself gave him credit for being an actor with ‘everyman’s face’ that embodies the ‘heartbreakingly human’. Hoffman dreamed of becoming a pianist in the early years, but gave up for lack of talent. He later switched to acting. Hoffman had been struggling in various small roles in the early ten years of his acting career. He acted in theaters, appeared in commercials, and had walk-on roles in movies.
The turning point appeared in 1967. Hoffman starred in the film ‘The Graduate’ and was nominated for an Oscar. Since then, luck came, he starred in films like Midnight Cowboy, Little Big Man, Papillon and other famous works. In 1979, Hoffman won the Oscar for ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’. Hoffman’s other well-known works include: Rain Man, All the President’s Men, Death of a Salesman, Hook, etc. At 83, Hoffman is still active in the industry.
MARY-KATE AND ASHLEY OLSEN
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen started their career as child actresses. In fact, the Olsen Twins started off way early as an infant and played the role of the youngest member of the Tanner family in Full House. It was only the start of their fruitful career in Hollywood. They also appeared in the movies To Grandmother’s House We Go, Double, Double, Toil and Trouble, How the West Was Fun, etc.
By the time they reached their young adulthood, they became one of the richest celebrities in Hollywood. They are not full-time actresses anymore, but they made their way towards the center of the fashion scene thanks to their investments in a couple of fashion brands including clothes and fashion accessories. The Council of Fashion Designers of America or CFDA named the twins the Womenswear Designer of the Year of 2012 and 2015.
SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR
Sarah Michelle Gellar made a huge noise during the 90s thanks to her role as Kendall Hart in All My Children. She wowed her peers with her strong performance in the show that eventually got her a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series. Gellar was discovered by a scout in childhood. At the age of 4, Gellar appeared in her first film, ‘An Invasion of Privacy’.
Later, she managed to grab the role of Buffy Summers in the fantasy series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Gellar was widely recognized, being nominated for the Golden Globe Award for that. During that period, Gellar also participated in I Know What You Did Last Summer and hosted Saturday Night Live. Things started to slow down for her career in the mid-2000s but she managed to grab a few techniques that allowed her to work behind the scenes as a producer. She also made smart investments throughout the years and one of which is the cooking and lifestyle company called Foodstirs.
Katherine Heigl started off her career, not in films, but as a model for various brands. Heigl became a child model when she was a child, and she appeared nationwide in Cheerios ads. Then in 1992, she decided to start shifting into acting where she found the success she wanted. Heigl’s first appearance on the silver screen was in the movie That Night and she later appeared in My Father the Hero.
Her breakthrough role was her portrayal of Isabel Evans on the hit sci-fi series Roswell, which earned her a couple of nominations including a Saturn and Teen Choice Awards. Few years after, she landed another significant role as Izzie Stevens on the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. Later, her works include The Ugly Truth, Knocked Up, Life as We Know It. During the mid to late 2000s, she decided to step back a little from acting and tried her luck behind the scenes as a producer. Heigl is also committed to protecting animals and establishing conservation organizations.
Diana Ross was originally called Diane Ross. Ross showed a talent for music very early. In high school, she and several girls formed band ‘Primes’ to sing. Later, the band integrated and changed its name to ‘The Supreme’, which became popular worldwide. The famous song of ‘The Supremes’ is ‘Where Did Our Love Go’. In 1967, The Supremes was renamed ‘Diana Ross & Supremes’, and Ross began her solo career. Her solo works such as Endless Love have achieved great success and ranked in the forefront of the Billboard Hot 100.
Ross has sold 100 million records worldwide. She also starred in the movies “Mahogany” and “Lady Sings the Blues” and was nominated for Oscar Award. Ross has won numerous awards and honors during her career. She won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and was inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Despite personal and professional ups and downs, Ross has withstood the test. Served as a performer for more than 40 years.
Elizabeth Hurley has a rough start and fell at the edge of bankruptcy during the first leg of her career. Hurley dreamed of becoming a ballerina, but in order to making a living, she became a model and appeared in various advertisements. Good thing she was able to persevere with her unparalleled talent and timeless beauty. At the age of 29, she went for her very first modeling gig and slowly made a huge impact on the industry. Hurley then became one of the premier personalities around the fashion scene as she was chosen to be the face of Estée Lauder.
The first time Hurley received widespread attention was her love affair with Hugh Grant in 1987. Later she starred in films like Aria, Christabel and Passenger 57. In 1997, Hurley participated in Austin Powers: International Mysteries and won widespread recognition. In 2000, Hurley starred in Bedazzled. Aside from modeling and acting, she and Estée Lauder are also active in advocacies, especially in Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns.
Renée Zellweger not only has the face, but the talent to be considered as one of the best in the industry. This was especially true during the 90s and the 2000s when she starred in numerous films throughout the decade. Zellweger wanted to be a journalist before, she studied literature at university. Later, she switched to performance. Zellweger appeared in some low-cost films in her early days. Her first well-known film was Jerry Maguire, which made her nominated for the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In 2001, Zellweger participated in the filming of Bridget Jones’s Diary, which was successful worldwide. During the same period, her TV series White Oleander was also well received. After the height of her career, Zellweger decided to step away from the spotlight and took a couple of years off from Hollywood. Fortunately, we can still see her works. Recently, Zellweger returned to screens, producing works such as Best Day of My Life, Same Kind of Different as Me, Judy, etc.
Jim Carrey is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer, producer, author, and artist. He is Known for his energetic slapstick performances. In the 1990s, Jim Carrey was Hollywood’s king of comedy, appearing in family favorite films like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, Dumb and Dumber and Liar Liar.
Twenty years later, Carrey’s life had taken a very different turn. He was no longer making hit movies, he lived a reclusive life and was dogged by controversy. In an interview with CNN’s Larry King, Jim Carrey described himself as a weird, serious person, and he dove deeper into that topic when he chatted with iNews. His ‘serious’ personality isn’t one the public gets to see often, and it could be attributed to the actor’s emotion problem. In 2013, Carrey published his first book: How Roland Rolls and won the 2013 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award.
For those who enjoyed watching TV shows and movies during the 80s and 90s, we are sure and we will bet all our credit cards that you know the actress, Meg Ryan. Ryan was born in 1961 and is known as America’s Sweetheart. She took small roles during the beginning of her career and put up a lot of effort so producers will notice her potential. With the success of her career, Ryan appeared in many films such as: When a Man Loves a Woman, You’ve Got Mail, City of Angels, Sleepless in Seattle, etc.
Ryan’s investments paid off and she began appearing as part of the supporting casts. She eventually found success in the film When Harry Met Sally…and grabbed her very first Golden Globe nomination. During the last decade, things slowed down for the actress and she decided to shift careers from working in front of the camera to behind the scenes. She then grabbed a couple of projects as a director while still appearing as guests in other shows.
Actor and novelist, Gene Hackman had a successful career in Hollywood, he was awarded numerous accolades. Hackman lied about his age to join the army and left home in 1946. His military experience has provided him a lot of help for the character in the future. Hackman started acting in 1956. His famous work was the film The French Connection in 1971 and he won the Oscar for Best Actor.
Since then, his works include The Quick and The Dead, The Poseidon Adventure, A Bridge Too Far, etc. Gene often played the role of an officer in movies, which is inseparable from his previous experience. During his time away from the limelight, he wrote novels and already released three historical fiction novels under his name – Wake of the Perdido Star, Justice for None and Escape from Andersonville: A Novel of the Civil War. With these, we are sure he got all of his retirement plans and insurance covered.
The actress Andie Macdowell, made a huge impact in her debut film Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. When Macdowell was 20, she debuted as a contract model, appearing in magazines and advertisements such as Vogue, Armani, CK, etc. Macdowell’s performance in these advertisements attracted people’s attention and she began to appear in some movies. Macdowell later starred in ‘Lies, and Videotape’ that earned her an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead and a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama.
Her other famous movies include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Groundhog Day and Groundhog Day. In recent years, Macdowell has reduced her workload. Her financial advisor probably advised her that she needed another avenue for her income that’s why she kept her part as a spokeswoman of the personal care and cosmetics company L’Oréal for the last three decades. Macdowell has three children. Her two daughters, Rainey Qualley and Margaret Qualley are also well-known actors.
Chuck Norris was one of the biggest stars in the action scenes back in the days. Big thanks to his flashy moves and unparalleled martial arts skills, he quickly rose to stardom and appeared in numerous movies. Chuck joined the U.S. Air Force at 18 and was stationed in South Korea with the military, where he earned the nickname Chuck.
After leaving the military, Chuck opened a martial arts studio and participated in various martial arts competitions for promotion. Unintentionally, Chuck won many championships in the later period and was favored by the director. In 1969, he performed his film debut The Wrecking Crew. His famous movies include: Lone Wolf McQuade, Sidekicks, Hellbound, etc. Chuck’s films were filled with dangerous stunts and death-defying sequences. Good thing, he and his production crew got good medical insurance coverage in case there were any injuries in his shows. In recent years, Chuck has focused on writing books. He also makes his own games, appearing in some advertisements to increase revenue.
Snoop Dogg remains to be one of the most significant parts of the rap music scene. Ever since he started in the 1990s, he remains active until today. Dogg started rap in sixth grade. He was a bodgie in high school. After Dogg’s graduation, he was sentenced to three years in jail for legal issues. Credits to Dr. Dre, he was the one who discovered the famed rapper and featured him on his solo album, Deep Cover. Since then, Dogg made history, selling over 23 million records in the US alone and a total of 35 million worldwide.
Dogg is known as the godfather of West Coast hip-hop due to his outstanding achievements in the field of rap. Until now, he still has tour schedules for his latest album, I Wanna Thank You, and a documentary with the same name. In addition to rap career, Dogg also appeared in some films and television works such as The Wash, Bones, etc. He also established his own film and television company.
Robert Blake’s career has been one great roller coaster ride. He enjoyed fruitful years as a child actor and appeared in Our Gang during the late 30s and early 40s. Blake was abused by his parents as a child and had an unfortunate childhood experience. The Young Artist Foundation recognized Robert Blake’s contributions to the industry and was awarded the Former Child Star “Lifetime Achievement” Award.
After a few years, he entered his adulthood but faced certain issues such as lack of projects. Eventually, he was able to cope up and managed to get back on track. Everything looked bright until he found himself in the middle of a legal issue concerning the murder of his wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley. He was accused of the death of his wife and hired a couple of lawyers for his defense. It was a long chase, but eventually, he was acquitted with all the charges.
For those who loved action films during the 90s and early 2000s, we bet you guys will instantly recognize Wesley Snipes. Snipes was discovered by scouts In 1985. His film debut was Wildcats, Snipes often played small roles in his early career. He’s most remembered for his portrayal of the Marvel Comics character Blade in the blockbuster trilogy, the Blade film franchise. Aside from acting, he’s also a well-renowned martial artist, who started his training at a very young age of twelve.
Snipes has a 5th dan black belt in Shotokan Karate and a 2nd dan black belt in Hapkido. Also, Snipes founded a bodyguard company with friends to provide security services. He also has his own film and television company. Just like most stars out there, controversies caught up with him, and it struck a significant blow not only in Snipes’ career but in his personal affairs too. He had some issues with his financial and credit reports regarding his taxes and served a couple of years behind bars for it.
