Life is full of suffering even for many. This also true for actors. Some well known actors had a very hard life. Here a list of some of them.
1. Christopher Reeve, The Original Superman
For many, perhaps an entire generation, Reeve was thought of as the strongest, most powerful man imaginable, invulnerable to pain, suffering or injury. From the man of steel, to a quadraplegic.
For me, Christopher Reeve represents the random nature of human life, how the journey can be kind one minute and beyond cruel the next. The story of this actor’s life, goes far beyond hard and reaches a level at which many humans would simply give up.
In 1992, at the height of his fame, Christopher Reeve married the love of his life Dana. Just three years later in 1995, Reeve fell from his horse and broke his neck.
“The extent of his injury meant his skull and spine were no longer connected. This resulted in fluid buildup in his lungs, constant pain, and an inability to breathe on his own as well as complete paralysis from the neck down.”
Perhaps life did show Reeve some kindness, for his wife never gave up on him and stuck by her severely disabled husband, even when he begged her to pull the plug on his life support system. Together they founded a nonprofit organization which has advanced understanding and care for spinal cord injury across the world.
Founded the Christopher & Dana Reeve foundation, which has so far managed to raise more than $130 million for research into spinal cord injury and treatments. More than 100,000 disabled people and their family members have benefited from his work.
Christopher died in 2004, twelve years after he married Dana, and she then died two years later from cancer.
“I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Christopher Reeve.
2. Life is Full of Suffering for Michael J Fox
Michael J Fox was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s at age 28, an illness associated with older people. Parkinson’s is an illness characterized by shaking of the limbs.
In a 2016 an interview with “Haute Living”, he shared with readers,
“I was diagnosed 25 years ago, and I was only supposed to work for perhaps 10 more years at best.
I was pretty much supposed to be disabled by now. I’m far from it. This is as bad as I get. I can still go to the store and go marketing”.
His present and future focus is fighting Parkinson’s.
In 2000, he embraced his condition and set up the “Michael J. Fox Foundation” to help advance initiatives that could help cure the disease.
It is the largest group dedicated to Parkinson’s in the World funding $650 million in research. 50% goes toward altering the disease, the rest into biomarkers and treating symptoms.
Recently, he played an attorney on “The Good Wife” and showed up as himself on “Curb Your Enthusiasm”.
He is not interested in going “Back To The Future”, “I’ve got roots in this life, this period & time. I’m grounded in the present.”
3. Life is Full of Suffering for Edward Furlong
He is most famous for playing John Connor in Terminator 2 (1991). He also received for MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Role and Saturn Award for Best Young Actor.
He became romantically involved with a 28-year old woman Jacqueline Domac (he was 15 then) who was his tutor on the sets of Terminator She also became his manager. Furlong did a few films but none was comparable to his performance in Terminator 2. He split up with his manager who later sued him for domestic violence.
He was also in American History X (1998) which was a success.
But after that, his career went down again. The major setback was him losing the role of John Connor for Terminator 3. It was later revealed that the producers removed him because of his drug addiction. More
4. Judith Barsi
This is the long story and I’ll try to make it short:
Judith Eva Barsi was born on 6 June of 1978 in Valle De San Fernando, California. She was discovered when she was in a skating rink in her born city at the age of 5 years old.
From here, she would appear in films like Jaws: The Revenge or Jaws 4 and also on TV series like Growning Pains.
Her fame was growing as her account bank. She was making a lot of money and here resides the tragedy of the story.
Her father was not happy at all with the fact that his own daugther was making more money than him. He mistreated not only his wife but her daughter Judith, physically and psychologically. He used to threatened to kill them, all the time.
The threat came true on 25 July of 1988. He shot her daughter Judith in her head while she was sleeping and then he did the same with his wife. Two days after the murders, he decided to burn the bodies and then he kill himself.
Judith Eva Barsi was only 10 years old when she had been murdered. I believe that she had it worst because she didn’t know what – was – going – on, for sure. Too young to understand the price of fame and money. Her own father took her life away.
