Jussie Smollett Net Worth

How much is Jussie Smollett worth?

Net Worth:$1.8 Million
Profession:Professional Actor
Date of Birth:June 21, 1982
Country:United States of America
1.82 m

Who Is Jussie Smollett

Justin Smollett, who’s known as Jussie Smollet, is an American actor and singer. He began his acting carer as a child actor in the late 1980s. Among some of the productions that he first took part in are “The Mighty Ducks” and “North”. His career skyrocketed in 2015 after he joined the cast of the popular Fox drama series “Empire”. Thanks to this, he serves as a positive depiction of a black gay man on television. Since his rise to the top, Smollett continued to find success in the film industry.

As of 2021, Jussie Smollett has a net worth of $1.8 million dollars.

How Did Jussie Smollett Get So Rich?

The actor and singer became rich thanks to his work in both fields of entertainment. After his role in “On Our Way”, Jussie Smollett went on a short hiatus from acting. After staying out of the highlights, in his first acting role, he took part in the 2012 film “The Skinny”. Also that year, he released his very first music project, the EP “Poisoned Hearts Club”. Despite the project not having commercial or critical success, it was met with positive reviews and it helped the singer earn around $1,000 from promotions, sales, and brand deals.

Upon his return to acting, the actor also took part in “Born to Race: Fast Track” and “Ask Me Anything”. After having a cameo appearance in “Revenge”, in 2015, he received the opportunity to join the cast of “Empire”. The role of Jamal Lyon changed the career of Jussie Smollett as it not only brought him international fame but also millions of dollars. From 2015 to 2019, he became one of the most popular actors and film directors and his estimated net worth rose to more than $1.5 million.

Why Is He So Famous?

Jussie gained international fame after his role in “Empire”. He was born on June 21, 1982, in Santa Rosa, California. When he was 2 years old, his family moved to Elmhurst where they stayed for a few years. He first worked as a child actor when he was in New York.

The first two roles in which he starred in were “Mo’ Better Blues” and “New Jack City”, in which he worked as an extra. His acting debut came in 1992 with the sports comedy “The Mighty Ducks”. Three years later, in 1995, he and his five real-life siblings took part in the ABC sitcom “On Our Way”. In the sitcom, he got his first regal role.

What Makes Jussie Successful?

The thing that makes Jussie Smollett so successful was his portrayal of Jamal Lyon. Portraying the R&B singer and songwriter was met with positive reviews. Around the same time he began acting for “Empire”, during his guest appearance on Ellen, he came out as gay. The news was highlighted by both media and newspapers and since then, Smollett has become one of the most influential names in the LGBTQ community.

Simultaneously with his fantastic role in “Empire”, the actor continued to work in other television productions. Among some of the television series and films that he took part in are “Underground”, “Star”, and America Divided”. Apart from acting, since the early years of the millennium, Jussie has also found success in the music industry. He contributed a lot to the debut soundtrack of “Empire” titled “Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1”. A few years later, in March 2018, the artist released his debut studio album named “Sum of My Music” through his own label – “Music of Sound”.

Since 2019, the actor has been one of the most talked-about names of 2019 primarily because of controversy surrounding the police and Donald Trump. In January, the actor went to the Chicago police where he claimed he was assaulted by two men wearing MAGA hats. Two weeks later, in mid-February, it was revealed that this was staged up by the actor who paid two Nigerian-American brothers that worked with him. In the following months, all of this led to lawsuit and community service for Smollett. His alleged assault became one of the hottest topics that were highlighted in international media, and newspapers.


Despite the controversy that’s surrounding him, Jussie Smollett’s continues to flourish in the entertainment business. From his first major role in the 1994 classic “On Our Own” to his most triumphant role in the 2015 hit “Empire”, he has achieved a ton of success. Now, he’s followed by more than 4 million people and he continues to star in numerous films, television series, and reality shows.

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