Unspeakable Crimes 24 Actors Who Have Done Real Time in Prison  

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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?

Mike Sorrentino is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 24 Actors Who Have Done Real Time in Prison
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On October 5, 2018, Mike Sorrentino, best known as the Situation from MTV's Jersey Shore, was sentenced to eight months in prison for tax evasion. Both Sorrentino and his lawyer tried to push for probation instead with no luck. 

The judge also sentenced Sorrentino to two years of supervised release, 500 hours of community service upon release, and a $10,000 fine. 

Age: 35

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

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Robert Downey Jr. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 24 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

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Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 24 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: 46

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

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Sean Penn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 24 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: 57

Birthplace: California, United States of America

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