Before his cold-eyed and swaggering appearance in 1994’s Pulp Fiction, Samuel Jackson was a 44-year-old stage actor in New York. Well regarded in local theater circles, Jackson took up multiple important roles in August Wilson plays that never materialized into Broadway. Despite his early successes however, the actor struggled with addiction to substances such as alcohol and crack cocaine.
If you don’t know John Mayer by name, chances are you’ve probably heard a few of his songs on the radio. Mayer has had a number of hit radio songs including “Daughters”, “Waiting on the World to Change”, and “Gravity”. He is a seven-time Grammy Award-winning artist and has released seven studio albums during his career, he has also worked with a number of other artists including Frank Ocean, Kanye West, and the Grateful Dead.
Throughout his 17-year career in the 1980s and 1990s, baseball legend Darryl Strawberry won Rookie of the Year, was an eight-time All-Star and finished in the top ten in Most Valuable Player voting four times. Strawberry is a four-time World Series champion and was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame.
Sir Elton John is one of the most famous and influential artists over the past few decades. During his career, the singer and pianist has released 30 albums as well as four live albums, 3 EPs, and 7 movie soundtracks. Since his first tour in 1970, Elton John has played over 4000 performances in more than 80 countries. Throughout his life, the artist has sold over 300 million records.
Throughout his musical career, Nine Inch Nails founder and leader, Trent Reznor, has seen his fair share of ups and downs. Reznor has released nine albums under the Nine Inch Nails monniker, won two Grammy awards, and has even scored a number of movies including The Social Network which he won a Golden Globe and Academy Award for. Despite the success that he has seen over the past thirty years, Reznor had to go through hell and face him demons to become comfortable with himself and the fame he has received.
Most people don’t picture an alcoholic when they think of Harry Potter, but that’s exactly what was hidden beneath the surface for Daniel Radcliffe, star of one of the most successful fantasy franchises of all time. Daniel Radcliffe’s experience as a young child star and wildly successful actor exposed him to a lifestyle that could have easily left him wrecked, but thanks to his efforts to become sober, he’s been able to maintain a positive public image and beloved fan base that follow him devoutly.
In many ways, one of the stars and fan-favorites of the MTV show and movie series, Jackass, Steve-O, is lucky to be alive. From lighting himself on fire to piercing his body using a BB gun to swallowing and puking up a live goldfish, Steve-O has done just about everything to his body. Not only famous for his ridiculous stunts that he went through for his TV series, Steve-O was also well-known for his highly-publicized substance abuse issues that landed him in a psych ward and multiple rehab facilities to help him get past his drug addiction.
Alcohol is alcohol. I’m an alcoholic. I would drink no matter what. That’s just part of being an alcoholic – you find any excuse. For some reason, I just denied what I was doing to myself. It’s a miracle anyone would hire me at all, looking at me. I looked like a walking heart attack.”
“Drugs entered the picture in about ’78, around the same time that I realized that I was out of control with drinking. Well, I thought I was in control, but in reality I wasn’t.”