Celebrity Research Lists Master List
Last Updated/Checked: May 4, 2013
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Two Lists Follow:
Noted Individuals Who Have Filed for Bankruptcy Protection
Famous Corporations That Have Filed for Bankruptcy Protection
Note: Filing for bankruptcy protection (in the United States) does not necessarily mean that the person was poor or without an income. The bankruptcy may have been filed in response to a lawsuit judgment or income tax bill or tax fine that was considered excessive or in dispute. Some bankruptcies below may be for a company that was owned in full or part by the individual named on this list. If the bankruptcy filing was for a corporation, it would not be a personal bankruptcy. If the company was a sole proprietor business, then it would be included in a personal bankruptcy. Further research by the reader is suggested. The year of filing is in parentheses, if known. Please report any corrections, missing information, or new submissions to the webmaster.
The U.S. Congress passed its first bankruptcy act in the year 1800.
Noted Individuals Who Have Filed for Bankruptcy Protection
Willie Aames . . . actor (2008). David Adkins ("Sinbad") . . . comedian; actor (2009).
Stephen Baldwin . . . actor; American author (2009). Lionel Bart . . . British composer-lyricist-playwright (1972). Kim Basinger . . . Oscar-winning actress (1993). Jay Black . . . rock star; lead member of "Jay and the Americans" (1986). Lauren Booth . . . British journalist; columnist (2010). Lorraine Bracco . . . Oscar-nominated actress (1999). Matthew Brady . . . portrait/U.S. Civil War photographer (1872). Toni Braxton . . . rock star (1998, 2010). Sylvia Browne . . . professional "psychic"; best-selling American author (1988). Anita Bryant . . . singer; American author; 1958 Miss America 2nd runner-up (1997 and 2001). Gary Busey . . . actor (2012).
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 (19__) (sources: People magazine, February 24, 1997 / Dateline NBC, September 29, 1996 / et al.). Derrick Coleman . . . American basketball player (2010). Gary Coleman . . . actor (1999). Concrete Blonde . . . rock group (19__) (source: LA Weekly, March 26-April 1, 1999). John Connally . . . former Texas; wounded in 1963 Kennedy assassination in Dallas (1987). Francis Ford Coppola . . . Oscar-winning film writer-director-producer (1990). Cathy Lee Crosby . . . actress; American author (1992).
Vic Damone . . . singer (1971). Dorothy Dandridge . . . Oscar-nominated actress-singer (1963). Lee de Forest . . . Oscar-winning film/sound synchronization pioneer; producer (1937). Dino De Laurentis . . . Oscar-winning film producer (1988). Janice Dickinson . . . former supermodel; American author (2013). Walt Disney . . . Oscar-winning film producer; animation & theme park pioneer (1923). Lenny Dykstra . . . American baseball player (2009).
Eddy "the Eagle" Edwards (Eddy Edwards) . . . Great Britain's first Olympic ski jumper (1991).
Keith Famie . . . Survivor II: The Australian Outback contestant; chef-restauranter; American author (19__; 1996/97) (source: interview, CBS special
Survivor: Back from the Outback, May 10, 2001). Mick Fleetwood . . . rock star; lead member of "Fleetwood Mac" (1984). Heidi Fleiss . . . Clothing line founder; American author (1999). William Fox . . . co-founder of 20th Century Fox Film Corporation (1936).
Rulon Gardner . . . United States Olympic gold medalist wrestler (2012). Marvin Gaye . . . singer (19__;mid-late 1970s). Andy Gibb . . . rock star (1987). Ulysses S. Grant . . . 18th U.S. President; Civil War general;best-selling American author; face is pictured on the U.S. fifty dollar bill (1884, after leaving office). Elizabeth Ward Gracen . . . actress; model; Miss America 1982 (1999). Bob Guccione . . . publisher and founder of Penthouse magazine (see General Media below) (2003).
Merle Haggard . . . country music star (1993). Corey Haim . . . actor (1997). Dorothy Hamill . . . United States Olympic gold-medalist ice-skater (1996). M.C. Hammer . . . rock star (1996). Richard Harris . . . Oscar-nominated actor-producer-director; Irish-born author ("twice bankrupt") source: BBC World News). Robert Harris . . . $275 million Mega Millions lottery winner on February 23, 2008, Georgia USA (1994 and 2000). Natalie Hawkins . . . mother of 2012 Olympic Gold Medal U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas (2010 and 2012). Isaac Hayes . . . Oscar-winning songwriter-composer-musician-singer (1976). Sherman Hemsley . . . actor (2002). Milton Hershey . . . founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company and namesake of Hershey, Pennsylvania (1882, one of his earlier candy businesses).
Ron Isley . . . rhythm-and-blues singer (19__; mid-late 1990s).
La Toya Jackson . . . rock star (1995). Don Johnson . . . actor-producer (2204). Janice-Marie Johnson . . . rock star/disco diva (19__;1980s) (source: interview segment, Extra TV show, June 9, 2000). Randy Johnson . . . American NFL football player (1977) (source: Charlotte Sun newspaper, Florida, May 10 1999, republished September 26, 2009 after his death). Kacey Jones . . . country music star; musical humorist (19__) (sources: KaceyJones.com / Dish magazine, October 2000). Clay Jordan . . . Survivor V: Thailand contestant; restauranter (2001).
Chaka Kahn . . . rock star (19__) (source: People magazine, February 24, 1997). Kerry Katona . . . rock star; British TV personality (2008). Larry King . . . talk-show host; best-selling American author (1978). Robert Kiyosaki . . . best-selling American Author of the "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" book series; businessman (2012, filing was for one of his corporations: Rich Global LLC). Arnold Klein . . . California-based dermatoligist to the rich and famous, including the late singer Michael Jackson at the time of his death (2011). Bowie Kuhn . . . former U.S. baseball commissioner (19__). Gary Kurtz . . . Oscar-nominated film producer (Star Wars, American Graffiti, etc.) (19__).
Veronica Lake . . . actress (1951). Lorenzo Lamas . . . actor (2004). Cyndi Lauper . . . rock star (1983). Stan Lee . . . comic book industry pioneer; co-creator of "Spider Man," "The Incredible Hulk," "The X-Men," etc. (2001, Stan Lee Media). Joanne Lopes and Jorge Lopes . . . Big Game multistate Lotto jackpot winners in 2002 in the U.S.; won a $110.3 million jackpot, which they took as a lump sum of $58.9 million before taxes; had debts of nearly $600,000 when they filed for chapter 13 bankruptcy protection; their petition was dismissed by a judge due to their failure to appear at their hearing (2001).
Meat Loaf . . . rock star (1983). Ashley MacIsaac . . . musician-fiddler (2000). Mindy McCready . . . country music star (1997). Linda McMahon . . . businesswoman; politician (1976, jointly with husband Vince). Vince McMahon . . . Professional wrestling businessman; producer (1976, jointly with wife Linda). Melba Moore . . . singer-actress (19__; 1990s). Debelah Morgan . . . singer-songwriter-producer (2000). Lorrie Morgan . . . country music star; American author (1992, chapter 11, later withdrew petition filing after paying debtors; filed personal chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2008). Motor City Five/MC5 . . . rock group of the 1960s (1970).
Willie Nelson . . . singer-songwriter-actor; American author (19__; est. 1990) (source: Sunday Morning, CBS-TV news program, September 30, 2001, interview conducted by Dan Rather). Wayne Newton . . . singer-actor-entertainer (1992). Jimmie Nicol . . . drummer who became a member of the music group "The Beatles" for 10 days in 1964 during a worldwide tour while Ringo Starr was being treated for tonsillitis (1965). Immanuel Nobel . . . father of manufacturer-philanthropist Alfred Nobel, who founded the Nobel Prizes (twice: 1833/year Alfred was born; 1856/when Alfred was 23). Mary Nolan . . . actress (1931).
Jennings Osborne . . . Arkansas businessman; Christmas light sponsor, including at DisneyWorld (1995).
Johnny Paycheck . . . country music star (1976). Tom Petty . . . rock star (1979). Susan Powter . . . exercise/fitness expert; talk-show host; best-selling American author (1995). Burt Prelutsky . . . American television writer; screenwriter (1997).
Noreen Renier . . . Psychic (claimed); American author (2007). Burt Reynolds . . . Oscar-nominated actor-director; American author (1995). Debbie Reynolds . . . Oscar-nominated actress-singer; American author (1997). William Roache (Bill Roache) . . . actor; British author (1999). Juan Rodriguez . . . $149 million Mega Millions lottery winner, New York City (2004, filed bankruptcy just before winning). Mickey Rooney . . . Oscar-nominated actor; American author (1962).
Harry Saltzman . . . film producer (James Bond movies) (1975). Ray Sawyer . . . rock star; member of "Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show" (1973). Shenandoah . . . country music band (1991). Anna Nicole Smith . . . model-actress; 1993 Playboy magazine "Playmate of the Year" (1996). Dick Smothers . . . American comedian, one half of the comedy team "The Smothers Brothers" (2010). Lynne Spears . . . American author; mother of rock star Britney Spears (1998; filed with husband James prior to Britney's stardom). J. Fife Symington . . . Governor of Arizona (1995, while still in office).
