Ted Williams talks financial struggles after fame

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'Man With The Golden Voice' Still Struggling Financially

Turns out Ted Williams, known by many as "the man with the golden voice," is still struggling financially after his smooth radio tone gained him nationwide recognition three years ago. The "Today" show checked in with him Monday.

Williams told NBC: "One day I'm homeless with not two pennies to rub together, and then the next day I'm in Hollywood."

Williams shot to fame in 2011 after an Ohio videographer spotted him asking for money along the side of the road. At the time, Williams had been carrying a sign saying he had "the God-given gift of a great voice." Soon after, he signed with an agent and started receiving contracts for voiceover work -- including a deal with Kraft Foods. Williams also received a six-figure advance for his biography, which was published in 2012.

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MSNBC PROMO -- Pictured: Ted Williams records promos for MSNBC's Lean Foward campaign (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Ted Williams, a homeless man from Columbus, Ohio, whose deep, velvety voice and touching story prompted an outpouring of sympathy and job offers from across the country, is interviewed after his appearance on the NBC "Today" television show, in New York, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Voice actor Ted Williams leaves the 'Wendy Williams Show' taping at AMV Studios on May 16, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Ted Williams appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Matt Lauer and Ted Williams appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Matt Lauer and Ted Williams appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Ted Williams and Noah Guthrie appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Voice over artist, Ted Williams seen on the Streets of Manhattan on April 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Ted Williams appears at Ed Sullivan Theater on April 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Ted Williams and Noah Guthrie appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Julia Williams, Ted Williams and Meredith Vieira appear on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Ted Williams appears on NBC News 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Ted Williams appears on NBC News 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Ted Williams appears on NBC News 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Ted Williams appears on NBC News 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Ted Williams appears on NBC News 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Matt Lauer and Ted Williams appear on NBC News 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Voice-over artist and Internet sensation Ted Williams visits the Occupy Wall Street protests in Zuccotti Park, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, in New York. Known as "the man with the golden voice," Williams strongly supports the protests and is one example of the many celebrities that make their way through the park unannounced on a nearly daily basis. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
THE LAST WORD WITH LAWRENCE O'DONNELL -- Pictured: Ted Williams is joined by Doral Chenoweth III, Columbus DISPATCH photographer who shot the video of Mr. Williams that became an internet sensation and brought him to New York for appearances on TODAY and THE LAST WORD WITH LAWRENCE O'DONNELL (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE LAST WORD WITH LAWRENCE O'DONNELL -- Pictured: Ted Williams talks to Lawrence O'Donnell about his efforts to get his life and career back on track after being discovered by a Columbus DISPATCH photographer and becoming an internet sensation (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE LAST WORD WITH LAWRENCE O'DONNELL -- Pictured: Ted Williams talks to Lawrence O'Donnell about his efforts to get his life and career back on track after being discovered by a Columbus DISPATCH photographer and becoming an internet sensation (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 372 -- Pictured: (l-r) Ted Williams during an interview with Jimmy Fallon on January 6, 2011 (Photo by Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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But NBC reports it hasn't been all smooth sailing for Williams since being discovered: "There was depression, Williams says. Along with bad business deals and failed attempts at rehab."

Williams, who is now 22 months sober, ended up losing his car and his condo.

The Columbus Dispatch reports he now lives in an apartment but owns no furniture. Williams says, "Financially, I'm a little under the weather, I have to tell you. A lot of things I signed early on in 2011, I shouldn't have signed."

This is a far cry from the Williams who told Fox News about all the voiceover projects he was working on back in March.

Currently, Williams is working with a new manager and keeping busy with his contract with Kraft and a few other agreements.

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