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What Hollywood Stars Went From Riches To Rags, Who Is The Most Recent

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Robin Williams hasn’t had a hit TV show since Mork and Mindy, he has had success with the film industry. So why is he coming back to the small screen after 30 years off? He’s broke. He says with the two big divorces, he’s cleaned out and ready to do something to build a nest egg.

Robin told Parade, “The idea of having a steady job is appealing. I have two [other] choices: go on the road doing stand-up, or do small, independent movies working almost for scale. The movies are good, but a lot of times they don’t even have distribution. There are bills to pay. My life has downsized, in a good way.”

Robin Williams now in his 60’s,  stars as an “unorthodox adman” in CBS’s The Crazy Ones, with  Sarah Michelle Gellar as his daughter. The show debuts on September 26.

According to focus groups the show is expected to be a hit. Robin says he hopes people like it and keep him working for a couple of years. He likes the character and the show.

Who are some other busted actors? According to MSN,  Kim Basinger bought a town in Georgia in 1989 but after realizing that nothing would come of it, she started selling it off in parts. Then, when she pulled out of ‘Boxing Helena’, the studio sued her. In 1993, she filed for bankruptcy.

MC Hammer earned a lot of money and used it to fund a lavish lifestyle as well as support his friends and family. In 1996, he revealed that he was $13 million in debt and filed for bankruptcy.

Though he won’t say exactly how much money it is they lost, Kevin Bacon and wife Kyra Sedgwick faced serious money problems due to Bernie Madoff’s $50 billion ponzi scheme in 2008.

In August 2011, Merrill Lynch said that Burt Reynolds owed them over a million dollars, and filed foreclosure papers on his home.

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