Orenthal James (OJ) Simpson was born on July 9, 1947 in San Francisco, California. The football player, actor, broadcaster and convicted felon is best known as “The Juice”. OJ began making a name for himself in football when he won the Heisman Trophy in 1968. At the time, he was playing football for the University of Southern California. He started his pro career with the NFL in 1969. He played 11 seasons. From 1969-1977, he was a running back for the Buffalo Bills and from 1977-1978, he played with the San Francisco 49ers. After retired in 1978, he was a sportscaster for Monday Night Football and The NFL on NBC. He also did some acting with roles in Roots and the Naked Gun trilogy, among others. He had started his own film production company and had been proposing new shows and movies for networks when he was accused of murdering his ex-wife and her friend.
In 1994, OJ Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman, were found murdered at Nicole’s home. After the famous white Bronco chase, OJ was arrested and charged with their murders. After an internationally televised trial, OJ was acquitted of the murders. After serving 474 days in jail, he was freed and went to live at his house in Brentwood. OJ was found guilty by a civil jury and ordered to pay $33.5 million in damages to the victim’s families. He continues to maintain his innocence.
In 2007, OJ was arrested in Las Vegas and charged with multiple felonies, including armed robbery and kidnapping, related to stealing sports memorabilia. He was convicted in 2008 and sentenced to 33 years in prison. Currently serving time in Lovelock, Nevada, OJ is eligible for parole after nine years.
OJ lost his house to a bank foreclosure in 1997. OJ purchased the original house in 1977 for $655,000. The property was then a 6,200 square foot space featuring waterfalls, a tennis court, a swimming pool and guest quarters, made famous by OJ’s renter, Brian “Kato” Kaelin. The house was bought for $4 million and was bulldozed in 1998. A new house now sites on the lot.
OJ has a current estimated net worth of $250,000. After the court cases, the loss of the civil case, and child support, OJ’s net worth reduced dramatically.