Filing for bankruptcy? You Are Not Alone!

Celebrities who have filed for bankruptcy.

If you are considering filing for bankruptcy, please remember that you are not alone! Bankruptcy filing is on the rise, if you feel stressed and overwhelmed at the prospect of filing for bankruptcy, let us help you through the process. Contact one of the honest bankruptcy lawyers at the My AZ Lawyers, (a Phoenix, Arizona bankruptcy firm), and find out if filing for bankruptcy might be the right choice for you.

Throughout the history of the United States there have been several famous people (politicians, actors, Presidents, athletes) who have filed for Bankruptcy protection and utilized their right to a fresh financial start. It is their right to do so and they took advantage of their right.

Below is a list of famous people who have filed for bankruptcy. A majority of these listed individuals utilized the bankruptcy process out of necessity and to obtain a fresh start. Through bankruptcy they were given a new chance to rebuild their financial position.

Please take a look at the list below as you will recognize several names. There are famous actors, entertainers, athletes, and politicians. We did not post this list to embarrass anyone, we posted this list of famous people who have filed for bankruptcy to  show that you are not alone in filing for bankruptcy.  Hard financial times can happen to anyone and the experienced bankruptcy lawyers and attorneys at the My AZ Lawyers believe that everyone deserves a “Fresh Start”.


In 2009, there were well over 1 millions bankruptcies filed in the United States!

One of the many misconceptions people have regarding the October 2005 amendments to the Bankruptcy Laws is that it is now very difficult to qualify for a chapter 7 bankruptcy. Most individuals, however, still easily qualify under the new laws.

If you are considering filing for bankruptcy, we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation to decide what might be the best course of action to help you with your current financial situation.

Throughout the State of Arizona thousands of people and numerous businesses file for bankruptcy every year. It is likely that you may know, friends, family members, coworkers and neighbors who have filed, but they just don’t advertise it. There are many famous people in the United States who have filed for bankruptcy protection over the past years. Because they are well know and due to their celebrity status their bankruptcy filings are reported by and fixated on through the media. Bankruptcy relief in the United States has been around since the 1800’s.  Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of The United States, filed for bankruptcy not just once but twice to start over with a “Fresh Start”. You, like Abraham Lincoln, have a constitutional right to a fresh financial just like the famous individuals below.

