The Top 5 Celebrity Mug Shots Of All Time

The Top 5 Celebrity Mug Shots Of All Time

Following the recent arrest of Mayback Music Group CEO Rick Ross, we stop and compile our five favorite celebrity mug shots ever.
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The recent arrest of MMG head Rick Ross resulted in his booking photograph, or mug shot, to be plastered all over the news and on social media. This made me realize that, one, it must be incredibly lame to get arrested and have your mug shot on everyone’s screens, and, two, I have become somewhat immune to seeing a celebrity’s mug shot. It’s a weird thing to be immune to the shock value of seeing a celebrity in a police photograph. Was it my inability to associate a celebrity to a normal person’s life? Maybe it was because I saw a celebrity's time in jail as just another event in that celebrity’s life story, one that I most definitely would never have a direct relation towards, but would be generally aware of.

When it came down to it, I realized there wasn’t some deep, philosophical meaning behind my immunity. No, it was simple – there was little to no shock value when seeing any celebrity mug shot because I was so used to seeing them. Maybe it’s because I grew up Los Angeles, where a locally arrested celebrity was always guaranteed a slot on the evening news, or maybe we’ve all just seen our good share of celebrity booking photos.

No matter the reason, the recent arrest of the Wing Stop mogul led me to think of my five favorite celebrity mug shots of alltime. These are restricted to celebrities, excluding public figures that have gone to jail for social or political causes. Although their reasons for being arrested differ, all five of these celebrities have one thing in common: they made me feel some type of way that differed from any of their celebrity mug shot counterparts.

Honorable Mention: Desmond Bryant

Because he isn't quite a celebrity, Mr. Bryant couldn't quite crack our list. But frankly, I find it hard to not include this guy in the discussion. Desmond Bryant, who currently plays defensive-end for the Cleveland Browns, was arrested in 2013 for drunkenly forcing his way into a residence. He ended up being charged with a misdemeanor, but gave us all a gift by providing one of the more memorable mug shots in recent history. Just take a minute to truly grasp the greatness that is Desmond Bryant's government-official booking photograph.

5. Nick Nolte


No, it wasn’t his role in Tropic Thunder, Warrior, Cape Fear, or 48 Hours that landed Nick Nolte the fifth spot in our list. In this case, the art really does speak for itself. The California Highway arrested the actor on September 11th, 2002, for driving under the influence, meaning that Nolte spent the one-year anniversary of 9/11 getting plastered in his favorite floral button-up. The hair, the pissed-off face, and that beautiful luau going crazy on his shirt – all of these things seemingly come together to form one hell of a mug shot.

4. Andre Rene Roussimoff (Andre the Giant)


When your name is ‘Andre the Giant,’ two things should be obvious: your name is Andre, and you’re probably huge. At the time of his arrest, Andre was 7’4” and 540 pounds. Imagine if you’re a cop and you get a call on your radio about an assault on a local TV cameraman (which Andre was arrested for), and you show up to find the suspect to be Andre the freaking Giant. Much respect to the cop(s) who arrested him and took this booking photo – I have no idea how you did it.

3. Amanda Bynes


Amanda-Manda-Manda-Manda-Manda, Amanda-Manda-Manda-Manda-Manda shooooooooow! These are the first words that popped into my head when I saw this mugshot of Amanda Bynes. If you were born in the 90’s, there’s a good chance you saw what I call ‘the prime of Nickelodeon,’ which included classics like The Amanda Show, All That, and Kenan & Kel (just to name a few). If you weren’t blessed enough to catch the brilliance of Amanda Bynes on Nickelodeon, it might be harder for you to understand why it’s so strange to see the host of The Girls’ Room being booked for smoking weed in her apartment lobby.

2. Vince Vaughn

I’ve always thought that Vince Vaughn was a good actor, but man, did he really deliver in this mug shot. Vaughn was arrested for fighting in brawl outside a New Hanover County bar, but more importantly, he epitomizes the look of being on one. I don’t know if it’s because he had a lot to drink, or because he was in a brawl, but Vaughn looks exactly like some of my friends right before I tell them, “Man you better not be driving tonight.”

1. Lindsay Lohan


What do Joe Montana, Michael Jordan, and Derek Jeter all have in common? Championships, rings, hardware – no matter what way you put it, they’ve exceeded their peers in loading up on titles. If accumulating mug shots as celebrity was a sport, Lindsay Lohan would be Bill Russell. This isn’t a jab of any kind – I’m probably a bigger Lohan fan then most (The Parent Trap remains one of my favorite classics of all-time), but you can’t ignore the numbers. I mean, just look at her most recent mug shot from 2014 up above: Lohan's convincing look of confidence shows that she's a pro. What Lohan may lack in "shocking mug shot appeal,"she makes up for in quantity. Numbers. Don't. Lie.

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.
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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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