Nichelle Nichols net worth: Nichelle Nichols is an American actress and singer with an estimated net worth of $8 million dollars. Born in Robbins, Illinois, Nichelle Nichols began her professional career in the theater. She first gained attention appearing in the musical, "Kicks & Co.". Her performance attracted the attention of Hugh Hefner, who invited her to perform as a singer at his Chicago Playboy Club. She went on to appear in productions of "Porgy and Bess", "Carmen Jones", and "The Roar of the Greasepaint – the Smell of the Crowd" in both New York and Los Angeles. In addition to her work in musicals, she toured extensively as a singer with Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton. She began her professional on-camera career with a role in the film version of "Porgy & Bess", and was then cast in "The Lieutenant", Gene Roddenberry's short-lived military series. In 1966, she was cast in the role that would bring her lasting fame, as Lieutenant Uhura in "Star Trek".