5. Life is Full of Suffering for Jonathan Brandis
The height of his acting career occurred throughout the nineties, especially prominent in the earlier years. His most notable roles consist of young Bill Denbrough in Stephen King’s It (1990), Bastian Bux in The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter (1990), and Matthew/Martha in Ladybugs (1992). In his adolescence, Brandis became a teen heartthrob, and was featured in many Tiger Beat issues.
In 1993, he starred in seaQuest DSV as Lucas Wolenczak, one of the main characters, until the series was abruptly cancelled in the middle of its third season. That was the last project he’d taken part in before he mysteriously disappeared from the limelight.
Suddenly, people weren’t talking about him nearly as much as they had during his teenage years. He went on to star in direct-to-video films and had minor roles in various television programs, but he wasn’t gaining the recognition and appreciation that he used to. Brandis seemed to go from having it all to having nothing in a matter of seconds. His waning career is suspected to be the cause of his suicide.
On November 11, 2003, he was found hanging in the hallway of his apartment building in Los Angeles. It wasn’t until 2:44 p.m. the next day, however, that he would be pronounced dead from injuries he sustained from hanging. No suicide note was left. Brandis was just 27 years old.
Paul Petersen, a former child actor best known for playing Jeff Stone in The Donna Reed Show, shared his thoughts on Brandis’ suicide, stating, “Speculations as to the underlying cause of this tragedy are exactly that: speculations. It serves no purpose to leap to conclusions for none of us will really know what led Jonathan to his decision to take his life.”
6. Demi Lovato Opens Up About Her Bipolar Disorder
Demi Lovato has continued her campaign after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder during inpatient treatment in 2011, detailing her difficulties with addiction, cutting, and eating problems.
Lovato recently spoke with People magazine about her current situation.
7. In 1999, Shannen “Beverly Hills 90210” Doherty was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.
In 2005 at age 34, she was diagnosed with metastasized breast cancer.
With a combination of radiation, chemo and surgery, she is currently in remission.
On a leave of absence from acting, I wish her the very best of luck in the future.
8. Life is Full of Suffering for Charlize Theron
Before she was a world-famous actress, Charlize Theron endured a lot of tragedy during her childhood. During an interview with Howard Stern in July 2017, she spoke openly about what it was like to grow up in a household with an alcoholic father, and what it was like to deal with her mother shooting and killing her dad in self-defense. “I just pretended like it didn’t happen,” she told Stern at the time. “I didn’t tell anybody — I didn’t want to tell anybody. Whenever anybody asked me, I said my dad died in a car accident. Who wants to tell that story? Nobody wants to tell that story.”
“I didn’t want to feel like a victim,” she said. “I struggled with that for many years until I actually started therapy.”
9. Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. has been open about his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction in the past. “Not having done drugs for literally five or six years is a lifetime,” he said in an interview with Playboy in 2010. “I think of myself as someone who has no desire, use for or conscious memory of that life. And yet I don’t shut the door on it, and I don’t pretend it didn’t happen.” He added: “Looking back, I think, ‘Oh, my God, I could have been done. I could have been so fried and so bad off and, oh my God, such a cautionary tale. And I still could be.”
Jay-Z’s childhood is far different than what his life is like now. In November 2013, the “Story of O.J.” rapper spoke candidly to Vanity Fair about his life growing up in Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects with his single mother and three siblings. He also spoke about selling drugs to make ends meet. “We were living in a tough situation, but my mother managed; she juggled,” the mogul told the magazine. “Sometimes we’d pay the light bill, sometimes we paid the phone, sometimes the gas went off. We weren’t starving — we were eating, we were OK.
But it was things like you didn’t want to be embarrassed when you went to school; you didn’t want to have dirty sneakers or wear the same clothes over again.” The Grammy winner began selling crack and said he eventually felt guilty about how he was contributing to the drug problem in his neighborhood. “Not until later, when I realized the effects on the community,” he said. “I started looking at the community on the whole, but in the beginning, no. I was thinking about surviving. I was thinking about improving my situation. I was thinking about buying clothes.”
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