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Pilar Sanders, Robert Downey Jr. & More Happy Celeb Mugshots (Photos)

Stephen Baldwin tried his hardest to grin after being arrested Thursday for alleged tax evasion. From John Edwards happily flashing his pearly whites to Paris Hilton’s glammed-up face, see more of the happiest celebrity mug shots.

Rick Perry had his mug shot taken after being indicted on two charges of abusing power. From John Edwards happily flashing his pearly whites to Paris Hilton’s glammed-up face, see more of the happiest celebrity mug shots.

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Rick Perry

Rick Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 race, was fingerprinted and had his mug shot taken by judicial authorities on Tuesday after being indicted last week on two felony charges of abusing power.

Stephen Baldwin

Did the youngest Baldwin brother bring his bedroom eyes to the lineup? Stephen Baldwin was arrested Dec. 6 for allegedly failing to file New York state personal-income taxes between 2008 and 2010. He looks like he’s trying to smile in his mug shot, but the result is upturned lips that form a pout worthy of a walk-off with Derek Zoolander. Let’s see if that sultry gaze gets him out of the four-year sentence he could be looking at if convicted.

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Pilar Sanders

Why is Pilar Sanders looking so smug? It might be because, at the time of her mug shot, she allegedly had just assaulted her estranged husband, Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders. The two are currently embroiled in a bitter divorce, according to TMZ, but still living together in their suburban Dallas home. Deion tweeted about the altercation last night, writing, “Pray for me and my kids now! They just witnessed their mother and a friend jump me in my room. She’s going to jail n I’m pressing charges!” Pilar was booked on a misdemeanor domestic-violence charge, although she was later released, insisting she is innocent and is being treated unfairly because of her husband’s fame. Twitter-happy Deion, meanwhile, bizarrely posted a photo of himself and his two young sons filling out police reports and wrote, “filling out police reports now! Thank God for this platform to issue the Truth.”

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Kasey Kahl

Former Bachelorette star Kasey Kahl (perhaps best remembered for the insane six-inch tattoo he got in bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky’s honor) was charged over the weekend with drunk-and-disorderly conduct outside a club in Fresno, Calif. Kahl’s resulting mugshot, however, was anything but disorderly. He flashed the camera a smile so bright that, according to Kahl’s rep, “police officers noted that it was the prettiest mug shot they’ve ever seen come into their station.” Kahl’s sunny photo is even more off-putting in light of the fact that he also is accused of bashing a man and his girlfriend in the face outside of the club.

Shia LaBeouf

In November 2007, Shia LaBeouf went from savior of the Earth in Transformers to intoxicated Walgreens shopper. The actor, who was 21 at the time, allegedly ignored the repeated requests of security guards in a Chicago Walgreens and was then busted for misdemeanor trespassing. Despite his run-in with the law (and the fact that it was around 2:30 a.m.) LaBeouf cracked a goofy grin when it came time for his mug shot, landing him on some “Adorable Celebrity Mugshots” lists.

Robert Downey Jr.

Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. apparently had a really good day when he was photographed in 1999 while serving time in California for a drug conviction. His sunny disposition didn’t last, however. In Downey’s two subsequent mug shots, both taken after he was busted again for drug-related crimes, he wiped the smirk off his face.

Kid Rock

In one of the classiest celebrity arrests in recent memory, musician Kid Rock (né Bob Ritchie) was arrested in 2007 after a waffle-house brawl in Atlanta. Hours after playing a sold-out show, Rock allegedly confronted a restaurant patron who recognized a woman in Rock’s group, leading to an exchange of harsh words and then a fight. Rock and five of his entourage members faced misdemeanor charges of simple battery—so then why the smug mug-shot grin? Maybe it was because the man he fought with faced a much heavier charge: a felony for smashing one of the restaurant’s windows. Rock’s smile also lasted through his release the next day, as he signed autographs for fans on his way out of jail.

