You could use your wealth to buy cars, houses, yachts…or action figures. This article was first published in our 29th annual edition, Uncle John’s Uncanny Bathroom Reader.
Rick Springfield, who performed the 1980s hit “Jessie’s Girl”, has one of the largest and most complete collections of Star Wars toys in the world.
Demi Moore has so many vintage dolls—more than 2,000—that she had to build a separate house to store them all. Most of the dolls are more than 100 years old.
Tom Hanks owns more than 200 portable manual typewriters, most of them manufactured before 1960.
Will Ferrell has made many talk show appearances with a parrot or some other bird on his shoulder. Those are his actual birds. In fact, he has an aviary on the grounds of his California home, which is home to an estimated $7.8 million worth of rare birds.
Penelope Cruz owns 500 different styles of coat hangers. Her collection doesn’t include any wire ones.
Dan Aykroyd, star of Dragnet, owns hundreds of police badges.
Rod Stewart has a model train collection and a scale model town that contains more than 100 buildings. He takes the trains and buildings with him on tour, too. Stewart books an additional hotel room so he can set up his trains and play with them.
Mila Kunis collects Star Trek figurines from the 1960s and 1970s.
Quentin Tarantino loads his films with pop culture references, so it’s not surprising that he collects pop culture artifacts. He started with old lunch boxes, but thought they were too expensive, so he started collecting movie and TV-themed board games.
Harry Connick Jr.
Harry Connick Jr. owns several hundred pairs of cuff links…but he never wears any of them.
Sally Struthers’s house is full of cat items: cat paintings, cat posters, plush animals, figurines, doorstops, planters, cookie jars, lamps…