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Famous People Who Have Filed Bankruptcy

New Hampshire Bankruptcy Attorneys



If you thought you were alone in considering Bankruptcy in order to obtain a fresh financial start - you were wrong. If you thought that by filing Bankruptcy you had no hope of future success - you were wrong. Every person considering Bankruptcy has had these thoughts.  However, Bankruptcy does not define you as a person, nor does it limit your ability to achieve success in the future. In fact, Bankruptcy just might be the first step in moving past an overwhelming financial road black towards your real destiny of financial success. In fact, many famous people have filed for Bankruptcy and gone on to be financially successful. Let's look at a few of them:




The list of famous entertainers who have filed for Bankruptcy is long and surprising. It includes singers and actors alike.

John Barrymore - Actor; Romeo & Juliet

Lionel Bart - British composer - lyricist - playwright (1972)

Kim Basinger - Oscar - winning actress (1993)

Frank Baum - Wizard of Oz author

Barbara Bel Geddes - Actor; Miss Elle on Dallas

Bunny Berigan - Jazz trumpeter great

Jay Black - rock star, lead member of "Jay and the Americans" (1986)

John Wayne Bobbitt - Penectomy survivor

Peter Bogdanovich - American Filmographer

Lorraine Bracco - Oscar - nominated actress (1999)

Matthew Brady - Portrait / US Civil War photographer (1872)

Toni Braxton - Rock star (1998)

Louise Brooks - Actor; Pandora's Box

Lenny Bruce - Comic; Multiply obscene comic

Buffalo Bill - Wild West showman

Gary Burghoff - Radar O'Reilly in MASH

Anita Bryant - Singer, 1958 Miss America 2nd runner up (1997)

Crazy Cabbie - Radio personality on the Howard Stern menagerie

Tia Carrere - Actor; Wayne's World

Nell Carter - Actor; Housekeeper on Gimme a Break

George Clinton - Rock star (1984) (note: this is not the composer George S. Clinton)

Natalie Cole - Singer

Gary Coleman - Actor (1999)

Concrete Blonde - Rock group

Francis Ford Coppola - Oscar - winning film writer - director - producer (1999)

Cathy Lee Crosby - Actress - American Author (1992)

David Crosby - Singer / songwriter

Vic Damone - Singer (1971)

Dorothy Dandridge - Oscar- nominated actress singer (1963)

Darren Day - Music Theater Star

Lee De Forest - Oscar-winning film/sound synchronization pioneer, producer (1937)

Dino De Laurentis - Oscar - winning film producer (1988)

Clarissa Dickson Wright - Star of “Two Fat Ladies” TV cooking show fame (2003)

Keith Famie - Survivor II: The Australian Outback contestant, chef-restauranter, American Author (1996/97)

Freddy Fender - Musician; Before the Next Teardrop Falls

Stephin Fetchit - Actor; Professional black stereotype

Eddie Fisher - Singer; crooner dumped by Liz Taylor

Mick Fleetwood - Rock star, lead member of "Fleetwood Mac" (1984)

Red Foxx - Actor - entertainer

Zsa Zsa Gabor - Cop-slapping Gabor sister

Marvin Gaye - Singer (1970s)

Andy Gibb - Rock star (1987)

Gary Glitter - Rock and Roll Part 2

Elizabeth Ward Gracen - Actress; model; Miss America 1982 (1999)

Merle Haggard - Country music star (1993)

Corey Haim - Actor (1997)

M.C. Hammer - Rock star (1996)

George Frideric Handel - Messiah composer

Richard Harris - Oscar-nominated actor-producer-director

Isaac Hayes - Oscar-winning songwriter - composer - musician -singer (1976)

Margaux Hemingway - Troubled actress OD'd on klonopin

Sherman Hemsley - Actor (2002)

Ty Herndon - Country music star caught in cruisy park

Ron Isley - Rhythm-and blues singer (mid late 1990s)

La Toya Jackson - Rock star (1995)

Don Johnson - Actor-producer

Janice - Marie Johnson - Rock star/disco diva (1980s)

Al Jolson - Miami Vice, Nash Bridges

George Jones - Country singer

Grace Jones Singer - Entertainer 1992

Kacey Jones - Country music star, musical humorist

Chaka Kahn - Rock star

Buster Keaton - Actor, The General

Margot Kidder - Lois Lane in Superman movie

Larry King - Talk-show host, best selling American author (1978)

Robert Kiyosaki - Rich Dad, Poor Dad author

Marion “Suge” Knight - Death Row Records Rap Producer 2006

Gary Kurtz - Oscar-nominated film producer

Veronica Lake - Actress (1951)

Lorenzo Lamas - Actor (2004)

Cyndi Lauper - Rock star (1983)

Jerry Lewis - Comic

Jerry Lee Lewis - Famous Rock n' Roll star

Meat Loaf - Rock star (1983)

Ashley MacIsaac - Musician fiddler (2000)

Jackie Mason - Comedian - entertainer

Mindy McCready - Country Music star , American author

Melba Moore - Singer - Actress

Debelah Morgan - Singer -Songwriter - Producer (2000)

Lorrie Morgan - Country music star, American Author

Motor City Five/MCS - Rock group of the 1960s (1970)

Willie Nelson - Singer-songwriter-actor, American Author (1990)

Wayne Newton - Singer-actor - entertainer (1992)

Harry Nilsson - Singer/songwriter; Me and My Arrow

Mary Nolan - Actress (1931)

