Celebrities come and go and while some stay around for a long time, many others seem to just fall by the wayside. Hollywood is a big place, but that doesn’t make it all the more disheartening to the celebrity when they use up their 15 minutes of fame. We are going to look at some examples right now with our list of 20 Celebrities Who Fell from Grace: Where Are They Now? We will take a look at some musicians, singers, actors, and athletes who have been hit with hard times. How have they coped? Is theirs a success story or a total flop?
Let us take a look at some textbook cases of child stars, such as Gary Coleman and Lindsay Lohan. We will also take a look at some celebs who have given in to drug and alcohol abuse, such as Mel Gibson. And then there are the celebs who have really hit an all-time low. The most recent examples include Bill Cosby and the Charlie Sheen saga.
Of course, there are happy endings for celebs who have personal and public struggles. Just take a cue from pop star Britney Spears. We have seen her go from the very top to the ultimate low and everywhere in between. We will also see how she is holding up now.
No matter if you liked their work or not, we are sure you’ll be intrigued by our 20 celebrities that fell from grace.
20. Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby was the family man of television. He had his hit sitcom series The Cosby Show, and then there was his work on Kids Say the Darndest Things and Little Bill. Now? Well, the 78-year-old comedian-actor is finding himself in ever-increasing hot water. It seems that the sexual accusations against Cosby just keep getting worse and worse. As he waits in limbo for his next court appearance, he faces accusations that he drugged, indecently assaulted, and took advantage of multiple women. If convicted, Cosby could get 10 years in jail and a hefty fine of $25,000 (but something tells me he can probably afford it). A far cry from Cliff Huxtable indeed.
19. Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen was one of the highest-paid and most successful sitcom actors on television just a few years back. And then he went full-on cray cray. He has faced quite a number of obstacles, both in his professional and personal life. There was his divorce, his anger-management issues, his diagnosis of HIV, and his substance abuse. He even publicly claimed that he had it all together when he clearly didn’t. His hit show Two and a Half Men dropped him, and the world is still waiting with bated breath to see if Charlie Sheen can come back down to earth. Stay tuned.
18. Lance Armstrong
In the early 2000s, cyclist Lance Armstrong was the athlete that everyone looked up to. He was kicking butt at a sport that not many people pay attention to. Yet when Lance won the Tour de France a whopping seven times in a row, he became a household name. Even people who knew nothing about athletics knew about Lance Armstrong and his inspirational story. He battled cancer and started the Lance Armstrong Foundation (and everyone wore those yellow rubber wristbands that said “Live Strong”). But unfortunately, it was revealed that Lance had been doping, and then he was stripped of his titles. Time to pick up the pieces!
17. Stephen Collins
For those who don’t recognize the name, Stephen Collins played the dad (Rev. Eric Camden) in the hit TV series 7th Heaven. For crying out loud, this was the guy who played the goody two-shoes father of America’s perfect television family! What happened? He ended up admitting that he had inappropriately touched underage girls. Between 1973 to 1994, Collins had 3 prime sexual assault victims. He says that he hasn’t engaged in such behavior for the past 20 years, but he has decided not to “open old wounds” by apologizing to his victims. He will be conducting a Katie Couric interview early this year, so stay tuned.
16. Corey Feldman
The 44-year-old actor shot to fame with cult classic movies such as The Goonies and The Lost Boys. His early acting career was red-hot, and he was part of the famous duo with his sidekick Corey Haim. He even started playing in a band and directing. Feldman also had a tumultuous history with Michael Jackson, at some points claiming that the singer was a child molester and at other times denying the accusations. For his own part, Feldman spent his youth struggling with a drug addiction. He even penned a memoir about it. Nowadays he lays low with his girlfriend while working on music.
15. Oscar Pistorius
Just a few years ago, Oscar Pistorius was a twenty-something-year-old sprinter who smashed records and reputations. He pushed through a double leg amputation and was able to participate in the Olympic Games. In fact, he earned gold medals in Athens, Beijing, and London for his track and field event. Then came February 14, 2013, when Oscar shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. He faced a number of high-profile court trials and was found guilty of the crime. His next steps are to go back to court in April 2016, when he will receive a timetable for his prison sentence.
