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鈥檚 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鈥檚 鈥 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.

 
 

William Henry Gates III, aka "Bill Gates", 1977

Bill Gates mugshot was taken due to an arrest in Albuquerque in 1977 for driving without a license and running a stop sign. A year later, Gates moved his startup company Microsoft to Seattle and he famously received 3 speeding tickets in his Porsche 911 driving to Washington state. The arrest didn鈥檛 hold Gates back 鈥 Forbes estimates he鈥檚 worth $96 billion.

Jeremy Meeks, aka the 鈥淗ot Felon鈥, 2014

Jeremy Meeks, aka the 鈥淗ot Felon鈥 became famous due to his mug shot. After arrested in a gang sweep, Stockton Police posted his mugshot on their Facebook page. The mugshot went viral, racking up 98,000+ likes. While serving his prison sentence, Meeks was recruited for a modeling contract and is now a top fashion model with 1.6mm instagram followers.

Marshall Bruce Mathers III, aka 鈥淓minem鈥, 2000

Eminem was arrested on June 4, 2000 and charged with pistol-whipping a man who was allegedly kissing his wife, Kim Mathers, outside the Hard Rock Sports Bar in Warren, Michigan. Prosecutors dropped a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon as part of the plea agreement where Eminem plead guilty to carrying a concealed weapon and was sentenced to two-years probation.

Shawn Corey Carter, aka "Jay-Z", 1999

Jay-Z was arrested by New York City police in December 1999 for allegedly stabbing record producer Lance 鈥淯n鈥 Rivera at New York鈥檚 Kit Kat Club. He was charged with felony assault and could have faced a 15 year prison sentence. Jay-Z later plead guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to three years probation.

David Bowie, 1976

The English Rockstar David Bowie (born David Robert Jones) was arrested for marijuana possession in Rochester, New York in May 1976 after a performance at the Community War Memorial. Both Bowie and Iggy Pop were arrested when police found 6 ounces of marijuana in their hotel rooms. Pop and Bowie spent one night in jail and were then released on bail. Charges were dismissed when a grand jury declined to indict them.

Alfred James Pacino, aka "Al Pacino", 1961

Al Pacino was arrested in Woonsocket, Rhode Island in 1961 for possession of a concealed weapon. Pacino and two friends kept driving in a circle around the same block wearing black face masks. When police pulled over the suspicious car and searched the vehicle, they found a loaded .38 caliber pistol in the trunk. Pacino was arrested for the crime of possession of a concealed weapon and spent 3 days in jail as he was unable to come up with the $2,000 bail. Charges were later dropped.

Robert Downey Jr, 1999

Robert Downey Jr was arrested in 1999 after missing required drug tests while on probation for 1996 charges of possession of heroin, cocaine and a .357 magnum handgun.

Peter Gene Hernandez, aka "Bruno Mars", 2010

Singer Bruno Mars was arrested in 2010 in a bathroom of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada for felony cocaine possession. Mars pled guilty to cocaine possession (2.6 grams). Under his plea deal, charges were eventually dismissed after he paid a $2,000 fine and completed 200 hours of community service and eight hours of drug counseling.

Tupac Amaru Shakur, aka "2Pac" and "Makaveli", 1993

Tupac Shakur was arrested for sexually assaulting a 19 year old woman he met at a New York nightclub along with three of his friends. He was sentenced to 4 and a half years in prison but received an early release after serving only 9 months in Clinton Correctional Facility. Shakur was later shot and killed in September 1996. The murder was never officially solved.

Philip Andre 鈥淢ickey鈥 Rourke Jr., 1994

Mickey Rourke was arrested in 1994 in Los Angeles for alleged spousal abuse of his 25 year old wife Carr茅 Otis. Rourke allegedly slapped Otis, knocked her down and kicked her in an encounter at their publicist鈥檚 office. Rourke was on a break from acting career at the time pursing professional boxing. Charges were later dropped.

Justin Bieber, 2014

Justin Bieber and the singer Khalil were arrested in Miami, Florida in 2014 allegedly for drag-racing a yellow Lamborghini, resisting arrest and driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs. Bieber later pled guilty to resisting arrest without violence and a lesser charge of driving without due care and attention.

Keanu Reeves, 1993

Keanu Reeves was arrested for driving under the influence and reckless driving in Los Angeles in May 1993. Reeves allegedly admitted to DUI but was not charged.

Elvis Presley, 1970

This famous mugshot is believed to not actually be a real mugshot. Rather it was taken November 17, 1970 by the Denver Colorado Police for Elvis鈥檚 honorary Police badge. Elvis was being honored for donating to the construction of a local gym.

Martin Luther King Jr, 1956

Martin Luther King Jr was famously arrested in 1956 in Montgomery, Alabama while participating in the Rosa Parks inspired bus boycotts protesting bus segregation. King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for combatting racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. At age thirty-five, he was the youngest man ever to receive the Nobel prize.

Lindsay Lohan, 2010

Lindsay Dee Lohan has been arrested many times. Here she was photographed in 2010 after checking into the Lynwood Jail for probation violations. Lohan was sentenced to serve 3 months in jail and 90 days in rehab for repeatedly violating probation terms on two DUI arrests in 2007.

Kimora Lee Simmons, 2004

Kimora Lee Simmons (now Kimora Lee Leissner) was arrested in 2004 in Saddle River, New Jersey for marijuana possession and vehicle violations.

