Nichelle Nichols Net Worth

Nichelle Nichols Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Nichelle Nichols net worth is
$8 Million

Nichelle Nichols Wiki Biography

Grace Dell Nichols was born on 28 December 1932, in Robbins, Illinois, USA. She is an actress and singer, best known for performing with the bands of Lionel Hampton and Duke Ellington. She was also part of the “Star Trek” television series and films, playing the character Lieutenant Uhura. All of her efforts helped put her net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Nichelle Nichols? As of mid-2016, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $8 million, mostly earned through a successful career in music and acting. She is considered one of the first African American actors not to portray a role as a servant. She has also worked with NASA, and all of these have ensured the position of her wealth.

Nichelle Nichols Net Worth $8 million

After studies, Nichols’ big break came from her appearance in the musical “Kicks and Co.” which was a satire of Playboy magazine. After the play closed, she drew the attention of Hugh Hefner who booked her to become part of the Chicago Playboy Club. She continued to appear in productions such as “Carmen Jones” and “Porgy and Bess”, and while acting, she also performed as a singer and did some modelling work.

In 1967, she was featured on the January cover of Ebony magazine, and then toured around several countries. She performed with Lionel Hampton and Duke Ellington before appearing in more plays such as “The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd” and “Blues for Mister Charlie”. She was earning great reviews and her popularity was increasing, and then she was cast to become a part of “Star Trek”.
Nichelle became one of the first black women to be featured on major television, portraying a supporting role in the spaceship the USS Enterprise. She originally intended to leave after the first season to pursue a Broadway career, but a conversation with Martin Luther King, Jr. convinced her to stay in the show. Her net worth would start to rise dramatically as she continued with “Star Trek”, and she even had an on-screen kiss with actor William Shatner, which is now referenced as one of the first inter-racial kisses on major television. After the “Star Trek” series was cancelled, she continued to be a part of other “Star Trek” projects. She voiced Uhura in “Star Trek: The Animated Series”, and then would become part of six “Star Trek” films.

After “Star Trek”, Nichols would start to do other television and film roles including “Truck Turner” and “Doctor, You’ve Got to Be Kidding!” She then did a lot of voice work, lending her voice in “Batman: The Animated Series”, “The Simpsons”, and “Futurama”. She also became a part of the films “Snow Dogs”, and “Lady Magdalene’s”. Nichelle had a recurring role in the NBC series “Heroes”, and one of her latest projects is “The Cabonauts”.

Aside from acting, Nichelle regularly volunteered at NASA to help recruit female personnel. It was successful, as she helped influence a lot of women to become part of NASA. Nichols remains an advocate of space exploration, and continues to be active in events that involve space travel.

For her personal life, it is known that Nichols was romantically involved with Gene Roddenberry who created “Star Trek”. She has been married twice, firstly to Foster Johnson in 1951,but it only lasted a year; they had one child. In 1968, she married Duke Mondy but they would divorce four years later. In 2015, Nichols suffered a mild stroke just a few months after the death of “Star Trek” co-star Leonard Nimoy. Fortunately, she has recovered.

