Meet Joel Smollett, father to renowned actors Jussie and Jurnee Smollett

Joel Smollet

Joel Smollett is not a well-known personality but rather known through his famous children. Joel Smollett was born on October 8, 1956. He migrated from Russia and Poland to America. He is of Jewish descent and the first Smollett immigrant. 

The name Smollett is one that rings a bell in the American entertainment industry. The Smollett name has spread to both the music and movie industry but very few people know its true origins. In this article we will take a look at who is Joel Smollett and why is he relevant to the popularity of his last name.

Who is Joel Smollett?

He is better known through his famous kids who have pursued their careers in acting, modeling, and music. When Joel Smollett migrated from Russia and Poland to America he married Janet Smollett a beautiful African- American woman. Janet is referred to as one of the founders of the fantastic film Black Panther. She was born on November, 27th 1952 which makes her 68 years of age as of December 2020.

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The couple is blessed with six children. Joel was a capable father who was likely a contributory factor leading to his children’s achievement. All of his children are successful in their respective careers. On January 7, 2014. The father of two daughters and four sons died at the age of 58. The cause of his death was that he lost his battle with cancer. She has been living a single life and there is no news of her affairs with anyone since the death of her husband.

Joel Smollett not only provided and cared for his family but also was a key factor in their career. from their early years to adulthood Joel Smollett Sr was the kind of father who was always there for his children. for his family and many other people, He is a role model.

Joel Smollett’s children have left a significant mark in the movie industry. Currently, his wife Janet lives together with her children. He was a supporting father and a loving husband. Smollett was an inspiration for his kids. He is still remembered as a patriarch of the family.

Following the death of Joel Smollett His children keep on remembering him. on Fathers’ Day His daughter Jurnee took to Instagram to post a heartful message which with the caption, “Love You Dad. Keep flying high up there. Till we meet again. Love your little girl.”

All of his children are renowned American actors, producers, and musicians namely Jussie, Jake, Jazz, Jocqui, Jojo, and Jurnee Smollett. Joel‘s Kids are into the Acting Business
Joel Smollett’s kids love to work together, in Hollywood all of them are popular for their name and fame. in the 90’s Smollett kids together starred in popular ABC series; ‘On Our Own’.

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Joel Smollett and his kids

Most of Joel Smollett’s kids undeniably have a bright future ahead of them as young actors or actresses.

Jojo Smollett

Jojo is an actor and producer and also the first son of Joel and Janet. He has three brothers and two sisters. on August 28, 1977, Jojo was born, in California. He is famous for his works in movies like City of Roseanne, Hope, and The Practice.

Jazz Smollett

Jazz Smollett Warwell is an actor and a producer. she has helped her parents raise her siblings Being the eldest sister in her well- known family, on April 1, 1980, Jazz Smollett in Northern California.

In 2012, Jazz is married, producer, and the love of her life Troy Warwell. Details of their marriage are kept secret however we can confirm that The couple has a baby daughter called Nylah. Jazz assists her producer husband Mr. Warwell most times as a co-producer with his movie projects. Her breakthrough into the entertainment world with a role like her sibling came on the family sitcom, ‘On Our Own’.

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Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollet is a singer an actor and photographer by profession. Jussie is also known as ‘Justin’. He was born on the 21st of June, 1982. Jussie has a warm personality and is also a fan-favorite due to his acting aptitude and good looks.

In 2015, landed a recording contract with Columbia Records and debuted his role as Jamal Lyon on the TV show Empire. At the premiere of his movie ‘Empire’ it was confirmed that He lost his role model Joel Smollett.

He took to his official Instagram account to post a throwback picture with his dad with a caption to confirm the news. “Yesterday, January 7, 2015, my family lost our king but we gained a righteous angel. Showed us the deepest strength and dignity until your very last breath. You are not just a fighter. You are the CHAMP.”

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Jurnee Smollett

Jurnee Diana Smollett is the fourth child of Joel and Janet. She also is the second daughter. Like her siblings, her career as an actress began with the comedy show “On Our Own”. Jurnee was born on October, 1st 1986. In 2008 she picked up the ‘Best Younger Performer’, and outstanding actress in a motion picture for her role in Choice. She is known for movies such as Gridiron Gang, The Great Debaters, and Lovecraft County.

Jake Smollett

Jake Smollett was born on the 29th of July, 1989. social media Jake has an enormous fan following with more than 9k followers on Twitter, 79.2k followers on Instagram, and 5k followers on Facebook. He is an American actor who has showcased his acting talent in movies like The Middleman, Eve’s Bayou, and On Our Own.

Jocqui Smollett

The youngest and talented sibling of the Smollett family is Jocqui Smollett. He was born on the 2nd of August, 1993. Like his older siblings, his acting debut came in On Our Own where he is known for playing the role of ‘Jarreau Jerrico. Jocqui is the CEO founder of Hosted Incorporation and is also a technologist.

At the age of 58, the Smollett family’s king and pillar passed away. On January 7, 2015, Joel Smollett lost his battle with cancer. He was a kind husband and a caring parent. Smollett was a role model for his children. His children continue to remember him. On Father’s Day, his daughter Jurnee sent a touching Instagram image with the caption:

Love You Dad. Keep flying high up there. Till we meet again.. Love your little girl.

He has instilled in his children the values of hard work and helping others. Jurnee Smollett, his daughter, donates to organizations such as the Nelson Mandela Children’s Foundation and the Children Defense Fund, among others. The Smollett family has been involved in civil rights initiatives.

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Joel Smollett impact on children

The Smollett family has been conducting campaigns for civil rights as Joel Smollett taught his children to work hard and to help others.  Jurnee Smollett His daughter supports Charities and foundations and such as Children Defense Funds and Nelson Mandela Children’s Foundation.

Joel Smollett’s net worth

Joel’s net worth was estimated to be around $500,000 as it is not known precisely. his children who are in the media industry are all doing well and are able to increase their paycheck. he must have collected a decent amount in his life being the father of famous children.


The life of Joel Smollett reveals the impact parents can have on their children and how they can set them up for proper success even after they pass away.

The children of actor Joel Smollett have left an indelible effect on the film business. The majority of them are young actors and actresses who, without a doubt, have a promising future ahead of them. Joel was a capable father who was almost certainly a part in his children’s success.

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