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10 Celebrities Who Had a Criminal History Before they were Famous

In today's heavily desensitized society, it's rather common to see news stories about celebrities having run ins with the law.  Troubled young celebs such as Justin Bieber, Lindsay Lohan,  and Amanda

In today's heavily desensitized society, it's rather common to see news stories about celebrities having run ins with the law.  Troubled young celebs such as Justin Bieber, Lindsay Lohan,  and Amanda Bynes have made it somewhat popular to have their infamous mug shots splashed across the front pages of tabloids.  What about celebrities who found themselves being read their rights before they were a household name?  The list is surprisingly longer than one would think.  It's actually quite admirable that some of these famous folks have managed to have successful Hollywood careers following the turbulence of their younger days. Check out this list of individuals who were behind bars before they were stars.

10 Tim Allen:  Drug Trafficking - 1978

9 Barry White: Theft - 1961

8 Danny Trejo: Armed robbery and various drug offenses throughout the 1960's

7 Charles S. Dutton: Manslaughter 1968 & Possession of a Deadly Weapon - 1975

6 Courtney Love: Shoplifting - 1978

5 Allen Iverson: Maiming by mob - 1993

4 50 Cent: Drug and Firearm possession - 1990 & 1994

3 Nick Nolte: Counterfeiting - 1965

2 Woody Harrelson: Disorderly conduct & resisting arrest - 1982

1 Mark Wahlberg: Multiple offenses from 1984-1992

Born and raised in a working class Boston neighborhood, Wahlberg was addicted to cocaine by the age of 13.  When he was 15 he was in the middle of a civil suit as a result of his involvement in two separate racially charged incidents in which he harassed and threw rocks at African American children.  Perhaps he was not pleased with only having a few blemishes on his record when he decided to attack two Vietnamese men-within the same day-knocking one unconcious and leaving the other blind in one eye.  Wahlberg was 16 when he was charged with attempted murder after attacking the two men.  He was sentenced to two years in prison but only served 45 days of the sentence.  The now famed actor is said to have had more than 20 run ins with the law before he was 21.  While serving a sentence for assault, Wahlberg had a light bulb moment and realized that he desperately needed to change. Several of his 9 siblings had also had more than their share of legal troubles and he realized that this was a pattern in his family.  He eventually cleaned up his act and is now a law abiding citizen.

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