Denise Nicholas Net Worth

What is the estimated net worth of the actress Denise Nicholas? She is a person both men and women like and cherish. It is people like she who make us look up to Hollywood and other movie stars. We will talk about her net worth, but first, a little bit more about the actress herself. She is an American born in Detroit, Michigan, United States on the July 12, 1946. Finding her talents at quite a young age, she studied and later graduated from Milan High School, University of Michigan, Tulane University, University of Southern California. Over a period of time she was selected to appear in many movies and TV shows. Popular in her home country and across the globe, Denise Nicholas stands at unknown. Jim Hill (m. 1981–1984), Bill Withers (m. 1973–1974), Gilbert Moses (m. 1964–1965) and unknown make up her family. Since we know that Hollywood actors earn six, seven or even eight figure sums, Denise Nicholas is no exception, having an estimated net worth of $3 Million.

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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.

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  • Full Name: Denise Nicholas
  • Net Worth: $3 Million
  • Date Of Birth: July 12, 1946
  • Place Of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, United States
  • Profession: Actress, Screenwriter
  • Education: Milan High School, University of Michigan, Tulane University, University of Southern California
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Jim Hill (m. 1981–1984), Bill Withers (m. 1973–1974), Gilbert Moses (m. 1964–1965)
  • Parents: Otto Nicholas, Louise Carolyn Burgen
  • Siblings: Otto Nicholas, Michele Nicholas
  • Nicknames: Donna Denise Nicholas , Denise Nicholas Hill , Denise Nicholas-Hill
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  • Awards: Zora 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)
  • Nominations: Golden 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)


  • Credits Michael Constantine as her favorite acting mentor/best friend.
  • Her first novel, Freshwater Road, was published by Agate Publishing in August, 2005. [July 2005]
  • Her acting mentor was Michael Constantine.
  • A founding member of The Free Southern Theater.
  • Graduate of Milan High School, Class of 1961, Milan, Michigan
  • Graduated from the University of Michigan


Title Year Status Character
Living Single 1997 TV Series Lilah James
The Parent ‘Hood 1995 TV Series Miss Hicks
In the Heat of the Night 1989-1995 TV Series Harriet DeLong
Harriet DeLong Gillespie
Harriet Delong Gillespie
Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper 1992 TV Series Mrs. Walker
On Thin Ice: The Tai Babilonia Story 1990 TV Movie Cleo Babilonia
Ghost Dad 1990 Joan
B.L. Stryker 1990 TV Series Darlene Carter
A Different World 1990 TV Series Carol Garrison
Mother’s Day 1989 TV Movie Elizabeth Sturgis
Heart and Soul 1989 TV Short Jean Kincaid
The Cosby Show 1989 TV Series Lorraine
Supercarrier 1988 TV Series
Amen 1988 TV Series Mrs. Kirby
227 1988 TV Series Jeanie Smith
Hotel 1987 TV Series Mrs. Blake
And the Children Shall Lead 1985 TV Movie Mother
Magnum, P.I. 1984 TV Series T.C’s Date
Marvin & Tige 1983 Vanessa Jackson (as Denise Nicholas-Hill)
Over Here, Mr. President 1983
Masquerade 1983 TV Series
One Day at a Time 1983 TV Series Susan Bryant
The Love Boat 1980-1982 TV Series Maura Belloque / Jenny Brooks
Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls 1981 TV Movie Connie (as Denise Nicholas Hill)
Aloha Paradise 1981 TV Series Carrie
The Big Stuffed Dog 1981 TV Movie Nurse Riley
Secrets of Midland Heights 1981 TV Series Julie Hammond
The Sophisticated Gents 1981 TV Series Pat Henderson
Diff’rent Strokes 1980 TV Series Sondra Williams
Benson 1980 TV Series Carol Walker
The Paper Chase 1979 TV Series Donna Scott
Baby, I’m Back 1977-1978 TV Series Olivia Ellis
Ring of Passion 1978 TV Movie Marva Trotter Louis
Capricorn One 1977 Betty Walker
A Piece of the Action 1977 Lila French
Marcus Welby, M.D. 1975 TV Series Myrna Kelland
Let’s Do It Again 1975 Beth Foster
Rhoda 1975 TV Series Denise Culp
Police Story 1975 TV Series Candy Priest
Mr. Ricco 1975 Irene Mapes
Room 222 1969-1974 TV Series Liz McIntyre
The Soul of Nigger Charley 1973 Elena
Blacula 1972 Michelle
Love, American Style 1972 TV 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 Gallery 1971 TV Series Kyro (segment “Logoda’s Heads”)
Five Desperate Women 1971 TV Movie Joy
N.Y.P.D. 1967-1969 TV Series Ethel
The F.B.I. 1969 TV Series Nora Tobin
It Takes a Thief 1968 TV Series Toosdhi
Proud 2004 Gordon’s Mother
My Wife and Kids 2002 TV Series Ann Kyle
Ritual 2000 Sylvia Becker
The Rockford Files: Shoot-Out at the Golden Pagoda 1997 TV Movie Leddy Hutch
Title Year Status Character
In the Heat of the Night 1992-1994 TV Series writer – 6 episodes
Title Year Status Character
Way Black When: Primetime 2011 TV Series Herself
TV Land Confidential 2005 TV Series documentary Herself
Larry King Live 2005 TV Series Herself
Tavis Smiley 2005 TV Series Herself
Biography 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
Ebony’s 15th Annual Black Achievement Awards 1994 TV Special Herself – Presenter
Color Adjustment 1992 Documentary Herself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1986 TV Series Herself
The 2nd Annual Black Achievement Awards 1979 TV Special Herself
The Hollywood Squares 1970-1978 TV Series Herself
Battle of the Network Stars IV 1978 TV Special Herself – CBS Team
Dinah! 1975 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1970-1973 TV Series Herself
Soul Train 1972 TV Series documentary Guest
The David Frost Show 1972 TV Series Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1971-1972 TV Series Herself – Actress
Flip 1970 TV Series Herself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years 2004 Video documentary


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