Another '80s TV star has fallen on hard luck, but bankruptcy's not the culprit this time -- blame the stripper.
The National Enquirer recently published an interview with Jerry Supiran, who starred as Jamie on the syndicated TV show "Small Wonder." Supiran told them he is broke and homeless, thanks to the draining of a half-million dollar trust fund. He is now living on the streets of California. "When I was 18, I dated a stripper and she took what was left of my trust fund," Supiran told The Enquirer. "Then one of my advisers stole a half-million dollars from me."
Supiran's career could hardly be called spectacular or unique. "Small Wonder" lasted four years (1985-1989). His post-"Small Wonder" career was relatively quiet with few parts after the late '80s. According to the Enquirer, Supiran worked at a local steakhouse for the last 15 years. Payment for residuals ran out by the early '90s. His '80s success guest starring on shows such as "Little House on the Prairie," "Newhart," and "Highway to Heaven" did little to change his fortunes.
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He is currently the host of "The Price is Right" and "Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza." He is best known for the improv show "Whose Line is it Anyway?" and his own self-titled sitcom, "The Drew Carey Show" (1998-2003). Before his fame, he was homeless in Las Vegas for a time and made extra funds by selling plasma.
His family lived in a tent in a family member's backyard (Carrey's older sister). The former "In Living Colour" cast member has gone on to star in such blockbusters as "Liar, Liar," "The Mask," and "Bruce Almighty." He currently has several film projects in development, and recently made a guest appearance on "30 Rock."
The "Planet Terror" star and "Charmed" co-star spent time without a home address. After being released from a drug rehab clinic in her teens, McGowan became something of a vagabond, traveling and wandering through Oregon and Washington, according to a story published in Interview Magazine (1997). She was recently cast in the "Conan" movie update as the character Red Sonja (the film's release and production is still to be determined).