Another round of actors in trouble with the tax man

What do Mary Ann, the Big Lebowski, Arnie Becker, and Cal Hockley have in common? The actors who played them are in tax-related trouble.

Court records show Dawn Wells, aka Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island, owes the state of California more than $80,000 in back taxes. In May 2009, the 71-year-old actress filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy in a California court. At that time she listed liabilities of more than $1.5 million, compared to assets of $1.5 million. Her key assets are her home in Toluca Lake, California, and a 5-acre ranch in Driggs, Idaho.
 
A lien in the amount of $80,520 was filed March 24th with the Los Angeles County Recorder of Deeds.
 
Wells’s attorney, Ron Swafford, told The Detroit News that the problem arose from the sale of some property and the resulting capital gains. Swafford said Wells already had made arrangements to take care of the tax debt in June.
 
“She is content with that figure and will pay it,” he said. “She is an awesome lady.”
 
Jeff Bridges won an Academy Award and, exactly one month later, found himself in a different spotlight. That’s when the IRS filed a tax lien against him for $23,997. The lien was filed with the Los Angeles County Recorder of Deeds, and is for federal employment taxes from 2002 and 2004.
 
Bridges’s publicist told The Detroit News the lien was resolved in February for a much smaller amount than listed on the lien.
 
Bridges’s Academy Award was for his role as a country singer in Crazy Heart. He also has been nominated for his roles in The Last Picture Show, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Starman, and The Contender. His role as The Dude, a White Russian-swilling slacker in The Big Lebowski, has garnered him a cult following. He is the son of late-actor Lloyd Bridges.
 
Corbin Bernsen portrayed attorney Arnie Becker on television’s L.A. Law. Now the taxman is coming after him and his wife – Amanda Pays – for unpaid taxes. The state of California filed a lien on March 19th with the Los Angeles County Recorder of Deeds in the amount of $94,681.
 
Bernsen’s manager, Randall James, told reporters at newKerala.com,"Corbin recently switched business managers and there was a recalculation of estimated taxes due. He is making regular tax payments and, to the best of our knowledge, there are no liens against him or his wife."
 
Billy Zane played Cal Hockley in Titanic…and now he might feel like he’s sinking in real life. A couple of months ago the IRS filed a lien against him in the office of the Los Angeles County Recorder of Deeds for $116,578. Zane also starred in the new ABC series, The Deep End. He was in Zoolander and might have a role in the next Superman movie.
 
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