On the heels of the New York Post report this week that funk hit-maker Sly Stone of Sly and the Family Stone was broke and living in a van, The Price of Fame presents a tragic list of other celebrities who ended up on the streets. Stories abound of the rich and famous who are no longer either, but these fallen stars fell further, becoming homeless and desperate. All the trappings of a once-lush life disappeared -- and then some.

7 celebrities who became homeless1. Houston McTear, the World's Fastest Human

In his case, it was rags to riches to rags. As a high school junior in 1975, he ran the 100-yard dash in 9.0 seconds to tie the world record. He soon sprinted from the poverty of his Florida Panhandle shack that he shared with seven brothers and sisters to enjoy newfound fame in Los Angeles. He trained under the auspices of Muhammad Ali and Harold Smith, a shady character the boxing champ assigned to run his track club. The club went under, Smith was convicted of embezzling $21 million from a Beverly Hills Wells Fargo, and McTear lost all his support. He couldn't outrun drugs and slept for three years on Santa Monica Beach. The two-time Olympics qualifier eventually was rescued by an older woman named Arlene Francis, but in 1993 married former Swedish sprinter Linda Haglund. At last report, he was a grandfather living in Sweden.

Celebrities who became homeless2. Bobby Driscoll, Actor

One of the original child-star sad cases. The Disney-contracted star of So Dear To My Heart, The Window and Treasure Island won an Academy Award for "juvenile performers" in 1950. He voiced the original animated Peter Pan (1953) and received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Then acne ruined his face for the big screen, and drugs claimed the rest of him. He briefly hung out with Andy Warhol's Factory crowd, but died penniless from drug-hardened arteries at age 31 in 1968. Kids found his corpse while playing in an East Village tenement.

3. Margot Kidder, Actress

As Lois Lane she shared the screen with Christopher Reeve in four Superman movies. Offscreen she dated bigs like Richard Pryor and Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. A 1990 auto accident left her bankrupt, but bipolar disorder turned out to be her kryptonite. Plagued by paranoia, she slept in cardboard boxes and backyards around Los Angeles in 1996. With her front teeth missing and her hair hacked off, a disheveled Kidder announced to the Glendale, Calif., woman whose yard she occupied, "I may not look like it, but I'm Margot Kidder." The actress, 63, now lives in Montana and reportedly has been free of manic episodes for years.

4. Willie Aames, Actor

Eight is Enough was apparently not enough to fill his life with love, despite the show's theme song. Aames was making $1 million a year at the peak of the 1979-1984 ABC family dramedy, playing a teenager, Tommy Bradford, who never felt good enough. Low self-esteem was the least of the actor's problems after his second big series, Charles in Charge (1984-1990) ended. He filed for bankruptcy, saw his car repossessed, and could no longer pay medical bills for his seriously ill wife. They divorced. Then he joined the ranks of the homeless, sleeping in parking garages and parks while trying to secure odd jobs. "I remember laying underneath the bushes thinking, 'Is this how it turns out? Is this how my life really turns out?'" he told VH1 Aames, 51, reportedly got his act together and was training to be -- get this -- a financial adviser.

Celebrities who became homeless5. Danny Bonaduce, Actor

What is it about actors from 1970s family shows? There was no "c'mon get happy" for the precocious redhead from The Partridge Family (1970-1974). Nosediving on alcohol and drugs, said he lived in his car behind Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. And how's this for humiliating? He said on a radio show he would greet autograph seekers there. Bonaduce, 52, recently remarried for a third time, and was working as a drive-time DJ on WYSP in Philadelphia until the station changed formats in August.

6. Leon Spinks, Heavyweight Boxing Champion

The gap-toothed Olympic gold medalist defeated Muhammad Ali for the world heavyweight championship on Feb. 15, 1978. It was just his eighth professional fight. Over the next 10 years, cocaine and bad business moves dealt a knockout blow to his finances, and he landed at an East St. Louis, Ill., homeless shelter. A woman named Brenda, with whom he later shared his life, rescued him. Reportedly showing signs of dementia pugilistica, the 58-year-old was last known to be working at a McDonald's in Columbus, Neb. Stories like Spinks' abound in boxing. Even Mike Tyson, he of the wasted $400 million, claimed he'd been homeless for a spell, but TPOF doesn't fully buy it because there's no legitimate corroboration out there. Tyson seems to have recovered somewhat. All Spinks has are his two front teeth -- oh, wait, never mind.

