Still Successful: These Celebrities From The Past Are Millionaires Today

Movies, television, and music can transport us back in time. Just think about the enjoyment we’ve received from watching or listening to our favorite actors and musicians throughout the years. Here’s a gallery of celebrities from decades past whose work you probably recall. Many of the stars you’re about to read about are still in the public eye while others have retreated to more private lives, but they all share one thing in common: they’re sitting pretty with their finances now. See if your favorite celebrities made the list.

Cybill Shepherd: $40 Million

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A former model, Cybill Shepherd got her start in Hollywood when film director Peter Bogdanovich saw her photo on the cover of a 1970 issue of Glamour magazine. He cast her in The Last Picture Show, which was a critical and box office hit. From there, Shepherd went on to star in The Heartbreak Kid and Taxi Driver, as well as TV shows like Moonlighting, Cybill, and The L Word.

With a string of awards and nominations to her name, it’s no surprise that Cybill Shepherd, now 70, has accumulated a vast personal fortune. She’s estimated to be worth $40 million.

Jack Nicholson: $400 Million

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Murray Close/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images & Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images

Here’s Johnny! Veteran Hollywood actor Jack Nicholson has had a career spanning more than six decades. With a resume boasting so many iconic films such as The Shining, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Easy Rider, Five Little Pieces, As Good as It Gets, A Few Good Men, Anger Management, and many more, it’s no wonder that he’s built an impressive net worth.

Estimates put his personal fortune around $400 million. Nicholson’s astonishing art collection represents at least $100 million of that total. He’s been collecting art since the 1960s and owns works by famous artists like Matisse, Picasso, Warhol, Rodin, Botero, and Modigliani.

Erik Estrada: $4 Million

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Getty Images & Paul Archuleta/Getty Images

Most recognizable for his co-starring lead role as “Ponch” Poncherello in the 1970s-1980s police drama TV series CHiPs, Erik Estrada later became a reserve police officer in real life! His career has also included work in Spanish-language telenovelas, infomercials, reality television shows, and voiceover acting.

Today, Estrada lives in Hollywood Hills, California, with his wife Nanette Mirkovich. He’s a member of the Blue Knights motorcycle club and the Loyal Order of Moose fraternal and service organization. His net worth is estimated to be $4 million.

Pam Grier: $10 Million

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Harry Langdon/Getty Images & Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

The Foxy Brown star, now in her 70s, is still going strong today. Called “cinema’s first female action star” by director Quentin Tarantino, Grier’s most recent acting credits include The L Word, This Is Us, Smallville, and Bless This Mess. She first entered the showbiz scene in the 1970s, with roles in blaxploitation films like Scream, Blacula, Scream! and The Big Doll House.

Her net worth is an impressive $10 million. Grier, who is a cancer survivor, spends much of her time at her Colorado ranch.

Judd Nelson: $8 Million

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LitsaBL/MovieStillsDB & Pinterest

A member of the “Brat Pack,” Judd Nelson shot to fame in the 1980s with roles in The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’s Fire. He later branched out to the small screen in shows like Suddenly Susan, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Empire.

Today the actor, producer, and screenwriter has a net worth of $8 million. In an interview with TODAY, Nelson, now 60 years old, talked about his role as a teenage criminal in The Breakfast Club. He said, “I’m now that kid’s dad,” about the character and also admitted that he never guessed that the film would have endured in popularity the way it has.

Jennifer Grey: $10 Million

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J. Vespa/WireImage & David Livingston/Getty Images

Although the 1980s films Dirty Dancing and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off are Jennifer Grey’s most recognizable acting credits, she has continued to work in the years that followed. With roles in television series, made-for-TV movies, and on Broadway, she’s proven her endurance in the industry.

Today, Grey is 60 years old and has a net worth of $10 million. She and her husband, actor/director Clark Gregg, live in Venice, California.

