Denise Nicholas Net Worth

Denise Nicholas Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Denise Nicholas net worth is
$3 Million

Denise Nicholas Wiki Biography

Donna Denise Nicholas was born on the 12th July 1944, in Detroit, Michigan USA, and is a former actress, activist for the American Civil Rights Movement and writer. Denise is best known for the roles landed in the television series “Room 222” (1969 – 1974) and “In the Heat of the Night” (1988 – 1995). As a writer she is known as the author or the novel “Freshwater Road” (2005). Nicholas had been active in the entertainment industry from 1968 to 2004.

How rich is the actress and the activist for civil rights? It has been estimated by authoritative sources that the outright size of Denise Nicholas’ net worth is as much as $3 million, as of the data presented in early 2017. Acting and writing are the main sources of Nicholas’ modest fortune.

Denise Nicholas Net Worth $3 Million

To begin with, she was raised in Detroit, but when her mother re-married, the family moved to Milan, Michigan. In 1961, she matriculated from Milan High School, and at first enrolled as a Pre-Law student at the University of Michigan, then decided to change her major to Latin – American Politics. Eventually, she transferred to Tulane University and headed for a degree in Fine Arts, but finally she dropped out of the university to pursue a career in the Free Southern Theatre. At the same time, she was active in the Civil Rights Movement with a wish to end racial segregation and discrimination.

The actress toured with the Free Southern Theatre for two years, then moved to New York City and became the founding member of the ground-breaking theatre group entitled Negro Ensemble Company. The actress participated in all the productions of the first season, but then moved on to continue her career working mostly for television and cinema. Regarding the education, she earned a Bachelor degree majoring in Arts and Drama from the University of Southern California.

Talking further about her acting career, she started on television by landing roles in the series “It Takes a Thief” (1968), “The F.B.I.” (1969), “N.Y.P.D.” (1967 – 1969) and “The Flip Wilson Show” (1970). Then Denise landed the main role in the comedy drama series “Room 222” (1969 – 1974). Meanwhile, she starred alongside William Marshal and Vonetta McGee in the horror film “Blacula” (1972) by William Crain, the top grossing film of that year, and which won the Saturn Award in the category of the Best Horror Film. The following year, the actress starred in Paul Bogart’s drama film “Mr. Ricco” (1975), and was also cast as a main in the films “Let’s Do It Again” (1975), “A Piece of the Action” (1977), “Capricorn One” (1977), “Marvin & Tige” (1983) and “Over Here, Mr. President” (1983). Nicholas is also well known for starring in the drama series “In the Heat of the Night” (1988 – 1995) which garnered high audience ratings. In 1990, Denise starred with Bill Cosby and Kimberly Russel in the fantasy comedy film “Ghost Dad” by Sidney Poitier, although the film received widespread negative reviews. Later, she landed small roles in feature films and television series, before in 2004 deciding to retire as an actress.

Since 2005, Nicholas has started a career as a writer, publishing her first novel “Freshwater Road” which was selected as one of the best books in 2005 by The Chicago Tribune, Newsday, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Detroit Free Press and The Washington Post. Moreover, Denise won a number of awards including Black Caucasus and the Zora Neal Hurston/Richard Wright Awards.

Finally, in the personal life of Denise Nicholas, she has been married three times, firstly to Gilbert Moses (1964 – 1965), then to singer/songwriter Bill Withers (1973 – 1974), and thirdly to ex-footballer now CBS TV host Jim Hill (1981 – 1984). She is single these days.

Full NameDenise Nicholas
Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of BirthJuly 12, 1946
Place Of BirthDetroit, Michigan, United States
ProfessionActress, Screenwriter
EducationMilan High School, University of Michigan, Tulane University, University of Southern California
SpouseJim Hill (m. 1981–1984), Bill Withers (m. 1973–1974), Gilbert Moses (m. 1964–1965)
ParentsOtto Nicholas, Louise Carolyn Burgen
SiblingsOtto Nicholas, Michele Nicholas
NicknamesDonna Denise Nicholas , Denise Nicholas Hill , Denise Nicholas-Hill
AwardsZora Neal Hurston/Richard Wright Award for debut fiction (2006), American Library Association's Black Caucus Award (2006), NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture/Drama Series (1976)
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Performance
Movies“Mother's Day“ (1989), “Ghost Dad“ (1990),“ Let's Do It Again“ (1975), “Blacula“ (1972), “Marvin & Tige“ (1983), “Ritual“, “Five Desperate Women“ (1971)
TV Shows“Room 222” (1969 – 1974), “In the Heat of the Night” (1988 – 1995), “Room 222“ (1969-1974), “It Takes a Thief“ (1968), “Police Story“ (1973-1978), “Baby, I'm Back“ (1978)
1Credits Michael Constantine as her favorite acting mentor/best friend.
2Her first novel, Freshwater Road, was published by Agate Publishing in August, 2005. [July 2005]
3Her acting mentor was Michael Constantine.
4A founding member of The Free Southern Theater.
5Graduate of Milan High School, Class of 1961, Milan, Michigan
6Graduated from the University of Michigan