Celebs who became homeless7. Natasha Lyonne, Actress

The offbeat charms she displayed in the first two American Pie films and Slums of Beverly Hills were forgotten when she went missing in the summer of 2005. She had shown increasingly erratic behavior, stiffing actor pal and landlord Michael Rapaport on her rent while threatening his neighbors. She wound up homeless, according to the New York Post, which found her under a fake name in a New York City hospital battling hepatitis C, a heart infection, a collapsed lung and an addiction to heroin. "It's a terrible tragedy," her father, Aaron Braunstein, said at the time on Access Hollywood. Lyonne, 32, has since rebounded, had a few stage roles, and IMDB shows that she is getting some film work these days.

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If these celebrities had an adult who cared about the child, and not about the money the child could bring for the adults benefit, it would have helped the child to deal with every day living after their fame. Also if there was a mandatory clause inn the childs' contract, to set up a trust where a percentage of their salary is mandatory for the irrevocable trust it would help the child go from feast to fammin as their celebrity status wains.

October 01 2011 at 8:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wdcarterjr

What makes these people any more special than the family down the street that has a sick child and the father lost his job and they are about to lose the house? The article is about people that had million dollar head starts on life and blew it. Get real. I know of a pro athlete that when he was picked up at the airport right after being drafted, said "Take me first to the Rolls Royce dealer."

October 01 2011 at 6:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jobe

I have no pity for stupidity.

September 30 2011 at 11:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pjszymanski

I don't necessarily blame these celebs for the turn in their luck. Sometimes it is not anyone's fault, not everything is under our control, bad luck happens. The world is a hard place and their business is the most keenly competitive and fickle.

Also, people with lots of money usually have other people manage their money. Sometimes these people they hire can be dishonest or just simply give bad advice.

September 30 2011 at 10:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rkeeeballs

...because ..money can't buy me love....even the beatles knew that !

September 30 2011 at 10:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brenda

It would be a bad situtation for anyone.

September 30 2011 at 9:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Annie

I think anyone that is going into politics should be required to do a mandatory 90 day internship working and living on minimum wage. I think our gonvernment is so far detached from reality of what it takes for the common american to just strugle to make a living.

September 30 2011 at 9:15 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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shidelera5

I dont think anyone should do an internship. its just an excuse to pay low wages and no benefits . its modern day slavery done in the name of "on the job training". I even know one company that requires three years exp. to be hired as an intern - what a rip-off.!! The government AND OBMAMA should outlaw shuch abusive hiring if they really want to creat LIVING WAGES jobs for america. I even see internships for jobs that are basically chain-gang labor that anyone with a 2nd grade education could do, but they still want to hire you as a part time intern.

September 30 2011 at 11:28 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mastersnort

Danny Bonaduce was never "hot". He went from "not" to homeless....

September 30 2011 at 9:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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shidelera5

Yea, but Danny got to hang out with David Cassady and get some action from female groupie cast-offs - you wish you had that kind of luck !

September 30 2011 at 11:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gmasterman

You know, if every one of the liberal democrats in the US would just bring one homeless person home to live with them, the homeless problem would go away. Problem is that they always want them taken care of with someone else paying the bill.

September 30 2011 at 9:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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luckeyta

Seriously, what in the world does THIS article have to do with liberals? I swear you redumblicans are truly psychotic. And while we're at it, the problem of abortion would go away if all you redumblicans would adopt all the children that nobody wants. Problem solved! Oh, wait. You all are too selfish to actually care about anybody but your hypocritical selves, yet you want to pretend as if you actually give a damn. God you people are so pathetic. What a joke.

September 30 2011 at 9:52 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
gmini10

We really do need new bridge's, for people to live under. We need to build one big enough to put congress under.

September 30 2011 at 7:14 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply