53 Celebrities Who Have Been Homeless People

53 Celebrities Who Have Been Homeless

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List Criteria: List of notable homeless celebrities

List of Famous People Who Were Homeless, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. A surprising number of famous actors, musicians, and businessmen have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives. Most use their struggles as inspiration to realize their greatest goals. Are you in need of some inspiring success stories? Check out this list of celebrities were homeless.

Who is the most famous person who was homeless? Superstar Jennifer Lopez tops our list. Lopez was kicked out of her home for choosing to pursue a career in dance rather than a college education. For weeks after, she spent all of her time at the dance studio and even slept there since she could not afford another place to stay. Other successful women who have been homeless include Halle Berry, Carmen Electra, and Jewel.

Tyler Perry may have an estimated net worth of $400 million, but the Madea mastermind lived out of his car when he was a struggling playwright. Other people who have had great success after struggling with homelessness include Steve Jobs, David Letterman, and Paul Mitchell founder John Paul DeJoria.

What do you think of all of the celebrities who used to be homeless? Share your thoughts in the comments section.


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  1. Chris Gardner
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    Chris Gardner's journey from a homeless father to a successful businessman was the inspiration for the film Pursuit of Happyness.
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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Sailor, Stock broker, Author, + more
    • Credits: The Pursuit of Happyness, The Promotion
  2. Michael Oher was homeless as a teen until he was taken in by a caring family.  His story is the inspriation for the Oscar-winning film The Blind Side.
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    • Age: age 29
    • Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Athlete, American football player
  3. Drew Carey
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    Drew Carey lived out of his car when he was a struggling comedian.
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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: USA, Cleveland, Ohio
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Game Show Host, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Coneheads, Jack and Jill, The Drew Carey Show, The Price Is Right, Robots, + more
  4. Colonel Sanders
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    Colonel Harland Sanders lived out of his car as he tried to sell his famous fried chicken recipe to restaurants across the country.
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    • Age: Died at 90 (1890-1980)
    • Birthplace: Henryville, Indiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Entrepreneur
  5. Nick Stahl has fallen on troubled times. The Terminator 3 actor frequently goes missing, but he has been seen on Skid Row in Los Angeles.
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    • Age: age 36
    • Birthplace: Texas, USA, Harlingen
    • Profession: Television producer, Actor
    • Credits: Sin City, The Thin Red Line, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Carniv├ále, Bully, + more
  6. John Paul DeJoria is now a billionare, but he spent his 20s struggling and living out of his car.
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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Echo Park, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Film Producer, Actor
    • Credits: Flashing on the Sixties: A Tribal Document
  7. Willie Aames had early success with the TV show "Eight is Enough."  Unfortunately, after experiencing troubled times, Aames found himself broke and homeless.
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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: USA, California, Newport Beach
    • Profession: Television director, Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director
    • Credits: Eight Is Enough, Charles in Charge, Family, Zapped!, Dungeons & Dragons, + more
  8. Jim Cramer
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    When Jim Cramer first graduated from college, he lived out of his car.
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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Commentator, Businessperson, Journalist, Investor, Author, + more
    • Credits: Iron Man, Mad Money, Squawk on the Street, Kudlow & Cramer, America Now, + more
  9. Two-time boxing champion Rocky Lockridge has fallen on hard times and is now homeless in New Jersey.
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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Professional Boxer
  10. Erin Moran
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    Erin Moran has come across hard times since her stint on "Happy Days."  In 2012, she was kicked out of her trailer park and began bouncing around Indiana hotel rooms.
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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Burbank, USA, California
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Happy Days, Galaxy of Terror, Joanie Loves Chachi, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, Watermelon Man, + more
  11. Iran Bakley has made millions as a boxer, but after losing it all, he took to sleeping in subway cars to stay out of the cold.
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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Professional Boxer
  12. Frenchie Davis
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    "American Idol" semi-finalist Frenchie Davis was homeless for three months before she found success as a singer.
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    • Age: age 36
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Singer
  13. Chris Pratt
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    Actor Chris Pratt lived in his van on the beach in Maui after dropping out of community college.
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    • Age: age 36
    • Birthplace: USA, Virginia, Minnesota
    • Profession: Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Parks and Recreation, Guardians of the Galaxy, Moneyball, Zero Dark Thirty, The Lego Movie, + more
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