Riches To Rags: Celebrities Who Became Homeless
If your name’s on this list, you’re VERY likely to have a baby in 2017…
These former celebs bet the house and lost. They had it all and lost everything. They wound up homeless or living out of their car after having millions. I’ve heard a few stories about homeless people becoming successful, like J.K. Rowling and Jay Electronica, but this is the opposite.
#1 Sly Stone
In the 1960s and 70s, Sly was one of the biggest names in the music industry. He was a writer, producer, musician and headed up the funk group Sly And The Family Stone. His money brought him riches he had never dreamed of and he bought cars, boats, multiple houses and real estate, and even a Napa vineyard. He also bought drugs. His poor spending habits and expensive drug addiction left him penniless. He now lives out of a van in Los Angeles.
#2 Margot Kidder
If you went to the movies in the 1970s and early 80s, you know who Margot Kidder is. She gained the most notoriety for playing Supermans love interest, Lois Lane in the Christopher Reeves series of Superman films. But Margot lost a few leading roles later on and went into hiding for a brief period. She suffered from severe paranoid schizophrenia and lived out of cardboard boxes. In 1996, she would occupy different backyards as her dwelling and is famous for telling a woman whose yard she made her home, “I may not look like it, but I’m Margot Kidder.” She’s receiving treatment and lives as an activist, doing trade and SciFi shows around the country.
#3 Danny Bonaduce
On television since he was just a young boy, Danny rose to fame playing Danny Partridge on The Partridge Family in the early 1970s. His late teens and early 20s saw him begin to abuse drugs and he soon had an expensive addiction that was out of control. Roles were hard to come by for the red headed actor and he took just about any jobs he could on cable shows. He was even homeless living behind a Chinese restaurant for a period of time. He is now in an apartment due to better handling of his finances after getting a few steady jobs on various shows.
#4 Willie Aames
Once a teen heartthrob, Willie Aames was on Eight Is Enough and then later played against Scott Baio on Charles In Charge. Nobody knows where his money went, but he filed for bankruptcy in the early 90s and has not worked in show business since. It’s said that the actor found shelter under trees and bushes for several years.
#5 Randy Quaid
Randy Quaid, brother of Dennis, was a rising star in the 1970s through the early 90s. He starred in films like Independence Day, Kingpin, and Brokeback Mountain and had bit parts in hundreds of other films. But he started having trouble with the law. He and his wife skipped out on a $10,000 hotel bill and were found squatting in a property they used to own. Losing everything, and on the run, the made way to Canada where it is believed the couple has been living off the grid for many years now.He has sent videos clips out saying that there are people trying to kill him and every Hollywood celebrity, and he is in hiding. He apparently is in need of psychiatric help and his brother has commented that he knows nothing about him or his wife except that they are penniless and living somewhere in Canada.
#6 Brett Butler
Her popular stand-up routine led scouts to offer her a contract to star in her very own sitcom on television. Of course, she jumped at the chance, as every hopeful comedian was doing at the time. Her show “Grace Under Fire” was a huge hit for 2 seasons, then the ratings dropped, and Brett began abusing all sorts of drugs and alcohol. When the show finally got canceled, Brett was a down and out addict. She moved to a farm in Georgia with 15 pets. Her saved money ran out eventually, and she was on the street.
#7 “Sugar” Ray Williams
He made a small fortune playing basketball and lost it all because he couldn’t handle the fame or fortune. “Sugar” Ray Williams was an NBA star that played for the New York Knicks, and then the Celtics. But by 2010, he was living out of his 1992 Buick in New York City and collecting disability checks for depression.
#8 John Drew Berrymore
If the name sounds familiar it’s because it probably is. John Drew is the son of legendary actor John Berrymore, and the father of actress Drew Berrymore. They say talent, like everything else, skips a generation. John tried to live up to his fathers acting but after a few disastrous movies he gave it up and started drifting around, disappearing for months at a time, only to show up in jail somewhere for drugs or public intoxication.
#9 Debbie Clark AKA Storm
In the late 1980’s, Debbie was “Storm” on the popular television show “American Gladiators”. When the show ended, she did a few TV shows and then wound up taking odd jobs as a waitress, cook, and even a dishwasher to support herself and her 10-year-old son. Eventually, after an abusive relationship and no job prospects, she lost everything and ended up living out of her car.
#10 Gary Glitter
The British, former glam-band singer ended up being a scumbag. He was convicted in Vietnam for sexually abusing children, and he deserves worse than homelessness.
#11 Alex Lambert
Yes, Alex Lambert, not Adam Lambert, though Alex was a former American Idol contestant as well. His stint on Idol caused gave him a little fame and landed him a few gigs here and there but nothing to pay the bills after losing an expensive condo and steady job. He is now living out of his car in L.A. After being a losing contestant, he still never gave up and was quoted as saying he’d rather live out of his car in L.A. than to go back home and give up.
#12 Iran Barkley
Iran “The Blade” Barkley amassed millions of dollars as a professional championship boxer. He fell upon hard times after his retirement and was kicked out of his Bronx apartment in 2010 with no where to go.