Actors We Keep Forgetting Have Dark Secrets

Everyone has dark secrets, including our favorite actors. The only difference is that when their secrets get exposed, the whole world gets to see them.

However, we also seem to have goldfish memory when it comes to some of these secrets, as there are actors who’ve done truly appalling things, and yet nobody bats an eye when they get cast in the next big blockbuster. On the other side of the coin, we also have actors who've had to go through terrible ordeals in their lives in order to get to where they are, and they never get any credit for it.

Let's hope people remember these:

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JON HAMM In 2015, it was uncovered Hamm got arrested while in college for participating in a violent hazing ritual. Hamm received probation for violently beating a Sigma Nu frat pledge and setting his pants on fire. CRACKED.COM

People

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TERI HATCHER In 2006, the actress revealed she was sexually abused by her uncle when she was only five. She came forward in order to help sentence her uncle, who was arrested after another girl he abused killed herself.

Deadline & E!

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TIM ALLEN SHERIFF'S DEPT. In 1978, the Home improvement star was caught trying to smuggle 650 grams of cocaine in an airport. After giving up the names of other dealers, Allen only had to serve two years in prison. CRACKED.COM

Cheat Sheet

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LEIGHTON MEESTER The Gossip Girl star was born while both of her parents were serving a prison sentence for drug trafficking.

Marie Claire

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MATTHEW BRODERICK ELTA EA ING Ssrte While on holiday in Northern Ireland in 1987, Broderick collided with another car after he crossed into the wrong lane. A mother and a daughter in the other car died in the crash and the actor only received a $175 fine. CRACKED.COM

AP

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JUDY GARLAND Garland developed a crushing pill addiction as a child in Hollywood, one that plagued her most of her life. Studio bosses at the time had a regular practice of hooking child actors on drugs. CRACKED.COM

People

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ROB LOWE In 1988, Lowe was arrested after a videotape surfaced of him having sex with two girls one of whom was 16. He faced up to 20 years in prison but was eventually sentenced to 20 hours of community service. CRACKED.COM

The Los Angeles Times 

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JACK NICHOLSON When Nicholson's mother got pregnant at age 16, she decided to have her parents raise him. The actor was made to believed his mother was his sister and that his grandparents were his parents. He only learned the truth after all of them passed away. CRACKED.COM

Independent 

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JIM CARREY In 2015, Carrey's girlfriend Cathriona White died from an overdose. White's family sued the actor, accusing him of supplying her with drugs and being responsible for her death. In 2018, the civil suit was dismissed.

ABC

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GENE WILDER After the actor passed away from Alzheimer's in 2016, his family revealed the actor kept his condition a secret for three years because he didn't want kids to know Willy Wonka was sick. He simply couldn't bear the idea of one less smile in the world, his family

Slate

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EVAN RACHEL WOOD While speaking up for sexual assault survivors over the years, Woods has extensively talked about her own experiences with being groomed as a teenager and being in a sexually abusive relationship. In February of 2021, the actress confirmed long existing rumors that her abuser was her ex,

Variety

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EMILE HIRSCH In 2015, the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star was arrested for assaulting a female Universal executive at Sundance. The actor first claimed he put her in a chokehold in self-defense but later on blamed the assault on his alcohol problem.

USA Today & IndieWire

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ELLIOT PAGE 4TOP LTON GAS In 2017, Page revealed that director Brett Ratner outed him during the filming of X-Men: The Last Stand. The disgraced director allegedly told another actress to fuck her to make her realize she's gay. Page was only 18 at the time and still struggling with

The Guardian

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CHRISTIAN SLATER In 1998, Slater was imprisoned for 90 days after he assaulted his girlfriend and fought cops who came to restrain him during a drug bender. In a 2017 interview, the actor said he regretted nothing and called the reporter a salacious c*nt for asking him about it. CRACKED.COM

The Daily Beast & The Los Angeles Times

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CHARLIZE THERON When the actress was 15, her alcoholic father got drunk one night and shot a gun at her and her mother while they were hiding from him. In self-defense, Theron's mother shot and killed him.

BBC & NPR

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JOAQUIN PHOENIX Phoenix was with his older brother River on the night that he died. 19-year-old Phoenix was the one who called 911 when his brother overdosed outside the Viper Room a Hollywood nightclub that was owned by Johnny Depp. CRACKED.COM

The Guardian