Chuck D is the leader of the rap group Public Enemy, which he also co-founded with Flavor Flav in 1985. The star was behind the social hip hop music in the mid-1980s. He even gets the credits for being ranked No.12 on the Top 50 Hip-Hop Lyricists of All Time list by The Source.
Outside of the music career, Chuck D released his autobiography Autobiography of Mistachuck in 1996. In 1999, he set up a multi-format “supersite” on the website Rapstation.com, which provided a place to share a lot of content online, including modules such as celebrity interview, free MP3 downloads, social commentary, etc. Since then, Chuck D has been working for online peer-to-peer file sharing in music industry. In 2011, he re-recorded a cover of Fight the Power with The Dillinger Escape Plan. In 2016, D joined Prophets of Rage with B-Real and former members of Rage Against the Machine.
Eddie Murphy is considered one of the best when it comes to comedy. When Eddie Murphy was 15 years old, he was influenced by Richard Pryor’s comedy album and determined to become a comedian. In the earlier part of his career, he used to be part of Saturday Night Live. He also kept him and his family from the clutches of bankruptcy with his work as a standup comedian.
Eddie Murphy made his film debut in 1982. He collaborated with Nick Nolte in the film 48 Hrs. After that, he starred in Trading Places, Best Defense, Beverly Hills Cop. These films performed well at the box office. However, things slowed down starting in the late 2000s for him. Projects came out less and less and that means less income for him. Good thing, he knew a trick or two working behind the scenes as a writer, director, and producer. With these added in his arsenal, he would never have to worry about using his credit card again.
LARA FLYNN BOYLE
Lara Flynn Boyle, although she had dyslexia in her childhood, she overcame this problem and graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1986, Boyle appeared in the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but the scene was deleted in the final editing. Her first protagonist movie was the horror movie Poltergeist. Boyle gathered public attention with her role in the mystery drama series Twin Peaks. After a few years, she went on for another successful run in Red Rock West.
During the same period, she starred in the comedy Threesome, Baby’s Day Out, Cafe Society, etc. Boyle also portrayed in the show The Practice. After the show ended, we saw the trend that she has lesser projects compared to the past. However, she knew a thing or two on how things work behind the scenes and made her way on becoming a producer in Hansel & Gretel Get Baked. Boyle has another project in the pipeline called Death in Texas, and it will be released soon.
Ali MacGraw was one of the top artists back in the days. She made a massive impact during the late 60s and 70s with her great looks and exceptional talent. MacGraw worked in fashion magazines as a photography assistant in her early days. Later, she appeared in some advertisements. MacGraw first tasted success in Hollywood with her role in the 1969 film Goodbye, Columbus.
Her peers noticed her acting skills and were awarded a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her effort. A year later, she conquered the world stage with the movie Love Story and became an international icon. She never had any issues with her credit scores back then, especially during the height of her career when she was named the top female box office star in the world in 1972. Nowadays, she is currently living a private life and enjoying her retirement while doing a quick session of yoga.
Wendy Williams is a writer, producer, businesswoman, and host of The Wendy Williams Show. She was famous for her no-nonsense attitude and brash personality and was controversial for Homophobic and inappropriate remarks. Williams began her career as a DJ in radio station. Later, she worked at WBLS as a music host, where she was well appreciated by listeners. In 2008, Williams made her debut on her talk Show, The Wendy Williams Show and got great acclaim.
In 2009, Wendy Williams was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. She is also an author and novelist. Her best-selling books include “The Experience of Wendy Williams”, “Ask Wendy” and “Ritz Harper Goes to Hollywood”. She contributes celebrity columns to entertainment magazines every week. On her 50th birthday, the Asbury Park City Council in New Jersey changed the name of the street where she grew up to Wendy Williams Way.
The actor, Mike Myers is one of Hollywood’s premier actors. His voice can be heard in the animated movie franchise Shrek. Of course, who would forget the iconic character of Austin Powers and his arch-nemesis Dr. Evil! Myers made his career began in many advertisements when he was a child. His TV debut was in 1988, Myers performed in the Saturday Night Live and he became famous for it. Later, he starred in films like Wayne’s World, So I Married an Axe Murderer, Inglourious Basterds etc, which strengthened his position.
However, there’s a huge drop in demands for his talents in recent years and projects came lesser and lesser throughout the years. For most stars, that will be a cause of a major panic but Myers may have planned ahead and placed smart investments for his future. It is still not too late for a strong comeback for this man since he has a lot of talent in his sleeves.
Michael Schoeffling, whose full name is Michael Earl Schoeffling. He was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in 1960. Schoeffling really knows how to live a life away from the limelight. Right after he made a name for himself as a fashion model and actor of the 80s and 90s, he just suddenly went out from the Hollywood picture and lived a comfortable life in his house filled with a top-notch home security system.
Schoeffling was an excellent wrestler when he was young and won many prizes in competitions. For those who don’t know, Michael played Jake Ryan in the classic comedy film Sixteen Candles. He also appeared in Vision Quest and Mermaids. We last saw him on screen in the 1991 film Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken. Nowadays, reports suggest that he’s now running his own handcrafted furniture business.
Fans widely recognized Matthew Fox as Charlie Salinger of the American teen drama Party of Five. He continued his streak of success as Jack Shephard in the famous series Lost from 2004 until 2010. His Hollywood peers started to notice his remarkable performances and he managed to get a Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his part in the series. Fox started his career in 1991, where he appeared in the TV series Wings.
Later he starred in If I Die Before I Wake, My Boyfriend’s Back, Haunted, etc. He also ever hosted the Saturday Night Live. After his successful run, things started to slow down and there were fewer projects available for Fox. However, we are sure that he had good money management skills and will not file any bankruptcy report anytime soon. Fox got into legal trouble for beating a lady in 2011, and later he got out of trouble cause the woman withdrew the lawsuit.
Born in Berlin, Germany, Dominic Monaghan is a British actor. He first made a huge impact in the British entertainment scene in the crime drama series Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. However, he made his name famous for his role in one of the most successful film franchises of all time, the Lord of the Rings movie franchise, where he played his part as Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck. He later appeared as Charlie Pace in Lost.
After a few years, he reunited with the co-creator of Lost in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Aside from acting, he also produced his own show called Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan where he travels into exotic locations around the globe. In 2019 Monaghan starred in the film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Based on how things running, he will not need any kinds of loans for his finances.
JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT
Jennifer Love Hewitt has everything that it takes to be successful in Hollywood. She got the looks, wits, and the charisma that will put her on the top of Hollywood A-listers. Before we know her as the actress that she is today, she started her career as a young actress and appeared in numerous commercials in the past. She also used to be a backup singer before she landed the role in the teen and family drama series Party of Five.
Since that day, success continued to work in her favor as she became one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. Hewitt’s famous works include: I Know What You Did Last Summer, Heartbreakers, The Tuxed, etc. Aside from a successful acting career, she’s also keen on her works behind the scenes as a director, producer and writer. In 2010, Hewitt published a book called The Day I Shot Cupid. Now that will keep her credit card balance full!
Ronda Rousey is considered as one of the elite female athletes in the world of MMA. She dominated the scene with her powerful moves and captured the hearts of her fans with her iconic smile. Rousey is a successful judo player. When Rousey was 11 years old, she learned judo from her mother. In 2008, Rousey won an Olympic medal. After retirement, she worked as a waiter to make ends meet. Later, she joined MMA and won many competitions.
After countless of title defenses, she was struck with a devastating defeat from Holly Holm in 2015. However, all of her investments in the sports paid off as she was named the first female fighter to be inducted in the prestigious UFC Hall of Fame. Rousey then switched careers and decided her luck in acting and appeared in one of the movies in the Fast and the Furious franchise.
Leelee Sobieski, whose full name is Liliane Rudabet Gloria Elsveta “Leelee” Sobieski. Her mother is a producer and screenwriter. When Sobieski was 10 years old, she was discovered by talent scout in school thus starting her acting career. She got her ticket to stardom thanks to her role in movies such as Deep Impact, Never Been Kissed, Eyes Wide Shut and The Glass House.
She also portrayed Joan of Arc in a three-part television miniseries, where she earned prestigious nominations to the Emmys and the Golden Globe. The actress still worked in films and television shows until 2012 and focused all of her investments in her art career. She even launched a successful solo exhibit last 2018 in Brooklyn that earned much respect from fellow artists and big players in the visual arts community. We think that her true calling is with visual arts rather than acting. Sobieski married in 2010 with a desinger and she has a son and a daughter.
Alyson Hannigan was blessed with good looks and charms that will make everyone fall into their knees. At a young age of four, she already had a couple of commercials under her name which paved the way towards her stardom in the coming years. Her family then hired a moving company and relocated to Hollywood at the age of 11. Her talent soon became apparent and after spending time in minor roles in the past, she finally grabbed a spot in the limelight with her role in My Stepmother Is an Alien.
She then joined the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Willow Rosenberg. There, she found Alexis Denisof, who became her other half. After that, Hannigan’s works include American Pie, How I Met Your Mother, Penn & Teller: Fool Us and so on. Hannigan then focused more on her personal life. She still has a few projects under her contracts though. Hannigan also appeared at some events to encourage people to conduct regular breast cancer screenings.
Allison Mack may not have the most eye-catching career out there, but she certainly has one of the best stories in the bunch. The earlier part of her career mainly focused as an endorser for various brands and the most notable on the list was from a chocolate company. Almost all kids love chocolates and we can only think of the frustration she had when she’s not allowed to eat the chocolate right in front of her.
Mack’s early appearance on the screen was in the TV series 7th Heaven. She also starred in ‘My Horrible Year!’ and ‘Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves’. In the later part of her career, she entered the mainstream acting scene and starred in Smallville. In recent years, she was involved with legal issues left and right and she badly needed help from competent defense lawyers. Mack was also alleged to have entered into a bogus marriage in 2017 to gain American immigration, and she filed for divorce in 2020.
Carey Mulligan is one of those actresses that has everything in their arsenal. She has the looks, the charms, and the talent to be successful. She did just that after making a huge name on stage with her debut performance on the stage of the Royal Court Theatre for the play Forty Winks. A year later, she jumped into the mainstream media and starred on Pride & Prejudice, Bleak House and an episode of Doctor Who.
Though he had all the makings of a great superstar, she’s rarely offered by big production companies with major roles. Even with that situation in mind, she was never in any threat of going into bankruptcy. In fact, she was even active in her philanthropic works, raising funds for Alzheimer’s disease and becoming a child protection ambassador. In 2020, Mulligan made the film Promising Young Woman as an actor and executive producer, which will be released soon.
Dave Chappelle possesses one of the most unique skill sets in this bunch. He is not only a successful actor, but he’s also a well-respected standup comedian that brought home numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, including a pair of Emmy Awards and three Grammys. Chappelle started his career in high school, when he performed comedy shows in nightclubs. In an interview later, Chappelle mentioned that his comedy performance was greatly influenced by Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, etc.
During the 90s, Chappelle appeared in a couple of successful movies, including Mel Brooks’s 1993 film Robin Hood: Men in Tights and The Nutty Professor alongside Eddie Murphy. In 2016, he, his lawyers and manager received a hefty $20 million deal with Netflix for his comedy specials. Now that’s a deal that may be hard to beat. In 2020 Chappelle’s Netflix special won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.
