Actors who ruined their career in a matter of seconds

Jeffrey Jones

Jeffrey Jones rose to fame in the ’80s as the principal in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, a guy who had a job to do and rules to enforce and somehow became the villain for it. Turns out, he’s quite the villain in real life, as he not only has child pornography on his record, but a knack for repeatedly trying to hide that fact from the world.

In November 2002, Jones was arrested on suspicion that he had hired a 14-year-old boy to pose for inappropriate pictures. He pleaded no contest and received no jail time, though he did receive five years’ probation and was ordered to register as a sex offender. And just like that, his career skidded to a halt. He’s appeared in a whopping two movies since, though he did wrangle some decent screen time on a couple seasons of HBO’s Deadwood. But in 2010, some years after leaving that show, he sunk the knife just a little deeper into his career, getting himself arrested for failing to update his California sex offender status, something all offenders are required to do each year. He received three more years’ probation plus 250 hours of community service, which is the most work he’s done in years.