TLC . . . rock group (1995). Donald Trump . . . businessman (casinos: as Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc.) (1991; 1992; 2004; 2009; see listing in corporation section). Mike Tyson . . . boxer (2003).
Michael Vick . . . American football player (2008). Vinnie Vincent (Vincent John Cusano) . . . former member of the rock band Kiss (1989).
Dionne Warwick . . . singer (2013). Tammy Wynette . . . country music star; American author (1988).
Famous Corporations That Have Filed for Bankruptcy Protection
Aladdin Gaming, LLC (a Las Vegas hotel-casino) (2001). American Airlines (and its parent company AMR Corp.) (2011). American Banknote Corporation (1999). American Federation of Television and Radio Artists/AFTRA (1982). AMF Bowling Worldwide, Inc. (2001). Atari (famous for the iconic video game "Pong" and inspiring thousands in strategy and pirates game designs since the 1970s) (2013).
Baldwin Piano & Organ Company (2001). Bethlehem Steel Corporation (2001). Blockbuster Inc. (2010). Borders Group Inc. (2011). Burlington Industries, Inc. (2001).
Carolco Pictures, Inc. (1995). Chiquita Brands International, Inc. (2001). Chrysler LLC (2009) Circuit City (2008). Citadel Broadcasting Corporation (2009) Continental Airlines, Inc. (1967 & 1984). Converse, Inc. (2001). Cypress Gardens Adventure Park (one of the earliest Florida theme parks) (2006).
Dairy Mart Convenience Stores, Inc. (2001). Delta Air Lines, Inc. (2005). Dow Corning Corporation (1995).
Eastern Airlines, Inc. (1991). Eastman Kodak Co. (2012). Enron Corporation (second largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history; WorldCom below being the largest) (2001). eToys, Inc. (2001). Excite@Home (2001).
FAO Inc. (FAO Schwarz toy stores) (2003). Frederick's of Hollywood, Inc. (2000). Fruit of the Loom, Inc. (1999).
General Growth Properties, Inc. (mall operator; biggest real estate bankruptcy in U.S. history) (2009). General Media (publisher of Penthouse magazine, 85% owned by Bob Guccione) (2003). General Motors Corporation (2009).
Hostess Brands, Inc. (2012 & earlier 2004 as Interstate Bakeries Corporation).
Interstate Bakeries Corporation (makers of "Twinkies," "Wonder Bread," et al.) (2004; changed its name to Hostess Brands, Inc. in 2009, which filed for protection in January 2012).
Japan Airlines (2010).
Kmart Corporation (2002).
Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. (2008). Lionel Corporation (1967 & 1984). Loews Cineplex Entertainment, Inc. (2000). Los Angeles Dodgers (2011).
Maidenform, Inc. (1997). Marvel Entertainment Group (1996). McCrory Corporation (1992 & 2001). Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. (2010). Montgomery Ward, Inc. (1997 & 2000).
Pan Am Corporation (1998). Paramount Studios (1932). Pepsi Cola Company (1923, 1931). Planet Hollywood International, Inc. (1999 & 2001). Polaroid Corporation (2001). Purina Mills, Inc. (1999).
Reader's Digest Association (2009). Regal Cinemas, Inc. (2001). Resorts International, Inc. (1994). Riviera Hotel and Casino (Las Vegas) (1984 & 1991).
Saab Automobile (2011). Sbarro, Inc. (2011). Singer Company (1999). Sizzler International, Inc. (1996). Six Flags, Inc. (world's largest regional amusement-park company) (2009). Smith Corona Corporation (1995). Southland Corporation ("7-11" stores) (1990). Stan Lee media (2001) Sunbeam Corporation (2001). Sun-Times Media Group, Inc. (2009). Swissair Group, Inc. (2001).
Texaco, Inc. (1987). Toysmart.com (2000). Trans World Airlines, Inc./TWA (1995 & 2000). Tribune Group (owner of the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, et al) (2008). Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. (formerly called Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc.) (1991; 1992; 2004; 2009).
US Airways (2002). U.S. Office Products Company ("Mail Boxes, Etc." stores) (2001).
Vlasic Foods International, Inc. (2001).
Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. (2005). Western Union Corporation (1993). WorldCom, Inc. (2002). W.R. Grace & Company (2001).