Born in 1964, Calista Flockhart has loved acting since childhood. She wrote a play called Toyland and performed it when she was a child. Flockhart studied acting at the university. For about ten years after graduating, she has been playing some small roles and kept unknown. During this period, she worked as waiter and aerobics coach to make ends meet. Flockhart’s debut on screen is Guiding Light. She rose to fame thanks to her part as the lovely lawyer in her titular role in Ally McBeal.
During this run, she consistently got herself accolades and recognition from her peers bringing in nominations from various award-giving bodies and cashing in a couple of awards along the way. She also starred in Brothers & Sisters and Supergirl. After her successful stay in Ally McBeal, fans expected that her Hollywood stock will rise, but she only managed to grab a couple of significant roles. The good thing about that, it is still not yet too late for a big comeback.
Born in 1937, Jack Nicholson is an actor, director and producer. He is one of those personalities that will surprise us especially if we tell you that it has been ages since we last saw him in action. He’s so popular and was part of many movies, we can barely tell if he’s still active or not. Nicholson’s early acting career did not develop well, so he switched to be a screenwriter. His first successful screenplay was The Trip.
Later, he gradually appeared in some famous works such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Shining and gained his fame. Even if he’s retired or not, it will not change the fact that he’s one of the best actors out there in Hollywood. Nicholson might have a good investment plan and that probably allowed him to retire early without anyone noticing it. However, many fans still wanted to see him in a couple of movies in the future. Only time will tell.
Kel Mitchell rose to fame thanks to his comic antics and his talent for music as a musician, rapper and singer. He began his acting career at the age of 12, participating in some stage plays. His most notable role back in the days was his part in the television series All That. He also appeared in the 1999 film Mystery Men as he played alongside Ben Stiller and Geoffrey Rush. Mitchell once participated in the Saturday Night Live audition in 2003, but ended in failure. In 2015, Mitchell starred in The Tonight Show.
He consistently got himself a couple of projects throughout the years but it was nothing compared to the significance he made during the earlier part of his career. In 2019, Mitchell became the young pastor of a church in Los Angeles. Overall, he has lived up to the expectations of his peers in the industry and never faced any issues with his finances because of his excellent money management skills.
If there’s any strong and genuine woman out there in Hollywood, Geena Davis might be on the top of everyone’s lists. Over the years, she showed what a woman can do in the entertainment scene and she has all the accolades to go along with it. Because of the personality she portrayed, she often plays characters that have strong personalities.Geena wanted to be an actor since she was a child. In her high school, Geena was excluded by her classmates because of her height.
She began her early career as a waiter. Later she became a model, working for victoria’s secret. Geena’s film debut was in Tootsie. Later, she starred in Beetlejuice, The Daughters of Thelma and Louise, The Long Kiss Goodnight, etc and gained her fame. Aside from doing full-time work as an actress, she also put a lot of investments in advocating equal rights for women. She also earned herself an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree back in 2009 from Bates College because of her contributions.
Dana Carvey is a famous stand-up comedian and actor that rose to fame thanks to his part in Saturday Night Live. However, things didn’t start up well for Carvey. During the first leg of his career, he hired a divorce lawyer with his former wife. He then slowly made a strive in Hollywood and received a minor role in Halloween II. He struggled to find a role that will place his name in the top actors of his time and in 1986, his biggest break came into light with the movie Tough Guys.
In 1990, Dana made his first comedy film vehicle Opportunity Knocks, which received a certain welcome. Later, he starred in Wayne’s World, Clean Slate, Trapped in Paradise, etc. In 1996, he made the TV show The Dana Carvey Show, but the response was mediocre. Overall, he had a very successful career but had to stop every once in a while, because of health and personal issues.
Dennis Franz became a household name during the 90s when he accepted the role of Andy Sipowicz in the hit drama NYPD Blue. This role helped him get a couple of awards and nominations such as Primetime Emmy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards and one from Golden Globe. That goes to show how effective Franz’s acting was! Franz started his acting career in 1972, when he joined the Organic Theatre Company. His first appearance on screen was in the movie The Last Affair.
Franz’s other famous works include Hill Street Blues, Dressed to Kill and Die Hard 2. Soon after the show went off the air, he decided to hang his gloves and went on for his retirement. He finally had all the time in the world for his family and loved ones. Reports suggest that every summer, Franz and his family retreat in their real estate investment, a precious lake house in Idaho.
Born in 1966, Karyn Parsons dreamed of becoming an actor at the age of 13. Parsons has the potential to be one of the best in the industry. However, She decided to law low from the limelight and focus elsewhere. She made her TV debut in 1987, where she appeared in the series The Bronx Zo. For those who don’t know who she was, she’s one of the main stars of the show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as Hilary Banks.
She then worked as a writer and producer in Lush Life. After a few years, she starred alongside Denis Leary in the critically acclaimed series The Job. In 2020, Parsons starred in the film Sweet Thing. Apart from her acting career, Parsons is also a writer. She has published two works How High the Moon and Flying Free. We bet she had solid money management skills since there isn’t any news about her going into some kind of financial trouble lately.
Kelly McGillis, born in 1957. McGillis worked as a waiter early in her career to make ends meet. She made her film debut in Reuben, Reuben in 1983. She was one of the premier actresses of the 80s when she appeared as Rachel Lapp in the 1985 thriller film Witness. Thanks to her excellent performance, she was able to grab a nomination slot for a Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards. She also appeared in Top Gun alongside Tom Cruise and the 1988 legal drama film The Accused.
McGillis other famous works include The Accused, Cat Chaser, The House on Carroll Street, etc. McGillis took a hiatus from Hollywood in the early 2000s but eventually returned to acting in 2006. She’s slowly making her way back into the top of Hollywood rankings and it is still not too late for the party. In 2016, news broke out that Kelly got assaulted right in her own home. Probably it is time to get a top-notch home security system installed in the McGillis residence.
Shelley Duvall, whose full name is Shelley Alexis Duvall. She was discovered by the director Robert Altman and then appeared in her film debut Brewster McCloud. Later, Duvall starred in the movie Thieves Like US, 3 Women, The Shining, etc. She also hosted SNL in1977. Duvall was one of the top personalities in Hollywood a couple of decades ago. She easily got herself a couple of awards including Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress, Peabody Award, a pair of Emmy nominations and BAFTA Award nomination.
She not only one of the finest actresses back in the days, but she’s also a well-respected person behind the scenes while working as a creator and producer in various shows in the past. She was part of the industry for more than three decades and finally decided to hang the gloves after playing her last role in Manna from Heaven. We are pretty sure that she had everything covered when she retired, from her retirement plans down to her insurance policy.
Nick Stahl has been acting since his childhood days but only entered the mainstream media with his minor role in Stranger at My Door. After a few years, he found the role that would catapult his career to the top of Hollywood rankings in the 1993 dramatic film The Man Without a Face. He was rewarded with a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Youth Actor Co-Starring in a Motion Picture Drama for his trouble.
Stahl also starred in the movie Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Sin City, Disturbing Behavior, etc when he grew up. After all the success he experienced, personal issues started to catch up with him. First, the actor was arrested on suspicion of committing a lewd act. A year later, he hired a couple of lawyers for his defense against an alleged possession of an illegal substance.
Raw talent must be running through the veins of the actor Emilio Estevez. First of all, he’s the son of Martin Sheen and Janet Templeton. Emilio is also part of the Estevez-Sheen clan that includes Ramon Estevez, Charlie Sheen, Renée Estevez, and Joe Estevez. He rose through Hollywood ranks as part of the Brat Pack of the 80s. He appeared in The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire and The Mighty Ducks franchise.
He has also appeared in some music videos such as St. Elmo’s Fire, Blaze of Glory and Say It Isn’t So. Aside from acting, he also showed flashes of greatness in terms of working behind the scenes as a writer and director. In 1986, Estevez produced his directorial debut Wisdom, and he also directed the movies Bobby, The Way and The Public. He will not be in the bankruptcy limit anytime soon since he’s still active in the industry.
For those who love the 90s tragic love story classic Titanic, we bet that you will recognize Billy Zane as the actor that played the infamous millionaire antagonist Caledon Hockley. For those who are not in the loop, he is the fiancé of Rose, the character played by Kate Winslet. He was so hated at that time, Zane was even nominated for an MTV Movie Award nomination for “Best Villain” Award.
Zane’s other famous works include Back to the Future, Dead Calm, Twin Peaks, etc. He had a decent run throughout his acting career and worked as the executive producer in a couple of projects in the past. Zane is still active on the screen. This year his films include Guest House, Final Kill and Ghosts of War. We are sure he’s out of the bankruptcy limit with all the smart investments he did during his prime.
We all know Jesse Eisenberg played a huge part in the success of the hit heist thriller Now You See Me franchise back in 2013 and 2016. Before that, most of his fans didn’t know that he tackled roles in the comedy-drama genre such as his television debut in getting Real and his first lead role in Roger Dodger. He later tried his luck in dramatic films like The Emperor’s Club and The Education of Charlie Banks.
Eisenberg’s other famous works include Zombieland, Now You See Me and Vivarium. In 2010, Eisenberg starred in The Social Network and was nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards. These repertoires show how much raw talent this guy has and we bet all of our credit cards to him. Aside from acting, he’s also a playwright and has written a couple of books under his name.
Hollywood wouldn’t be the same without the talent of the actress, Patricia Arquette. In fact, Arquette has one of the most successful runs during her prime and starred in many shows, unlike her other peers that got caught up with personal issues that sometimes lead them into bankruptcy. She first rose to prominence thanks to her part as Kristen Parker in the 1987 horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.
She also starred in the 2014 hit Boyhood that earned her praises from her peers and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Award. She may not be that active in acting lately but her impact still can be felt. She even won a couple of awards for her role in Escape at Dannemora. That goes to show how much talent she can offer on the table.
For those who loved sitcoms back in the late 80s and early 90s, we are sure that you guys remembered the classic NBC show Saved by the Bell. You also probably remembered the show Good Morning, Miss Bliss and they had one thing in common. The programs showed how great Lark Voorhies was. Yes, on both shows, she portrayed Lisa Turtle as she rose to fame and built up her credit report. She got nominated a couple of times for her performance and eventually got the prize in 1990 and 1993.
The show went off-air after a few years, and Voorhies found herself in small projects and minor roles. Voorhies also appeared in music videos such as On Bended Knee, These Are the Times and Never Too Busy. We last saw her in 2012 in the movie Little Creeps and shifted her focus in writing books. Overall, she had three books with her name on it Trek of the Cheshire, Reciprocity, and A True Light.
Martin Lawrence whose full name is Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence. Born in 1965, he was one of the top actors during the 90s with numerous projects left and right. He was famous for the films like What’s Happening Now, Bad Boys, House Party and so on. That decade was very fruitful for his career and he amassed huge wealth and he probably needed help from a financial advisor just to sort out his finances and cash flow.
It was that decade also that he had his own sitcom named after himself that was shown in televisions for a total of five seasons. Things are looking in the right direction until controversies started to appear that might have affected his overall career status. Because of the legal issues, he decided to branch out his knowledge and worked behind the scenes as a producer. Good Thing, we saw Lawrence again on screen in 2020, when he appeared in Bad Boys for Life alongside Will Smith.