Harrison Ford: $230 Million

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Murray Close/Getty Images & Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Even though he famously earned just $10,000 for playing Han Solo in the original 1977 installment of the Star Wars series, Harrison Ford vastly boosted his income over the years. In fact, playing Indiana Jones in the beloved franchise made him one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood. It doesn’t hurt that he’s also been in other mega-hits like The Fugitive, Blade Runner, and Clear and Present Danger, which all helped contribute to his estimated $230 million net worth.

Today, the Academy Award-nominated actor enjoys piloting in his spare time and provides emergency helicopter services around his ranch in Jackson, Wyoming. Ford is also involved in several charitable causes near and dear to his heart.

Dolly Parton: $500 Million

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Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images & John Shearer/WireImage

Now in her 70s, Dolly Parton is one of the most beloved celebrities in America. The singer, songwriter, actress, author, entrepreneur, and philanthropist has been turning out hit country songs for more than 40 years.

Some of her most well-known songs are “Jolene,” “9 to 5,” and “I Will Always Love You,” but her entire catalog contains a staggering number of hits. In 1998, Nashville Business listed her as the wealthiest country-music star. She’s also incredibly generous with her money and most recently donated $1 million to research efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, her net worth is $500 million.

Gene Hackman: $80 Million

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Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images & Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Now retired from acting, Gene Hackman saw much success during his 50+ year career: he won four Golden Globes, two Academy Awards, two BAFTAs, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He first achieved critical acclaim with a supporting role in the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde. Other acting credits include I Never Sang for My Father, The French Connection, Young Frankenstein, Superman, Hoosiers, Get Shorty, The Royal Tenenbaums, and many more.

Hackman is also an accomplished writer, having authored a book called Payback at Morning Peak. He also co-authored three historical fiction novels. Today, his net worth is $80 million.

Al Pacino: $165 Million

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Jack Mitchell/Getty Images & Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Best known for his iconic roles in Scarface and The Godfather, Al Pacino has won an Academy Award for Best Actor, two Tony Awards, and an Emmy over his five-decade career. Other credits include Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Cruising, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Scent of a Woman, and most recently, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

All of this success has contributed to Pacino’s jaw-dropping $165 million personal fortune. Never married, the actor has three adult children. He lives in a $34 million home tucked away in Hollywood Hills.

Stevie Nicks: $75 Million

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Photoshot/Getty Images & ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images

Stevie Nicks has been mesmerizing fans with her singing and songwriting skills since the early 1970s. Rolling Stone named her one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time, and she’s also the only woman to have been inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Nicks’ solo career and her work with the band Fleetwood Mac led to more than forty top 50 hits and 140 million records sold. As a result, she’s built quite a lot of wealth — $75 million. That’s a pretty penny for the “Gold Dust Woman.”

Tommy Lee Jones: $85 Million

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Artisan Entertainment/Getty Images & Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

It might surprise fans to learn that acting isn’t the only thing Tommy Lee Jones excels at. Long before becoming a successful actor and director, he played football at Harvard University and was named as a first-team All-Ivy League selection. After graduating, he decided to pursue acting and the rest is history.

First rising to fame in The Fugitive, Jones went on to appear in many other award-winning films like Under Siege, Men in Black, and No Country For Old Men. His net worth stands around $85 million. Residing just outside San Antonio, Texas, Jones also owns properties in Florida and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Robert De Niro: $500 Million

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Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images & Rachel Murray/Getty Images

One of the best-known method actors in Hollywood’s history, Robert De Niro is also one of the most celebrated. In addition to a slew of distinguished awards including a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, he’s also received a Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contributions.

De Niro’s acting credits are numerous, with titles such as Taxi Driver, Bang the Drum Slowly, The Godfather Part II, The Deer Hunter, Once Upon a Time in America, Awakenings, Wag the Dog, and many others. As a result, his vast net worth of $500 million should be no surprise.