Full NameNichelle Nichols
Net Worth$8 Million
Date Of BirthDecember 28, 1932
Place Of BirthRobbins, Illinois, United States
Height5 ft 4 in (1.65 m)
SpouseDuke Mondy (m. 1967–1972)
ChildrenKyle Johnson
ParentsSamuel Earl Nichols, Lishia Parks Nichols
SiblingsThomas Nichols
NicknamesGrace Nichols , Grace Dell Nichols
NominationsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, TV Land Most Memorable Kiss Award, TV Land TV Moment That Became Headline News Award
MoviesStar Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Truck Turner, Snow Dogs, Are We There Yet?, The Supernaturals, Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, Lady...
TV ShowsStar Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek: The Original Series
1Seductive deep voice
2Voluptuous figure
3Natural black hair
4Spectacular vocal range spanning five octaves
5Lieutenant Nyota Uhura on Star Trek (1966) and six of the Star Trek films
1Billie Holiday I never met, but I love her music.
2Mahalia Jackson, I grew up around the corner from in Chicago.
3It's just coincidental that the acting took off first over everything else.
4I've agreed to do several Star Trek conventions this coming year.
5I think anybody with any intelligence sits down and sees Star Trek (1966) not as a kids' show.
6All the people in Star Trek (1966) 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.
7I 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.
8[on the Star Trek (1966) fans] I'm a fan of the fans. I love them. They're fabulous. I love being around them. I love their madness and their caring. I love watching them take off for a weekend, don the costumes, and become characters from the 23rd century and beyond. I thank the fans for giving us--me--so much support and love. I want them to know I love them. They'll always be my friends. I'll see the fans, always. They can rest assured of that.
1Childhood friends with Marla Gibbs.
2An asteroid discovered on August 16, 2001 has been renamed 68410 Nichols in her honor.
3Best known by the public (and by many sci-fi fans) for her role as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura on the original Star Trek (1966) series.
4On June 3, 2015, she suffered a mild stroke at her Los Angeles home and was admitted to a Los Angeles-area hospital.
5On July 14, 2010, she toured the space shuttle simulator and Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center.
6Received an honorary degree from Los Angeles Mission College in Los Angeles, California on June 8, 2010.
7Attended FedCon 18 in Bonn, Germany on May 1-3, 2009.
8Is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
9Mother of Kyle Johnson.
10Parents are Samuel Earl and Lishia Nichols.
11Ranked #17 on Wizard magazine's Sexiest Women of TV for her role on Star Trek (1966). [March 2008]
12Frustrated with the racist harassment, culminating with her learning that the studio was withholding her fan mail, she submitted her resignation from Star Trek (1966) after consulting with series creator Gene Roddenberry. She stated in several interviews that the harassment made her go back to work in theater until attending an NAACP fundraiser. The fundraiser was where a Star Trek fan was about to meet her for the first time and, to her astonishment, the fan turned out to be Dr. Martin Luther King. King stated that his wife and children had seen Star Trek on TV and it was the only television series that he had approved of. He said that her role as the fourth in command of the USS Enterprise became a positive role model for African-Americans. She withdrew her resignation from the series when King personally convinced her that her role was too important as a breakthrough to leave.
13Former NASA astronaut Dr. Mae C. Jemison was inspired by Nichelle when she decided to become the first African-American female astronaut. Jemison was a huge fan of the original Star Trek (1966) series.
14From the late 1970s until 1987, she was employed by NASA and in charge of astronaut recruits and hopefuls. Most of the recruits she launched were minority candidates of different races and/or ethnicities, as well as gender, like Guion Bluford (the first African-American male astronaut), Sally Ride (the first American female astronaut), Judith A. Resnik (one of the original female astronauts recruited by NASA, who perished during the launch of the Challenger on January 28, 1986), and Ron McNair (another victim of the Challenger disaster). She lived in Houston, Texas during her years as a Johnson Space Center employee.
15Discovered by Duke Ellington in her mid-teens, she toured with both Ellington and Lionel Hampton as a lead singer and dancer. Decades later, in 1992, she went back to her singing "roots", starring in a dramatic one-woman musical show called "Reflections", in which she became 12 separate song legends. She was also able to use her singing skills several times on Star Trek (1966).
16In her autobiography "Beyond Uhura: Star Trek and Other Memories", she confessed that she once had a close, personal relationship with Star Trek (1966) creator Gene Roddenberry.
17Has appeared in episodes of three different series with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and George Takei: Star Trek (1966), Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973) and Futurama (1999).
18Her great-grandfather, James Gillespie, was Welsh.
19Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6633 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on January 9, 1992.
20Made both her first (episode Star Trek: The Corbomite Maneuver (1966)) and last (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)) "Star Trek" appearances with DeForest Kelley.
21In early 1951, at age 18, she married a dancer who was 15 years her senior. Within four months they split, and in August 1951, she bore his son. She remarried in 1968, this time to a songwriter, but that marriage also ended in divorce four years later.
22Became the first African-American to place her handprints in front of Hollywood's Chinese Theatre, along with the rest of the original Star Trek (1966) series cast.
23With Star Trek (1966) co-star William Shatner, she shared the first on-screen kiss between a black female and white male on American television. This resulted in a deluge of mail - 99% of which was positive.
24Although ignored in the "famous actors/actresses" in African-American cinema, including "famous celebrities" during Black History Month, Nichols was one of the first black actresses to portray a character on a television series and science-fiction series who was treated the same as characters of other races, and to all Star Trek (1966) fans, the television series and films that followed set the standard for multiculturalism (where people of different races, ethnicities and genders are integrated and a sense of equality coexists).
25Her role as Uhura on Star Trek (1966) was one of the first times that an African-American actress was portrayed in a non-stereotypical role. Previously, African-American actresses were depicted as maids or housekeepers, and Nichols' role broke the stereotype barrier among African-American actresses. Like Sidney Poitier, whose characters were three-dimensional (e.g., Detective Virgil Tibbs), Nichols portrayed a character that was non-stereotypical.
26On March 26, 1997, her younger brother Thomas Alva Nichols committed suicide with the other members of the notorious Heaven's Gate cult in Rancho Santa Fe, near San Diego, California.


Renegades2017TV Series filmingAdmiral Grace Jemison
White Orchid2017post-productionTeresa
Drones, Clones and PheromonesannouncedSenator Dobson
Surge of Power: Revenge of the SequelcompletedOmen
The Young and the Restless2016TV SeriesLucinda Winters
Unbelievable!!!!!2016Sensei / Aunt Petunia
Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff2014Video GameUhura (voice)
This Bitter Earth2012Miss Clara Watkins
Billy Blackburn's Treasure Chest: Rare Home Movies and Special Memories2011Video shortUhura
Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster2010TV MovieSenator
The Cabonauts2009TV SeriesCJ
The Torturer2008Doc
Tru Loved2008Grandmother
Lady Magdalene's2008Lady Magdalene / Maggie, Singer
Mirror Universe: Part 12008Short
Star Trek: Of Gods and Men2007VideoCaptain Nyota Uhura
Heroes2007TV SeriesNana Dawson
Are We There Yet?2005Miss Mable
Surge of Power2004Oman
Birth of a Timeless Legacy2004Video shortUhura
Reflections on Spock2004Video shortUhura
Sci Fi Visionaries2004Video shortUhura
Roddenberry on Patrol2003Video shortGrace
Futurama2002TV SeriesNichelle Nichols
Snow Dogs2002Amelia
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command2000TV SeriesChief
Good vs Evil2000TV SeriesHenry's Mother
A Stitch in Time1999Video shortHarvie
Spider-Man1997TV SeriesMiriam
Gargoyles1994-1996TV SeriesDiane Maza
The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space1995TV MovieSagan, High Priestess of Pangea
Batman: The Animated Series1994TV SeriesThoth Khepera
ABC Weekend Specials1993TV SeriesSS Stella
Star Trek: Judgment Rites1993Video GameLt. Nyota Uhura (voice)
Inside Space1992TV SeriesHost
Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Enhanced1992Video GameLt. Nyota Uhura (voice)
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country1991Uhuru
Star Trek Adventure1991ShortLt. Nyota Uhura
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier1989Uhura
Head of the Class1988TV SeriesNichelle Nichols
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home1986Uhura
The Supernaturals1986Sgt. Leona Hawkins
Antony and Cleopatra1984TV MovieCharmain
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock1984Uhura
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan1982Uhura
Star Trek: The Motion Picture1979Uhura
Star Trek: The Animated Series1973-1974TV SeriesUhura Dr. Sarah April Karla Five ...
Truck Turner1974Dorinda
The D.A.1971TV Series
Insight1970TV SeriesEllie
Star Trek1966-1969TV SeriesUhura
Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding!1967Jenny Ribbock
Tarzan1966TV SeriesRuana
Mister Buddwing1966Dice Player
Peyton Place1966TV SeriesNurse
Made in Paris1966Eleanor (uncredited)
CBS Repertoire Workshop1964TV Series
The Lieutenant1964TV SeriesNorma Bartlett
Great Gettin' Up Mornin'1964TV MovieJoanne Logan
Porgy and Bess1959Dancer (uncredited)


Woman in MotionDocumentary co-producer filming
Lady Magdalene's2008executive producer


Lady Magdalene's2008performer: "Rahab the Harlot", "At Lady Magdalene's", "A Woman's Gotta Be Ready For Anything" "Maggie's Song" / writer: "At Lady Magdalene's", "A Woman's Gotta Be Ready For Anything" "Maggie's Song"
Star Trek1966TV Series performer - 2 episodes


Lady Magdalene's2008choreographer


The Captains2011Documentary special thanks
Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier2007TV Movie documentary special thanks
Road Trippin': The Making of 'Are We There Yet?'2005Video documentary short special thanks