Randy Quaid made a huge noise in Hollywood during the 70s until the 80s. He became one of the most sought actors at that time and a huge reason for that is his style that encompasses both dramatic and light-hearted comedy. He picked up a couple of nominations back in the days for his role in the film The Last Detail. He later won the Golden Globe Best Actor Award for his portrayal of President Lyndon Johnson in the hit television movie LBJ: The Early Years.
Quaid’s other famous movies include Midnight Express, Kingpin and Days of Thunder. Unfortunately, he was tangled up with a couple of legal issues in the latter part of his career. He and his lawyers sued the production team of the movie Brokeback Mountain for misrepresenting the flick as “low-budget.” After a few years, he entered the music scene along with his band, Randy Quaid & The Fugitives.
Mischa Barton has been around in the industry since the 90s and her career shows that she achieved nothing short of spectacular feats. Her performance on-stage marked the beginning of a fruitful career for Barton in the Tony Kushner’s Slavs! She later appeared in Twelve Dreams at the prestigious Lincoln Center located in the heart of the Big Apple. After a few years, she went on and starred in the show All My Children and Lawn Dogs.
It was only when she appeared in ‘The O.C.’, where she garnered media attention as she instantly became a superstar. Financial advisors projected that she’d have a surge of projects after the show ended but only got a couple that left a mark in people’s minds. Good thing, she learned a couple of tricks behind the scenes and she then worked as a producer in some of her shows. Barton is also involved in fashion and beauty. She has appeared on the covers of various magazines, and also advertises for many brands.
FREDDIE PRINZE JR.
Acting may be part of Freddie Prinze Jr.’s genes as his father, Freddie Prinze, was also a bonafide actor and comedian back in his prime. For those who are not in the loop, Freddie Prinze Jr. rose to fame thanks to his parts in the movies I Know What You Did Last Summer and its sequel I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. He also appeared as Fred Jones in the Scooby-Doo franchise during the early 2000s.
Freddie’s other works include She’s All That, Friends and Summer Catch etc. However, his Hollywood stock didn’t rose up as he hoped for. Good thing, he has good back up plans and possesses proper money management skills. He also had the flexibility that other actors didn’t have. He lent his voice to triple-A games and even ventured behind the scenes as a producer, host, and writer. In 2002 Freddie married Sarah Michelle Gellar, who is also the heroine in the ‘I Know’ series.
Born in Great Neck, New York, Nikki Blonsky began acting when she was in her high school, where she played the Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Kiss Me, Kate and so on. She hit the jackpot during the late 2000s and a big part of it came through the success of the film Hairspray. She also followed it up with her successful part in Queen Sized and Huge, where she got nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer TV Star.
All of her achievements have one thing in common and that’s her natural talents when it comes to acting and singing. After a few years, she probably noticed that her career as an actress was starting to slow down. She then took up lessons in cosmetology and started putting up investments into her new craft.
Born in 1983, Hill was famous for his role in Superbad. His works include Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek. Many people around Hollywood agree that Jonah Hill might be one of the top actors of his generation. Not only he made a name for himself in front of the camera, but he also strived to be one of the most significant personalities behind the scenes. He’s a competent director, producer, and screenwriter throughout his career.
With his success, he managed to grab one of the top spots when it comes to financial earnings among Hollywood celebrities and that has a significant effect on his overall credit score. He still can be seen in a couple of shows recently but he seems to be considering his work behind the scenes as his full-time work since most of his recent projects were part of the production team.
PAZ DE LA HUERTA
Paz de la Huerta started off her modeling career during her adolescent years. After gaining much recognition, she then shifted her focus and aimed to be an actress in the mainstream media. She starred in The Object of My Affection with a minor role but slowly etched her ground. After a few years, she appeared in The Cider House Rules and A Walk to Remember.
Because of the film’s huge success, she also rode the waves and grabbed the attention of the public with her stellar performance. During the heat of the Me Too movement, the actress also stepped up and hired a couple of lawyers to file a case against Harvey Weinstein. She stated that the things that happened to her with Harvey Weinstein damaged her career. We last saw her on-screen in the movie Puppy Love.
Monique Angela Hicks or professionally known as Mo’Nique initially got herself in minor TV and movie roles. She also worked as a standup comedian in various venues. Good thing, she hit the jackpot as one of the excellent performers in The Queens of Comedy and the sitcom The Parkers. Mo’Nique also appeared in the films like The Parkers, Phat Girlz, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, etc.
After that, her lawyers and managers got a couple of supporting roles, including the one in Precious, where she earned the Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize and the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. In 2015, she starred in the film Bessie and was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award. Outside of working in a Hollywood set, she released a couple of books under her name. Even though we don’t see her anymore on our screen, she is pretty much not in any harm’s way of going into bankruptcy anytime soon.
Mara Elizabeth Wilson or professionally known as Mara Wilson was born in 1987. She was one of the child prodigies of the 90s. She was part of famous movies of that decade that includes playing the role of Natalie Hillard in the 1993 movie Mrs. Doubtfire. She also appeared as Susan Walker in Miracle on 34th Street and Matilda Wormwood, the sweet little kid with psychokinetic abilities in the 1996 children’s movie Matilda.
Her last major role on screen was in Thomas and the Magic Railroad and she turned her back away from the limelight after that. However, she made a comeback after a few years of living a normal life as a voice talent. She also put a lot of investments in her career as an internet career. Wilson is also a screenwriter and writer, owning works ‘Sheeple’ and ‘Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame’.
Jonathan Bennett was discovered by a talent scout on a train. He rose to prominence thanks to his role as Aaron Samuels in the teen comedy film Mean Girls. For that movie, he received two nominations, one for Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Chemistry that he shared with his fellow star Lindsay Lohan and the other one was for Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout Movie Star – Male. It seems like it was the start of a fruitful career until things started to slow down for him during the late 2000s.
He probably took the advice of any financial advisor out there that we should have another avenue for our finances and that’s when he realized that he can also work behind the scenes as part of the production. In 2014, Bennett participated in Dancing with the Stars and won the ninth place. Bennett also appeared in guest appearances in the movie. In 2019, Bennett became a guest on the Celebrity Big Brother show.
Jack Gleeson, born in 1992, he made his film debut in the film Reign of Fire. Later, he appeared in films like Batman Begins, Shrooms and A Shine of Rainbows. Gleeson gained his fame in 2011. There are times in Jack Gleeson’s career that he was considered as one of the most hated characters on the face of the planet. That’s because of his excellent portrayal of King Joffrey Baratheon on the hit series Game of Thrones. Single-handedly, he managed to crawl under the skin of his audience with his spotless acting.
Probably that time, he also had a couple of home security systems installed in their house to protect his family’s safety. That’s how convincing his acting skills are. After the show ended, he decided to slow down a bit and focus on Collapsing Horse Theatre Company as their founder and producer. In 2020, Jack Gleeson announced that he will return to television.
JONATHAN TAYLOR THOMAS
During the 90s, Jonathan Taylor Thomas was living the life that most teenagers only dream off. He’s probably the most famous teenage celebrity out there during that time. He can be seen in movies and his voice can also be heard in animated films such as the 1994 animated film The Lion King as he lent his voice for the young Simba. He also voiced Shoukichi in Pom Poko and in The Adventures of Pinocchio. He also appeared in more than a hundred episodes of Home Improvement as Randy Taylor.
After about a decade in the industry, he decided to live a normal life and left Hollywood for the time being. We are sure he’s well equipped with proper money management skills as there were no reports out there that he filed any bankruptcy reports over the years. He went to Harvard University to study history and philosophy. Later in 2016, Thomas directed an episode of Last Man Standing, and then we never heard from him again.
Big Hollywood fans will most likely recognize the actor and musician Adrian Grenier as Vincent Chase in the hit television series Entourage, which aired from the mid-2000s until early 2010. He also appeared in movies such as Trash Fire in 2016, The Devil Wears Prada in the mid-2000s and Drive Me Crazy in the late 90s. Many financial advisors set the bar high for his journey to stardom. However, things didn’t go as he hoped for as projects did come through as expected.
So, he decided to think of something and that’s when he went behind the scenes as a director and producer. With these kinds of professions, he wouldn’t file any personal loans anytime soon. In 2001, Grenier established his own film production company. The company has produced movies such as Shot in the Dark, Teenage Paparazzo and TV series Alter Eco. Grenier is also committed to environmental protection. In 2017, Grenier was appointed as the UN Goodwill Ambassador.
Aaron Eckhart’s life and career can be described as a roller coaster ride. He had his ups and definitely had his down moments especially during the early part of his career. After he graduated from BYU with a degree in Fine Arts, Eckhart moved to New York in the hopes of finding a decent job. However, lady luck wasn’t on his side that time and he only managed to grab occasional openings as a bartender, bus driver, and as a construction worker.
With enough perseverance and dedication, he managed a commercial gig in the mid-90s, and that’s when fortune started to favor him. Then in 1997, Neil LaBute approached Eckhart and offered him a role in In the Company of Men. The rest is what they called history! His films include Nurse Betty, Erin Brockovich, etc. In 2006, Eckhart starred in the film Thank You For Smoking and was nominated for Golden Globe. He also starred in The Dark Knight, which was a big breakthrough.
The British actor and model Alex Pettyfer started off his career on small stages as school plays before jumping into the big screen. Pettyfer was a model when he was a child, he became a Gap model when he was seven years old. He starred in one film before getting the role of Alex Rider in the film adaptation of the action spy film Stormbreaker. Pettyfer was nominated for his troubles with a Young Artist Award and an Empire Award for his excellent performance.
With growing demands, he needed to hire a team that would take care of his paperwork. Years later, he, his lawyers and manager got the contract to be part of hit movies such as I Am Number Four, Beastly and Magic Mike. In recent years, he appeared in the movies The Last Witness, The Laundromat and Echo Boomers, etc. Aside from acting, he’s working as a model and ads campaign for Burberry.
Rick Moranis made a huge impact in the entertainment scene during the 80s and 90s and it all started with his role in Second City Television (SCTV). He then got included in classic films such as the Ghostbusters and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids franchise. With this in his back, he became one of the prominent figures in Hollywood.
However, personal things caught up with him and as a family guy as he is, he opted to stay away from the spotlight and took on the full role of the head of his family. We are sure he has built up good investment throughout the years that enabled him to turn his back from acting. Most of his fans will be glad to know that he’ll be coming back once again as Wayne Szalinski in Shrunk that is being arranged in the pipeline. Good thing, Moranis seems to be returning in recent years. In 2018, Moranis’ voice appeared in The Goldbergs. In 2020, Rick Moranis returned to the movie and appeared in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
Kids that grew up during the 90s will love to hear that Ariana Richards has become a successful artist nowadays. For those who don’t know who Richards was, she’s the actress behind the character of Lex Murphy in the blockbuster sci-fi film Jurassic Park. Thanks to her part in the movie, she earned a Young Artist Awards for her effort. However, acting might not be her cup of tea after all.
After spending a few years in a couple of projects, she decided to step away from the limelight and live a normal life as a student. She later earned a degree in Fine Arts from Skidmore College, which helped her paved the way towards a successful career in visual arts. The last time we saw Richards on screen was in the movie Battledogs in 2013, and she has not appeared since. Now she spends her time in her art studio.
DYLAN AND COLE SPROUSE
Dylan Thomas and Cole Mitchell were American actors collectively known as the Sprouse brothers. They enjoyed a successful time under the limelight during the mid-90s until the late 2000s. They are famous for their performances in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. In 2005, they cooperated with the company and founded the Sprouse Bros brand to produce clothing, comics, magazines, etc.
