2. Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash’s fame as an outlaw country singer peaked in the ’60s and early ’70s. He struggled with addiction and health problems in the ’80s and was mostly off the radar until his songs made a popular resurgence in the ’90s. His recordings with hip-hop producer Rick Rubin, including 2002’s cover of the Nine Inch Nails song, “Hurt,” put him back on the pop charts.
5. Mickey Rourke
Mickey Rourke was a celebrated actor in the ’80s, but he left Hollywood to pursue a boxing career throughout the ’90s. After more than a decade on the fringes of Hollywood (and a little plastic surgery), Rourke made a huge comeback in Sin City and his Oscar-nominated role in The Wrestler.
7. John Travolta
Following years of superstardom in the ’70s, Travolta was lost in the wilderness in the ’80s and early ’90s, occasionally landing leading roles in comedies like Look Who’s Talking. His return to big budget, serious roles happened when he was cast by Quentin Tarantino to play the role of Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction.