Corey Haim and 10 Other Troubled 1980s Child Stars

"I know what they didn't think," she continues. "They didn't think I was coming down from a two-day bender of coke, meth, and ecstasy and they didn't think that I was lying to them with every sentence that came out of my mouth."



Dustin Diamond

Dustin Diamond

Who would've expected Screech to turn into a sexual freak? Dustin Diamond, who played the loveable nerd Samuel "Screech" Powers on "Saved by the Bell" and its precursor, "Good Morning Miss Bliss," through the late '80s and '90s, seemed allergic to scandal as a teen.

But in 2006, Diamond released a sex tape, "Screeched," aka "Saved By the Smell." It depicted the TV nerd in more detail than any fan wanted to see, and Diamond was panned for participating in the decidedly un-sexy endeavor.

His manager, Roger Paul, told the New York Daily News that he hoped the tape would raise Diamond's profile and help him get back into acting of the non-pornographic variety. Still, Diamond's relying on his past to get him through the present. Last year, he released "Behind the Bell," a book about his sitcom days in which he claims that drugs and sex were the rule on the "Saved by the Bell" set.



Dana Plato

Dana Plato

Some child stars of '80s television met a tragic end. Dana Plato seemed to have a bright future ahead of her when she landed the role of Kimberly Drummond on "Diff'rent Strokes." The show was a hit from its 1978 premiere, and Plato charmed audiences. But in 1984, she was written off the series amid rumors of drug use, and she struggled to find other roles.

In 1989, Plato bared all for Playboy and started starring in B-movies. From there, she dabbled in softcore pornography, including a 1997 feature based on her "Diff'rent Strokes" past.

Meanwhile, legal and substance abuse problems plagued the actress. In 1991, she (unsuccessfully) attempted to rob a video store at gunpoint; the following year, she was arrested for forging a Valium prescription. Plato's drug addiction eventually took her life -- in 1999, at age 34, she died after overdosing on Vanadom and Vicodin.



Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman

Plato's "Diff'rent Strokes" co-star, Gary Coleman, has seen his fair share of troubles. While he turned into a pop culture icon thanks to his signature line on the show, "What'choo talkin' 'bout, Willis?," Coleman became infamous for his problems with the law.

In 1989, Coleman sued his parents and former manager over misappropriation of his $3.8 million trust fund.Though he won a ruling in excess of $1.2 million in 1993, Coleman filed for bankruptcy six years later, and blamed his financial problems on mismanagement of his trust.

Coleman has also been cited for disorderly conduct multiple times, and in 1998, was charged with assault after punching bus driver Tracy Fields. He plead no contest and was ordered to pay Fields' hospital fees. Most recently, in January, he was arrested on a domestic violence assault warrant in Utah, and spent a night in jail.



Adam Rich

Adam Rich

Adam Rich may have charmed audiences as adorable Nicholas Bradford on "Eight Is Enough," but in real life, his shenanigans have been far from cute.

After leaving "Eight Is Enough" in 1981, Rich made a handful of guest appearances on shows including "CHiPS" and "Baywatch." Apparently, those guest roles didn't give him enough dough. In 1991, he was arrested for breaking through a pharmacy window in an attempt to steal drugs. He was bailed out of jail by his "Eight is Enough" dad, Dick Van Patten, only to be arrested for shoplifting again.

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