A List of Famous People who have Filed for Bankruptcy

Abraham Lincoln
16th President of the United States
Benedict Arnold
Betrayed colonists to British
John James Audubon
Illustrated Birds of America
P.T. Barnum
The Great American circus owner
John Barrymore
Actor; Romeo & Juliet
Lionel Bart
British composer – lyricist – playwright (1972)
Kim Basinger
Oscar – winning actress (1993)
Frank Baum
Wizard of Oz author
Barbara Bel Geddes
Actor; Miss Elle on Dallas
Melvin Belli
Famous Lawyer known as ‘The King of Torts’
Bunny Berigan
Jazz trumpeter great
George Best
Manchester United soccer
Jay Black
rock star, lead member of “Jay and the Americans” (1986)
John Wayne Bobbitt
Penectomy survivor
Peter Bogdanovich
American Filmographer
Bjorn Borg
Pro tennis player
Lorraine Bracco
Oscar – nominated actress (1999)
Matthew Brady
portrait / US Civil War photographer (1872)
Toni Braxton
rock star (1998)
Louise Brooks
Actor; Pandora’s Box
Sylvia Browne
Afraid to accept Randi’s $1million challenge
Lenny Bruce
Comic; Multiply obscene comic
Buffalo Bill
Wild West showman
Gary Burghoff
Radar O’Reilly in MASH
Anita Bryant
singer, 1958 Miss America 2nd runner up (1997)
Crazy Cabbie
Radio personality on the Howard Stern menagerie
Tia Carrere
Actor; Wayne’s World
Nell Carter
Actor; Housekeeper on Gimme a Break
Raymond Carver
Author; Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?
Miguel de Cervantes
Novelist; Don Quixote
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
Gary Coleman
actor (1999)
Concrete Blonde
rock group
John Connally
Former Texas Governor, wounded in 1963 Kennedy assassination in Dallas (1987)
Francis Ford Coppola
Oscar – winning film writer – director – producer (1999)
Cathy Lee Crosby
Actress – American Author (1992)
David Crosby
singer / songwriter
Aleister Crowley
Wickedest man in the world
Vic Damone
singer (1971)
Dorothy Dandridge
Oscar- nominated actress singer (1963)
Darren Day
Music Theater Star
Daniel Defoe
Author; Robinson Crusoe
Lee De Forest
Oscar-winning film/sound synchronization pioneer, producer (1937)
Dino De Laurentis
Oscar – winning film producer (1988)
John DeLorean
Automobile designer and entrepreneur
Clarissa Dickson Wright
Star of “Two Fat Ladies” TV cooking show fame (2003)
Walt Disney
Oscar – winning film producer, animation & theme park pioneer (1923)
Henry Dunant
Red Cross founder
William C. Durant
Founder of General Motor
Eddy “the eagle” Edwards
Great Britain’s first Olympic ski jumper (1991)
Chris Eubank
Former World Champion Boxer (2005)
Keith Famie
Survivor II: The Australian Outback contestant, chef-restauranter, American Author (1996/97)
Freddy Fender
Musician; Before the Next Teardrop Falls
Stephin Fetchit
Actor; Professional black stereotype
Eddie Fisher
Singer; crooner dumped by Liz Taylor
Mick Fleetwood
rock star, lead member of “Fleetwood Mac” (1984)
Heidi Fleiss
Clothing line founder; American author
Henry Ford
Automobile manufacturer
William Fox
Co-Founder of 20th Century Fox Film Corporation (1936)
Red Foxx
actor – entertainer
R. Buckminster Fuller
Architect-futurist-invented the geodesic dome
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Cop-slapping Gabor sister
Marvin Gaye
singer (1970s)
Andy Gibb
rock star (1987)
Gary Glitter
Rock and Roll Part 2
Bernhard Goetz
Subway vigilante criminal
Charles Goodyear
19th century American inventor, who discovered how to vulcanize rubber
Ulysses S. Grant
18th US President; Civil War general, best-selling American Author, face is pictured on the US fifty dollar bill ( 1884 after leaving office)
Elizabeth Ward Gracen
actress; model; Miss America 1982 (1999)
Paulo Gucci
Bob Guccione
publisher and founder of Penthouse magazine (2003)
Johannes Gutenberg
Inventor of movable type
Tony Gwynn
San Diego Padres baseball player
Merle Haggard
country music star (1993)
Corey Haim
actor (1997)
Frans Hals
Dutch portraitist
Dorothy Hamill
Olympic gold-medal ice-skater (1996)
M.C. Hammer
rock star (1996)
George Frideric Handel
Messiah composer
Richard Harris
Oscar-nominated actor-producer-director
Isaac Hayes
Oscar-winning songwriter – composer – musician -singer (1976)
H.J. Heinz
Founder of Heinz Ketchup
Margaux Hemingway
Troubled actress OD’d on klonopin
Sherman Hemsley
‘Jeffersons’ actor (2002)
Ty Herndon
Country music star caught in cruisy park
Milton Snavely Hershey
founder of Hershey’s chocolate
Kent Hovind
Creation Science huckster
Steve Howe
Pitcher, multiple teams, Major League Baseball
E. Howard Hunt
Coordinated Watergate break-in
Nelson Bunker Hunt
Tried to corner the silver market
Ron Isley
Rhythm-and blues singer (mid late 1990s)
La Toya Jackson
Michael Jackson’s sister, rock star (1995)
Don Johnson
“Miami Vice” Star, actor-producer