The Con of WrathDocumentary post-productionHerself
Woman in MotionDocumentary filmingHerself
From the Bridge2017DocumentaryHerself
Star Trek: Inside the Roddenberry Vault2016DocumentaryHerself
Building Star Trek2016TV Movie documentaryHerself
50 Years of Star Trek2016TV MovieHerself
NASA: On the Edge of Forever2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
For the Love of Spock2016DocumentaryHerself
Sidewalks Entertainment2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Oprah: Where Are They Now?2016TV SeriesHerself
The Adventures of Ravi2015TV SeriesHerself
Pioneers of Television2011-2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself / Lt. Nyota Uhura in 'Star Trek'
The Real History of Science Fiction2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Comic Book Men2014TV SeriesHerself
To Be Takei2014DocumentaryHerself
The Culture Show2013TV Series documentaryHerself
Get a Life!2012TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Mo'Nique Show2011TV SeriesHerself
Iron Core Talk2011TV SeriesHerself
Tavis Smiley2011TV SeriesHerself
Trek Nation2010DocumentaryHerself
FedCon XVIII: The Golden Future2009DocumentaryHerself
BET Awards 20092009TV SpecialHerself
Bring Back... Star Trek2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHerself
Heroes Unmasked2008TV Series documentaryHerself
11th Annual Ribbon of Hope Celebration2008TV MovieHerself
NRJ 12: Scream Awards2007TV SpecialHerself
Scream Awards 20072007TV SpecialHerself
Space Top 10 Countdown2007TV SeriesHerself
Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier2007TV Movie documentaryHerself - Interviewee
Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner2006TV MovieHerself - Roaster
How William Shatner Changed the World2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 50 Greatest Kisses2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
Road Trippin': The Making of 'Are We There Yet?'2005Video documentary shortHerself ' Miss Mable'
The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The Simpsons2004TV SeriesHerself
Kiss 'N' Tell: Romance in the 23rd Century2004Video shortHerself
After They Were Famous2003TV Series documentaryHerself
TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV2003TV Special documentaryHerself
Weakest Link2002TV SeriesHerself
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
Futurama2000TV SeriesHerself
The Stars of 'Star Wars': Interviews from the Cast1999Video documentaryHerself
Biography1999TV Series documentaryHerself
Moonshot - the Spirit of 691999TV Movie documentaryHerself
Die goldene Kamera 19991999TV MovieHerself
Small Steps, Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood1998TV Movie documentaryHerself
Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond1996TV Special documentaryHerself
The Last Angel of History1996TV Movie documentaryHerself
Die Harald Schmidt Show1996TV SeriesHerself
William Shatner's Star Trek Memories1995Video documentaryHerself
Baadasss TV1994TV Series documentaryHerself
Star Trek: A Captain's Log1994TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Joan Rivers Show1993TV SeriesHerself
The 14th Annual American Black Achievement Awards1993TV SpecialHerself
Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special1991TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Chuck Woolery Show1991TV SeriesHerself
Star Trek Logs: An MTV Big Picture Special Edition1991TV Special documentaryHerself
The 11th Annual Black Achievement Awards1990TV SpecialHerself
Super Password1987TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
Allen Ludden's Gallery1969TV SeriesHerself
It Takes Two1969TV SeriesHerself
Dream Girl of '671967TV SeriesHerself - Fashion Hostess
The Gypsy Rose Lee Show1967TV SeriesHerself - Singer
Dateline: Hollywood1967TV SeriesHerself
Invisible Universe2016Documentary post-productionHerself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2015-2016TV SeriesHerself
Inside Edition2015TV Series documentaryHerself
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself / Lt. Uhura - Star Trek
The True Story2013TV Series documentaryHerself
Road Trek 20112012ShortLt. Nyota Uhura
Give It Up for Greg Giraldo2011TV Movie documentaryHerself
Spacelift: Transporting Trek Into the 21st Century2011Video shortUhura
Watchman Video Broadcast2010TV SeriesLt. Nyota Uhura
Heroes Unmasked2008TV Series documentaryNana Dawson
Timeshift2006TV Series documentaryLt. Nyota Uhura
Inside Star Trek: The Real Story1998Video documentaryLt. Nyota Uhura
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine1996TV SeriesUhura
Showbiz Today1991TV SeriesLt. Nyota Uhura
Leonard Nimoy: Star Trek Memories1983TV Movie documentaryLt. Uhura
Tarzan's Deadly Silence1970Ruana
Star Trek1968TV SeriesUhura
Tarzan's Jungle Rebellion1967Ruana

Won Awards

2016Lifetime Achievement AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA

Nichelle Nichols starred as Communications Officer Lt. Uhura in the classic television series, Star... More

1999Golden CameraGolden Camera, GermanyMillennium AwardStar Trek (1966)
1992Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 9 January 1992. At 6633 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated Awards

2007TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsTV Moment That Became Headline NewsStar Trek (1966)
2006TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsMost Memorable KissStar Trek (1966)
1980Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActressStar Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

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