Jussie Smollett Net Worth, Awards and Career

Busytape February 20, 2020
Updated 2020/02/20 at 2:57 PM
Jussie Smollett Net Worth
Jussie Smollett Net Worth

Popular “Empire” star Jussie Smollett is an American actor and singer, best known for his portrayal of musician Jamal Lyon in the drama series Empire. His role in the Fox drama has been hailed as outstanding for its positive depiction of a black homosexual man on television.

The trending actor has also appeared in Alien: Covenant (2017) and in Marshall (2017). Jussie Smollett’s net worth is a result of all of the actor’s years of top-class performance and success in the entertainment industry, both as an actor and as a musician.

Jussie Smollett’s Early Life

Jussie Smollett was born on June 21, 1983, in Santa Rosa, California to Joel and Janet Smollett. He is one of the six children in the family, including brothers Jojo, Jacqui, and Jake, and sisters Jazz and Jurnee, several of whom are also entertainers.

Jussie Smollett began acting in his childhood years. His ethnicity is comprised of African-American, Irish, Louisiana Creole, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Native American. Not much has been said regarding his educational background.

Jussie Smollett’s Career

Jussie Smollett initially started his acting career when he was just a child, appearing in Rob Reiner’s “North” and The Mighty Ducks. From 1994 to 1995 he starred alongside all five of his real-life siblings in the short-term ABC sitcom ‘On Our Own.

In 2012, Jussie Smollett added to his film tally when he played a leading role in “The Skinny”, the LGBT-themed comedy-drama. He was later featured on Revenge and also on The Mind Project.

He is not only a famous actor but also a talented singer. Apart from his acting career, Jussie Smollett is also a singer and songwriter. He released an EP album,  titled ‘The Poisoned Hearts Club’ in 2012. In 2015, he confirmed that he signed a recording deal with Columbia Records and that he would be releasing more music in the future.

Jussie Smollett’s Movies & Awards

As a versatile actor, the charming Jussie has had over 20 credits as a movie actor. He has also appeared in the following movies and TV series — Coach, North, Ask Me Anything, Underground, Marshall, Star, and a few more.

Jussie Smollett has an impressive 11 wins and 11 nominations for varying awards to his name. He is a proud winner of the African Movie Academy Awards in 2017.

He has also been nominated for a number of awards, including GMS Awards, BET Awards, Teen Choice Awards, Image Awards, and Young Artist Awards.

To mark his success, he has won a good number of awards including the Image Award, GMS Awards, Visionary Award, Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, and several others.

Personal Life, Relationships, Controversies

The movie star and singer was previously in what looked like a good relationship with American Actress Raven Symoné. They were together for four years from 2007 to 2011 when they separated.

In 2015, Jussie Smollett came out as gay in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres and was reportedly romantically involved with director Anthony Hemingway in 2016.

Presently, there are indications that he is in a romantic relationship with Tawan Davis, a businessman.


On January 29, 2019, Jussie Smollett reported to the police that he was attacked by two white men who wore red “MAGA” hats. According to his claim, the attackers tied his neck with a noose, poured gasoline all over him, and beat him up while hurling obscenities about his sexual orientation.

In his statement about the events, his attackers knew him from the Fox drama series Empire and constantly yelled that he was “in Trump’s country”.

Over several weeks that followed, the Chicago police department was shocked to discover that the star himself was likely involved in the plans of the attack which was carried out by two brothers who got to know him from being extras on the drama series Empire.

The brothers who carried out the attacks were reportedly paid a sum of $3,500 to carry out the scripted/staged attacks.

On April 30, 2019, executives of Fox announced that Jussie Smollett would not be returning for the sixth season of Empire. Fox reportedly negotiated the option to pay him off for his season 6 contract although they will not be using him for the sixth season of the show.

In other words, Jussie Smollett is getting paid to not work on the sixth season of the Fox drama series, Empire.

Jussie Smollett Net Worth

How much is Jussie Smollett Net Worth?

Asides from his fan base and public perception, we also predict a drop-down in Jussie Smollett net worth after he pulled the disgraceful trick of staging his own assault.

As a singer, actor, and photographer, his net worth and salary should be befitting for an actor of his caliber, and below is how much Jussie Smollett earned as his salary.

Having starred in a good number of movies and TV series including the Fox drama series Empire, as well as releasing his EP Album, Jussie Smollett net worth is tipped at $1.5 million.

In the early seasons of Empire, Jussie Smollett earned a salary of $35,000 per episode he appeared in. In the later seasons, his salary was increased to $65,000 for each episode.

His income increased the more he became popular further, with the Empire series producers offering him a salary of $100,000 for every episode, until the unfortunate incident which caused his part with Fox and the empire series in 2019.

Jussie Smollett is a young, vibrant, and talented film actor, and we really hope he finds the best way to redeem himself, and get back to the top spot he truly deserves.

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