Famous Filers

The following is a list of famous people who have filed for personal and/or business bankruptcy. This list attests that anyone can find themselves unable to pay their bills. After filing for bankruptcy, most of these celebrities not only recovered financially, but many went on to earn great wealth.

  • Stephen Baldwin – Actor
  • Kim Basinger – Actress
  • Lorraine Bracco – Actress
  • Toni Braxton – Singer
  • Gary Busey – Actor
  • Aaron “Nick” Carter – Singer
  • Samuel L. Clemens (“Mark Twain”) – Author
  • Natalie Cole – Singer
  • Gary Coleman – Actor
  • John Connally – Former Texas Governor
  • Francis Ford Coppola – Film Director/Producer
  • Cathy Lee Crosby – Actress
  • Vic Damone – Singer
  • Dino De Laurentis – Film Producer
  • Walt Disney – Film Producer
  • Gary Dourdan – Actor
  • Lenny Dystra – Athlete
  • Mick Fleetwood – Singer (Fleetwood Mac)
  • Heidi Fleiss – Clothing Line Founder
  • William Fox – Co-founder of 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
  • Marvin Gaye – Singer
  • Andy Gibb – Singer
  • Ulysses S. Grant – 18th U.S. President
  • Bob Guccione – Publisher/Founder of Penthouse Magazine
  • Merle Haggard – Singer
  • Dorothy Hamill – Olympic Ice Skater
  • M.C. Hammer – Singer
  • Richard Harris – Actor/Producer/Director
  • Isaac Hayes – Songwriter/Musician/Singer
  • Sherman Hemsley – Actor
  • Ron Isley – Singer
  • Curtis Jackson “50 Cents” – Singer
  • La Toya Jackson – Singer
  • Don Johnson – Actor/Producer
  • Kacey Jones – Singer
  • Chaka Kahn – Singer
  • Larry King – Talk-show Host/Author
  • Bowie Kuhn – Former Major League Baseball Commissioner
  • Lorenzo Lamas – Actor
  • Cyndi Lauper – Singer
  • Joey Lawrence – Actor
  • Abby Lee – Reality Star
  • Stan Lee – Co-creator of Spider Man, The Incredible Hulk, The X-Men, etc.
  • Jerry Lewis – Actor
  • Meat Loaf – Singer
  • Vince Neil – Singer: Motley Crue
  • Willie Nelson – Singer/Songwriter
  • Wayne Newton – Singer/Actor
  • Johnny Paycheck – Singer
  • Tom Petty – Singer
  • Mekhi Phifer – Actor
  • Teri Polo – Actress
  • Susan Powter – Exercise/Fitness Expert
  • Burt Reynolds – Actor/Director
  • Debbie Reynolds – Actress/Singer
  • Mickey Rooney – Actor
  • Harry Saltzman – Film Producer (James Bond movies)
  • Anna Nicole Smith – Model/Actress
  • J. Fife Symington – Governor of Arizona
  • Mike Tyson – Boxer
  • Tammy Wynette – Singer
  • P.T. Barnum – Businessman (founded Barnum & Bailey Circus)
  • Henry Ford – Car Manufacturer
  • Abraham Lincoln – President
  • George Clinton – Musician
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor – Actress
  • Jerry Lee Lewis – Musician
  • Lawrence Taylor – Athlete