‘The Five Heartbeats’: Which Cast Member Has the Highest Net Worth?

“Nights like this, I wish that raindrops that would fall,” the fictional Five Heartbeats crooned on screen. The 1991 musical dramedy, The Five Heartbeats, charmed theatergoers and has since  become a beloved classic.

The film, written by comedy geniuses Robert Townsend and Keenen Ivory Wayans, follows the journey of a singing group called The Five Heartbeats in the 1960s. In the story, the group pursues success in the music industry. Likewise, the actors who played the Heartbeats continued working in showbiz. Here’s how the stars stack up against one another today when it comes to total wealth.

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Tico Wells as ‘Choirboy’

Tico Wells portrayed Choirboy, a preacher’s son with a mean falsetto singing voice. In The Five Heartbeats, his character had to forge his own path independent of his devout parents. Wells has enjoyed a steady string of acting gigs since the mid-‘80s and has been building his wealth since then. Although there is minimal information about the actor’s net worth, various sources, including Information Cradle, estimate that his wealth is under $500,000. 

Michael Wright as ‘Eddie’


In The Five Heartbeats, Eddie became the group’s ill-fated lead singer. Michael Wright portrayed Eddie with raw emotion and complexity. The performer continues to pop up on television and in feature films. Recently, Wright appeared on The CW hit show Black Lightning, and fans can look forward to seeing more of his work in the forthcoming action films, Street Justice and Brass Knuckles. Celebrity Net Worth reports that Wright’s estimated worth lies around $500,000.

Leon as ‘J.T.’


The actor simply known as Leon portrayed J.T. in The Five Heartbeats. As the ladies’ man of the crew, it took J.T. many years to settle down with his true love. Fans may remember Leon from other musical projects, including Little Richard and The Temptations. With nearly 80 credits under his belt, and at least one project on the horizon, Leon has built considerable wealth. Celebrity Net Worth estimates that his fortune amounts to about $1.5 million.

Robert Townsend as ‘Duck’

In The Five Heartbeats, Townsend portrayed J.T.’s younger brother, Duck. The character was the group’s earnest songwriter with a passion for meaningful lyrics and deep relationships.

Aside from his work in front of the camera, Townsend, who also directed and produced The Five Heartbeats, is a prolific filmmaker. He has created exciting stories for over 30 years. Townsend exploded on the film scene in 1987 with Hollywood Shuffle, in which he starred, directed, produced, and co-wrote with Wayans.

Since his debut, Townsend has completed dozens of projects, each with his unique creative spin. As a driving force behind movies and television shows, the professional storyteller is worth an estimated $2 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Harry Lennix as ‘Dresser’


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Harry Lennix brought the booming bass singer, Dresser, to life in The Five Heartbeats. The character was a reliable and steady family man with a strong moral compass. After The Five Heartbeats, Lennix appeared in a series of high-profile projects, including The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Man of Steel, and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Lennix has also played a series regular role in all seven seasons (and counting) of The Black List. With over 100 credits in entertainment and several forthcoming projects announced, he has amassed the most substantial fortune of all the stars from The Five Heartbeats. Lennix boasts an estimated $4 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.