Published On: Sep 22 2011 11:38:12 AM EDTUpdated On: Sep 03 2015 02:00:00 AM EDT
Few celebrities can contend with Thursday's 50-year-old birthday boy Charlie Sheen when it comes to spectacular public meltdowns. Take a look at Sheen other stars who have fallen from grace.
From call girls and a cocaine overdose to multiple rehab stints and accidentally shooting his former fiancee, trouble has seemingly followed Charlie Sheen since the 1990s. His recent run of bad luck started with a 2009 domestic dispute with his third wife that landed him back in rehab and on probation. In February 2011, CBS ultimately booted the actor from "Two and a Half Men" after Sheen lobbed insults at the show's creator and lead writer. He later made headlines again for his expletive-laced rant at a Staples Center security guard.
In December 2014, Stephen Collins, the actor who played the pastor Eric Camden on the hit show "7th Heaven," admitted to inappropriate sexual contact with three female minors in light of accusations that arose in the midst of his divorce proceedings. Collins was the subject of reports in October 2014 after his wife, Faye Grant, said he admitted to her he molested three underage girls. TMZ posted an audio recording that was alleged to have been made during a November 2012 therapy session involving Collins and his wife during which he made incriminating statements. The incidents reportedly happened between 1973 and 1994.
Oscar Pistorius was sentenced in October 2014 to five years in prison for culpable homicide in the 2013 killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius, whose legs were amputated before his first birthday, was famed for his track career. Running on prosthetic blades, he won gold medals at the 2004 and 2008 Paralympics before competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where he ran in the 400-meter race and the 4x400-meter relay. Under South African law, he is eligible for parole after completing at least one-sixth of his sentence -- in this case, 10 months -- and had been expected to be transferred to house arrest in August 2015 at the recommendation of a parole board, but that is on hold until a formal Sept. 18 parole hearing.
After years of denials, Lance Armstrong admitted to doping in a January 2013 interview with Oprah Winfrey. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency accused Armstrong of doping and organizing a drug trafficking ring in June 2012, at which point he was banned from cycling and stripped of all titles he had won since August 1998, including his seven Tour de France wins.
A car accident in late 2009 brought golfer Tiger Woods' marital infidelity to light. Despite a disciplined image, he had been cheating on his wife, and a number of women claimed to be his former mistresses. Woods lost his wife, some sponsors and all the golf tournaments he played in 2010 and in 2011. He then won three tournaments in 2012 and five more in 2013, but hasn't won a tournament since and hasn't won a major since his win at the 2008 U.S. Open, the 14th major of his career.
Southern chef Paula Deen lost endorsements from Walmart, Smithfield Foods, Target, QVC, Home Depot, diabetes drug company Novo Nordisk, Caesars Palace and more after a video deposition leaked in June 2013 in which she admitted to using racial slurs in the past. Her contract with Food Network also was not renewed.
One-time child actress Lindsay Lohan's career started hitting the skids in 2007, when two driving under the influence incidents led to her being put on probation. Her legal issues, together with three visits to rehabilitation facilities, cost her several movie deals. But that was just the start of her legal problems. She has spent between 84 minutes and 14 days on several stints in jail for violating probation on misdemeanor theft and DUI convictions, being released early each time due to overcrowding, and spent another 90 days in court-ordered rehab in 2013 after pleading no contest to charges of reckless driving, lying to police and obstructing police in connection with a June 2012 car crash in Santa Monica, Calif.
Steroids was the self-destructive drug of choice for a number of major league baseball players. Here Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro and Curt Schilling appear together to offer testimony to Congress on steroid use in March 2005. McGwire in 2010 finally admitted using performance-enhancing drugs during his career.
In 2013, no baseball players were admitted to the Hall of Fame for the first time since 1996, which several baseball writers said was largely due to admissions and assumptions that various players had doped. The collective snub raised speculation about whether the steroids scandal meant players like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sosa, McGwire and others would ever get into the Hall of Fame.
Fiery New York congressman Anthony Weiner resigned after tweeting a picture of his boxer-covered genitals to a young woman in 2011. The married congressman initially denied knowing whether the photo was of him, but ultimately admitted to and apologized for the incident. He attempted a comeback in 2013 when he ran for New York City mayor, but the effort ultimately failed after he acknowledged he had continued sexting with at least three women after his resignation from Congress.
John Edwards was a rising star in the Democratic Party when it was discovered he had a child with a campaign videographer during his 2008 presidential campaign. He and wife Elizabeth Edwards separated after news about the affair broke. They never reconciled, but there were reports Edwards was with his estranged wife when she died of breast cancer in 2010.
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford was a rising star in the Republican Party when he went missing for several days in 2009. He initially claimed he was hiking the Appalachian Trail, but ultimately admitted he was having an affair with a woman in Argentina, who he described as his "soul mate." His wife filed for divorce later that year. Sanford remained in office through the end of his term in 2011 and successfully ran for his old seat in the U.S. Congress in a May 2013 election.
