10 actors and actresses back from the brink
A look at bottomed-out A-listers who successfully re-ignited their careers
Early Success: From "Beetlejuice" to "The Hunt For Red October," Alec Baldwin spent the late '80s being groomed as a barrel-chested franchise leading man, while projects like "Miami Blues" and "Glengarry Glen Ross" affirmed has bona fides as an actor with substance to go with his Alpha Male good looks.
The Brink: The leading man roles began failing with impunity. From "The Marrying Man" to "Prelude to a Kiss" to "The Getaway" to "The Shadow," viewers kept rejecting Baldwin and, perhaps not coincidentally, Baldwin's shape began to change and he stopped being thought of in certain ways. The tabloid-friendly demise of his marriage to Kim Basinger didn't help.
The Comeback: It was only the leading man side of Baldwin's career that ever went fallow and so he began concentrating on his "character actor" chops, peaking with an Oscar nod for "The Cooler." Having reshaped his image, Baldwin was able to take a comedic lead role in "30 Rock," leading to one of the most successful runs in Emmy history with seven nominations and two wins (so far) for his role as Jack Donaughy.
Did it take? Baldwin's traction as a character actor and comedic lead have been strong enough to allow him to weather a number of other scandals and catastrophes and although he probably won't topline many Hollywood blockbusters in the future, he'll have his pick of feature supporting roles and TV leads for the foreseeable future.