Jane Fonda: $200 Million

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Harry Langdon/Getty Images & Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Barbarella actress Jane Fonda might be as well known for her activism as for her Hollywood career, but that doesn’t take away from her success as a film star. Fonda first rose to fame in the 1960s and her acting credits include Klute, Julia, The China Syndrome, and Monster-in-Law. She also has the highest-selling VHS of all time, Jane Fonda’s Workout.

Much of Fonda’s staggering $200 million personal fortune comes from family money. Her late father was the famous actor Henry Fonda. She also received an estimated $70 million when she and her former husband, media mogul Ted Turner, divorced in 2001.

Barbra Streisand: $400 Million

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Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images & Kevin Kane/Getty Images for BSB

Barbra Streisand is one of the most recognizable names on any list of celebrities. And with a net worth estimated at $400 million, she’s also one of the wealthiest. But long before becoming an iconic singer, actress, and filmmaker with a slew of awards to her name, the Funny Girl star was a college drop-out.

The 78-year old is “the only act in history to have a No. 1 album in six consecutive decades,” per Forbes. “Babs,” as she’s known to some fans, lives in a $100 million mansion in Malibu, California.

Robert Duvall: $70 Million

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John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images & Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

With seven Academy Awards, seven Golden Globes, and a whole bunch of nominations for other awards, Robert Duvall has certainly made his mark on Hollywood during his impressive six-decade career. The actor, now nearing his 90s, also received the National Medal of Arts.

With roles in exemplary films like To Kill a Mockingbird, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now, Days of Thunder, Lonesome Dove, The Handmaid’s Tale, and many others, Duvall has understandably built quite a fortune. He’s estimated to be worth $70 million.

Cher: $360 Million

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Harry Langdon/Getty Images & Angel Marchini/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The “Goddess of Pop,” Cher could sing “I’ve Got Loot, Babe” (instead of “I’ve Got You”), as she’s estimated to be worth $360 million. The singer has been going strong since first becoming famous in 1965 as part of the husband-wife duo Sonny & Cher. She’s also a television personality and a fashion icon. In addition to these talents, Cher is also a highly-accomplished actress with an Academy Award to prove it.

In addition to several other properties, Cher owns a $45 million mansion in Malibu, California. A generous philanthropist, she runs The Cher Charitable Foundation and supports a variety of causes.

Richard Dreyfuss: $5 Million

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Hulton-Deutsch/Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis via Getty Image & Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images

Actor Richard Dreyfuss rose to fame when he starred in a ton of popular films through the 1970s to the 1990s, with titles like Jaws, American Graffiti, Stand by Me, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and What About Bob? on his impressive resume. In 1978, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor (for The Goodbye Girl).

Dreyfuss has approximately $5 million to his name now, although his net worth used to be higher. “I was never good with money,” he explained in a 2016 DailyMail interview. “I spent too much and didn’t think about the consequences,” although that’s changed now. He’s been in some critically-acclaimed works since then, including the 2018 hit Book Club, so we’re confident he’ll build that net worth up again.

Cyndi Lauper: $30 Million

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Ebet Roberts/Redferns & Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for God’s Love We Deliver

American singer, songwriter, actress, and activist Cyndi Lauper has sold 50 million records worldwide over her four-decade career. She’s So Unusual, released in 1983, was the first debut album by a female artist to achieve four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Lauper’s successful music career, boosted by her impressive four-octave singing range, has helped the star amass a $30 million personal fortune.

Cyndi Lauper has been an advocate for LGBT rights her entire career and is the founder of True Colors United, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the issue of youth homelessness in the United States.

Drew Barrymore: $125 Million

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Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images & Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images

Born into Hollywood royalty, Drew Barrymore has more than proven herself as a talented actress. From her first film role in 1982’s in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, she’s received accolades for her work and later co-founded a production company called Flower Films.

With credits in Charlie’s Angels, Donnie Darko, and Grey Gardens, and several other business ventures (including a clothing line and cosmetics brand!), it’s not surprising that the 45-year old star is worth $125 million today. She lives in Los Angeles with her daughters, Olive and Frankie.