Famous Individuals That Have Filed For Bankruptcy         (845) 765-0090

Throughout United States history there have been many famous people who have filed Bankruptcy and utilized their right to get a fresh financial start.

Every person going through bankruptcy feels alone suffering the stress and strain of financial struggles.  Most believed that bankruptcy relief was no longer available due to the new bankruptcy law when in fact the new bankruptcy laws had little effect for most people.

Thousands of people and businesses in New York filed for bankruptcy every year.  It is likely that you may know of friends, family, coworkers and neighbors who have filed.  It more likely that they filed but you never knew because they have not advertised it.  Just look below to see which famous people used the bankruptcy laws to get out of trouble and get a fresh new start.  You too have a constitutional right to a fresh financial just like the famous individuals below.


Abraham Lincoln  (filed twice)                 16th President of the United States

Benedict Arnold                                         Betrayed colonists to British

John James Audubon                                Illustrated Birds of America

P.T. Barnum                                               The Great American circus owner

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

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

Bunny Berigan                                            Jazz trumpeter great

George Best                                                Manchester United soccer

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

John Wayne Bobbitt                                   Penectomy survivor

Peter Bogdanovich                                    American Filmographer

Bjorn Borg                                                   Pro tennis player

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

Sylvia Browne                                            Afraid to accept Randi’s $1million challenge

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

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

Miguel de Cervantes                               Novelist; Don Quixote

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

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

Natalie Cole                                              Singer

Gary Coleman                                          Actor (1999)

Concrete Blonde                                      Rock group

John Connally                                           Former Texas Governor, wounded in 1963 Kennedy assassination

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

Cathy Lee Crosby                                    Actress - American Author (1992)

David Crosby                                            Singer / songwriter

Aleister Crowley                                       Wickedest man in the world

Vic Damone                                              Singer (1971)

Dorothy Dandridge                                  Oscar- nominated actress singer (1963)

Darren Day                                                Music Theater Star

Daniel Defoe                                            Author; Robinson Crusoe

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

Dino De Laurentis                                   Oscar - winning film producer (1988)

John DeLorean                                        Automobile designer and entrepreneur

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

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

Henry Dunant                                            Red Cross founder

William C. Durant                                     Founder of General Motor

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

Chris Eubank                                            Former World Champion Boxer (2005)

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)

Heidi Fleiss                                              Clothing line founder; American author

Henry Ford                                                 Automobile manufacturer

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

Red Foxx                                                    Actor – entertainer

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

Zsa Zsa Gabor                                         Cop-slapping Gabor sister

Marvin Gaye                                              Singer (1970s)

Andy Gibb                                                  Rock star (1987)

Gary Glitter                                                Rock and Roll Part 2

Bernhard Goetz                                        Subway vigilante criminal

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

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)

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

Paulo Gucci                                              1993

Bob Guccione                                           Publisher and founder of Penthouse magazine (2003)

Johannes Gutenberg                              Inventor of movable type

Tony Gwynn                                              Batted .394 in 1994 for the Padres

Merle Haggard                                         Country music star (1993)

Corey Haim                                              Actor (1997)

Frans Hals                                               Dutch portraitist

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

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)

H.J. Heinz                                                 Founder of Heinz Ketchup

Margaux Hemingway                             Troubled actress OD’d on klonopin

Sherman Hemsley                                 Actor (2002)

Ty Herndon                                              Country music star caught in cruisy park

Milton Snavely Hershey                          Founder of Hershey’s chocolate

Kent Hovind                                             Creation Science huckster

Steve Howe                                              MLB pitcher

E. Howard Hunt                                       Coordinated Watergate break-in

Nelson Bunker Hunt                              Tried to corner the silver market

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

La Toya Jackson                                     Rock star (1995)

Don Johnson                                           Actor-producer

Eli Jacobs                                                 Former Baltimore Orioles owner

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

Chaka Kahn                                             Rock star

Charles Keating                                      Morality crusader, white-collar swindler

Buster Keaton                                         Actor, The General

Bernard Kerik                                          NYC Police Commissioner, 2000-2001

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

Bowie Kuhn                                             Former US baseball commissioner

Gary Kurtz                                                 Oscar-nominated film producer

Veronica Lake                                         Actress (1951)

Lorenzo Lamas                                      Actor (2004)

Cyndi Lauper                                           Rock star (1983)

Anton LaVey                                             Founder of the Church of Satan

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

Jerry Lewis                                              Comic

Jerry Lee Lewis                                       Famous Rock n’ Roll star

Horace Liveright                                      Publisher of the Modern Library series

Meat Loaf                                                  Rock star (1983)

Joe Louis                                                  Boxer 1956

Ashley MacIsaac                                      Musician fiddler (2000)

Jackie Mason                                           Comedian – entertainer

Henry Mayhew                                         Punch journalist

Mindy McCready                                      Country Music star , American author

George McGovern                                   Politician 1991

William McKinley                                    25th US President 1897-1901

Tom Metzger                                           White supremacist

Marvin Mitchelson                                  Celebrity divorce lawyer

Melba Moore                                           Singer - Actress

Debelah Morgan                                    Singer -Songwriter - Producer (2000)

Lorrie Morgan                                         Country music star, American Author

Robert Morris                                          Politician who financed Revolutionary War

Levi P. Morton                                         Vice President under Benjamin Harrison

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

John Nash                                               British Regency architect

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

Wayne Newton                                       Singer-actor - entertainer (1992)

Harry Nilsson                                          Singer/songwriter; Me and My Arrow

F. Donald Nixon                                      Nixon’s brother

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

Mary Nolan                                               Actress (1931)

Emperor Norton                                      Emperor of the United States and protector of Mexico

Ted Nugent                                              Rock Star

Kate O’Brien                                            The Land of Spices novelist

Thomas Paine                                        Common Sense activist

Johnny Paycheck                                    Country music star (1976)

Tom Petty                                                 Rock star (1979)

Gaylord Perry                                           Baseball player

Philip II                                                      King of Spain, 1556-1598

Buddy Post                                               Lottery millionaire

Susan Powter                                          Exercise/fitness expert, talk show host, best selling Author (1995)

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)

Rick Ross                                                Activist; cult expert, deprogrammer

Run DMC                                                  Rap Group in 1993

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

Derek Sanderson                                   Hockey Player

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

Oskar Schindler                                      Activist who saved over 1000 Jews from the Nazis

Shenandoah                                            Country music band (1991)

Billy Sims                                                  Detroit Lions RB

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) 

Leon Spinks                                            Boxer

Sheryl Swoopes                                      Three-time WNBA MVP

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

Lawrence Taylor                                      NFL hall of famer

Randall Terry                                           Operation Rescue founder

Nikola Tesla                                             Invented alternating current 

TLC                                                            Rock group (1995)

Mark Twain                                               Huckleberry Finn author

Mike Tyson                                                Boxer (2003)

Johnny Unitas                                          Legendary Hall of Fame football quarterback

John Whitehead                                      Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now, musician

Oscar Wilde                                             Acclaimed poet and author

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

Tammy Wynette                                      Country music star (1988)

Florenz Ziegfeld                                      Actor, the Ziegfeld Follies

All of these high profile people were considered to be well off and all filed for bankruptcy protection. If someone that well off can get into financial trouble it can happen to anyone.  They took advantage of their constitutional right to file bankruptcy and were given a chance to get a fresh financial start.  Bankruptcy can be an option for Debt Relief and can put you back in control of your finances.  Don’t loose everything. Get help today.

If you have questions about filing for personal bankruptcy please contact The Law Offices of Dario Di Lello at (845) 765-0090 for a free consultation to discuss your legal options. 


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