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While Hollywood darlings often get free passes for bad behavior, occasionally, even actors get arrested, convicted, and punished for their wrong-doings just like the rest of us. This is a list of actors who have spent more than 30 days in prison for crimes they definitely did commit. Have we all forgotten about Iron Man Robert Downey Jr.'s horrible years-long abuse of drugs and alcohol? Or Mark Wahlberg's extremely violent history as a teen thug growing up in Boston? One Oscar-winning actor went to jail after beating up a photographer. These familiar faces have been busted and locked in the pen to really think about what they've done.

Who are the most famous actors arrested and sentenced to real jail time? Robert Downey Jr. tops our list. From 1999-2000, he spent almost a year in a California substance abuse treatment facility and state prison after several parole violations associated with multiple drug charges. In 1987, Academy Award-winner Sean Penn spent 33 days in jail after assaulting an extra on a film set.

When he was 16 years old, Mark Wahlberg assaulted a Vietnamese man with a stick, knocking him unconscious while shouting racial epithets. On the very same day, he also nearly blinded a second Vietnamese man. Wahlberg was sentenced to two years in prison for attempted murder and served 45 days of the prison sentence.

Which actor's criminal past surprises you the most? Share your thoughts in the comments section.


Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 23 Actors Who Have Done Real Time in Prison
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From 1999 to 2000, Robert Downey, Jr. spent almost a year in a California substance abuse treatment facility and state prison after several parole violations associated with multiple drug charges. 

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Age: 52

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Credits: The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3, Iron Man 2

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Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 23 Actors Who Have Done Real Time in Prison
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When he was 16 years old, Mark Wahlberg assaulted a Vietnamese man with a stick, knocking him unconscious. On the very same day, attacked a second Vietnamese man who had already lost an eye in the Vietnam war. Both crimes were unprovoked. 

After pleading guilty to both counts, he was sentenced to two years in prison for attempted murder, but only ended up serving 45 days of that sentence.

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Age: 45

Birthplace: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Rapper, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, + more

Credits: Boogie Nights, The Fighter, Lone Survivor, Prisoners

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Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 23 Actors Who Have Done Real Time in Prison
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The Oscar winner is no stranger to violent outbursts, many leading to arrests, yet only one incident landed him behind bars. 

In 1987, Penn was sentenced to 60 days after punching an extra on the set of his film Colors while on probation from two prior assaults. Lucky for him, he only served a fraction of that time thanks to then-wife Madonna for not pressing charges for a particularly brutal domestic violence encounter. 

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Age: 56

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director

Credits: Mystic River, 21 Grams, Milk, Dogtown and Z-Boys

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Christian Slater is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 23 Actors Who Have Done Real Time in Prison
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In 1997, Christian Slater was convicted of assaulting his girlfriend and a police officer while intoxicated. After pleading guilty, he spent three months in prison and then three months in rehab.
 
Slater previously spent ten days in jail for a drunk driving charge in 1989. 

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Age: 47

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Television director, Film Producer, Actor, Film Director

Credits: Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, True Romance, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The Name of the Rose

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