Actors who ruined their career in a matter of seconds

Stephen Collins

Stephen Collins got famous for playing a moralistic pastor on 7th Heaven, but if you needed more proof that playing someone on TV doesn’t make you that person, observe how Collins flushed away his career thanks to one of the least moral acts imaginable.

According to People, Collins confessed during a 2012 therapy session that he had molested underage girls. Unfortunately for him, his then-wife Faye Grant was secretly recording the sessions, which leaked to TMZ in late 2014. Once that happened, the NYPD, LAPD, and Manhattan Special Victims Squad launched investigations into Collins’s purported crimes. In December 2014, Collins confessed to People that he had indeed molested underage girls three times. The incidents, according to him, occurred between 1973 and 1994, and he insisted he hadn’t had any urges to be with underage girls since. Regardless of that, and regardless of whether police investigations ever lead anywhere, Collins’ career is all but done. He hasn’t worked since the tape leaked and, according to Entertainment Weekly, Seth MacFarlane fired him from Ted 2 shortly after. When even the “rude, perverted teddy bear” movie wants nothing to do with you, you know you’re finished.