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Corey Haim: 1971 – 2010

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Former child star Corey Haim, seen above in his heyday, was found dead in his North Hollywood apartment this morning of an apparent overdose. His short life was riddled with drug addiction, rehab stints and other PR nightmares. Haim’s big break, and first starring role, came with the release of the 1986 film, Lucas, about a 14-year-old whiz kid who falls in love with the new girl at school (played by Kerri Green). In his original review, critic Roger Ebert wrote the following about Haim:

He creates one of the most three-dimensional, complicated, interesting characters of any age in any recent movie. If he can continue to act this well, he will never become a half-forgotten child star, but will continue to grow into an important actor. He is that good.

Haim did, indeed, continue his Hollywood rise throughout the rest of the eighties, starring in such films as The Lost Boys, License to Drive, Watchers and Dream a Little Dream (mostly alongside frequent partner and fellow child actor Corey Feldman). The nineties were not so kind to Haim, however, as he spiraled downward quickly. He mostly appeared in straight-to-video flicks and soon became known mainly for his personal demons than his talent.

The 2000s were even less kind to Haim. He attempted several comebacks, most famously with the reality show, The Two Coreys, about he and Feldman’s reunion during the filming of a straight-to-video Lost Boys sequel, but he was never able to recapture the limelight that he so enjoyed as a teen actor. His most high profile film appearance since those early days came with last year’s Crank: High Voltage, in which he played a supporting opposite Jason Statham.

In a 2007 interview with ABC’s Nightline, Haim talked candidly about his addiction, saying:

I feel like with myself I ruined myself to the point where I wasn’t functional enough to work for anybody, even myself. I wasn’t working. I started on the downers which were a hell of a lot better than the uppers because I was a nervous wreck. But one led to two, two led to four, four led to eight, until at the end it was about 85 a day – the doctors could not believe I was taking that much. And that was just the Valium – I’m not talking about the other pills I went through.

So drugs finally got the best of him. Unfortunately, Ebert’s prediction of Haim’s career was dead wrong. He didn’t become an important actor. Just merely another sad child actor cliché. The trailer for his last completed project, American Sunset, is posted below, along with a few classic trailers.

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