Acting turned their lives around.

by nitestocker372 | created - 24 Apr 2011 | updated - 25 Oct 2014 | Public

Some you could have probably guessed had a checkered past...others you'd be surprised!

1. Bruce Lee

Actor | Meng long guo jiang

Bruce Lee remains the greatest icon of martial arts cinema and a key figure of modern popular media. Had it not been for Bruce Lee and his movies in the early 1970s, it's arguable whether or not the martial arts film genre would have ever penetrated and influenced mainstream North American and ...

2. Danny Trejo

Actor | Machete

Danny Trejo was born Dan Trejo in Echo Park, Los Angeles, to Alice (Rivera) and Dan Trejo, a construction worker. A child drug addict and criminal, Trejo was in and out of jail for 11 years. While serving time in San Quentin, he won the lightweight and welterweight boxing titles. Imprisoned for ...

3. Tim Allen

Actor | Toy Story

Timothy Allen Dick was born on June 13, 1953, in Denver, Colorado, to Martha Katherine (Fox) and Gerald M. Dick. His father, a real estate salesman, was killed in a collision with a drunk driver while driving his family home from a University of Colorado football game, when Tim was eleven years old...

4. Mark Wahlberg

Actor | Boogie Nights

American actor Mark Wahlberg is one of a handful of respected entertainers who successfully made the transition from teen pop idol to acclaimed actor. A Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee for The Departed (2006) who went on to receive positive critical reviews for his performance in The Fighter (...

5. Emilio Rivera

Actor | High Crimes

Emilio Rivera has discovered that turning your life around is the key to making dreams come true. His acting credentials have allowed him to top the list of successful Latino actors. His resume continues to grow with starring roles in films such as High Crimes (2002) with Ashley Judd and Morgan ...

His nickname was/is "Lefty" because of his fighting abilities. Street fighting or legit boxing - I don't know. He grew up in L.A., but is from my hometown (San Antonio, Tx) so I would like to know more about him.

6. Charles S. Dutton

Actor | Alien³

Charles S. Dutton was born on January 30, 1951 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Charles Stanley Dutton. He is an actor and producer, known for Alien³ (1992), Gothika (2003) and A Time to Kill (1996). He was previously married to Debbi Morgan.

7. Robert LaSardo

Actor | Nip/Tuck

Robert LaSardo was born on September 20, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Nip/Tuck (2003), Death Race (2008) and Anarchy Parlor (2015).

8. Tommy Flanagan

Actor | AVP: Alien vs. Predator

Tommy Flanagan was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. In his twenties, Tommy made his living as a DJ for local dance clubs until a violent attack nearly ended his life. In hospital, his friend Robert Carlyle persuaded Tommy to give acting a try. Mr. Flanagan joined Carlyle's Raindog Theatre ...

9. Desmond Harrington

Actor | The Hole

Desmond Harrington was raised in the Bronx New York. Prior to acting Desmond attended Manhattan college briefly, worked as a laborer, landscaper, a cold caller at a brokerage firm, and finally a bartender in Manhattan, where a co-worker invited him to attend an acting class. Harrington landed his ...

10. Edward Bunker

Actor | Reservoir Dogs

Edward Bunker was born on December 31, 1933 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA as Edward Heward Bunker. He was an actor and writer, known for Reservoir Dogs (1992), The Longest Yard (2005) and Tango & Cash (1989). He was married to Jennifer Steele. He died on July 19, 2005 in Burbank, ...

11. Leslie Grantham

Actor | EastEnders

Leslie Grantham was born on April 30, 1947 in Camberwell, London, England. He is an actor and producer, known for EastEnders (1985), The Uninvited (1997) and Waiting for Godot (1991). He has been married to Jane Laurie since 1981. They have three children.

I can't say that I remember seeing this actor in anything, but after reading his biography and the list of filmography credits aftwards, all I can say is wow!!!