5 Celebrities Who Went From Prison to Stardom

Celebrities are always in the news for different things. Sometimes for good, and other times for not so good reasons. With the party lifestyle that comes with fame and fortune, it is no surprise that many celebrities have had issues with the law. However, there are a few of them who have spent time in prison even before they became popular. Here is a list of 5 celebrities who went from prison to stardom:

  1. Danny Trejo

This start actor’s looks alone will tell you that he has gone through some hard times. Trejo had quite a rough time growing up. Raised by an uncle who was a drug addict and an armed robber, Danny had all the wrong things to look up to. By the age of 15, he had already been in and out of jail made times. At 23, he was slammed with a 5-year sentence for drug trafficking. However, he turned his life around in jail, and eventually worked his way to stardom. He recently celebrated 49 years of being clean.

  1. Tim Allen

Many people have become familiar with this face as a comic character, and the voice of Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear. However, what most do not know is that Allen had previously spent over 2 years in jail for drug possession. He was actually sentenced to 3 – 7 years in prison but got out on parole in 1981. Fortunately, he didn’t continue on that destructive path and he even says that prison helped him grow mature.

  1. Mark Wahlberg

Anybody who watches movies would know this star. Mark Wahlberg is a Hollywood star. But this star did not have it all easy for him. He was a troubled youth and at 16 years of age, he pled guilty to an attempted murder charge for attacking two Vietnamese men unprovoked. He spent 45 days in jail and decided to change his life after his release. And looking at the fact that several of his siblings had already done time too, it was his best decision yet.

  1. Robert Downey Jr.

Full disclosure; Iron Man wasn’t always so “super heroey”. The Marvel Studios super star has a dark past involving drugs, crime and of course jail time. He got arrested several times for demeanours and had his first jail time in 1997 for drug possession. He was then again sentenced to 3 years in a correctional facility for drug abuse and possession in 1999. However, he got his act cleaned up when he got out, did Iron man and has been sober since 2003.

  1. Michelle Rodriguez

Who doesn’t know ‘Letty’ from the Fast and Furious franchise! This successful actress has also become a household name for her roles in Resident Evil, Machete, Avatar and most recently, Alita: Battle Angel. But she hasn’t always been a sweetheart. Michelle Rodriguez has had several run-ins with the law, mostly due to DUIs. She was sent to jail a few times, although overcrowding made her avoid serving full term sentences twice. Luckily, she picked herself up and has cleaned up her act since 2009.



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