Until recently, Fred Savage would not have belonged on this list thanks to his relatively successful career as a child star-turned-adult actor. Savage rose to fame as the lead actor of Kevin Arnold in The Wonder Years, a popular sitcom that ran from 1988 to 1993. He won two Primetime Emmys for his work on the series. Savage continued to land small roles in his later years, appearing in films such as Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Rules of Attraction, and more recently Deadpool 2, in which he played himself. He has also appeared on several popular TV shows, including It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Modern Family, 2 Broke Girls, and The Grinder. He starred opposite Rob Lowe on the latter show, and it was around this time that stories of unsavory early behavior first surfaced.
Per USA Today, a crew member who worked on “The Grinder” accused Savage of intimidation and assault, as well as gender discrimination and harassment. Costume designer Youngjoo Hwang took her complaint to executives but was reportedly discouraged from pursuing it. She was reportedly told that “a lot of people would lose their jobs and I would never work in this industry again”. The incident came to nothing, but when further complaints of inappropriate behavior were leveled against Savage after he signed on to direct and produce the reboot of The Wonder Years, he came under renewed scrutiny. This time, 20th Television decided to cut ties. “Recently we were made aware of allegations of inappropriate conduct by Fred Savage and, as policy dictates, an investigation has been launched,” the statement said. “Upon completion, the decision was made to end his tenure as executive producer and director of ‘The Wonder Years.'”