Hollywood's Biggest Comebacks

You can't keep a big star down! See the celebs – Paula, Ben, RDJ, Drew – who've resurfaced with extra shine


The brooding leading man seemingly went off the rails when he dropped acting for a career in professional boxing in 1991. By 1994 he was hospitalized after admitting to suicidal thoughts, had lost his Hollywood Hills home and was in the middle of a nasty separation from then-wife Carre Otis – whom he was accused of beating (the charges were later dropped).
The comeback: After being showered with praise for his Oscar-nominated turn as a washed-up performer in 2008's indie breakout The Wrestler, Rourke is once again being considered for plum movie roles, starring in big-budget films like Iron Man 2 and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.