Living Single1997TV SeriesLilah James
The Parent 'Hood1995TV SeriesMiss Hicks
In the Heat of the Night1989-1995TV SeriesHarriet DeLong Harriet DeLong Gillespie Harriet Delong Gillespie ...
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper1992TV SeriesMrs. Walker
On Thin Ice: The Tai Babilonia Story1990TV MovieCleo Babilonia
Ghost Dad1990Joan
B.L. Stryker1990TV SeriesDarlene Carter
A Different World1990TV SeriesCarol Garrison
Mother's Day1989TV MovieElizabeth Sturgis
Heart and Soul1989TV ShortJean Kincaid
The Cosby Show1989TV SeriesLorraine
Supercarrier1988TV Series
Amen1988TV SeriesMrs. Kirby
2271988TV SeriesJeanie Smith
Hotel1987TV SeriesMrs. Blake
And the Children Shall Lead1985TV MovieMother
Magnum, P.I.1984TV SeriesT.C's Date
Marvin & Tige1983Vanessa Jackson (as Denise Nicholas-Hill)
Over Here, Mr. President1983
Masquerade1983TV Series
One Day at a Time1983TV SeriesSusan Bryant
The Love Boat1980-1982TV SeriesMaura Belloque / Jenny Brooks
Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls1981TV MovieConnie (as Denise Nicholas Hill)
Aloha Paradise1981TV SeriesCarrie
The Big Stuffed Dog1981TV MovieNurse Riley
Secrets of Midland Heights1981TV SeriesJulie Hammond
The Sophisticated Gents1981TV SeriesPat Henderson
Diff'rent Strokes1980TV SeriesSondra Williams
Benson1980TV SeriesCarol Walker
The Paper Chase1979TV SeriesDonna Scott
Baby, I'm Back1977-1978TV SeriesOlivia Ellis
Ring of Passion1978TV MovieMarva Trotter Louis
Capricorn One1977Betty Walker
A Piece of the Action1977Lila French
Marcus Welby, M.D.1975TV SeriesMyrna Kelland
Let's Do It Again1975Beth Foster
Rhoda1975TV SeriesDenise Culp
Police Story1975TV SeriesCandy Priest
Mr. Ricco1975Irene Mapes
Room 2221969-1974TV SeriesLiz McIntyre
The Soul of Nigger Charley1973Elena
Love, American Style1972TV Series segment "Love and the Split-Up"
- Love and the Alibi/Love and the Instant Father/Love and the Lovely Evening/Love and Lover's Lane/Love and the Split-Up 1972 ... segment "Love and the Split-Up"
Night Gallery1971TV SeriesKyro (segment "Logoda's Heads")
Five Desperate Women1971TV MovieJoy
N.Y.P.D.1967-1969TV SeriesEthel
The F.B.I.1969TV SeriesNora Tobin
It Takes a Thief1968TV SeriesToosdhi
Proud2004Gordon's Mother
My Wife and Kids2002TV SeriesAnn Kyle
Ritual2000Sylvia Becker
The Rockford Files: Shoot-Out at the Golden Pagoda1997TV MovieLeddy Hutch


In the Heat of the Night1992-1994TV Series writer - 6 episodes


Way Black When: Primetime2011TV SeriesHerself
TV Land Confidential2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Larry King Live2005TV SeriesHerself
Tavis Smiley2005TV SeriesHerself
Biography2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Ebony's 15th Annual Black Achievement Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Color Adjustment1992DocumentaryHerself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1986TV SeriesHerself
The 2nd Annual Black Achievement Awards1979TV SpecialHerself
The Hollywood Squares1970-1978TV SeriesHerself
Battle of the Network Stars IV1978TV SpecialHerself - CBS Team
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1970-1973TV SeriesHerself
Soul Train1972TV Series documentaryGuest
The David Frost Show1972TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1971-1972TV SeriesHerself - Actress
Flip1970TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

TV in Black: The First Fifty Years2004Video documentary

Won Awards

1976Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Motion PictureLet's Do It Again (1975)

Nominated Awards

1972Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest TV Actress - DramaRoom 222 (1969)
1971Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest TV Actress - DramaRoom 222 (1969)
1970Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest TV Actress - DramaRoom 222 (1969)

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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