Fortunately, a number of celebrities were raised under the auspices of good parents. However, some didn’t enjoy this privilege. They had to conform to their parent’s criminal lifestyle. We all know that as a parent, you are the main role model for your kids. Whatever you inculcate in them is what they will be in future. In this segment, we are going to look at the 10 celebrities who were raised by criminals. Some of them have found themselves in the wrong side of the law just like their parents.
10. Woody Harrelson
You know him as Mickey Knox from the film ‘Natural Born Killers’ in which he starred as a serial killer. Did you know that his dad was a serious criminal? Charles Harrelson, his dad was a serial killer in real life. He first took out Allan Harry Berg, a renowned carpet salesman who was a rival to another carpet business salesman. Fortunately, he was acquitted for the killing. He never learned from his mistakes and was in the news again for killing Sam Degella Jr. a Texas grain dealer. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison after being found guilty. However, he was released after five years for good behavior. Charles killing spree was far from over, he was arrested again in 1979 for shooting Federal Judge John H. Wood Jr. He was sentence to life imprisonment after his retrial; he passed on in 2007 in prison.
9. Tobey Maguire
We all love Tobey Maguire for his role in the Spider Man Trilogy. Did you know that Tobey and Leonardo DiCaprio are childhood friends? They even made a promise to help each other get into Hollywood. That aside, his dad was a criminal who robbed a bank next to the family’s house in broad daylight without a mask. I wonder what he was thinking. He was convicted for two years in prison after his arrest. Thank God Maguire is a good citizen.
8. Jackie Chan
Of all the things I have known about Jackie Chan, being raised by a criminal isn’t one of them. The renowned actor contributed a lot to both the local and international industries. All the action movies enthusiasts can attest to that. His parents lived a wild and crazy life but managed to raise a star that has wowed many in the past years. His dad was a secret agent and is said to have taken a bullet from communist assassins. Her mom Lee-Lee was an opium smuggler and a gambler.
7. Demi Moore
Demi Moore is a multi-talented actress who can also sing and write songs. She has starred in number movies since beginning her career in 1981. Some of the movies include About Last Night (1986), Indecent Proposal (1993) and G.I. Jane (1997) just to mention a few. Her parents separated before she was even born. Demi’s mom and stepfather were both drunkards. Her stepfather committed suicide after splitting up with her mom. Demi’s mom was arrested a couple of times for assorted crimes including arson.
6. Kellie Pickler
If you are a country music fan, then you have probably come across the name Kellie Pickler. However, her upbringing wasn’t that rosy; she was raised by alcoholic parents with criminal records. While working at Wallmart, her mom was prone to writing bad checks and attempted to pass fake prescription of valium. Her father’s criminal background leaves a lot to be desired. From battery to armed robbery the list of his offenses is endless.
5. Dylan McDermott
Dylan McDermott is a 53 years old American actor who has been active since 1987. He is renowned for his role in the famous drama series The Practice; he portrayed Bobby Donnell a lawyer and legal firm head. Her mom passed on in 1967 allegedly murdered by his step dad John Sponza. John was later found dead in the trunk of a car.
4. Leighton Meester
Leighton Meestar is a 29 years old American actress and singer. She is one of the stars in the famous television series “Gossip Girl”. Her mom Constance Meester was arrested in drug smuggling scandal. Constance and her husband smuggled 1,200 pounds of bhang from Jamaica to the United States. She was tried and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Leighton was raised by her grandparents.
3. Hayden Panettiere
Hayden Panettiere is a 25 years old American actress who has been active since 1994. The 25years old is also a model, singer and a staunch activist. His dad was arrested for domestic violence in 2008. Evidence showed that he hit her mom three times on her face with a closed fist. He felt disrespected by her wife while at a party held at Eva Longoria’s restaurant. He was later charged with spousal battery and placed on two year probation.
2. Lily Allen
The 30 years old is a famous English singer and actress. She is also a songwriter and television presenter. She is the daughter to renowned actor, singer, presenter, comedian and songwriter Keith Allen. Lily also has a brother who is also an actor, Alfie Allen. Her dad was sentenced to 21 days in prison for criminal damages at Zanzibar Bar in Covent Garden.
1. Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan needs no introduction since she has hit the headlines not once or twice but myriad times for the wrong reasons. It is time to give Lindsay a break since her Wall Street trader dad wasn’t there for her when she needed him most. Her dad was first incarcerated for contempt of court while the investigations were underway. Michael Lohan was locked up for three years with five years probation after serving his sentence. After his release, he resumed with his normal lifestyle of rubbing shoulders with the law and was charged with failure to pay, domestic violence and attempted assault. At least you can now tell why Lindsay followed his footsteps.