Joel Smollett Inspired His Kids To Be What They Wanna Be

November 23, 2023   | March 22, 2024  | 

    Joel Smollett is not well recognized on his own but is lucky to be a proud father to six popular celebrity kids including Jussie Smollett and Jurnee Smollett. More than any other celebrity dad, people have been curious to know about his life. Taking care of all queries regarding Joel, here we will talk about his personal and professional details.

    Was the dad of popular children popular on his own too? Read further to know more about one of the major pillars of the Smollett Family.

    Key Takeaways!

    • Jussie Smollett’s father, Joel Smollett passed away in 2018 and left behind a good life to all his six celebrity children.
    • The life details about Joel’s life ahead of his children’s popularity are still a matter of secret for many.
    • All the children of the Smollett Family which can also be called the ‘J’ family, come from mixed-race parents of a Polish-Russian father and an African-American mother.

    Joel Smollett Was Born in Russia But Moved Out Soon

    Smollett was born on October 8, 1956, in Russia but his family soon moved to Poland where he grew up. His father was Peter Smollett a Polish man and his mother Molly Hirschenson belonged to Russia itself.

    Joel Smollett father of Jurnee Smollett.
    Joel comes from Russia and later moved to the US. Source: Instagram

    Joel grew up alongside a sibling who is not as known as him. He was in his teens when his parents officially decided to move to the United States. The celebrity dad spent the rest of his life in the States.

    What Did Joel Do For a Living?

    Smollett’s father was involved in the profession as a cable splicer and electrician, which was later followed by him. Surely he did well to provide a good life for himself and his family.

    Besides this, the family also had a history of involvement in several social rights activities.

    Joel Was Also A Civil Rights Activist

    He who was an immigrant to America, worked all his active years in the field of providing civil rights to others. He was a committed advocate for providing equal rights, opportunity, and justice to all.

    Smollett Met The Love Of His Life In One Of Social Campaigns

    In one such campaign, Joel met his future wife and the mother of his children, Janet. Like him, she was also a philanthropist which served as one of the few reasons that they clicked. They dated for a few years and tied the knot in 1967.

    After getting married, the couple together worked for social rights advocacy. Along with this, Joel’s wife was also involved in the entertainment and movie industry.

    Joel and His Wife Gave Birth to Six Children Together

    The Smollett couple gave birth to six children together, two daughters and four sons. They decided to use the initial J for the name of their kids, Jojo, Jazz, Jussie, Jurnee, Jake, and Jocqui.

    Joel Smollett with his wife Janet and six children, two daughters and four sons.
    Joel with his wife, Janet, and six children. Source: Instagram

    All the children are somehow involved in the Hollywood industry. Eldest, Jojo, second child Jazz, and youngest Jocqui are actors as well as producers. Along with them, the other four are also prominent in the field of acting.

    Jussie and Jurnee Are The Most Successful

    Though all the Smollett siblings are well-known in the media, their third and fourth children, Jussie and Jurnee are quite highlighted. Jussie first got wide popularity for his character, Jamal Lyon in Empire which is a television series. Following this, he is also into the music industry and released his first album, Sum of My Music five years ago in 2018.

    Similarly, Jurnee’s acting career started at the young age of 11 and she has not stopped since then. She appeared in the HBO television series, Lovecraft Country in 2020 which was praised by the critics as well as the audience.

    What is Joel Smollett’s Net Worth?

    As mentioned earlier, Joel did very well to give his children a good and resourceful life. At the time of his death, his fortune was between $100k to $150k.

    On the other hand, his children make more than a million from their profession. His daughter, Jurnee is a millionaire with a wealth of more than $2 million.

    The Smollett Family Lost Joel in 2015

    The head of the Smollett Family, Joel tragically passed away 9 years ago at the age of Invalid or missing birthdate.. He lost his battle with cancer and took his last breath on January 7, 2015.

    It was the same day when his son Jussie had the premiere of his most known show, Empire. News of his death was made official when Jussie shared an Instagram post.

    Jussie Smollett father
    Jussie shared this picture of his dad.

    The caption showed how much Joel meant to his children. Jussie wrote,

    “Yesterday, January 7, 2015 my family lost our king but we gained a righteous angel. You showed the deepest strength and dignity until your very last breath. You are not just a fighter… You are the CHAMP. As I try to make sense of our own grief, I smile in my heart with the words that your oldest daughter, @jazzsmollettwarwell told us all “Daddy was here to help transition us into the world… We are blessed enough to be able to help transition him out of the world.” I love and honor you. I will continue to work hard to make you proud and will always & forever be your son. You live on. Fly high Daddy. #JoelSmollettSr. October 8, 1956 – January 7, 2015 #FamilyFirst #CancerSucks”

    Joel Was An Exemplary Father

    Smollett had been a very good dad to all of his children. He was incredibly supportive when his son Jussie came out as gay. The immense amount of reinforcement Joel provided to his sons and daughters made them capable of building a good career for themselves.

    Quick Facts
    Full Name Joel Smollett
    Birth Place Russia
    Birthday October 6, 1956
    Death January 7, 2015
    Death Cause Cancer
    Age 58 years
    Nationality American
    Ethnicity Russian-Polish
    Father Peter Smollett
    Mother Molly Hirschenson
    Siblings 1
    Profession Electrician, Philanthropist, Civil Rights Activists
    Net Worth $500,000
    Eye Color Brown
    Hair Color Black
    Marital Status Married
    Spouse Janet Smollett
    Children 6 (Jojo Smollett, Jazz Smollett, Jussie Smollett, Jurnee Smollett, Jake Smollett and Jocqui Smollett)