They actually lived a pretty comfortable life during their childhood and teenage years thanks to proper money management and the big paycheck they got from Disney. Even though they were successful in their field, they decided to step away from the limelight and focused more on their education and college life. Cole then went back to acting in 2016 and quickly found a project on the television series Riverdale. Dylan, on the other hand, is the co-owner & brewmaster of All-Wise Meadery located in Brooklyn.
Joshua David Saviano or professionally known as Josh Saviano, might be one of the biggest stars of today if he only continued working in Hollywood back in the days. He first appeared as a public figure in commercials, specifically for a toothpaste company. He’s most-remembered role was the time he spent as Paul Joshua Pfeiffer in the coming-of-age drama with a mix of comedy, The Wonder Years. He also appeared in The Wrong Guys and Camp Cucamonga.
As he grew older and graduated from Yale University, his career perception shifted from acting to practicing law and became a full-fledged lawyer. In 2015, he founded a law firm and a star brand consulting company. However, acting seems to be one of his nature so he still appeared in a couple of episodes in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Taylor Momsen has all the star potential to be one of the best actresses in Hollywood during the 2000s. She first appeared on television with a small role in Early Edition and only a couple of years later, became one of the most favorite newcomers in the industry. A big part of her success was her part in the 2000 film How the Grinch Stole Christmas as Cindy Lou Who. Within the same decade, she starred in Gossip Girl as Jenny Humphrey.
Momsen is also a model. She became a contract model when she was 14 years old and appeared in various magazines and brand promotions. After her contract ended, she decided to switch careers and focus more on her true passion, music. Her songs include Make Me Wanna Die, Just Tonight, Kill Me, etc and appear in various movies as episodes. We are sure she never faced any issues with her finances given her good money management skills.
Born in 1966, Stacey Lauretta Dash started her acting career very early. Dash didn’t have a good start in her career, but she eventually made a name for herself and established that she’s one of the top female celebrities in Hollywood. Her first television appearance didn’t go well, and the show ended up after airing its pilot episode. Dash later appeared on TV 101, but the show got canceled after its 13th episodes.
Based on what you read, most of you think that she’ll be on the verge of bankruptcy because of the unfortunate events that happened with her professional career. However, with her talent and perseverance, she was able to get back to her feet. After a few years, she became one of the prime casts of Clueless. She also starred in the TV series Clueless based on this movie. After that, Dash appeared in Cold Around the Heart, Personals, Gang of Roses, etc. She also became a respected author and released a book back in 2016.
Tobey Maguire, formerly known as Tobias Vincent Maguire, was born in Santa Monica, California in 1975. Maguire made his film debut in The Wizard in 1989. Later, he became one of the best Hollywood personalities we have seen during the 2000s. During that time, he’s clearly not within the risk of going into bankruptcy thanks to his multiple projects. Maguire’s more notable role in the past was Peter Parker in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. He also appeared in the movies Brothers, The Great Gatsby, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, etc.
Over the course of his career, he garnered numerous awards and accolades such as Best Younger Actor from Saturn Awards and a couple of nominations under his wing. He also showed flashes of top-notch money management as he established a couple of companies, including the production company Material Pictures. Now that’s how you keep your finances in good shape!
Kevin Jonas was part of the hit boy group that dominated the hearts and minds of many female fans, the fabulous Jonas Brothers. The bond is formed by Kevin Jonas and his brothers Joe Jonas and Nick Jonas. They serenaded millions around the world with their sweet music and wonderful voices and in return, they earned millions through their deals and sponsorships. We assume that they hired a group of lawyers and financial managers just to handle their deals since they were busy with their tours and concerts.
After enjoying solid years on top of the entertainment ladder, the siblings decided to part ways and create their own future. Kevin then established his real-estate development company, now, he’s the co-CEO of JonasWerner. He also had a couple of investments in the tech industry. In 2019, the Jonas Brothers band reunited and released a new single Sucker. Since then, they released a series of songs such as Happiness Begins, Like It’s Christmas and What Man Mantta Do.
Most people who grew up in the ‘90s surely know who Adam Sandler is. He has endeared the world with his comedic genius in movies such as The Waterboy, Happy Gilmore, 50 First Dates, The Wedding Singer, The Longest Yard, and Grown-Ups, among others. Over the years, Sandler has also proven himself to be more than just a comedian through some of his serious films, including Uncut Gems, Reign Over Me, and Spanglish. Throughout his career, his works have grossed a whopping $2 billion at the box office.
Sandler made his start in the famous comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live, where he performed as a cast member but was also hired to be a writer. It wasn’t until the latter part of the 1990s that Sandler would make a career breakthrough in films. With his financial earnings from his commercially successful comedy flicks, Sandler put his investment money on his own production company, Happy Madison Productions.
Multi-award-winning British singer Adele started singing at the very tender age of four and immediately found a passion for it. Less than a year after graduating from college, Adele was discovered by XL Records. From here on, Adele released her debut album, 19. She then made her breakthrough in the music industry with her single, Hometown Glory. The commercial success of the album and single earned her 2 Grammys back in 2009. Her subsequent album releases would be of equal success and acclaim, earning her a spot in mainstream pop culture.
Adele is one of the highest-selling musicians in the world, with sales of over 120 million records. Given the millions she has accumulated, the artist has made investments in non-profit organizations and is known to be a major contributor to MusiCares, which is an organization with advocacy to help musicians in need. Moreover, throughout her career, Adele finds time to perform in various charity concerts. With musicians of upstanding qualities such as hers, music can be more than just pop culture entertainment.
Alex Rodriguez is a retired professional baseball player. Nicknamed A-Rod, he played as a shortstop and 3rd baseman for the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, and the New York Yankees. To his credit, he is one of the best baseball players in history and is a multiple record-setter of the sport. Upon retiring, A-rod made a successful transition to broadcasting. With his in-depth knowledge of the sport, he joined the sports broadcast team Fox Sports and ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.
With the millions that Rodriguez has amassed in his sports career, he founded A-Rod Corporation, which is known to have numerous business investments in different industries, including Vita Coco, Snapchat, Wheels Up Wave, among others. Apart from A-Rod Corp, Rodriguez is also the Chairman of a Dominican beer company, Presidente. Having effectively synergized his sports career with business, Rodriguez has effectively diversified his income and will continue to grow for years to come financially.
Angelina Jolie was born into a family of Hollywood celebrities. She grew up in a privileged environment and decided to pursue a career in acting. With her good looks and talent, she then went on to have a successful career. Jolie is a recipient of multiple prestigious accolades, including three Golden Globes and an Academy Award. In 2001, Jolie experienced a turning point in her life. While filming the movie Tomb Raider, she witnessed first-hand the hardships and troubles of a war-torn country like what Cambodia faces.
She then got in touch with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR, to learn about the special circumstances war-torn countries experience. Jolie would then start a new chapter in her life and embark on Humanitarian missions across the world to help war refugees. In the next decade, since she started her journey with the UNHCR, she participated in more than 40 field missions to over 30 countries. To her credit, in 2012, UNHCR named her Special Envoy to the High Commissioner.
BILLY DEE WILLIAMS
Billy Dee Williams is well known for his portrayal of the fictional character Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars franchise. Throughout his long career in acting, he has appeared in, more or less, 70 films. Apart from acting, Billy is also known for being a talented voice actor as he has lent his voice in video games and several animated series. What may come as a pleasant surprise to some is that Billy is also a talented painter.
He studied for his degree in the National Academy of Design and was interested in the classical principles of painting. In the 1980s, Billy took a break from the film industry and decided to focus on his passion for painting. In the next two years, he made about 120 original works of art. One of his most notable artwork is a self-portrait he painted in 1993, and it is displayed in the Smithsonian Institute National Portrait Gallery.
Brad Pitt is a multi-award-winning celebrity. His accolades include two Academy Awards and three Golden Glove Awards. At the height of his popularity, he was cited by many as being the most attractive man in the world. Moreover, he was regarded as being one of the most powerful and influential people in Hollywood. Some of his films include Interview with the Vampire, Seven, Troy, 12 Years a Slave, 12 Monkeys, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Brad, apart from his passion for acting, has an interest in Architecture. He studied computer-aided design under renowned architect, Frank Gehry. He even narrated a PBS TV series that revolved around eco-friendly architecture and designs. Brad also co-authored an architectural book, titled Blacker House, with Randall Makinson and Thomas Heinz. He also shelled out investments in co-founding the non-profit organization, Make it Right Foundation, which is primarily focused on financing and constructing 150 affordable and self-sustaining houses for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Bruce Springsteen is one of the most prominent figures in American pop culture. His music sums up to a combination of socially conscious lyrics and American rock & roll. Throughout his illustrious career, he has won multiple accolades including two Golden Globes, 20 Grammy Awards, and a Tony Award. Nicknamed The Boss, his album Born in the USA is a great example of the kind of music he represents. Music that can be considered a representation of the plights of the typical American working-class. To his credit, he is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Before stepping into the limelight, Bruce made his start performing with various bands. He’d eventually settle in with the E Street Band and together they released his debut studio album Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ. It wasn’t until 1975, with the release of the album Born to Run, that the singer-songwriter finally made a breakthrough and gained worldwide fame.
Carrie Underwood was the 4th winner of the famous singing competition American Idol. With the popularity she gained from the contest, her debut album, Some Hearts, became the best-selling solo female debut album in the history of country music. The album’s commercial success earned her three Grammy Awards. Her succeeding album releases received equal acclaim and commercial success, cementing her spot in mainstream pop-culture.
Apart from her lucrative music career, Carrie also delves into other ventures. Thus far, she has signed multiple multi-million-dollar product endorsement deals. Among them are Nintendo, Skechers, Hershey’s, Target, and Olay, among others. Carrie also has philanthropic investments and is a well-known advocate of PETA and the Humane Society of the United States. Moreover, Carrie is known to support young struggling musicians. In 2009, she took part in the donation of at least $120,000 in musical instruments for various music programs in Checotah, Oklahoma.
Catherine Bell was raised by her mother and grandparents in San Fernando Valley, California. During her formative years, she was exposed to a diverse cultural upbringing. Her grandparents were practicing Muslims while she was also exposed to Catholicism and Baptists in summer camps. Catherine studied at UCLA, initially for a degree in medicine, but would later drop out for a modeling career opportunity in Japan.
Upon returning to the US, Catherine embarked on her acting career. One of her first appearances was when she starred alongside Dolph Lundgren in the movie Men of War. She would later gain popularity for her portrayal of the fictional character, Colonel Sarah Mckinzie in the TV series JAG. She then followed it up with another successful series, Army Wives, where she portrayed the fictional character, Denise Sherwood. Afterward, she would land a role in a would-be long-lasting franchise, Hallmark’s The Good Witch. Its commercial success would spawn numerous sequels to its name.
Christopher Walken was born in New York and initially worked as a lion tamer in a circus. He studied at Hofstra University but would later drop out after landing a role in a Broadway production. Christopher also attended dance classes in the Washington Dance studio before becoming an actor. He started his career in theater and would later transition to TV and gain relative success in the industry.
