Celeb protesters who've been arrested
Mar 16, 2012 / 2:30 pm
George Clooney may be one of the best-looking protesters to end up hand-cuffed and hauled off to jail. But the 50-year-old actor isn't the only star willing to risk a rap sheet to defend a worthy cause.
If Hollywood ever handed out an Oscar for "most arrested," the prize would have go to actor Martin Sheen.
The 71-year-old American actor admitted in 2009 that he had been handcuffed 66 times for his political activism. Sheen's first arrest dates back to 1986, when he was taken into custody for civil disobedience while protesting then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan's "Star Wars" initiative. In recent years, Sheen was arrested in 2007 for trespassing on a Nevada nuclear test facility.
Since her debut in 1978, actress Daryl Hannah has played the gorgeous, quirky blonde in films such as "Splash," "Roxanne" and "Blade Runner." But Hannah's political activism has also made an impression on fans.
In 2011, Hannah was arrested outside of the White House. The 51-year-old star participated in a sit-in to stop the proposed Keystone oil pipeline which would run from Canada to the Gulf Coast.
To younger moviegoers, James Cromwell will always be Arthur Hoggett -- the farmer of Hoggett Farm in the 1995 film "Babe." But the 72-year-old star is also known for his animal rights activism.
In 2001, Cromwell was arrested during an animal rights protest in Fairfax, Va. targeted at the Wendy's fast food chain. Cromwell and three officials from the People for the Ethical Treatment of animals called on customers to boycott Wendy's. Cromwell and company were arrested after they refused to leave the Wendy's restaurant.
Best known as Pocahontas in the 2005 film "The New World," German actress Q'orianka Kilcher flexed her power of free speech and paid a price for it.
A strong supporter of indigenous populations around the world, Kilcher was arrested in 2011 after chaining herself to the gate of White House. Kilcher, then 20, covered herself in an oil-like substance to protest Peru's free market policies and U.S. President Barack Obama's meeting with Peru's president.
Throughout her career, Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon has never flinched from taking a stand on political issues.
In 1999, the actress was among 219 people arrested in New York following protests after the killing of African immigrant Amadou Diallo. The unarmed 22-year-old was hit by bullets fired by four police officers at his home in the Bronx.
Of her arrest, Sarandon said, "If we're not here today then we're saying that what happened is acceptable and normal and I think that does a disservice to other police."
During the 1960s and 70s, American folk singer Joan Baez was known around the world for popular hits such as "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and "Diamonds & Rust." But the singer's activism earned just as much attention.
In 1967, Baez was among 40 protesters arrested in an anti-Vietnam war rally held in Oakland, Calif. The event was held as part of "Stop The Draft Week" in the U.S. Baez and other protesters sat in front of a military induction centre and blocked draftees from entering the building.
To his fans, Danny Glover, 65, will always be the world-weary detective Roger Murtaugh in the "Lethal Weapon" franchise. But in 2010, Glover learned what it was really like to feel the strong arm of the law.
Glover and 11 others were arrested outside the Maryland headquarters of food service company Sodexo. The arrests came after the protesters stepped past yellow police tape and were asked to step back three times.
Margot Kidder and Tantoo Cardinal
Daryl Hannah wasn't the only celebrity who took issue with the proposed Keystone pipeline. In August of 2011, "Superman's" Margot Kidder and "Dances with Wolves" star Tantoo Cardinal were arrested near the White House, along with dozens of other protesters. The group demonstrated against the construction of an oil pipeline from Alberta's oil sands to the Gulf Coast.
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