Aside from being arrested on a DUI charge and making anti-Semitic comments to a police officer in July 2006, Mel Gibson went on a rampage threatening former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva and making racial slurs during taped conversations that surfaced in 2010. His most recent meltdown resulted in a restraining order, a domestic abuse investigation and his agency, William Morris Endeavor, dropping the one-time blockbuster actor.
Britney Spears: She raised eyebrows between 2007-08 when she shaved her head at a local salon, took an umbrella and smashed it against a paparazzo's car window, dated a paparazzo, exposed herself, checked into rehab, lost custody of her kids and locked herself in a bathroom with her children. Spears was also taken to UCLA Medical Center, where she underwent a mental evaluation and suicide watch for 72 hours. Soon after, her parents got a restraining order against her former manager. She is still under a conservatorship with her father and has made a remarkable comeback to the music scene since then.
In the '80s, Michael Jackson was on top of the world with hit record after hit record. But in the '90s and until his death, the King of Pop was dogged by child sex abuse allegations, two failed marriages, drug addition and bankruptcy. Physicians have also speculated that Jackson suffered from body dysmorphic disorder and underwent a series of cosmetic surgeries.
In 2005, Dave Chappelle abruptly walked away from his popular sketch comedy series and turned up in South Africa. Chappelle, who during a June 2004 standup performance had complained the show was "ruining my life," later said that he was unhappy with the direction the show had taken. In July 2010, a private plane was forced to land after Chappelle was deemed a safety risk after he reportedly refused to fasten his seat belt, made repeated visits to the cockpit and grabbed the pilot's arm.
In 2007, the NFL star quarterback Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison after pleading guilty that August to a dogfighting conspiracy charge. The former No. 1 draft pick filed for bankruptcy in 2008 and in 2009, the Atlanta Falcons cut ties with him. Vick later made a comeback -- returning to the field first with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2009 to 2013 and then with the New York Jets in 2014. In August 2015, he signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers to serve as a backup quarterback.
In 2004, former Cincinnati Reds player and manager Pete Rose admitted to betting on baseball games after years of accusations. Major-league baseball's all-time hits leader has been banned from baseball and ineligible for the Hall of Fame since 1989 due to the accusations.
In the summer of 2001, Mariah Carey made a bizarre appearance on MTV's "TRL," handing out popsicles and launching into a striptease of sorts. Just days later, she left rambling messages on her website that complained of being overworked. She was soon hospitalized for "extreme exhaustion."
Rip Torn, who has starred in hit movies like "Men In Black" and in the TV series "The Larry Sanders Show," was arrested in December 2006 in Westchester, N.Y., and charged with drunken driving after his car collided with a tractor-trailer. He eventually pleaded guilty and had his license suspended for 90 days and paid a $380 fine. He was also convicted in 2009 in another drunken driving case. In 2010 he was arrested for breaking into the lobby of a Connecticut bank and entered rehab for alcohol abuse. He eventually pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, criminal mischief and the illegal carrying of a firearm in connection with that incident, and was given a two–and–a–half–year suspended jail sentence and three years probation.
Considered a hip hop innovator, MC Hammer skyrocketed to fame and fortune, but then also famously declared bankruptcy in 1996 and found himself in legal battles, including a fight with Rick James over copyright issues.
Singers Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston wed in 1992 and their stormy 14-year marriage and run-ins with the law were tabloid fodder for years. His troubles included drugs, late child support payments, a drunken driving conviction and a 2003 accusation that he hit Houston. Drug-use rumors dogged Houston in the 1990s, and she memorably said in an interview that "Crack is whack." In 2012, Brown left Houston's funeral early after getting into a fight over seating with Houston's family.
In 2010, rapper Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., served eight months of a one-year sentence he received for pleading guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon.
"White Men Can't Jump" and "Blade" actor Wesley Snipes was convicted of willfully failing to pay taxes from 1999-2001. He began serving a three-year prison sentence in 2010 and was released on April 6, 2013.
Tonya Harding was a champion figure skater in the late '80s and early '90s, but she is remembered most for the cover-up of an attack orchestrated by her ex-husband and bodyguard on competitor Nancy Kerrigan in 1994. She ultimately pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to hinder prosecution of the attackers, though she has always said she didn't know about the attack beforehand and never wanted to keep Kerrigan from skating. She has had several minor run-ins with the law since then, and has also dabbled in boxing.
ESPN suspended reporter Britt McHenry for a week after a video of her berating a towing company employee surfaced in April 2015. On the roughly one-minute long video that was captured by a surveillance camera, McHenry says to an employee at a register: "I'm in the news, sweetheart. I will (expletive) sue this place." The employee tells McHenry she's being recorded, but it doesn't stop her from continuing her rant.