He transitioned in the TV scene during the Golden Age of Television and appeared in several variety shows and dramas. In the 1970s, he ventured into the film industry with his debut film, starring alongside Sean Connery, in The Anderson Tapes. In 1977, to his credit, Christopher was awarded an Academy Award for his performance in the movie The Deer Hunter. Thereafter, there was no stopping Christopher. He would go on to star in a ton of films, appearing in over 100 productions over his illustrious career. Described to be eccentric and diverse in his acting capabilities, he is considered to be one the most respected actors of his generation.
Clint Eastwood is a California native born in 1930. He grew up in a well-off family, held various jobs, including being a lifeguard, forest firefighter before being drafted into the US military. He started his acting career in the 1950s and would initially experience success in the Western TV series Rawhide. Clint then gained worldwide acclaim for his roles in the Spaghetti Western Dollar Trilogy. The success of his Western movies would effectively cement Clint’s name into Hollywood history.
Apart from being an actor, he is also a talented director. His movie, The Unforgiven, earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and a win for Best Director. He also directed movies such as Gran Turino, Million Dollar Baby, Letters from Iwo Jima, and American Sniper, among others. To his credit, he has won multiple accolades, including a Golden Lion Award and the Legion of Honour medal.
Daniel Craig is known worldwide for his portrayal of the fictional British spy James Bond and is given credit for being the 7th actor to have the honor to play the iconic role. Daniel set himself apart from his predecessors with his rugged and gritty portrayal of the secret agent. His initial appearance as Bond was in Casino Royale, which earned critical acclaim and commercial success, Daniel is set to release his fifth reprisal as Bond with the movie, No Time to Die, set to be released this year.
Before Daniel made his career breakthrough, he was a struggling actor. There were reports of him experiencing grave financial difficulties to the point of resorting to sleeping on park benches just to get by. His first appearances were in films such as The Power of One, Sharpe’s Eagle, Road to Perdition, and Layer Cake. After the international success of his Bond films, Daniel furthered his career with movies such as Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Logan Lucky, and Knives Out. To his credit, Daniel has been through a lot and was able to turn his life around, making a name for himself in the industry with his talent and perseverance.
Denzel Washington is a multi-award-winning whose accolades include two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes. He rose to prominence in his portrayals of real-life cultural figures, with his roles in movies such as Malcolm X, Cry for Freedom, The Hurricane, American Gangster, Remember the Titans, and The Great Debaters. He first gained worldwide acclaim with his 2001 movie, Training Day, which remains to be a modern classic to date.
Denzel was born in New York to a financially-challenged family. By the age of 14, he was sent to a private preparatory school, which was an experience that Denzel would later be thankful for. He would later share that entering that school was the beginning of the turning point of his life. Denzel later graduated from Fordham University in 1977 with a degree in Drama and Journalism. From there, he embarked on his prolific career, appearing in theater plays before making the transition to feature films.
Diane Sawyer is a daughter of a local politician in Kentucky. She attended Seneca High School, where she made her first steps toward journalism, serving as an editor-in-chief for the school’s paper. During her senior year, she won the national America’s Junior Miss scholarship pageant. For several years after, she would tour across the nation as America’s Junior Miss. In 1967 she graduated from Wellesley College with a Bachelor’s degree in English.
Not long after graduating, Diane started her career in TV broadcasting. She was then employed as a weather forecaster for a local Louisville station, WLKY-TV. Feeling unfulfilled, she then moved to Washington DC but would experience a short stint in career opportunities in broadcasting. She then settled for an assistant position for the White House deputy press secretary. It wasn’t until 1978 that she would join the network CBS where she’d climb the ranks through the years. Nowadays, she is known for her TV broadcasting works such as in 20/20, Good Morning America, and ABC World News Tonight, among others.
Dolly Parton is known worldwide for her country music. She started singing as a child performing on local radios, and appearing on TV. When she was ten years old, she appeared on The Cas Walker Show, and by 13, she was already recording her own single entitled Puppy Love. After graduating high school, Dolly moved on to Nashville and began as a songwriter for various artists such as Skeeter Davis and Bill Phillips, among others.
In 1967, she released her debut album, Hello, I’m Dolly. From there, she’d garner commercial success along with the releases of her succeeding albums until the 1980s. In 2007, she founded Dolly Records. Throughout her career, she has composed more than 5,000 songs with over a hundred million records sold worldwide. To her credit, she was inducted into the prestigious Country Hall of Fame in 1999.
Born on September 1, 1950, Philip Calvin McGraw or better known as Dr. Phil is an American author, TV personality, and former psychologist. He became extremely popular after he appeared in The Oprah Winfrey Show in the late ‘90s. The media mogul then gave him a helping hand to start his own show, which later aired in September 2002. Dr. Phil gives medical prescriptions and psychological advice to his patients.
Well, he could literally touch the sky from all the success that he has experienced in life, given that he is a licensed private pilot with an instrument rating, has a well-performing TV show, $450 million net worth, a good credit report, and a wonderful family. In fact, the first date he had with his wife Robin was on a plane. Yes, Dr. Phil was the one flying the plane. He is one of the few celebrities in the industry who can maneuver an aircraft.
Ellen DeGeneres is an American host, actress, writer, and producer who became internationally known for her talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which started airing on NBC in 2003. Aside from raking millions of dollars and improving her credit score, Ellen has been committed to her advocacy – wildlife preservation. On the 60th birthday of the Finding Dory star, her wife presented her an amazing gift – building homes for the critically endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda.
It will be a permanent shelter specially made for the scientists who have been working hard to preserve this diminishing animal, which only has 880 left on the planet, according to GorillaFund.org. In 2017, when former President Trump ended the ban of importation of elephant heads that were poached in Zambia and Zimbabwe, the TV show host launched a campaign to raise funds for the conservation of the gentle giants. She even posted an artwork on Twitter with the hashtag BeKindToElephants.
Originally born as Reginald Kenneth Dwight, Elton John is an English singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist. He charted nine number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, some of which are Candle In the Wind and That’s What Friends Are For, led by Dionne Warwick.
However, in 1976, after his song Don’t Go Breaking My Heart topped most of the charts, John decided to take a hiatus in the music industry and give more attention to a soccer team he co-owned in England. This was also the time where he revealed that he was part of the LGBTQ community. In fact, John has been in a civil partnership with David Furnish since 2005 and eventually tied the knot in 2014. While the cases of AIDS among LGBT continue to rise, John’s salaries from privately booked events were donated to his Elton John AIDS Foundation.
A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Garth Brooks is widely considered one of the best-selling artists of all-time. Nine of his 23 albums received a diamond certification from RIAA, the most among all the musical acts in history, surpassing The Beatles, with six. He sold more than 170 million copies worldwide and has collected two Grammy Awards and 17 AMAs. There can’t be any argument that he is a well-decorated musician in his own right.
Brooks had little to no problem with his career and credit score. He and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, have a combined net worth of more than $400 million, which is why they have the means to give back to people. They have been involved in numerous humanitarian works, such as relief for Hurricane Katrina victims, a benefit concert for Oklahoma tornado victims, and their recent efforts for COVID-19 relief.
George Clooney is an American actor, philanthropist, and screenwriter. He became widely known for his Dr. Doug Ross role in the medical series ER. Since then, he started landing various film projects and receiving plaques and trophies of recognition for his works. Today, Clooney has three Golden Globes and a couple of Oscars.
Since Clooney does not need to worry about any mortgage or work in front of the camera to earn millions of dollars, he works at an organization called Not On Our Watch Project with other famous leading men such as Matt Damon and Brad Pitt. This project emphasizes the human rights violations in Sudan, specifically in Darfur, while it distributes resources to help eradicate mass atrocities at a global scale. In 2012, Clooney got involved in the play entitled 8, which was broadcasted on YouTube and the goal was to raise funds for the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
Forget about the curses and the yelling. Gordon Ramsay is legit one of the best chefs in the world. He was born in Johnstone, Scotland, which cancels the myth that he’s an American. Earlier in his career, Ramsay worked in numerous kitchens, one of which was in Wroxton House Hotel in the mid-1980s, as a commis chef. He later moved to London and cooked for different restaurants until he got to work at Harvey’s by the infamous Marco Pierre White.
Gordon’s commitment to television gave him critical acclaim. In 2004, he appeared in a couple of British TV series, Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and Hell’s Kitchen. While in 2010, he produced and co-judged the well-known cooking show, MasterChef. Juggling with his showbiz career and operating his numerous investments in the food industry, Gordon still managed to do something that is quite out of his league, be part of three video games and released 26 books.
The one and only and the irreplaceable, Hugh Jackman. Born in Sydney, Australia, he is known for his Guinness World Record portrayal of Wolverine in the X-Men franchise. Jackman has played the character for eight X-Men movies, including his lead film, The Wolverine. Apart from clenching his fist and showing his adamantium claws, he also led the box office hit The Greatest Showman, which had a worldwide gross of $436 million and garnered him a Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack Album.
To top it all up, the accumulated earnings of all his films is $7.55 billion globally. Since he has been a very busy person, which must’ve lessened because of the pandemic, Jackman and his wife Deborra often pamper themselves with Transcendental Meditation, which is a type of silent meditation that promotes stress relief, efficiency, and creativity. Katy Perry and Jim Carrey are some of the known stars who practice this type of meditation as well.
Jada Pinkett Smith is the spouse of the very famous actor, Will Smith. Their love story began on the set of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which aired back in 1994. Even though their relationship did not start immediately, they eventually tied the knot in 1997, and they have been blessed with two beautiful children, Jaden, and Willow Smith. In 2020, Jada and Will’s marriage was hanging by a thread because of the former’s affair with August Alsina.
However, the latter doesn’t seem to need his lawyer anytime soon since divorce is considered “not” an option. Thankfully, Jada still has a complete family that she could take care of, plus her pets, dogs, and snakes. Yes, snakes! According to Insider, Jada has an enormous heart for animals, and she chose three boa constrictors: Beauty, Logic, and Passion, to be her pets.
If you’re into action-packed films, you must’ve seen multiple movie franchises of Jason Statham. From the Fast and the Furious to The Expandables. Born in Derbyshire, England, he recreationally practiced Kung-Fu, Karate, and Kickboxing. He rose to fame when he landed roles in several Guy Ritchie-directed films such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and Snatch and landed his first lead film in The Transporter, which was released in 2002.
Although his job as an action star has made his credit limit go through the roof, it almost cost him his life after the brakes of the truck he was driving in The Expendables 3 did not work. The truck went all the way to the Black Sea and sank. Fortunately, Statham is a professional swimmer, having competed in the 1990 Commonwealth Games, so he just swam right out of the vehicle as if nothing happened. Aside from swimming, Statham also enjoys rock climbing, windsurfing, playing chess, and jet skiing. It’s easy to say that he’s a man who likes the extreme.
James Douglas Muir Leno, also known as Jay Leno, is an American comedian, TV host, and writer. After long years of performing as a stand-up comedian, he’s able to snatch the position of Johnny Carson and became the host of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He hosted the show from 1992 to 2009 until he was replaced by Conan O’ Brien. In the same year of 2009, Leno had transferred to NBC and started his talk show, The Jay Leno Show. Unfortunately, the show aired its last episode in February 2010, though he returned to The Tonight Show the following month.
He stayed there until his retirement in 2014 and was succeeded by Jimmy Fallon. Due to his success as a TV host and stand-up comedian, he has lived mortgage-free and spent his millions by purchasing vehicles he liked. To expound, Leno has 169 cars and 117 motorbikes, which has an estimated value of $100 million. It’s no surprise that his net worth is estimated to be around $400 million.
JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME
Jean-Claude Van Damme is a Belgian actor, former martial artist, filmmaker, and fight choreographer, who became widely known for his films such as The Expendables 2, Bloodsport, and Universal Soldier. At 22 years old, after establishing a private gym chain, he flew to America with his pal to pursue a career in acting at Hollywood. His first acting role was in Breakin’, but his breakthrough film was Bloodsport, which was released in 1988.
Although he portrayed strong character roles, oftentimes, the antagonist in the films, Van Damme has a soft spot for the animals. In 2016, he donated $30,000 to Animals Australia, a charity that promotes greyhound adoptions. The next year, he partnered with GAIA to ban fur-farming in Flanders, Belgium. In 2020, he also made the headlines when he saved a chihuahua puppy from euthanasia just because of a problem with its EU passport.
Jennifer Aniston became a globally known actress after her portrayal of Rachel Green in the syndicated sitcom Friends, which ran for ten seasons from 1994 to 2004. Aniston’s reported earnings from the 236-episode show was $90 million. From the ninth and tenth season of the Emmy award-winning show, she and female co-stars earned a whopping $1 million per episode, making her one of the highest-paid actresses that time. Since then, the now 52-year-old actress has landed numerous acting and commercial projects.
Before the pandemic, even though Aniston’s calendar was filled with her never-ending commitments, she did not forget to do philanthropic works. Aside from hosting the 2008 Stand Up for Cancer show, she and friend Courtney Cox took part in the 2010 Earth Day where the effort “The Cove PSA: My Friend is…” directed by Andres Useche, was promoted to stop the poaching of dolphins. To help the victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, she donated $500,000. In 2016, she’s honored by SmartWater for her continuous work for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Jessica Lange is an award-winning American actress, who became known for her credit roles in the 1976 King Kong and American Horror Story, which she starred in from 2011 to 2015, and 2018. Lange is the recipient of numerous accolades, making her one of the highly decorated actresses in the US. Among her recognitions are two Academy Awards, three Emmys, and one Tony Award. Since she’s been in front of the camera most of her life, in 2008, she released 50 Photographs, a collection of black-and-white pictures, and later published three more photograph collections.
The next year, at the George Eastman House, the actress presented an exhibition of her work. Despite having a very hectic schedule, she did not forget to perform humanitarian efforts as well. In fact, she has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund, where she focused on her beliefs and shared them in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Russia.
When it comes to comedy films, Jim Carrey’s filmography is one of the most-watched films ever, if we say so ourselves. Among his notable films are How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Bruce Almighty. Due to his recurring role in the comedy TV series In Living Color, he gained significant recognition and began booking an incessant number of acting projects. As of writing, his reported net worth is estimated to be around $180 million.
Although Carrey has lived a fruitful and successful life and might not need a house loan, he still experienced struggles in different aspects of life, not to mention that he’s living in the toxic world of show business. To eradicate or lessen these impurities that might affect his lifestyle, he has practiced Transcendental Meditation, a form of meditation where you need to sit comfortably for 20 minutes with your eyes closed, twice a day.
Jimmy Buffett is an American author, businessman, and singer-songwriter. Born in Pascagoula, Mississippi, on Christmas day in 1946, he took a degree in history at the University of Southern Mississippi. After graduating, he worked as a correspondent in Nashville, Tennessee, for Billboard magazine. Due to his exposure to the country music capital of the world, he then recorded his first album Down to Earth in 1970.
Aside from the 27 albums he has released, Buffett also wrote three books that topped The New York Times Best Seller. It’s uncertain if he was into business loans since he has been involved in a couple of restaurant chains called Margaritaville Cafe and Cheeseburger Paradise, both named after his famous singles. Though he may seem a very busy person from all his various ventures, the 74-year-old musician still finds time to enjoy life by playing golf, go fishing, and surfing, which is evident from his posts on his Instagram account.
TV host Jon Stewart is most known for being the face of The Daily Show, a Comedy Central segment that aired from 1999 to 2015. He is not only a TV personality but also a comedian, a filmmaker, and a writer. In fact, he spent his time away from the spotlight writing. Jon’s first book is entitled Naked Pictures of Famous People, launched in 1998. The collection consisted of funny stories and articles.
It got credit for being included in The New York Times bestseller list. Soon after the first book’s success, Jon released America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction, a satire that resembled a high school textbook he wrote with The Daily Show staff in 2004. He then launched Earth (The Book) in 2010 in New York City. Other than being an author, Jon also dabbled in producing and directing movies.
Kate Jackson was born on October 29, 1948, and is most known for being an actress. At the height of her career, the actress appeared in notable films and TV shows like Making Love, Charlie’s Angel’s, Loverboy, and Scarecrow and Mrs. King. During this time, Kate amassed awards like Golden Globes and Emmys for her performances.
However, Kate is no longer as active in the industry as she was before. Her decision to stay distant from the spotlight came after being diagnosed with a life-threatening condition back in the 1980s. Thanks to her health insurance plan, she could undergo treatment, but she had to stop acting for a while. She also got some procedures done to get better. The former actress often talks about her health openly and shares her experiences to inspire others. Because of this, she received the Power of Love Award from the American Heart Association in 2003.
Canadian actor Keanu Reeves was born on September 2, 1964. He first appeared in the film Youngblood. From that point on, Keanu expanded his acting credits portfolio with iconic roles. Among those projects include My Own Private Idaho, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Point Break, Speed, The Devil’s Advocate, The Matrix, and Constantine. Other than acting, Keanu also dabbled in directing and has directed the movie Man of Tai Chi which premiered in 2013.
He even founded Company Films, a production company with Stephen Hamel. However, outside of the acting and film industry, Keanu also dipped his toes in music. He was even the bass player of the band Dogstar way back in the early days. He is also a known philanthropist and businessman who raises funds for charities that work with people with leukemia and cancer. He helps out in generating resources for children’s hospitals and research regarding the cure for cancer.
Kelly Ripa is an American talk show host, dancer, and actress. Her performance on All My Children and Hope & Faith has undoubtedly catapulted her to fame all these years. She is also known for being the face of Live! With Kelly and Ryan. Because of her diverse Hollywood projects, Kelly managed to increase her net worth, allowing her to make several profitable investments that’ll sustain her even she steps away from the spotlight.
As a philanthropist, Kelly was able to support work against ovarian cancer. She worked with Electrolux to generate resources for The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. She also raises funds for Tomorrow’s Children Fund and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The latter is close to Kelly’s heart since it almost took away her sister’s life back in the 90s. Kelly also has a production company called Milojo with her husband, Mark Consuelos. They produced movies like The Streak.
Multi-awarded actor Kevin Costner was born on January 18, 1955. He became the recipient of two Golden Globes, two Academy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and one Primetime Emmy Award throughout his career. Because of all of his success as an actor, Kevin was able to do excellent investment planning. His business interests kept him afloat after he decided to move on from Hollywood.
His first venture included oil separation machines in 1995. Today, the actor owns part of the interest in the company Ocean Therapy Solutions. He also launched Tatanka: The Story of the Bison, an attraction located off South Dakota, in 2004. The property also housed a number of offices and a small theater for orientation purposes. On top of these businesses, he is a board member in the National World War I Museum in Missouri. As you can probably tell, Kevin has enough income streams to keep him afloat for years to come.
Laura Anne Ingraham wrote speeches for politicians back in the 80s. She then took a Juris Doctor degree then proceeded to work as a judicial clerk in New York. Eventually, she earned her way up to the US Supreme Court, working under Justice Clarence Thomas.
After spending a significant amount of time in public service, Laura then entered the media world in the 90s. That was where she built her career as a TV and radio host. She was the person behind the popular radio show The Laura Ingraham Show, which ran for almost twenty years, and The Ingraham Angle on Fox News. When she isn’t busy being the star of her show, Laura is busy writing books. She wrote Power to the People in 2007, which New York Times considered their best seller. In 2010, she also penned The Obama Diaries, a fiction that got the same top spot.
Lebron James is mainly known for his huge success in basketball. He has been such a superstar in the sport that his name has almost been synonymous with it. We have all witnessed his career throughout the years, and though we see him succeed milestone after milestone, there has been a lot going on in his life that we don’t know.
Besides putting all the necessary time and resources into his health, Lebron is all about turning his huge paychecks into investment money. Between his high-profile endorsements, he grew his income more and put them in different ventures. The NBA superstar is also into real estate and entrepreneurship. He has a production company called SpringHill Entertainment which he owns with Maverick Carter. The first film that they produced was Lebron’s basketball journey called More Than a Game which came out in 2009.
Born William John Neeson on June 7, 1952, Liam Neeson is a popular English-American actor. Neeson’s acting skills have gained so much praise that film critics have even dubbed it as the best of his time. That is why he got so much credit and won several awards like a BAFTA Best Actor award, three Golden Globes Best Actor awards, and an Academy Award for the same category.
When he is not in front of the cameras, Liam is very involved in activism, campaigning against the unrestricted use of firearms in the United States. Another cause that he supported was the anti-carriage horse campaign spearheaded by Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City. Liam, likewise, worked with a video for Amnesty International regarding reproductive laws in Ireland. Some might find Liam’s advocacies controversial, but he successfully relayed progressive movements to his audiences.
Mark Harmon is a famous media personality who often plays law enforcement or medical personnel in TV shows. Apart from being an actor, Mark is also a director, producer, and football quarterback. This Jack of all trades is seriously impressive!
When he is not busy acting, Mark is a director for TV. It might interest you to know that he actually directed some episodes in the shows Boston Public in 2002 and Chicago Hope in 1999 and 2000. That’s not all, though. Mark is also a theater actor and has acted in plays like The Wager, Love Letter, Key Exchange, and Wrestlers back in the 80s. As a producer, his investment planning included founding Wings Production, the production company responsible for NCIS: New Orleans. In 2018, he took on the producer role again when he worked with CBS to create a TV show based on the John Sanford Prey novels.
After quitting her job as a stockbroker in the 60s, Martha Stewart became a businesswoman, writer, and television personality. She then founded the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and gained success through her different businesses. A few years later, Martha started a catering business in her own basement together with her friend from her modeling days. She also served as a manager of the Market Basket. In 1990, Martha developed a new magazine with Time Publishing Ventures called Martha Stewart Living.
She is the editor-in-chief of the said magazine. Martha is a hardworking person. She knows how to manage her time and be productive. She is an inspiration to many people who are trying to start a career in writing or start their own businesses. Her investment in her different job opportunities made her a better person and made her quite a fortune.
Martin was born on May 9, 1972, in Manchester, England, but moved with his family to Norley, rural Cheshire, when he was still a child. Other than being a famous journalist, he also was the founder of the website MoneySavingExpert.com. Martin, however, really focused on journalism for most of his life. After graduating from Cardiff University, he became a producer for the BBC Business Unit. He also worked as an editor for BBC Radio and helped in the Sunday Express’s column, Deal of the Week.
Martin showed interest in journalism at an early age, attending The Kings School in Chester. He then attended the London School of Economics, studying Government and Law. Soon after, he received an honorary doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Chester. His investment in his career as a journalist gave him the push he needs to be successful in his field. His dedication to his work gave him the reputation of a trustworthy journalist.
