#9. JOHN TRAVOLTA
In the late 70s/early 80s, Travolta was the all-singing, all-dancing center of the pop culture universe. That kind of hubris comes with a price, and he quickly managed his career straight into the toilet (think Look Who’s Talking).
But then Quentin Tarantino, full of bravado after making the indie film sensation Reservoir Dogs, cast Travolta in Pulp Fiction; everyone balked, but the rest is history. That said, Johnny is one more embarrassing Oscars appearance away from returning to the pit of dead careers … but he’s still as A-list as they come for now.