For every 50 celebs who tragically fade to black, are those who achieved the impossible: Successful career comebacks. In life, there’s no reset button or cheat code unless you’re one of these ten celebs who used both.
Here are the ten greatest celebrity comebacks. Take a look.
Robert Downey, Jr.
The A-List megastar went from doing rock-fueled hoodrat activities in the darkest corners of Hollywood to the face of a multi-billion dollar movie empire. Incredibly-talented, he’s easily the greatest comeback story ever.
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Iron Mike’s sex assault charge, threats to eat small children, and love for multi-syllable words he can’t pronounce made him the scariest Black man in America for years. Now he’s the hilarious teddy bear in the “Hangover” movies.
The Grammy-nominated artist formerly known as Tity Boi was recently named the second hottest MC in the game by MTV after years of irrelevancy. What he accomplished with a name change and swag upgrade will be studied long after he’s buried inside a Gucci store.
The invincible Pop star savagely-assaulted a woman and somehow moonwalked out of prison time. For months, he was the most hated celeb alive who, after a year in timeout, is back with RiRi and featured on several hits.
Before the legendary assassination attempt, 50 was a completely-different artist struggling to find an audience. 9 bullet wounds later, he morphed into a larger-than-life Hip-Hop superhero with uncharted swag levels and career-ending powers.
The iconic Pop starlet survived a vicious mid-life crisis that included a 55-hour marriage, multiple rehab stints and K. Fed spending ALL her money on Chicken McMuggets and Retro Js. Five years ago, she was shaped like a gallon of milk, sobered up then earned more than any other female artist in 2012 (58 million).
The game-changing QB lost ALL his endorsements, $100 million contract, mansion, luxury cars and hos—everything—after his conviction on dog fighting charges. Four years later, he used life’s cheat code to sign another $100 million contract and earn most of his endorsements back.
No artist made a greater leap, musically, than the Z-List rapper-turned-international superstar who’s now the male version of Gloria Estefan—Pop’s Spanish Elvis.
Ron Artest Metta World Peace
The lovable wacko was suspended a record 86 games for instigating the infamous “”Malice at the Palace” on that fateful night in Detroit. Now, like Mike Tyson, he’s a happily-medicated ray of sunshine beloved by white people.
At 37, he’s living the impossible dream as the ashy ’ole man dominating a young man’s game. Beloved by an entire generation that never heard Three 6 records on the radio, he proved that you’re never too old to chase your dreams.