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Mickey Rourke

Sporting a flamboyant shirt and a bizarrely trimmed mustache, Mickey Rourke looked blissfully unaware of the trouble he was in when booked for driving a Vespa scooter under the influence in November 2007. The Wrestler star was caught making an illegal U-turn and weaving wildly across a Miami street—and if his smile is any indication, he got quite a kick out of it.

Vince Neil

Vince Neil’s pearly white smile is just one of a few distractingly bizarre things in his 2007 mug shot. Red-faced and with eyes only half-open, the Mötley Crüe rocker grinned after being booked for driving under the influence in Las Vegas. Though Neil pleaded no contest and charges against him were dropped, he made the same mistake again in 2010 when, once more, he was booked in Sin City on suspicion of DUI. Though he may not have learned his lesson about drunk driving, he apparently understood the importance of cleaning up for a mug shot: he sported glasses and a pensive, put-together look for his second go at the camera.

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James Brown

With crazy hair and a winning smile, the “godfather of soul” James Brown bared his teeth for the camera (in what was presumably meant to be a smile) for his mug shot in 2004. Brown was charged with domestic violence after allegedly pushing his wife to the ground during an argument at their South Carolina home, leaving her scratched and bruised. The smile comes as part of a tradition of James Brown mug shots—when he was first arrested in 1998, he flashed the camera another (albeit more sane-looking) smile.

Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh has a particular zest for Oxycontin, hydrocodone, and other painkillers. In April 2006, Limbaugh was charged with doctor shopping in an attempt to hoard overlapping prescription pain medications from multiple doctors. After publically acknowledging his addiction to these drugs, the conservative talk-show host turned himself in to authorities and entered a rehabilitation program. According to his housekeeper, Limbaugh took as many as 30 Oxycontin pills a day. Perhaps that explains this more-than-zealous mug shot.

Tom DeLay

Turning himself in a day after a warrant was issued for his arrest in October 2005, Tom DeLay was charged with conspiracy and money laundering. With a criminal offense on his record, how do you explain the Texas Republican’s happy-go-lucky grin? We can safely assume it was a pure political ploy to avoid having Democrats use the shot against him in future campaigns, and not a reaction to news that he was no longer the House majority leader.

Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton is hardly a newcomer to the mug-shot scene. Having been arrested a grand total of three times, this heiress turned socialite knows how to work the camera, in and outside of the courtroom. Her most recent offense was in August 2010, when a small bag of cocaine dropped from her purse and landed in front of a police lieutenant, according to the Daily Mail. There’s no such thing as bad press…right?

Kimora Lee Simmons

Kimora Lee Simmons, the queen bee of the Baby Phat franchise, was arrested in July 2004 for failing to comply when police requested she pull over while driving her Mercedes Benz. According to CNN, the police pursuit ended after a two-mile chase and the cops eventually finding a small amount of marijuana in Simmons’ vehicle. Other misdemeanors include careless driving, tailgating, and having a taillight out. Her then hubby, hip-hop billionaire Russell Simmons immediately cried foul play, arguing the arrest was a result of racial profiling. Whatever the cause, this fashionista is all smiles when it comes to her criminal record.

Mel Gibson

When you hear the words anti-Semitic, sexist, and tirade all in the same sentence, there’s only one man who comes to mind. Mel Gibson’s infamous screaming match with police occurred after he was pulled over for drunk driving in July 2006. We wonder how he could be smiling after uttering, “"F---ing Jews ... The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world,” according to CBS News. Since then, Gibson pleaded no contest to battery of his baby mama, Oksana Grigorieva, in 2010, when a recording was leaked of what is supposed to be Gibson threatening to abuse and even kill Grigorieva. You keep on winning, Mel.

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John Edwards

John Edwards was indicted in June 2011 for allegedly using nearly $1 million in illegal campaign funds to help cover up an extramarital affair he had while seeking the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, according to court documents. This shot of Edwards, which features a well-groomed haircut and schoolboy grin, could double as a profile picture for Match.com. Evidently cheating on your cancerous wife, fathering a love child, and allegedly spending lots of dough to cover it all up warrants a smiling face.