There’s no doubt about it, a lot of people who were once the toast of the town have had terrible downfalls.
Public downfalls that tarnished their names forever…
So let’s hear which celebs AskReddit users think fell the hardest.
Take a look…
Popular 1970s glam rock musician who enjoyed frequent “special guest” appearances on talk shows and gameshows, not to mention the inevitable Xmas gigs having one of the most successful Xmas songs of all time.
He gets arrested on child p**n charges and ends up in a Vietnamese prison for five years, with his music and recorded appearances all pulled and burned from rotation.
I bet nobody under 25 has even heard any of his songs, and have no idea that at the peak of his fame he gave Bowie and Jagger a run for their money.
He went to prison again later because it turned out he’d been r**ing and ab**ing people since the 1970s and was protected by politicians and cops. Like Saville.
But at that stage his name was already s**t.”
2. Tarnished legacy.
“Bill Cosby was once America’s Dad, and then 20 years after relevance, his name is close to a swear word on TV now.
I mean, if we’re talking about legacy…his will never be restored.”
3. A big star.
People that weren’t alive when he was famous don’t understand how big of a star he was.”
“Kevin Spacey had a hell of a successful career before his downfall, but I don’t think it was particularly surprising to anyone when the stories started circling.”
I was briefly acquainted with his wife Annette when their kids were toddlers. I heard her stories.
He wasn’t just a s**t to her and to other women. He was a sh**ty dad.”
6. Horrible story.
“Jared the Subway guy.
That dude was celebrated and revered, held up as a conquering hero, an inspiration.”
7. Making a comeback.
He was a**sed and opened up about it and was blacklisted from Hollywood for years.
I’m so glad he’s making a comeback, he deserves the world.”
8. Silent film star.
“Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle.
A comedic superstar of the silent film era, he found himself embroiled in controversy after an aspiring actress fell seriously ill in his hotel room. After she d**d, her friend accused Arbuckle of r**ing and k**ling her.
Arbuckle was arrested and charged in fairly short order. His first two trials ended in hung juries, but he was acquitted in a third trial. Sadly, this did nothing to quell the rumors that he committed these crimes.
As a result, his acting career was basically over. He wrote some screenplays, and directed a few films, mostly under a pseudonym. But that was about it. He d**d about 10 years later, never given a decent chance to clear his name or resurrect his career.”
9. A big one.
When the truth about his doping and cheating came out it was a serious downward spiral.
He went from being America’s hero, to being mocked by The Rock on WWE.”
“John Wilkes Booth.
That’s a really good one. Because he’s only remembered today for k**ling Lincoln, people don’t realize just how famous he was at the time.
He was considered one of America’s best actors and most handsome men during the 1850s and ’60s. It would be like if Brad Pitt k**led the President today.”
11. Hollywood big shot.
That POS got exactly what he deserved which, like, never happens.”
12. Crazy story.
He went from having a multi-million dollar contract with the Patriots, to committing s**cide while serving life without parole.”
13. Like a roller coaster.
“Robert Downey Jr., but he also had the greatest comeback of all time too.
Some may be too young to know this but he was the GOAT of f**king up. The public couldn’t go a week without hearing about that guy getting arrested on the news or tabloids. He was a f**king mess! Hollywood, the press and even his fans wrote him off and then once he was released from prison, he cleaned his life up and came back the beast he is now.
If I’m going to focus on someone falling from grace, I’d rather focus on someone who was despised and lost it all and then put in the work to comeback stronger and become one of the most loved actors of all time.
It’s going to take many decades (if ever) before anyone will ever accept another actor playing Iron Man and no actor will ever get away with playing Kirk Lazarus as Sgt. Lincoln Osiris in black face – if there’s ever a remake of Tropic Thunder.
“I know who I am! I’m a dude playing the dude, disguised as another dude! — Robert Downey Jr as Kirk Lazarus as Sgt. Lincoln Osiris.”
14. There’s still time…
Just watched his documentary on Vice on YouTube a couple days ago. I forgot how huge he was to me when I was a kid growing up.
I never realized how f**ked on drugs and al**hol a lot of those guys were. He had a pretty bad fall from grace. I hope he can straighten himself out before it’s too late.”
15. Fall from grace.
I honestly can’t believe that the guy that I once thought of as a hero and someone who became a world class Olympic sprinter with NO GODD**N LEGS is now a convicted m**derer. And what’s more, knowing what an a**sive person he was to Reeva before he m**dered her was just soul-crushing.
Also, I can’t believe I have to make this clear, but no, I don’t buy the whole “thought she was an intruder BS.” And yes, I’m South African and yes, I know how dangerous the country is. From my perspective, the text messages speak for themselves.”
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