Before he re-invented himself as a hot-tempered criminal capable of armed robbery and kidnapping (and almost certainly double murder), O.J. Simpson was living the dream.
During the early '70s, The Juice was making his mark as a running back for the Buffalo Bills, racking up sports awards and setting records for rushing left and right -- some of which are still standing. During that time, he also pulled off the rare feat of becoming a Hollywood celebrity, with appearances in movies like The Towering Inferno, Capricorn One and Roots.
After Simpson retired from the NFL in 1979, he stayed in the public eye by securing multiple endorsement deals, working as a commentator for Monday Night Football and a landing a supporting role in The Naked Gun trilogy.
If the story ended here, it would be of an athlete who lived life well. But as we all know, O.J. Simpson's biggest claim to fame would be his involvement in the 1994 double murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman. The court-case soap opera took over the media for almost a year before Simpson was found not guilty of murder. A civil trial, however, demanded he pay $33.5 million to the Goldman family.
O.J. found himself unable to stay on the right side of the law from then on, with multiple minor charges like drug possession or simple assault all peppering his record. Although he'd managed to stay out of jail so far, The Juice's luck was about to run dry.
In September 2007, Simpson was charged with robbery, kidnapping, assault and criminal conspiracy after taking sports memorabilia from a Las Vegas hotel. In 2008, he was sentenced to 33 years' jail time, and is up for parole in 2017.