Not All Sunshine: Beloved Celebrities With Dark Pasts

Pretending to be happy, charming and likeable is just part of the job for most celebrities; therefore it’s no surprise that the public sometimes forgets about their favorite star’s troubled pasts. Here are six famous people whose shady histories are unknown, or simply overlooked.

Matthew Broderick

Forever known and loved for his iconic role as teenaged slacker Ferris Bueller, Matthew Broderick has enjoyed a long, successful career, and is a well-respected figure of the stage and screen.

Perhaps that’s why so few people know about the 1989 holiday car crash he caused that left two people dead. After the success of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Broderick and his then girlfriend, Jennifer Grey of Dirty Dancing fame, were vacationing in Northern Ireland when a seaside drive along the cliffs went terribly wrong.

Broderick, forgetting that he should have been driving on the left side of the road, collided head on with another car that was rounding a corner. Both the driver and the passenger of the other car, a mother and daughter, were pronounced dead on the scene. Broderick was convicted of careless driving and paid a fine of just $175.

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