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Jussie Langston Mikha Smollet was born on the 21st June 1983 in Santa Rosa, California USA, of Polish (father) and Afro-American (mother) descent. He is known as Jussie Smollet, a singer, actor and photographer, and has earned his popularity through his appearance in the film “The Skinny” in 2012, however, his acting career includes other roles such as in “Mighty Ducks”, “North” and his most recent venture in the TV series “Empire” in 2015. He has been a member of the entertainment industry since 1991.

Have you ever wondered how rich Jussie Smollet is? According to sources, it is estimated that Jussie`s total net worth is $500,000, an amount earned through his acting career, however, he has also been represented in the music industry, as he released an EP in 2012 entitled “The Poisoned Hearts Club”.

Jussie Smollett Net Worth $500,000

Smollet has five siblings, and later they all became a part of his acting career, as they starred in the TV series “On Our Own” in 1994. Smollett`s career began rather early, as he started to shoot commercials in 1987 for the national network in NYC. However, his break-out role which affected his net worth and fame was in the film “Mighty Ducks” in 1992 along with Emilio Estevez.

Following the success of his debut appearance, in 1993, he starred in the TV miniseries “Queen” as the son of the main character, which starred Halle Berry. In 1994 came another success, the mentioned TV series “On Our Own” which featured his siblings, which aired until 1995 on the ABC. In addition, in 1994, he also appeared in the film “North”, which was directed by Rob Reiner and featured Elijah Wood.

After the ending of the TV series “On Our Own”, Smollett’s career as an actor stagnated for a while, as he disappeared from the media. However, he returned to the entertainment industry in 2012, in the film “The Skinny”. The film influenced greatly his fame and net worth, as it was critically acclaimed, and it brought many rumors about Smollett’s sexuality, as it was intended for the LGBT community. The film influenced the future of his career, as he earned a role in the main cast of the TV drama series “Empire”, aired on Fox since 2015, as Jamal Lyon, another member of the LGBT community.

To talk further about his success, he has been nominated several times for prestigious awards, which include Best Actor for his appearance in the “Empire”.

Adding to his net worth and popularity, Smollett has also managed to expose his singing talents, as he has released one EP so far, in February 2012, and since then, Smollett has been gaining signature for his involvement in the music industry. In early 2015, he signed a deal with “Columbia Records”, and it was announced that Smollet will release an album in the near future. Furthermore, his singing talents have also been recognized in the “Empire” as he was featured on its soundtrack for the first season.

To talk about his private life, there were many rumors about Smollett’s sexuality, due to the nature of his roles. In 2015 while being a guest on the show at Ellen DeGeneres, he admitted his affection towards the same sex.

Quick Facts

Birth date: June 21, 1983
Birth place: Santa Rosa, California, United States
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.82 m)
Profession:Actor, Photographer
Nationality:United States of America
Parents:Joel Smollett, Janet Smollett
Siblings:Jurnee Smollett, Jake Smollett, Jojo Smollett, Jocqui Smollett, Jazz Smollett

Interesting Facts

1He is the son of Janet and Joel Smollett. His father was Ashkenazi Jewish (from a family from Poland and Russia) and his mother is African-American.
2Brother of Jojo Smollett, Jazz Smollett, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Jake Smollett, and Jocqui Smollett. They all starred together as siblings on the TV series On Our Own (1994).


1My family is from Elmhurst, Queens, 54th Avenue, but I was born in Northern California. It's really funny, you know, [my bio] says 'Brazil' making me feel really exotic and cultured, but actually, I was born in Santa Rosa, California. I'm from Sonoma County, and they're saying 'Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.'


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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding New Artist
2016Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration· Estelle
2016Chairman's AwardImage Awards
2016Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Song - Contemporary· Yazz
2015Award of MeritLos Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood, USNarrative ShortSacred Heart (2015)· Jennia Fredrique
· Sol Aponte
2015Audience AwardLos Angeles New Wave International Film Festival, USBest of FestSacred Heart (2015)· Jennia Fredrique (writer)
· Sol Aponte (producer)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesEmpire (2015)
2016Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Song - Contemporary· Estelle
2016Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actor: DramaEmpire (2015)
2016Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Male Hottie
2015BET AwardBET AwardsBest ActorEmpire (2015)
2015Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actor: DramaEmpire (2015)
2015Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV: ChemistryEmpire (2015)· Trai Byers
· Kaitlin Doubleday
· Grace Gealey
· Bryshere Y. Gray
· Taraji P. Henson
· Terrence Howard
· Ta'Rhonda Jones
· Serayah
· Gabourey Sidibe
2015Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV: Breakout StarEmpire (2015)
1993Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsOutstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion PictureThe Mighty Ducks (1992)· Joshua Jackson
· Elden Henson
· Shaun Weiss
· Matt Doherty
· Brandon Quintin Adams
· J.D. Daniels
· Aaron Schwartz
· Garette Ratliff Henson
· Marguerite Moreau
· Jane Plank
· Vincent Larusso
· Danny Tamberelli




Alien: Covenant2017post-production
Marshall2017completedLangston Hughes
Empire2015-2017TV SeriesJamal Lyon
Underground2016TV SeriesJosey
Revenge2014TV SeriesJamie
Ask Me Anything2014Nico Dempster (uncredited)
Born to Race: Fast Track2014VideoTariq
The Mindy Project2012TV SeriesBarry Stassen
The Skinny2012/IMagnus
Pitch This2009Video shortMike
On Our Own1994-1995TV SeriesJesse Jerrico
Cro1993-1994TV SeriesMike
Coach1993TV SeriesBilly
Queen1993TV Mini-SeriesSimon / Simon (age 11)
The Mighty Ducks1992Terry Hall
A Little Piece of Heaven1991TV MovieSalem Bordeaux



Empire2015-2016TV Series performer - 28 episodes
2015 Billboard Music Awards2015TV Special performer: "Conqueror", "You're So Beautiful"
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2015TV Series performer - 1 episode



90 Days2016Short executive producer completed
Giants2017TV Series executive producer
Smollett Eats2016TV Series executive producer
Sacred Heart2015Short executive producer



Access Hollywood Live2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
The Real2016TV SeriesHimself
Taraji's White Hot Holidays2016TV MovieHimself
Entertainment Tonight2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Smollett Eats2016TV SeriesHimself
Steve Harvey2016TV SeriesHimself
Harry2016TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2015-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest Co-Host / Himself - Guest
Late Night with Seth Meyers2016TV SeriesHimself
Unsung Hollywood2016TV Series documentaryHimself
This Week in Hollywood2016TV SeriesHimself
Rachael Ray2016TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The Talk2016TV SeriesHimself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore2016TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The 47th NAACP Image Awards2016TV MovieHimself - Honoree / performer
E! Live from the Red Carpet2016TV SeriesHimself
Taraji and Terrence's White Hot Holidays2015TV MovieHimself
Verses & Flow2015TV SeriesHimself - Performer
2015 MTV Video Music Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Teen Choice Awards 20152015TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The Chew2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest Co-Host
BET Awards 20152015TV MovieHimself - Performer
2015 Billboard Music Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Good Morning America2015TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The View2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2015TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards2015TV SpecialHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

The Insider2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Extra2016TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2015TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHimself

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