Actors who ruined their career in a matter of seconds

Mel Gibson

Like Michael Richards, Mel Gibson also committed professional suicide in ’06. The Australian was arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after officers in Malibu caught him speeding with an open bottle of booze, though it wasn’t his DUI bust that made the headlines. After initially refusing arrest and unsuccessfully attempting to flee the scene, Gibson was cuffed and detained. What he said in the back of the police car en route to the station still haunts him to this day.

The Lethal Weapon star repeatedly threatened his arresting officer, telling him that he owned Malibu and would spend every cent he had left on getting even with him. According to a transcript of the police report obtained by the LA Times, Gibson then “blurted out a barrage of anti-Semitic remarks about ‘[expletive] Jews.’ Gibson yelled out, ‘The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.’ Gibson then asked, ‘Are you a Jew?'”

Unlike Michael Richards, however, Gibson has refused to throw in the towel and is looking to make a comeback a decade after retiring from the public eye in disgrace. His violent daddy-daughter thriller Blood Father has been positively received by critics, and his return to the director’s chair with so-called atonement piece Hacksaw Ridge has gone down equally well, getting a 10-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival.