|Net Worth||$2 Million|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.67 m)|
|Date of Birth||Oct 1, 1986 (35 years old)|
|Nationality||United States of America|
Jurnee Smollett Net Worth:
What is the net worth of Jurnee Smollett?
The estimated net worth of American actress Jurnee Smollett is $2 million. As a youngster, Jurnee Smollett starred in the television comedies “Full House” and “On Our Own.” As an adult, she starred in a variety of television series, including “Friday Night Lights,” “The Defenders,” “True Blood,” “Underground,” and “Lovecraft Country.” Smollett’s credits on the big screen include “Eve’s Bayou,” “Gridiron Gang,” “The Great Debaters,” and “Birds of Prey.” The controversial “Empire” star Jussie Smollett is Jurnee’s brother.
Early Life and Beginnings of Career
Jurnee Smollett was born in New York City, New York on October 1, 1986 to Janet and Joel. Her mother is of African descent, and her father is of Jewish descent with Russian, Romanian, and Polish lineage. Jazz is Smollett’s sister, and he has four brothers – Jussie, Jake, JoJo, and Joqui.
In 1992, as a child, Smollett made her professional acting debut in episodes of the comedies “Out All Night” and “Martin.” In the same year, she began recurring on “Full House” as Denise Frazer, a character she later performed on “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.”
Smollett featured with her five brothers in the short-lived comedy “On Our Own” from 1994 to 1995, which was her first starring role on television. After the show’s conclusion, she featured in an episode of “NYPD Blue.” Smollett’s next starring role was in the short-lived comedy “Cosby” from 1998 to 2000, for which she received two NAACP Image Awards. Next, Smollett starred in the historical television film “Selma, Lord, Selma” and an episode of “Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child.” In the 2001 television film “Ruby’s Bucket of Blood,” she played a prominent part as the daughter of Angela Bassett’s character.
In 2002, Smollett had recurring roles on Wanda Sykes’s comedy “Wanda at Large” after appearing in episodes of “Strong Medicine” and “ER.” She subsequently featured in episodes of “House” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” From 2009 through 2011, Smollett had one of her most major roles as Jess Merriweather on the sports drama series “Friday Night Lights.” During the same year, she co-starred with Jerry O’Connell and Jim Belushi in the short-lived legal drama “The Defenders.” Subsequently, Smollett had recurring roles on “The Mob Doctor” and in the last two seasons of the HBO vampire thriller “True Blood.” She participated in many episodes of the medical drama “Do No Harm” and the family drama “Parenthood” in 2013. From 2016 through 2017, Smollett portrayed Rosalee, a house slave, in the historical drama “Underground.” She will play Letitia “Leti” Lewis, a photojournalist, in the 2020 season of the HBO series “Lovecraft Country.”
In 1996, Smollett made her film debut in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Jack,” starring Robin Williams. The next year, she received critical praise for her major performance in the Southern Gothic drama “Eve’s Bayou,” in which she portrayed a Creole youngster living in a rich Louisiana neighborhood in the 1960s opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Debbi Morgan, and Lynn Whitfield. For her performance, Smollett was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. In the 2000 film “Beautiful Joe,” she appeared with Sharon Stone and Billy Connolly. Five years later, Smollett participated in the roller-skating flick “Roll Bounce” starring Bow Wow and Brandon T. Jackson. In 2006, she starred in “Gridiron Gang,” a football thriller starring Dwayne Johnson.
In 2007, Smollett had one of her most lauded performances to date in Denzel Washington’s historical film “The Great Debaters.” In the movie, she portrayed Samantha Booke, the only female debater at Texas’ historically black Wiley College. Her performance earned her the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture. She featured in Tyler Perry’s 2013 romance thriller “Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor” for her second significant cinematic role. In the biographical sports drama “Hands of Stone,” Smollett portrayed Juanita Leonard, the wife of boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, three years later. Her later projects include “One Last Thing,” the DC Comics superhero thriller “Birds of Prey,” and “Escape from Spiderhead,” starring with Chris Hemsworth and Miles Teller.
Personal Life and Political Activity
Smollett married musician Josiah Bell in 2010. In 2016, they had a boy called Hunter, and in 2020 they divorced.
Since she was a child, Smollett has been actively involved in HIV/AIDS awareness-raising efforts. At the age of seven, when a staff member of her program “On Our Own” died of the cancer, she got interested in this issue. Smollett has collaborated with survivor Hydeia Broadbent, as well as the Black AIDS Institute and the Red Cross. She also delivered a lecture at the Ryan White Youth Conference and is on the boards of Artists for a New South Africa and Children’s Defense Fund.