Though Hollywood isn’t averse to danger and certainly courts its share of it, we often forget that actors are, after all, human beings just like us, just as fallible and given the temptations associated with Hollywood, all the more likely to fall foul of the law.

Whether these actors got themselves in trouble before they got famous or during, the salient point is that you’ve probably forgotten about the transgression by now, or perhaps never knew in the first place.

Whether these crimes harmed others or not, their shocking nature makes it surprising that they’re still employable by Hollywood, but hey, the film industry isn’t exactly known for its moral fibre now, is it? Here are 10 actors with shocking criminal records.



10. Tim Allen – Drug Trafficking & DUI


Ah, Tim Allen. The warm, jovial guy who made a name for himself on the hit show Home Improvement and by voicing Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story series. He’s spent decades entertaining children all over the world; what could he possibly have done?

In October 1978, at the age of 25, Allen was arrested for possessing over 650 grams of cocaine, and after turning informant against the other dealers, took a relatively light sentence of 3-7 years, eventually being paroled less than 2 and a half years after his incarceration.

In 1997, Allen was arrested for a DUI, and sentenced to a year’s probation along with a course of alcohol rehab. Given how sensitive family-friendly corporations such as Disney are about protecting their image, it’s surprising they allowed the actor to put his past behind him and voice Buzz, but of course, we couldn’t imagine the character sounding any different.

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This article was first posted on August 14, 2013