Jussie Smollett is a man of diverse talents. He is an actor, a singer, a director, and a photographer. He was a child star. He is famous for his portrayal of the role of Jamal Lyon in Fox’s hit drama series Empire. Jussie has also starred in small roles in films including a sci-fi film by Ridley Scott in 2017. Continue reading to learn about career, biography and net worth of Jussie Smollett in 2020.
Early Life & Biography
Jussie was born on June 21, 1982, in Santa Rosa in the state of California to his parents Joel Smollett and Janet Smollett. He has four brothers and two sisters who are also accomplished members of the entertainment industry. His father is a Jewish Russian while his mother is African-American. Jussie attended Calabasas High before graduating from Malibu High School.
Jussie is open about his sexuality. He publicly announced that he is gay on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in March of 2015. He said there is no closet when it comes to his sexual orientation. In 2015, there were reports that he was dating football star, Michael Sam. He is currently living in the City of Angels, Los Angeles.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Jussie has been working on TV since 1991. His debut show was A little Piece of Heaven. Subsequently, he moved onto acting in films. He starred in films like The Mighty Ducks and North. He worked on a sit-com called On our Own for two years. He lent his voice to the animated series Crow.
Being gay, Jussie was keen to work on LGBT-themed works. In 2012, he starred in The Skinny. Jussie is also a notable recording artist, having released his album The Poisoned Hearts Club in 2012. He also recorded songs for his drama series Empire. For his acting capabilities, he has been nominated for BET for Best Actor, and he has also been nominated for a Teen Choice Award. In 2015, he starred in Ridley Scott’s blockbuster sequel Alien: Covenant which earned north of $200 million at the worldwide box office.
Net Worth & Earnings
Jussie Smollett has an estimated net worth of $1 million. He has amassed this wealth through multiple TV and film appearances for over two decades of his life now. It is reported that he earns upwards of $14,000 for his endorsements. His roles in films consistently provide him with five-figure income. He has also added to his bank by selling his records. He earns more from his recording career, amounting to nearly half of his entire wealth.
Jussie has had a respectable career till now. He has garnered international fame for his acting chops through the Fox drama Empire. Alongside his career, Jussie is also a hardcore activist, being a board member of Black AIDS Institute and Artists in South Africa. He also assists the Genesee Foundation which supports debilitated women. Jussie’s all-around lifestyle props him up to another level of celebrityhood.