Ted Nugent - Rock Star

Johnny Paycheck - Country music star (1976)

Tom Petty - Rock star (1979)

Burt Prelutsky - American television writer; screenwriter (1997)

Randy Quaid - Actor

Lynn Redgrave - Actress

Rembrandt - Painter

Tommy Rettig - Actor; Jeff Miller in Lassie

Burt Reynolds - Oscar-nominated actor - director , American Author (1995)

Debbie Reynolds - Oscar nominated actress-singer, American Author (1997)

Mickey Rooney - Oscar nominated actor, American Author (1962)

Run DMC - Rap Group in 1993

Harry Saltzman - Film producer (James Bond movies) (1975)

Ray Sawyer - Rock star, member of "Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show" (1973)

Shenandoah - Country music band (1991)

Tom Sizemore - Heat, Robbery Homicide Division actor

Anna Nicole Smith - Model-Actress, 1993 Playboy magazine "Playmate of the Year"(1996)

Dee Snider - frontman for Twisted Sister, musician

Phoebe Snow - Jazz vocalist

Lynne Spears - American author, mother of rock star Britney Spears (1998, filed with husband James prior to Britney's stardom)

TLC - Rock group (1995)

John Whitehead - Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now, musician

Tammy Wynette - Country music star (1988)

Florenz Ziegfeld - Actor, the Ziegfeld Follies




Many American politicians have filed for bankruptcy. When you read the names of the politicians who have filed for Bankruptcy and then become illustrious American leaders, it brings home the fact that Bankruptcy is a new beginning in your life, not the end of it.

Abraham Lincoln - 16th President of the United States

Benedict Arnold - Betrayed colonists to British

John Connally - Former Texas Governor, wounded in 1963 Kennedy assassination in Dallas (1987)

Ulysses S. Grant - 18th US President; Civil War general, best-selling American Author, face is pictured on the US fifty dollar bill ( 1884 after leaving office)

E. Howard Hunt - Coordinated Watergate break-in

George McGovern - Politician 1991

William McKinley - 25th US President 1897-1901

Robert Morris - Politician who financed Revolutionary War

Levi P. Morton - Vice President under Benjamin Harrison

J. Fife Symington - Governor of Arizona (1995, while still in office)

James Wilson - U.S. Supreme Court Justice 1789-1798




Several athletes must be included on this list of famous Bankruptcy filers.

George Best - Manchester United soccer

Bjorn Borg - Pro tennis player

Eddy "the eagle" Edwards - Great Britain's first Olympic ski jumper (1991)

Chris Eubank - Former World Champion Boxer (2005)

Dorothy Hamill - Olympic gold-medal ice-skater (1996)

Steve Howe - MLB pitcher

Bowie Kuhn - Former US baseball commissioner

Joe Louis - Boxer 1956

Gaylord Perry - Baseball player

Derek Sanderson - Hockey Player

Billy Sims - Detroit Lions RB

Leon Spinks - Boxer

Sheryl Swoopes - Three-time WNBA MVP

Lawrence Taylor - NFL hall of famer

Mike Tyson - Boxer (2003)

Johnny Unitas - Legendary Hall of Fame football quarterback




John James Audubon - Illustrated Birds of America

Raymond Carver - Author; Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?

Miguel de Cervantes - Novelist; Don Quixote

Samuel L. Clemens ("Mark Twain") - Best - selling American author - humorist (1894)

Daniel Defoe - Author; Robinson Crusoe

Stan Lee - Comic book industry pioneer, co-creator "Spider Man," "The Incredible Hulk," "The X-Men" etc (2001)

Horace Liveright - Publisher of the Modern Library series

Henry Mayhew - Punch journalist

Kate O'Brien - The Land of Spices novelist

Mark Twain - Huckleberry Finn author

Oscar Wilde - Acclaimed poet and author




P.T. Barnum - The Great American circus owner

Melvin Belli - Famous Lawyer known as 'The King of Torts'

John DeLorean - Automobile designer and entrepreneur

Walt Disney - Oscar - winning film producer, animation & theme park pioneer (1923)

Henry Dunant - Red Cross founder

William C. Durant - Founder of General Motor

Heidi Fleiss - Clothing line founder; American author

Henry Ford - Automobile manufacturer

William Fox - Co-Founder of 20th Century Fox Film Corporation (1936)

R. Buckminster Fuller - Architect-futurist-invented the geodesic dome

Bernhard Goetz - Subway vigilante criminal

Charles Goodyear - 19th century American inventor, who discovered how to vulcanize rubber

Paulo Gucci - 1993

Bob Guccione - Publisher and founder of Penthouse magazine (2003)

Johannes Gutenberg - Inventor of movable type

H.J. Heinz - Founder of Heinz Ketchup

Milton Snavely Hershey - Founder of Hershey's chocolate

Nelson Bunker Hunt - Tried to corner the silver market

Eli Jacobs Former Baltimore Or - ioles owner

Clay Jordan - Survivor V: Thailand contestant; restauranter (2001)

Charles Keating - Morality crusader, white-collar swindler

Bernard Kerik - NYC Police Commissioner, 2000-2001

Marvin Mitchelson - Celebrity divorce lawyer

Immanuel Nobel - Father of manufacturers - philanthropist Alfred Nobel , who founded the Nobel Prize (twice - 1833/year Alfred was born, 1856/ when Alfred was 23)

Susan Powter - Exercise and Fitness expert, talk show host, best selling American Author (1995)

Donald Trump - Billionaire entrepreneur

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