Frank Sinatra, 1938

Francis Albert Sinatra was arrested in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1938 for seducing a woman. According to FBI reports, "under the promise of marriage" Sinatra "did then and there have sexual intercourse with the said complainant, who was then and there a single female of good repute." He was released on $1,500 bail, but arrested one month later for the charge of adultery after it was determined the woman in question was married.

Mick Jagger, 1967

Mick Jagger was arrested in Sussex England in 1967 for Amphetamine possession. He was with Keith Richards who was allowing guests to smoke cannabis in his home. Both Jagger and Richards were convicted and sentenced to prison. But they appealed the charges which were overturned on appeal.

Nina Dobrev and the Vampire Diaries cast, 2009

Nina Dobrev, whose real name is Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva, and her Vampire Diaries costars Candice Accola, Sara Canning and Kayla Ewell were all arrested in 2009 in Smarr, Georgia for dangling from a bridge and flashing drivers on Highway I-72. The entire group was charged with disorderly conduct and ordered to pay a $4,000 fine.

Michelle Rodriguez, 2007

Mayte Michelle Rodriguez is photographed here in 2007 as she enters the Los Angeles County jail to serve a 6 month sentence for violating probation terms for three previous drunken driving and hit and run offenses in 2004. Rodriguez was found to have consumed alcohol on 3 occasions while wearing a monitoring ankle bracelet and also not meeting other terms.

Cherilyn Sarkisian, aka 鈥淐her鈥, 1959

Cher was only 13 years old in this arrest mugshot. Cher was arrested in 1959 for 鈥渂orrowing鈥 a friend鈥檚 car and driving it without a license in Los Angeles in 1959.

Curtis Jackson, aka 鈥50 Cent鈥, 1994

Rapper 50 Cent was photographed at age 19 while serving time in New York State Department of Correctional Services, in August 1994. Jackson had pleaded guilty to felony charges of selling heroin and crack cocaine.

Paris Hilton, 2010

Paris Hilton was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2010 on suspicion of felony cocaine possession after a container of the drug fell out of her handbag at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel. She later pled guilty to two misdemeanor charges of drug possession and obstructing an officer. She was sentenced to 1 year of probation, 200 hours of community service and agreed to complete an intensive substance abuse program.

Khlo茅 Kardashian, 2008

Kardashian turned herself into Los Angeles County jail here in 2008 for violating terms of her probation for a 2007 DUI conviction. Khlo茅 did not complete the alcohol education program or the community service that she promised to under her probation terms. Khlo茅 was supposed to serve up to 30 days in jail, but was released just 30 hours later due to overcrowding.

Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., aka "Snoop Dogg", 1993

Snoop Dogg turned himself in to face murder charges in the shooting death of Phillip Woldemarian in the Palms district of Los Angeles in 1993. He was later acquitted of all charges.

Steve McQueen, 1972

Steve McQueen was arrested in Anchorage, Alaska in 1972 for driving under the influence. After posting bail and leaving town, McQueen was later convicted in absentia for reckless driving.

Christopher Tucker, aka 鈥淐hris Tucker鈥, 2005

Chris Tucker was arrested in Georgia in April 2005 for reckless driving. Tucker was driving his Bentley at 109 mph when police attempted to pull him over. The pursuit lasted 10 miles before he stopped. Tucked pleaded guilty to speeding and eluding police and paid a fine of $6,999.

Terence Howard, 2000

Terrence Howard was arrested in August 2000 for allegedly assaulting a Continental Airlines flight attendant. Howard was placed under arrest when the flight landed in Cleveland, Ohio. The misdemeanor charges were later dropped due to lack of jurisdiction.

Tremaine Neverson, aka 鈥淭rey Songz鈥, 2016

Singer Trey Songz was arrested in Detroit in 2016 for aggravated assault and resisting and obstructing a police officer. Songz refused to leave the stage when his time was up during his performance at Joe Louis Arena. He became belligerent and angry, throwing speakers and microphones from the stage. Songz pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of disturbing the public and was sentenced to 18 months probation, anger management classes, substance abuse screenings and he had to pay restitution.

Shia LeBeouf, 2007

According to LeBeouf鈥檚 essay 鈥淓rror Breeds Sense鈥 he has been incarcerated five times, starting with a shop-lifting arrest at age 9 for taking Nike Cortezes from a store. In this mugshot, LaBeouf was arrested in Chicago, Illinois in 2007 for misdemeanor trespassing. He visited a Walgreens many times in one night in a drunken state and refused to leave after several requests by security. Charges were later dropped.


In 1888, French criminologist Alphonse Bertillon (left) set the mugshot template police use today.

In 1888, French criminologist Alphonse Bertillon (left) set the mugshot template police use today.

 

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鈥檚, shortly after the invention of photography. The french photographer Alphonse Bertillon standardized the mug shot process in 1888 into what is commonplace today.

Alphonse Bertillon self portrait in the standardized mugshot template he developed in 1888.

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鈥檚 1865 prisoner portraits of the accused conspirators in the Abraham Lincoln assassination trials.

In recent years, entrepreneurs have monetized celebrity mugshots by publishing books, stories and websites such as TMZ, Mugshots and The Smoking Gun.

 

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Last updated 6.15.19