Actress, Model, Singer, Author
Homelessness: Quoted to say, “You know, I had a couple of years of being homeless in Hollywood. A lot of people don’t even know this. I remember sitting on a park bench in the valley. I was crying because I was stranded. It was over 100 degrees outside.”
Actor, Director, Producer, Writer
Mini Bio: Oscar winner. Received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth. Best known for his roles in the silent films of the early 1900s such as The Tramp.
Homelessness: Slept on the streets of London.
Businessman, Investor, Stockbroker, Motivational Speaker, Author, Philanthropist
Mini Bio: Amongst the many rags-to-riches tales we know, the life-story Chris Gardner is considered one of the most famous of all. The epitome of a humble beginning, this man lacked everything he needed to survive, in his youth. He was separated from his mother by a violent and abusive stepfather, and was brought up in several foster homes.
Homelessness: Christopher Paul “Chris” Gardner struggled with homelessness while raising his toddler son, Christopher Gardner, Jr.
Mini Bio: Chris Pratt is an American film and television actor. In 2014, he broke out as a leading man after headlining two of the year’s biggest films: he voiced Emmet Brickowoski, in The Lego Movie (2014), and starred as Peter Quill / Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). In 2015, he headlined the sci-fi thriller Jurassic World (2015), the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise and his most financially successful film.
Homelessness: Chris Pratt was homeless and living out of a van in Hawaii. And he was living in that van until he was casted in Cursed Part 3, which launched his career.
Homelessness: Slept on a park bench in London.
Actor, Producer, Comedian, Author, Radio Personality
Mini Bio: Danny is best known for being a child actor in the TV series, The Partridge Family.
Homelessness: Quoted to say, “When I was living on the street I would be standing out in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater, leaning against my car and signing autographs and nobody had any idea that I was living in it. No one had any idea that I was going to pull my car around the corner and go to sleep.”
Comedian, Actor, Producer, Author, Late Night TV Host
Mini Bio: Won 5 Emmy Awards. Best known for Late Night with David Letterman.
Homelessness: Lived in his pickup truck.
Mini Bio: Oscar nominated and Emmy Award winning Actress, Debbie is best known for her role in the film Singin’ in the Rain with Gene Kelly.
Homelessness: Lived in her car after her divorce in 1973.
Dr. Phil McGraw
Psychologist, Author, TV Talk Show Host
Homelessness: Quoted to say, “I was homeless living in a car with my dad. We eventually got a room at the downtown YMCA for five bucks a week.”
Actor, Comedian, Director, Producer, Author, Game Show Host
Mini Bio: Received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
Homelessness: Lived in his car.
Mini Bio: Oscar and Emmy Award winning Actress, Halle was the first African-American woman to win such an award in a leading role. Breaking through with Spike Lee’s film Jungle Fever, Halle has been in numerous films and TV series.
Homelessness: Soon after moving to New York in the late 1980s, Halle slept in a NYC homeless shelter.
Mini Bio: Best known as a Swedish author and poet, Harry also received a Nobel Peace Prize in Literature.
Homelessness: Lived as a vagabond on country roads, eventually arrested for vagrancy.
Model, Actress, Reality Television Star, Philanthropist.
Mini Bio: Heather Mills was born on January 12, 1968 in Aldershot, Hampshire, England as Heather Anne Mills. She is an Actress and Producer, known for Get Happy (2008), Paul McCartney in Red Square (2003) and Dancing with the Stars (2005). She was previously married to Paul McCartney and Alfie Karmal.
Homelessness: Taking shelter in a Cardboard box under Waterloo Station for four months.
Mini Bio: After her breakthrough role in the film Boys Don’t Cry, Hilary has since won 2 Oscars.
Homelessness: Lived in a car with her mother.
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Actor, Producer, Martial Artist
Mini Bio: Best known for the film Bloodsport and many more martial arts action films.
Homelessness: Quoted to say, “I was sleeping on the street and starving in L.A.”
Singer, Actress, Dancer, Fashion Designer, Author, Producer.
Mini Bio: Jennifer Lynn Lopez, also known as JLo, is an American singer. Lopez gained her first high-profile job as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Color in 1991, where she remained a regular until she decided to pursue an acting career in 1993. She received her first leading role in the Selena biopic of the same name in 1997, a portrayal that earned her a Golden Globe nomination. For her role in Out of Sight the following year, Lopez became the first Latina actress to earn over $1 million for a film.
Homelessness: Jennifer Lopez was homeless a few months before she booked “In Living Color.” The former Fly Girl used to sleep in her dance studio because she had nowhere else to go.
Singer, Songwriter, Actress
Mini Bio: Nominated for a Grammy Award 4 times. Best known for her debut album, Pieces of You, which is still one of the best selling debut albums of all time, going platinum 15 times.
Homelessness: In the early 1990s, Jewel lived out of her van with her mother.
Actor, Comedian, Writer
Homelessness: Lived in a yellow Volkswagon van in Canada with his brother, sister and parents.
TV Actor, Author, CNBC Host, Co-founder of TheStreet, Inc.
Homelessness: CNBC host Jim Cramer once spent months living out of his car.
Mini Bio: Lead Singer of the rock band, The Doors. Inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. Listed in Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”.
Homelessness: Jim was sleeping under the pier of Venice Beach, and couch surfing at friend’s throughout southern California.
John Paul DeJoria
Businessman, Actor, Producer
Mini Bio: Best known for his John Paul Mitchell Systems hair care products line, John is now a Billionaire. As of 2011, John Paul Mitchell Systems has revenues of more than $900 million annually.
Homelessness: Homeless in Los Angeles as a single father.
Homelessness: Quoted to say, “There was a big fire. We were homeless for a year. We lost everything.”
Mini Bio: Grammy Award winner, Kelly is best known for winning American Idol’s first competition in 2002.
Homelessness: Lived in a homeless shelter in Hollywood after her apartment building burned down.
Actor, Comedian, Author
Homelessness: Slept behind a movie theater with his motorcycle.
Rapper, Songwriter, Actress, Philanthropist, Model.
Mini Bio: Lil’ Kim was born on July 11, 1975, in Brooklyn, New York. The rapper debuted as part of Biggie Smalls’s group Junior M.A.F.I.A and released her solo debut album, Hard Core, in 1996. She found success in the 1990s and 2000s with hits like “Magic Stick,” “Crush on You” and a remake of “Lady Marmalade.” Kim served prison time in 2005-2006 for perjury, later releasing mixtapes and doing reality television work.
Homelessness: Lil’ Kim Slept in the back seat.
Mini Bio: Multiple Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner Martin Sheen is one of America’s most celebrated, colorful, and accomplished actors. Moving flawlessly between artistic mediums, Sheen’s acting range is striking.
Homelessness: Martin Sheen has said that he spent some nights sleeping on the subway during his first days trying to make it as an actor in New York City.
Mini Bio: Michael Oher is an NFL football player with the Baltimore Ravens. He was the subject of Michael Lewis’s book ‘The Blind Side’ and the 2009 film of the same name.
Homelessness: Michael Oher was in-and-out of foster homes to due his father being in prison and his mother’s drug addiction.
Actor, Comedian, Writer
Homelessness: Slept under the stars at Venice Beach. Performed on the boardwalk for donated money and food.
Mini Bio: Best known for her role as Paige on the TV series Charmed.
Homelessness: Quoted to say, “I was homeless for a year. I teamed up with this other girl – I met her the first day I was on the streets – and we roamed all over Oregon and Washington.”
Mini Bio: Best known for his lead role in the highest grossing film of all time, AVATAR.
Homelessness: Quoted to say, “I was living in my car before I signed up for AVATAR.”
Singer, Songwriter, Producer
Mini Bio: 5-Time Grammy Award winner, Shania is a Canadian Country-Pop singer who gained worldwide recognition in the 1990s. In 2003 she received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.
Homelessness: Homeless twice, at age 14 then again at age 16. Quoted to say, “Ten hours later, we reached Toronto. Mom got out of the car to use a pay phone while we sat and waited in the car, returning a few minutes later with a piece of paper on which she’d scribbled the address of a homeless shelter. That night, the five of us slept in a crowded, sweltering place on cot-like beds.”
Mini Bio: A twenty-year veteran of the sport, Shannon Briggs held the lineal heavyweight title from 1997 to 1998, and the WBO heavyweight title from 2006 to 2007. As of February 2017, he is ranked as the world’s fourth best heavyweight by the WBA.
Homelessness: Shannon Briggs was homeless for a period in his childhood.
Comedian, Radio & Television Host, Producer, Actor, Author, Singer
Mini Bio: He hosts The Steve Harvey Morning Show, the Steve Harvey talk show, Family Feud and Little Big Shots. He is the author of Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, which was published in March 2009, and the book Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find and Keep a Man. Steve Harvey is a three-time Daytime Emmy Award winner, and a 13-time NAACP Image Award winner in various categories. Now, between his gigs and television appearances, he is sitting on a $100 million empire.
Homelessness: He was homeless for three years, slept in his car and lived on bologna sandwiches.
Mini Bio: Steve helped design, develop, and market one of the first commercially successful lines of personal computers, the Apple II series. Co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. 1997 – 2011. Steve is also credited with 338 U.S. patents.
Homelessness: Quoted to say, “I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned Coke bottles for the 5-cent deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the seven miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple.” Also temporarily homeless while traveling through India in search of a Buddhist guru.
Author, Motivational Speaker, Actress
Mini Bio: Best Selling Author, Suze also hosted her own show on CNBC called The Suze Orman Show.
Homelessness: Suze lived in her van while working as a Tree Cutter in Berkeley, CA.
Actor, Producer, Director, Author
Homelessness: Slept in the New York City Port Authority bus station for 3 weeks.
Mini Bio: One of Canada’s most popular actors, Tom Jackson is also well known as a humanitarian. He founded the annual Huron Carole fund-raising concerts in support of the Salvation Army. Jackson has been a popular folk-country singer in Canada for many years. In January 2000, Jackson was named to the Order of Canada, that country’s highest civilian award.
Homelessness: Tom Jackson survived on Winnipeg streets for several years by hustling at pool and sleeping in stairwells or on friends’ couches.
Rapper, Actor, Author
Mini Bio: Highest selling Rap/Hip-Hop artist worldwide. Listed as MTV’s #1 MC of All Time. Hip-Hop’s Hall of Fame inductee.
Homelessness: Slept in shelters throughout California for 2 years.
Actor, Director, Producer, Playwright, Author
Mini Bio: Ranked by Forbes magazine as the 6th highest-paid man in Hollywood. As of June 2011, Tyler’s films have grossed over $500 million worldwide.
Homelessness: Lived in his car.
Actor, Author, Producer, Director.
Mini Bio: William Shatner has notched up an impressive 50-plus years in front of the camera, most recently displaying comedic talent, and being instantly recognizable to several generations of cult television fans as the square-jawed Captain James T. Kirk, commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise.
Homelessness: lived out of the back of his Truck, under a hard shell.