The tiger blood has run dry and "winning" is just another verb again, yet Charlie Sheen is back on TV with a new show, Anger Management, premiering on FX this month. It's clearly aimed at capitalizing on his flameout, but does anyone care anymore? Only time will tell, but he isn't the first face-planting celeb to take another stand.
Crash: Who can forget the 2007 voice mail in which Baldwin called his daughter a "rude, thoughtless little pig"?
Comeback: Despite asking to leave 30 Rock due to embarrassment, he was persuaded to stay by NBC; Baldwin has since been awarded two Emmys for his work on the show.
Crash: Stewart put on the prison jumpsuit for five months after being convicted of insider trading in 2004.
Comeback: Once out of her ankle bracelet, Stewart was back on the small screen with The Martha Stewart Show. Her brand may be tarnished, but her empire grossed more than $221 million last year.
Paul Reubens (Pee-wee Herman)
Crash: His 1991 arrest for indecent exposure led CBS to ax his show and Toys "R" Us to pull Pee-wee toys from shelves.
Comeback: After two decades, Reubens returned in 2010 with the play The Pee-wee Herman Show in L.A.; it later moved to New York for a limited run on Broadway.
A version of this article appeared in the June 2012 issue of Fast Company magazine.