List of Celebrities Whose Parents Have Been in Prison, ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous people came from less than traditional upbringings because their parents spent time in prison. Some of these famous people’s mothers were actually pregnant with their future stars while they were incarcerated. One famous actor’s father was convicted of multiple murders.
Who is the most famous person whose parents have been in prison? Lindsay Lohan tops our list. The Mean Girls actress’s father Michael Lohan has been in and out of prison. The list of charges against him include insider trading, driving under the influence, and assault. Hunger Games actor Woody Harrelson’s father spent most of his life in prison after being convicted of two murder charges. He attempted to escape in 1995, but he was caught and sent to the Supermax prison ADX Florence.
“Gossip Girl” actress Leighton Meester’s mother was serving time in prison on drug charges throughout her pregnancy.Tupac Shakur’s mother Afeni Shakur was very involved in the Black Panthers party, and she spent almost a year in jail for conspiracy against the U.S. government. She was acquitted of all charges, and Tupac was born one month after her release from jail.
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Lindsay Lohan’s father Michael has been in and out of prison for decades. The list of charges against him include insider trading (1990), violating probation (1997), driving under the influence, and assault (2004).
Woody Harrelson’s father spent most of his life in prison after being convicted of two murder charges. A hitman, Charles Harrelson was convicted in 1973 for the 1968 murder of Sam Degelia. While out on parole, he shot and killed U.S. District Judge John H. Wood, Jr. in 1979. Harrelson attempted to escape prison in 1995, but he was caught and sent to the Supermax prison ADX Florence. He died of cancer in 2007.
Drew Barrymore’s childhood was less than traditional. Her father, John Drew Barrymore, went to jail several times in the 1950s and ’60s for public drunkenness, drug abuse, and domestic violence against his first wife Cara.
While pregnant, “Gossip Girl” actress Leighton Meester’s mother, Constance, was serving time in federal prison. She had been convicted as part of a drug ring that smuggled marijuana from Jamaica to the U.S. Meester was born in a hospital, and her mother was able to spend a few months with her newborn in a halfway house. She was then raised by her grandparents until her mother got released from prison.
Tupac Shakur’s mother, Afeni Shakur, was very involved in the Black Panthers Party. She took part in several bombings and was charged with over 150 charges of Conspiracy against the U.S. government and New York landmarks. She acted as her own criminal defense attorney in her trial, but starting in 1970, she spent 11 months in jail. Shakur was eventually acquitted of all charges, and Tupac was born one month after her release.
When Hayden Panettiere was 18, her father, Skip, was sent to jail after being charged with misdemeanor spousal battery against her mother. Panettiere’s parents divorced in 2012.
Hope Solo was conceived during a conjugal visit while her father, Jeffrey, was in prison for embezzlement. A mysterious con man with a questionable history, he was later was jailed for kidnapping Solo and her brother as children and driving them out of state.
When Kimora Lee Simmons was in elementary school, Vernon Whitlock, Jr., spent three years in prison. A former Federal Marshal and bail bondsman, he was originally sentenced to 24 years for distributing cocaine and synthetic heroin, but his sentence was reduced when he provided the state information about his supplier.
“American Idol” alum Kellie Pickler’s father, Bo, was in and out of jail when she was a child. He served 3 years for aggravated assault and battery related to a 2003 stabbing. In 2013, he was listed as a fugitive in Florda after violating his probation. Pickler was raised primarily by her grandparents.