People love comeback stories and Hollywood is the setting of some of the highest profile stories around. While many actors and actresses will end up failing to maintain a sustainable acting career, there are some that have refused to go quietly and instead have fought to stay in the game, sometimes even surpassing their former glories. The following 10 actors and actresses have all been in the dumps at some point in their respective careers but have found ways to claw themselves out of obscurity. These are the 10 Best Acting Career Comebacks.
10. Mickey Rourke
It may come as a surprise to learn that grizzled actor Mickey Rourke was considered somewhat of an 80s heartthrob before his amateur boxing career disfigured his face. Rourke had great success as an actor during the 80s and early 90s, but a series of poor career decisions and a messy divorce led to destitution and relative obscurity. His career received a much-needed jolt in the mid-2000s when director Robert Rodriguez gave him a leading role in the popular Sin City. However, it wasn’t until 2008 that Rourke truly reignited his acting career, earning a Best Actor Oscar nomination for playing a washed-up wrestler in Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler. With additional high profile appearances in films such as Iron Man 2 and The Expendables, Mickey Rourke has truly recaptured his former glory.