Megan was born on July 5, 1985, and grew up in Redding, California. She is a professional soccer player who plays as a winger and captain of OL Reign. In 2019 she was named as The Best FIFA Women’s Player with a great foundation as an athlete. Growing up, Megan mainly relied on her father’s coaching to improve her skills in football. However, soccer is not the only sport under Megan’s athletic resume. She also played different sports like track and basketball, but her love for soccer prevailed.
According to Megan, her passion for the sport started when she saw her brother play. From that point on, the FIFA legend devoted much of her efforts to the sport. Megan is a great soccer player. There’s no denying that. What many people don’t realize, however, is that Megan also exerted so much hard work to achieve the degree of success she has today. Despite the fame, however, Megan chooses to live most of her life in private.
Mel is a known film director, producer, and screenwriter. However, we can all agree that we best know him for his heroic roles in some of Hollywood’s most iconic films. The actor was born in Peekskill, New York, but moved with his family to Sydney, Australia, when he was 12 years old. He first showed a passion for acting when he attended the National Institute of Dramatic art, where he studied acting. Later on in his career, Mel founded the production company Icon Entertainment.
He was also a recipient of the Best Actor Award from the Australian Film Institute. Mel’s investment in the film industry is something that we can’t ignore. He shared his knowledge and started different companies to help improve the quality of storytelling in films. His success is an inspiration to different people and simultaneously motivates his team to do better and aim for the best. His engagements outside acting are also pretty notable.
Michael was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He is a known actor and producer with numerous recognitions from the film industry, including two Academy Awards and five Golden Globes. Before becoming an actor, Michael attended The Allen-Stevenson School in New York City, Eaglebrook School in Massachusetts, and the Choate Preparatory school in Connecticut. He also attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received his B.A. degree in drama.
In 2015, he got selected as the winner of the 2015 Genesis Prize, where he received $1 million from the Genesis Prize Foundation. He planned to donate the prize that he won to different activities designed to raise Jewish life awareness. Raised by a religious family, Michael learned how to be charitable and loving to others. He is now a good role model to the youth, and of course, his own children.
National Basketball Association star Michael Jordan is perhaps the greatest basketball player of all time. Not only is he skilled in basketball, but he is also talented in different sports like baseball and football. Outside of the athletic world, however, Michael is famous for his bran, Jordan. Currently, he owns the Charlotte Hornets, controlling 97 percent of the team’s equity. Jordan is known for his mentality. He will do anything to win, whether it’s just a simple card game or a big business decision. He owns different properties, from sprawling estates to restaurants.
Indeed, Michael is a very successful athlete and businessman. Michael is also a kindhearted man. $2 million of his earnings from the docu-series The Last Dance got donated to food banks in the Carolinas and Chicago. With the amount of investment he has, we’re sure his income and kind donations will continue to flow in the years following.
At present, Oprah Winfrey is one of the biggest names in the media industry. She is a television producer, a talk show host, an author, and a philanthropist on top of it all. Her success didn’t come instantly, however. In fact, before she became the wealthiest African American of the 20th century, Oprah went through poverty. Despite being raised by a teenage mother in rural Mississippi, Oprah persevered to achieve a life of luxury and influence.
At just 19 years old, she became a co-anchor for the local evening news in Tennessee. Even back then, her manner and delivery helped her receive credit. However, who would’ve thought that one day she’d end up with her own talk show? Let alone an entire media empire? Well, Oprah certainly did. She currently hosts The Oprah Conversation, where she discusses impactful subjects with many of the world’s leading thought leaders.
Phil Mickelson is a professional golfer whose impressive record helped him secure quite the legacy. He has won 44 different events on the PGA tour throughout his career, including three Masters titles, five major championships, a PGA Championship, and an Open Championship. Phil also boasts of being one of only 12 players in golf history to have won three of the four majors, which is quite the feat.
One notable thing about his manner of playing is that while Mickelson is best known for his left-handed swing, he is naturally right-handed. That was the result of him having learned how to golf by mirroring his father’s movements. Thanks to his record-breaking wins, Mickelson has also earned quite a degree of fame and wealth. Don’t expect him to be retiring soon, however! Even at 50, he’s still winning championships around the world.
We know the actor best for portraying James Bond in the 007 movies, but did you know that Pierce Brosnan is just as heroic in real life? Besides having a long and illustrious career in Hollywood, starring in one blockbuster to another, he is also well-known for actively participating in charitable causes. Since 2001, the former 007 actor has served as the UNICEF Ambassador for Ireland. He has also been participating in news conferences since the 1990s in an effort to draw more attention towards Greenpeace and their campaign to end nuclear testing.
In fact, he bravely boycotted the French premiere of GoldenEye in protest of France’s nuclear testing program. Needless to say, this is a man who walks the talk. The degree of passion he has for the causes he supports is uncanny. Reports suggest that quite a chunk of his personal wealth goes to different fundraisers.
If you’ve ever doubted if you can turn your hobbies into a career, just look at how far Rachael Ray has come. From working at Macy’s candy counter, she is now one of the most recognized celebrity cooks and is also a formidable name when it comes to lifestyle programs. She even has three Daytime Emmy Awards to her credit! Ask any fan of hers, and they will likely tell you that the reason for her popularity is her relatability.
She provides people with a quick and easy way to prepare excellent meals for their families without going above and beyond the basic ingredients you see in the grocery stores. Over the years, she has published close to 30 successful cookbooks, hosted 30-Minute Meals for over a decade, and even has her own collection of homeware. On top of all that, she even has time to work with her non-profit organization.
Randy Travis is one of country and gospel music’s icons. He is best known as a singer-songwriter, actor, and guitarist. He has been performing since 1978 and has recorded over 20 albums and managed to chart 50 tracks on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. What’s even more impressive is that sixteen of those managed to reach the top spot. He first came into prominence in the mid-80s, when he released Storms of Life, which sold 4 million copies.
It was then followed by similar successes, cementing him as a major influence in the neo-traditional country movement. However, he halted most of his activities for some time while he took time to recover from an illness. However, in 2019, after getting the green light from his doctors and getting some proper insurance coverage, he announced that he was ready to hit the road and tour again.
Robert Redford is one of the most decorated actors in the industry and with good reason. Over the years, he has received numerous accolades from the Academy Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, the British Academy Film Awards, the Cecile B. DeMille Award, and even a Presidential Medal of Freedom. He began his career in the 1950s and mostly did TV work in the beginning. Redford also found success in Broadway before eventually transitioning into films.
The actor made his debut in 1962’s War Hunt, but his role in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid made him a household name. He later put in investments toward the Sundance Film Festival, where many upcoming filmmakers in the United States first get their chance to showcase their work. We like to think it’s his way of giving back to the industry that he loves.
Whenever we think of the quintessential cowboy figure, there are a few actors who come to mind. Among them is the immensely talented Sam Elliott. His distinct features, such as his full mustache and lean physique, immediately make him stand out. It’s his resonant voice, however, that makes him even more memorable. Even a guy like him had to work hard to get to where he is now, though. In the beginning, Elliott only landed minor roles in productions such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and The Way West.
Since then, however, he has established himself as a force to be reckoned with. He has two Golden Globes to his credit and multiple nods from the biggest award-giving bodies. His most recent film appearance was in 2018’s A Star is Born, which earned him a nomination from the Academy Awards.
DEMOND WILSON (SANFORD AND SON)
Demond Wilson is best known for his role as Lamont Sanford in the beloved NBC sitcom Sanford and Son, which aired from 1972 to 1977. Audiences might also remember him as Oscar Madison in the program The New Odd Couple. Before he began television work, Wilson trained in both ballet and tap dancing. The actor also made his Broadway debut at the young age of four! Did you know that he is also a decorated army veteran?
Following his success on television, Wilson decided to lead a more private life. He has authored books warning about the dangers of the New Age Movement and a number of children’s books that follow a similar theme. He has been married to Cicely Johnston since 1974 and had six children together. Thanks to his investment planning, all of them can live a comfortable life.
Shania Twain is considered by many as the “Queen of Country Pop” owing to her massive success. Over the years, she has managed to sell over 100 million records, which makes her the best-selling female artist in country music history. Prior to these achievements, however, Twain experienced quite a few failures. Fortunately, her second album proved to be her breakthrough. It even earned her a Grammy.
She followed that up with her third release, Come On Over, which led to international fame for the singer. From then until 2004, Twain continued her streak before entering a hiatus period to work on her weakened singing voice. Although she came back in 2012, the singer later embarked on her farewell tour just three years after. These days, she lives with her family in Corseaux, Switzerland, where she gets to enjoy the fruits of her money management throughout her career.
Renowned TV personality, record executive, and entrepreneur Simon Cowell gained immediate fame following his appearances as a judge on competition shows. He was on Pop Idol, Britain’s Got Talent, American Idol, and The X Factor US, to mention a few. So how did a former talent scout and music consultant manage the degree of fame and wealth he currently has?
Cowell has made quite a career for himself on TV by simply sticking to his guns—his true self. While some of his comments may have been controversial over the years, his ability to gauge a performer’s skill is uncanny. When he isn’t on television, however, he is busy spending time with his family. In fact, he set to write a seven-book series called Wishfits together with his son. The first three volumes of which are bound for release in 2021.
Sissy Spacek tried her luck in the entertainment business when she’s only 18 years old. She aspired to be a famous singer at the time, recording a single called John, You Went Too Far This Time, but singing might not be for her. Her record label dropped her, and so she set her eye in another field, acting, where she finally found the success she’s looking for. Sissy began her professional acting career in the early ‘70s, securing an extra role in Andy Warhol’s 1971 movie Women in Revolt.
After five years in the 1976 hit horror film Carrie, she started to rise to prominence, which also earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress nomination. With the degree of her success, Sissy got back to recording and finally made it this time. Her song for the Coal Miner’s Daughter soundtrack album took the number two spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart. She even got a Grammy nomination and released a studio album, making her wish come true.
Gone are the days that people made fun of Steve Harvey as he’s now one of the most respected TV personalities in the industry. He has successfully carved a name in the industry as a TV presenter, comedian, actor, broadcaster, author, and game show host. The shows The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Family Feud, and Celebrity Family Feud will never be complete without him. He’s also the constant host of the Miss Universe pageant since 2015.
Not only that, but Steve’s also gaining traction as a businessman. The 64-year-old star perfectly knows where to put his investment money to make it grow. He founded an entertainment company called Steve Harvey Global that holds different business ventures. Steve also has a massive real estate portfolio, buying several properties across the US. These are just some of the businesses that Steve has done throughout the years. Even if he drops out on Hollywood now, he already has more than enough to live a comfortable life.
Who doesn’t know Sylvester Stallone? Even the new generation today knows him one way or another. Before he has reached the pinnacle of success, however, the now-74-year-old star used to be a struggling actor, and it went on for a number of years. Sylvester finally found his way to success after gaining acting credits in the movie The Lords of Flatbush, which landed him his first critical acclaim role. He then achieved the commercial success that made him an international star.
Over the years, Sylvester became an iconic star, one of the highest-paid actors globally, and, not to mention, one of the most respected. Though his popularity started to decline in the early 2000s, he managed to bounce back with a new Rambo movie in 2008 and the beginning of The Expendables film series. It looks like nothing can bring Sylvester down, and his star will continuously shine. However, the actor prefers to live a more low-profile life nowadays and only makes appearances on select occasions.