Celebrities are just like everyone else, and few incidents prove this notion better than a run-in with the law. Once booked, a celebrity's arrest is a matter of public record. Other personalities broke the law before finding fame, only to have their records resurface. From politically motivated offenses to serious crimes, some of the most beloved stars today have had surprising encounters with the law.

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1. Mark Wahlberg

From "The Departed" to "The Italian Job," Mark Wahlberg is pretty convincing in some of his most aggressive roles. Maybe that's because the Oscar-nominated actor was once a teenage gang member in Dorchester, Massachusetts. When he was only 16 years old, Wahlberg was charged with attempted murder after severely beating a man and yelling racial slurs during a botched robbery attempt. He pled guilty to assault and served 45 days of a two-year sentence in jail. The reformed star currently devotes his time to charitable causes, including The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation for at-risk teens.

Wahlberg was a delinquent teenager Joe Scarnici / Getty Images
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