Jussie Smollett, an American actor started as a child actor in 1987 & gained breakthrough from the film The Mighty Ducks (1992) & later appeared in Alien: Covenant (2017).

In 2015, he became famous through the TV series Empire starring Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, and Bryshere Y. Gray.

The NAACP Image Award-winning also got hands in music career & released debut album Sum of My Music (2018); has released singles like Good Enough, Keep Your Money and No Apologies.

How Much Is Jussie Smollett’s Net Worth In 2020?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, the 37-year-old Smollett owns the net worth of $1.5 million as of March 2020.

The main source of his income is acting career; notably through the Fox musical drama series Empire that earned him $125,000 per episode in the last season.

In 2015, Jessie joined as the cast of Empire & earned $20,000 per episode, which subsequently rose to $45,000 an episode in 2016, when the show’s lead cast Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson took home $175,000.

According to HuffPost reporter, Jussie’s payroll in Season 5  of Empire elevated to $65,000 per episode, while the Hollywood Reporter insisted on his salary is $125,000.

Since Season 5 had 18 episodes, it totaled him $2.25 million for the season (at highest).

Despite signing a contract with Fox for Season 6 of Empire, he was opted out from the season on the charge of filing a false case of assault, however, he received payment even for not appearing in the show.

So far, the American actor records 22 acting credits including movie works & appearances in TV series On Our Own (1994- 1995), Underground (2016) and  America Divided (2018).

Movies & TV Series Appearances

Turned professional in 1991, Jussie, in the same year, worked in the TV film  A Little Piece of Heaven. In 1992, he appeared in the movie The Mighty Ducks (1992), which collected $50.8 million upon the budget of $14 million.

Ever since, Jussie has appeared in further 6 films, among which Alien: Covenant (2017) starring Michael Fassbender & Katherine Waterston became a commercial success.

The film made on the budget of $97- $111 million made a box office collection of $240.9 million.

Moreover, having appeared in TV miniseries Alex Haley’s Queen (1992) & in a guest role in Coach (1993), the actor alongside his real-life 5 siblings worked in short-lived sitcom On Our Own (1994- 1995).

From 2015 to 2019, he portrayed Jamal Lyon in Empire, that got him nominations for Teen Choice Awards on various category.

Sold Los Angeles House For $30K Loss

Formerly, Jussie Smollett lived in his Studio City house in Los Angeles, California. The Empire actor bought the 2,597 square feet property boasting 3 bedrooms & 3.5 bathrooms for $1.687 million in 2017.

After 2 years of holding the house ownership, Smollett sold the property in July 2019 for a $32,000 loss at $1.655 million.

His former 2-story house featured a combination living/dining room and open kitchen along with 2 guest bedrooms.

Meanwhile, the actor currently lives in Chicago but prefers to live a low-key life. But without a doubt, Jussie as a millionaire enjoys a luxurious lifestyle.

Filed An Assault Case: Turned False & Legal Charges

Jussie Smollett, on January 29, 2019, filed a case to Chicago police alleging he was assaulted by two white men.

However, after investigation, it was reported that Smollett had filed a false police report after they raided (on February 13, 2019) the home of two Nigerian-American brothers who worked for Jussie & found out, the actor had actually paid them $3,500 each to cause the false hate crime.

The actor was charged with disorderly conduct on February 20, 2019, & later the charges were dropped & was released on $10,000 bail & community service on March 26, 2019.

The city of Chicago filed a lawsuit against Smollett on April 12, 2019, to reimburse the expenses on the investigation of his assault, totaling $130,105.15.

Even if the actor filed a counter-suit in November 2019, further investigation by Cook County grand jury indicted him with six counts of falsifying a police report on February 11, 2020.

Is Openly A Gay: His Relationship Status?

During an interview with Ellen DeGeneres in March 2015, Jussie came out as a gay. No update on his relationship status is out.

Once he was rumored to be dating his on-screen boyfriend from Empire, Rafael de la Fuente, though none of them ever confirmed their relationship.


Jussie Smollett was born on June 21, 1982, in Santa Rosa, California, the USA, to Joel Smollett (1956- 2014) and Janet Smollett.

He has 5 siblings (3 brothers & 2 sisters); all of them are actors: Jojo Smollett, Jazz Smollett, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Jake Smollett, and Jocqui Smollett.

Smollett attended & graduated from Paramus Catholic High School. An American by nationality, Jussie has from Russian, Poland & African ancestry.