Shooting stars

A-list actors who endured negative public scrutiny, and how they fared

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Robert Downey Jr.

He earned an Oscar nomination in 1992 for "Chaplin," but the decade's second half included many arrests and rehab stints. A guest-starring gig on "Ally McBeal" repositioned him in the public eye and earned him an Emmy nom, but more drug arrests got him fired. After rebuilding his film career sober, he emerged in 2008 with the title role in "Iron Man," which grossed $585 million worldwide, and another Oscar nom for "Tropic Thunder."

Eddie Murphy

After "Beverly Hills Cop," "Coming to America" and "The Nutty Professor" turned Murphy into a '90s boxoffice powerhouse, he was stopped in 1997 by the LAPD for picking up a prostitute. Murphy quickly was released and never stopped working, but he dropped his edgy persona and focused almost entirely on family-oriented fare like "Doctor Dolittle." He received an Oscar nom for "Dreamgirls" in 2007, but his latest pics have been disappointments.

Hugh Grant

He came out of nowhere in 1994 with "Four Weddings and a Funeral," which grossed $244 million worldwide. The following year he was arrested in Los Angeles for lewd conduct with a prostitute. Grant returned in 1999's "Notting Hill," which grossed $363 million worldwide. Since then, he has tweaked his good-guy persona to play cheekier characters in such films as "Bridget Jones's Diary" and "About a Boy."