Eli Jacobs
Former Baltimore Orioles owner
Janice – Marie Johnson
rock star/disco diva (1980s)
Al Jolson
“Miami Vice“, “Nash Bridges”
George Jones
Country music singer
Grace Jones Singer
Model, Entertainer 1992
Kacey Jones
country music star, musical humorist
Clay Jordan
Survivor V: Thailand contestant; restauranter (2001)
Chaka Kahn
singer, rock star
Charles Keating
Morality crusader, white-collar swindler
Buster Keaton
Actor, The General
Bernard Kerik
NYC Police Commissioner, 2000-2001
Margot Kidder
Lois Lane in Superman movie
Larry King
talk-show host, best selling American author (1978)
Robert Kiyosaki
Rich Dad, Poor Dad author
Marion “Suge” Knight
Death Row Records Rap Producer 2006
Bowie Kuhn
former US baseball commissioner
Gary Kurtz
Oscar-nominated film producer
Veronica Lake
actress (1951)
Lorenzo Lamas
actor (2004)
Cyndi Lauper
rock star (1983)
Anton LaVey
Founder of the Church of Satan
Stan Lee
Comic book industry pioneer , co-creator “Spider Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “The X-Men” etc (2001)
Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis
famous Rock n’ Roll star
Horace Liveright
Publisher of the Modern Library series
Meat Loaf
rock star (1983)
Joe Louis
Boxer 1956
Ashley MacIsaac
musician fiddler (2000)
Jackie Mason
comedian – entertainer
Henry Mayhew
Punch journalist
Mindy McCready
Country Music star , American author
George McGovern
South Dakota Governor, politician 1991
William McKinley
25th US President 1897-1901
Tom Metzger
white supremacist
Marvin Mitchelson
celebrity divorce lawyer
Melba Moore
Singer – Actress
Debelah Morgan
Singer -Songwriter – Producer (2000)
Lorrie Morgan
Country music star, American Author
Robert Morris
Politician who financed Revolutionary War
Levi P. Morton
Vice President under Benjamin Harrison
Motor City Five/MCS
rock group of the 1960s (1970)
John Nash
British Regency architect
Willie Nelson
singer-songwriter-actor, American Author (1990)
Wayne Newton
Las Vegas icon, singer-actor – entertainer (1992)
Harry Nilsson
singer/songwriter; Me and My Arrow
F. Donald Nixon
President Richard Nixon’s brother
Immanuel Nobel
father of manufacturers – philanthropist Alfred Nobel , who founded the Nobel Prize (twice – 1833/year Alfred was born, 1856/ when Alfred was 23)
Mary Nolan
actress (1931)
Emperor Norton
Emperor of the United States and protector of Mexico
Ted Nugent
Rock Star
Kate O’Brien
The Land of Spices novelist
Thomas Paine
Common Sense activist
Johnny Paycheck
country music star (1976)
Tom Petty
rock star (1979)
Gaylord Perry
major league baseball player
Philip II
King of Spain, 1556-1598
Buddy Post
Lottery millionaire
Susan Powter
exercise/fitness expert, talk show host, best selling American Author (1995)
Burt Prelutsky
American television writer; screenwriter (1997)
Randy Quaid
Lynn Redgrave
Tommy Rettig
actor; Jeff Miller in Lassie
Burt Reynolds
Oscar-nominated actor – director , American Author (1995)
Debbie Reynolds
Oscar nominated actress-singer, American Author (1997)
Mickey Rooney
Oscar nominated actor, American Author (1962)
Rick Ross
Activist; cult expert, deprogrammer
Rap Group in 1993
Harry Saltzman
film producer (James Bond movies) (1975)
Derek Sanderson
Hockey Player
Ray Sawyer
rock star, member of “Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show” (1973)
Oskar Schindler
activist who saved over 1000 Jews from the Nazis
country music band (1991)
Billy Sims
NFL football player, Detroit Lions RB
Tom Sizemore
Heat, Robbery Homicide Division actor
Anna Nicole Smith
Model-Actress, 1993 Playboy magazine “Playmate of the Year”(1996)
Dee Snider
Twisted Sister lead and front man, musician
Phoebe Snow
Jazz vocalist
Lynne Spears
American author, mother of rock star Britney Spears (1998, filed with husband James prior to Britney’s stardom)
Leon Spinks
Sheryl Swoopes
Three-time WNBA MVP
J. Fife Symington
Governor of Arizona (1995, while still in office)
Lawrence Taylor
NFL hall of famer
Randall Terry
Operation Rescue founder
Nikola Tesla
Invented alternating current
Donald Trump
billionaire entrepreneur, TV personality
rock group (1995)
Mark Twain
Huckleberry Finn author
Mike Tyson
boxer (2003)
Johnny Unitas
legendary Hall of Fame football quarterback
John Whitehead
Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now, musician
Oscar Wilde
acclaimed poet and author
James Wilson
U.S. Supreme Court Justice 1789-1798
Tammy Wynette
country music star (1988)
Florenz Ziegfeld
actor, the Ziegfeld Follies

And the list keeps growing and growing.

They all filed bankruptcy,
…and then got on with their lives.

Bad times come to all of us…even celebrities and politicians.

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