The 30 Best Celebrity Mugshots of all Time
Celebrities are real humans too. Sometimes they commit crimes, get arrested and have their mugshot photos taken. The main difference is their funny mugshots are headline news that gets plastered all over TV and the web for everyone’s entertainment.
Some of the most famous mugshots include wild ones like Nick Nolte, Mel Gibson and Mathew McConaughey. But as connoisseurs of mugshots, we have carefully researched the best celebrity mug shots published since the 1930’s – including rarely seen gems.
Here are our Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers have chosen the best celebrity mugshots for their historic importance, attitude or style. The result is this curated collection of the most iconic and funniest mugshots of all time.
What is a mugshot?
Mugshots are police photographs of a person after arrest for a crime. They are used by law enforcement to create a photographic record of individuals to aid in identification by investigators, criminal victims and the public at large.
Photographing criminals began in the 1840’s, shortly after the invention of photography. The french photographer Alphonse Bertillon standardized the mug shot process in 1888 into what is commonplace today.
The mugshot standard is a two-part image combining a photograph from the front with a side view. The photographs are typically taken against a simple background in order to not distract from the facial image. Often the arrested person holds a placard with their name, booking ID and other identifying information.
It is believed that the two-part image was originally inspired by Alexander Gardner’s 1865 prisoner portraits of the accused conspirators in the Abraham Lincoln assassination trials.
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Last updated 6.15.19