14. Paula Deen
It used to be that the only dangerous thing about celebrity chef Paula Deen was her heavy use of butter. Still, she was one of the most popular chefs ever, with her own cooking shows, cookbooks, and celebrity endorsements. The woman was doing well for herself! Then, in 2013, she was hit with a lawsuit over using racial slurs and racially discriminating against her African American employees. She admitted that she had used the N-word and spoken in racially insensitive ways. As a result, she was stripped of many of her business partnerships, her Food Network contract, and other celebrity deals. Her most recent venture was a huge flop on Dancing with the Stars.
13. Michael Vick
Remember when everyone was calling professional football player Michael Vick a “dog killer”? Back when the quarterback was playing for the Atlanta Falcons, he was exposed for his inclusion in a dogfighting ring. He was investigated and found to have participated in several instances of dog abuse and torture through “Bad Newz Kennels.” He faced state prosecution, and his 3-year prison sentence was suspended due to good behavior. He now plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but spent a good part of the 2015-2016 season on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury. The 35-year-old athlete may be at the end of his football career.
12. Scott Baio
Scott Baio was known for his role on the hit TV show Happy Days. He spent the 1980s appearing in various sitcoms, such as Eight is Enough and Joanie Loves Chachi. The 1990s were a little less stellar, with Scott earning some guest and cameo appearances on shows like Full House and The Nanny. After that, he just sort of fell into obscurity, becoming a bit of a washed-out old actor. He was in a VH1 (classy!) show called Scott Baio is 45…and Single, followed by Scott Baio is 46…and Pregnant. In the summer of 2015, he was hit with the hardship of taking care of his wife, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
11. Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods was the guy who catapulted golf to utter coolness. He was the athlete to watch in every golf tournament. He was adorned with the green jacket and became one of the most iconic athletes out there. Then, he admitted to a sex addiction, to cheating on his wife with several mistresses, and checked himself into rehab to get better. That was the beginning of Tiger’s downward slope. He and his wife divorced and while Tiger returned to the fairway, it just was not the same. Besides his tarnished reputation, he suffered from various injuries and now he is playing arguably the worst golf of his career.
10. Lindsay Lohan
We try to keep the Mean Girls and Freaky Friday Lindsay Lohan in our memories. The present-day LiLo is much more dismal. You see, Lohan used to be one of the hottest starlets out there. She was in movies and other productions from a young age and when she was around 16, she was up on top. Then she got into a scuffle with Hilary Duff (over a boy, no less) and she turned to drugs and alcohol. She got slammed with multiple charges for driving under the influence, and we all remember that horrible mug shot of hers. Her acting career died, but now the 29-year-old is dating a 22-year-old real estate agent from Russia.
9. Tiki Barber
40-year-old Tiki Barber was an attractive running back in the NFL before becoming an NBC sports correspondent on The Today Show as well as Sunday Night Football. He was charming, he was sporty, and he had a winning smile. So what happened? Well, he publicly criticized Michael Strahan, Tom Coughlin, and Eli Manning. In 2010 it was revealed that Barber’s marriage to his wife suffered from infidelity and that he was canoodling with a much young woman (who was an intern at NBC). He went on to have a baby with this new woman, and now he is just floating around making infrequent TV appearances.
8. Gary Coleman
Gary Coleman rose to prominence through his role in Diff’rent Strokes. He took a nosedive like so many child stars do. He even ended up suing his own parents over his business assets. He was charged with assault in 1998, disorderly conduct in 2007, and a domestic dispute with his ex-wife in 2009. He tried to run for governor of California in 2003 to no avail. His erratic behavior was constantly making it into the news, while unfortunately his acting career was not. Coleman ended up passing away in 2010 from an epidural hematoma. He was 42.
