30 Famous Actors and Actresses Who Have Battled Drug Addiction and Alcoholism
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
“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
Once 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
Bisexual reality dating star Tila Tequila is known for her publicity stunts and drug use.
5. 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
The 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
While 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
Promising 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
“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.
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
All-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
Actress Nicole Richie has struggled with numerous addictions, including heroin, cocaine, and marijuana, resulting in three arrests and five car accidents.
13. Heath Ledger
The Dark Knight star Heath Ledger died in 2008 of a toxic combination of six prescription drugs.
14. Jason Cook
“Days of Our Lives” actor Jason Cook was arrested for drug possession and public intoxication in 2005.
15. Macaulay Culkin
In 2004, Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin was arrested for Xanax and marijuana possession during a rough patch in his life.
16. Edie Falco
Known 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 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
At age 16, actor Charlie Sheen was arrested for marijuana possession on his mom’s birthday.
19. Tatum O’Neal
As a result of dealing with her mentally unstable mother, Oscar winner Tatum O’Neal turned to cocaine by age twenty.
20. Johnny Depp
Johnny 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
Following a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease in 1991, Michael J. Fox turned to alcohol as an escape.
23. Jamie Lee Curtis
Popular actress Jamie Lee Curtis used to hide her resentments in drugs and alcohol.
24. Brittany Murphy
The beautiful actress Brittany Murphy died in 2009, and the secondary cause of death was multiple drug intoxication.
25. Judy Garland
Wizard 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 Monroe’s barbiturate overdose was allegedly a suicide attempt, reflecting her tumultuous personal problems.
27. Anna Nicole Smith
Anna Nicole Smith was found dead in 2007 with a lethal dose of a drug concoction in her system.
28. Edie Sedgwick
Edie Sedgwick died in 1971 of a potent mix of barbiturates and alcohol.
29. Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor, one of the great actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age, struggled with drug and alcohol dependency for years.
30. Kirsten Dunst
Spider-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.