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30 Famous Actors and Actresses Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore

1. Drew Barrymore

Former child star Drew Barrymore's drug abuse in her teenage years found her controversial fame, including two trips to rehab that motivated her to get back on track with her career.

2. Mary-Kate Olsen

Mary-Kate Olsen"Full House" actress Mary-Kate Olsen suffered with anorexia and a related cocaine addiction that led her to rehab. The Olsen twins have since designed a $55,000 pill-covered handbag.

3. Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay LohanOnce the adorable child star in the original film, The Parent Trap, Lindsay Lohan has since lost control of her life, including cocaine and alcohol abuse, DUI arrests, jail time and multiple stints in rehab.

4. Tila Tequila

tila-tequila2Bisexual reality dating star Tila Tequila is known for her publicity stunts and drug use.

5. Mischa Barton

Mischa Barton"The O.C." star Mischa Barton has gotten more press for drug use than for acting. Her DUI and marijuana possession have kept her in the spotlight.

6. Corey Haim

Corey HaimThe Lost Boys child star Corey Haim found himself lost in drugs at a young age. His death in 2010 was attributed to a bad prescription medication concoction.

7. Jeremy London

Jeremy LondonWhile he was still struggling, actor Jeremy London denied his drug use with a ridiculous story about how a guy kidnapped him and forced him to use drugs.

8. River Phoenix

River PhoenixPromising actor River Phoenix, known in the '80s for his role in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, shocked the world when his 1993 death exposed him as a heroin addict.

9. David Hasselhoff

david-hasselhoff1"Baywatch" boy David Hasselhoff began struggling with alcohol in the early 1970s. Wearing only sweatpants, he fled a rehab center in 2002.

10. Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr.Although actor Robert Downey Jr. first tried drugs at the young age of six, it wasn't until 1996 that he faced his first drug-related arrest. After a troubling period with drug abuse, Downey Jr. has achieved an inspiring comeback from addiction.

11. Farrah Fawcett

Farrah FawcettAll-American beauty Farrah Fawcett suffered a drug and alcohol addiction that saw her promising acting career thrown into a series of tumultuous twists and turns.

12. Nicole Richie

Nicole RichieActress Nicole Richie has struggled with numerous addictions, including heroin, cocaine, and marijuana, resulting in three arrests and five car accidents.

13. Heath Ledger

Heath LedgerThe Dark Knight star Heath Ledger died in 2008 of a toxic combination of six prescription drugs.

14. Jason Cook

Jason Cook"Days of Our Lives" actor Jason Cook was arrested for drug possession and public intoxication in 2005.

15. Macaulay Culkin

Macaulay CulkinIn 2004, Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin was arrested for Xanax and marijuana possession during a rough patch in his life.

16. Edie Falco

Edie FalcoKnown for her role as a painkiller addict on "Nurse Jackie," Edie Falco's own addiction experiences have played a part in her dynamic acting.

17. Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour HoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman, "Capote" Oscar nominee, used alcohol and drugs a lot as a young adult. Hoffman relapsed in February 2014 and died from a combined drug intoxication.

18. Charlie Sheen

Charlie SheenAt age 16, actor Charlie Sheen was arrested for marijuana possession on his mom's birthday.

19. Tatum O'Neal

Tatum O'NealAs a result of dealing with her mentally unstable mother, Oscar winner Tatum O'Neal turned to cocaine by age twenty.

20. Johnny Depp

Johnny DeppJohnny Depp became a heavy drinker simply because of his claim to fame. He couldn't speak at ceremonies without the help of alcohol.

21. Ed Harris

Ed Harris had a slight drinking problem at the time he played the lead role in Pollock.

22. Michael J. Fox

Michael J. FoxFollowing a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease in 1991, Michael J. Fox turned to alcohol as an escape.

23. Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee CurtisPopular actress Jamie Lee Curtis used to hide her resentments in drugs and alcohol.

24. Brittany Murphy

Brittany MurphyThe beautiful actress Brittany Murphy died in 2009, and the secondary cause of death was multiple drug intoxication.

25. Judy Garland

Huty1585352Wizard of Oz star Judy Garland struggled with drug addiction for much of her life and died of a barbiturate overdose at age forty-seven.

26. Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn MonroeMarilyn Monroe's barbiturate overdose was allegedly a suicide attempt, reflecting her tumultuous personal problems.

27. Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole SmithAnna Nicole Smith was found dead in 2007 with a lethal dose of a drug concoction in her system.

28. Edie Sedgwick

Edie SedgwickEdie Sedgwick died in 1971 of a potent mix of barbiturates and alcohol.

29. Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth TaylorElizabeth Taylor, one of the great actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age, struggled with drug and alcohol dependency for years.

30. Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten DunstSpider-Man actress Kirsten Dunst has been caught with drugs and checked in and out of rehab for alcohol and drug abuse.

The world has lost far too many bright stars to drug addiction and alcohol abuse. From Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse, to Cory Monteith and Philip Seymour Hoffman, celebrity deaths from drug and alcohol overdoses leave millions of fans in mourning. Could we have saved these stars? What do these celebrity drug deaths have in common? See for yourself in our Celebrity Drug Death Memorial Wall, an interactive flip book that documents 75 celebrities who have passed away due to complications with substance abuse.


Britney Murphy did use drugs. Before she past she was taking Xanax and the like. Wheather she was taking them by the hand full or just one a day is unclear.
September 20 at 10:51pm
I'd let Downey do coke off of my......umm, never mind.
September 1 at 3:40am
Norma Jones You, are a dick.
August 26 at 2:01pm
Little faggot, who are you to judge anyone. If it wasn't for people brave enough to take drugs, rock n roll would still sound like it did in the 50's Thanks to musicians both in the UK & the USA their experienmenting with hugh amounts of hard drugs has resulted in bringing out the best albums in the last 65 years. There is not one great album made without some drug use while recorded or written! Otherall doctors, professors and other expects have all reported that except for heroin, all other drugs are much safer to take than achohol, more sociable, less violent and great to take before sex. So stop being a little sissy boy and do some drugs, if you are lucky they might make your balls drop" e the albums
August 25 at 10:56pm
Brittany Murphy wasn't on drugs, this article has no facts.
August 15 at 5:02pm
Also Robert Downey Jr. in Sherlock Holmes as well sorry
June 16 at 4:35pm
That is such a shame because they were all fricken awesome movie actors and actresses!!!
June 16 at 4:35pm
I had no idea that some of my favorite movie actors and actresses did drugs. My favorite ones were Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man, Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean, Sleepy Hollow, From Hell, and Public Enemies, and Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween (1978) and Halloween H20: 20 Years Later... that kind of disappoints me :-(
June 16 at 4:34pm
Corey Haim died from pneumonia. Doctors said drugs werent a factor. Really bad facts in this article.
June 10 at 3:51pm
Brittany Murphy had meds in her for a cold type flu she was experiencing > she had no street drugs in her > no coke, no pot, no meth, etc.
May 26 at 4:52am
Is there a book like this I can buy please
March 11 at 9:59pm
An incentive to stop could be success
January 6 at 10:41pm