7. Mike Tyson
49-year-old Mike Tyson has had a whirlwind life. He was a record-holding heavyweight boxer and nabbed 50 wins through his career. Then he dealt with a divorce from his wife, his boxing contract was being held in limbo, and his performance in the ring was floundering. Tyson was also charged with raping an 18-year-old girl and was slammed with 6 years in jail and 4 years probation. He also had personal struggles with drug use. In 2009, his 4-year-old daughter fatally injured herself on his exercise equipment. In recent years, Tyson has delved into talk shows, music videos, and film appearances, including the Creed sequel. He also voices himself in the Netflix original cartoon Mike Tyson Mysteries.
6. Anthony Weiner
The politician with the unfortunate last name is finally showing his face again. A former U.S. representative and New York politico, Weiner was defamed in 2011 when a sexting controversy surrounding him broke out. It was revealed that he had been sending nude and sexual texts to others via his cell phone. “Weinergate” forced him to leave office and hide his face for years. He recently came back on the scene, this time to call supporters of presidential candidate Donald Trump “blockheads.” His other recent endeavor was appearing in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! He’s doing well for himself, no?
5. John Edwards
We turn now to another politician, this one a North Carolina senator. John Edwards was called out in the fall of 2007 on accusations that he was being unfaithful to his wife. This was a huge slam to his career and ego. Edwards admitted to having an affair with another woman, but when she claimed that he was the father of her baby, he denied it. Despite all of this drama, Edwards ran for President of the United States in 2008 (he also tried in 2004.) In 2010, Edwards’ ex-wife passed away due to complications from breast cancer. In 2014, Edwards left politics and transitioned to law and founded a law firm in North Carolina.
4. Joe Paterno
Joe Paterno was an athletic director and coach at Penn State (also known as “Happy Valley”). Well, the happiness faded after he was linked to a child sex abuse case involving Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky. In the fall of 2011, Paterno was caught in the wildfire of the case, as he allegedly knew about Sandusky’s assaults but failed to take proper action. While some people publicly, supported him and others pushing for his retirement. Various court trials took place in which the ethics and moral grounds for Paterno’s involvement were discussed. He ended up retiring soon afterward, although Penn State’s Board of Trustees rejected his retirement and fired him instead. He passed away shortly afterwards.
3. Mel Gibson
Filmmaker, producer, director, and actor Mel Gibson achieved fame for his many contributions to cinema. This included Lethal Weapon, Signs, and The Passion of the Christ. Unfortunately, Gibson also got…weird. Since he was an adolescent he had been dealing with substance abuse, and he eventually had to get help for his alcoholism. After all, he was charged with driving under the influence on more than one occasion. And then there were his outrageous anti-Semitic remarks that drove everyone wild. His life has been much on the down-low lately although he is said to be planning some new productions, you just need to hope his name doesn’t re-appear linked to another scandal.
2. Tonya Harding
Tonya Harding was all that back in the day. The first female skater to nail the triple axel during competition and winner of five 1st-place medals, she was the “it” girl of figure skating in the 1980s and 1990s. Then in 1994, Harding’s arch-rival, Nancy Kerrigan, was hit in the leg by Harding’s bodyguard. The report was that Harding had plotted to get Nancy injured enough to back out of the upcoming competition (her plan worked, kind of). Nancy was injured, but she ended up scoring higher than Harding in competition. And then there was her sex tape. In recent years, she has been exposed in documentaries and she has a small child.
1. Britney Spears
We have all heard “Baby, One More Time” and “Toxic.” Then Britney went a little bit crazy. She married the deadbeat Kevin Federline, had some kids and then there was that dreaded Video Music Awards performance where she seemed to be absently strutting on the stage. She hit rock bottom when she attacked a car with an umbrella and shaved her head. Yet, Brit got things turned around! After some ho-hum albums, she started singing again, she divorced K-Fed, she got in shape, and now she is flourishing. For the 100th anniversary of V magazine, Britney was featured in 3 separate cover shoots.