Famous People Who Have Filed Bankruptcy

  • Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (Dutch painter)
  • James Abbot McNeil Whistler (Painted "Whistler's Mother")
  • Felix de Weldon (Sculptor and creator of the Iwo Jima Memorial)
  • Frank Lloyd Wright (Architect)
  • Bunny Berigan (1930s band leader and jazz trumpeter)
  • Jerry Lee Lewis (Rock and Roll singer and pianist)
  • Wayne Newton (Entertainer)
  • Isaac Hayes (Academy Award winning songwriter, composer and singer)
  • Johnny Paycheck (Country music singer)
  • Tom Petty (Rock star)
  • Michael Lee Aday, stage name "Meat Loaf" (Rock star)
  • Mick Fleetwood (Founding member of "Fleetwood Mac")
  • Jay Black (lead singer "Jay and the Americans")
  • Merle Haggard (Country music singer)
  • Phineas Taylor Barnum (Founder of Barnum & Bailey Circus)
  • Walt Disney (Cartoonist and founder "Disneyland")
  • Audie Murphy (Most decorated United States soldier)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (Director, "The Godfather")
  • Anita Bryant (Singer and 1959 Miss America 2nd runner up)
  • John Brown (Slavery abolitionist)
  • E. Howard Hunt (Watergate burglar)
  • Larry King (Talk show host)
  • Jean Ronald Getty (son of J. Paul Getty)
  • Lammont du Pont Copeland, Jr. (Heir to the Du Pont fortune)
  • Bowie Kuhn (Former Baseball Commissioner)
  • Mark Twain (humorist, satirist, author and lecturer, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer")
  • Oscar Wilde (Irish playwright, novelist and poet)
  • L. Frank Baum (Wizard of Oz)
  • Stan Lee (co-creator of Spider-Man, X-Men and Hulk comics)
  • Washington Irving ("Rip Van Winkle")
  • Mickey Rooney (Academy Award winner)
  • Debbie Reynolds ("Signin' in the Rain")
  • Burt Reynolds ("Deliverance" and "Smokey and the Bandit")
  • Sherman Hemsley ("The Jeffersons")
  • Dorothy Dandridge (Academy Award nominee)
  • Lorraine Bracco (Academy Award nominee)
  • Don Johnson ("Miami Vice" and "Nash Bridges")
  • Gary Burghoff ("M*A*S*H")
  • Johnny Unitas (Hall of Fame quarterback)
  • Eddy "the Eagle" Edwards (Olympic Ski Jumper)
  • Dorothy Hamill (Olympic Gold Medal ice skater)
  • Gaylord Perry (Baseball pitcher)
  • LKing Edward II (King of England)
  • Robert Morris Jr. (Financier of the American Revolution)
  • John Connally (Governor of Texas, wounded in 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy)
  • J. Fife Symington (Governor of Arizona, who filed while in office)
  • George McGovern (U.S. Senator and Former Presidential Candidate)
  • Ed Herschler (Former Governor of Wyoming)
  • Leon Spinks (Olympic gold medal boxer and former heavyweight boxing champion)
  • Henry John Heinz (Condiment manufacturer)
  • Milton Snavely Hershey (Founder The Hershey Chocolate Company)
  • James Harrison (Inventor of the refrigerator)
  • Charles Stahlberg (Inventor of the alarm clock)
  • Nelson Bunker Hunt (Billionaire silver investor)
  • Matthew Brady (distinguished Civil War photographer)
  • Immanuel Nobel (father of Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite and founder of the Nobel Prizes)-twice
  • Jorge and Joanne Lopes ($58.9 million dollar lottery winners, filed after winning)
  • Juan Rodriguez ($149 million dollar lottery winner, filed one month before winning)
  • Albert Lowry (author of How You Can Become Financially Independent By Investing in Real Estate)

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