Nichelle Nichols Net Worth

Nichelle Nichols is an American actress, singer, producer, and author who has a net worth of $500 thousand. Nichols is best known for playing Lieutenant Uhura on the original iteration of “Star Trek” (1966–1969), and she has reprised her role in six “Star Trek” films. Later in her career, Nichelle was very popular at conventions. She could earn $10,000 – $50,000 to appear at conventions, depending on the size and her commitment. Before she was forced to retire due to health issues, Nichols was earning hundreds of thousands of dollars per year thanks to these conventions. Nichelle has more than 60 acting credits to her name, including the films “Snow Dogs” (2002) and “Are We There Yet?” (2005) and the soap opera “The Young and the Restless” (2016).

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Nichelle Nichols Info
Net Worth$500 Thousand
Date of BirthDecember 28, 1932 (age 90 years)
Height5 ft 4 in (1.65 m)
ProfessionActor, Film Producer, Singer, Voice Actor


In 1961, Nichols starred in the Oscar Brown musical “Kicks and Co.” and caught the attention of “Playboy” publisher Hugh Hefner, who hired her to appear at the Chicago Playboy Club. She also played the title role in a Chicago production of “Carmen Jones” and appeared in a production of “Porgy and Bess” in New York. Her first film appearance was an uncredited role as a dancer in the 1959 film adaptation of “Porgy and Bess,” which starred Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge. Nichelle then appeared in the films “Tarzan’s Deadly Silence” (1966), “Made in Paris” (1966), “Mister Buddwing” (1966), and “Doctor, You’ve Got to Be Kidding!” (1967), and she graced the cover of “Ebony” magazine in January 1967. In 1964, she guest-starred on the Gene Roddenberry series “The Lieutenant,” and two years later, he cast Nichols in the role that would change her life: Lieutenant Uhura on the science-fiction series “Star Trek.” The show premiered on NBC on September 8, 1966, and aired 79 episodes before it was canceled in 1969. Nichelle considered leaving the series during the first season in pursuit of a career on Broadway, but Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. convinced her to stay, telling her, “You simply cannot abdicate, this is an important role. This is why we are marching. We never thought we’d see this on TV.”

Personal Life

Nichelle was in a romantic relationship with “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry in the 1960s, and she has said that they split up before the series began. When Roddenberry passed away in 1991, Nichols sang a song she had co-written, “Gene,” at his funeral. Nichelle married dancer Foster Johnson in 1951, and they divorced later that year. The two welcomed son Kyle on August 14, 1951. Nichols then wed Duke Mondy in 1968, and they divorced in 1972. In 2012, she visited the White House to meet with President Barack Obama, and she tweeted about the experience, “Months ago Pres Obama was quoted as saying that he’d had a crush on me when he was younger. I asked about that & he proudly confirmed it! President Obama also confirmed for me that he was definitely a Trekker! How wonderful is that?!” In June 2015, it was announced that Nichelle had been hospitalized after suffering a mild stroke, and in 2018, it was revealed that she had been diagnosed with dementia. In August 2020, Nichols’ son filed a lawsuit against Gilbert Bell, Nichelle’s manager/caretaker, alleging that he had committed “financial elder abuse.” The lawsuit stated that Bell “intentionally misappropriated income earned by Ms. Nichols, by siphoning cash from Ms. Nichols’ appearances at conventions, inappropriately dispersing the money Ms. Nichols earned, and misappropriating funds from Ms. Nichols’ financial accounts.” Kyle moved Nichelle to New Mexico in November 2020, and he serves as his mother’s primary caregiver.

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I was very blessed in always knowing what I wanted to do, and by the grace of God I've been able to succeed in my chosen career.

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All the people in Star Trek will always be known as those characters. And what characters to have attached to your name in life! The show is such a phenomenon all over the world.

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Mahalia Jackson, I grew up around the corner from in Chicago.

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I've agreed to do several Star Trek conventions this coming year.

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I think anybody with any intelligence sits down and sees Star Trek not a kids' show.

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