Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud had been trying to land a good role for years. In 2018 it finally happened when he got cast to play Aladdin in the Disney remake of 2019. The movie catapulted the actor to fame and money, but it also somehow landed him in a professional rut.
After playing Aladdin, it seems Massoud had a hard time even getting an audition, so he decided to go back to the small screen. His latest work has been in the Hulu series “Reprisal”.
Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who played Theo Huxtable in "The Cosby Show", saw great success during the sitcom’s eight seasons. The show was one of America’s most popular shows back in the late 80s and throughout the 90s. Even after it ended, the sitcom reruns earned Warner some hefty residual checks.
Unfortunately, after the whole Bill Cosby scandal broke out, the sitcom went completely off the air, and the reruns stopped. Warner took a huge financial hit, but he managed to partially recover by landing a role in Fox’s "The Resident".
The Bill Cosby fiasco really got a lot of people into serious financial trouble, mainly the actors, who stopped receiving money from reruns. One of these actors was Geoffrey Owens, who played Elvin Tibideaux, Sondra’s boyfriend.
Things got so bad for Owens that he had to take a job at Trader Joe’s in 2018, which was revealed after an online post went viral. Ironically, as much as people felt sorry for him, this also prompted other TV celebrities to offer him a job.
Who could forget the sweater-obsessed Carlton Banks from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"? We all loved his character, and this earned actor Alfonso Ribeiro a lot of money. The problem came later when Ribeiro started auditioning for other roles, but everybody could only see him as Carlton.
He had a very hard time finding work after the series ended, only managing to secure small roles and a brief appearance on "Dancing with the Stars". Unfortunately, Ribeiro’s acting career was pretty much dead in the water.
Between his boxing success and his skilled entrepreneurship, George Foreman was raking in cash back in the 70s. The Heavyweight Champion had so much money that he decided to retire and become a minister, which had been a lifelong dream of his.
Foreman moved to Texas and opened a religious center for troubled teenagers, but unfortunately, the center became too costly. In 1983, Foreman filed for bankruptcy and didn’t see much money until a high-paying endorsement deal with a barbeque grill company upped his wealth.