R.I.P. Corey Haim
- March 10, 2010 9:27 AM |
- By Sarah Liss
-Director Kevin Smith's Twitter tribute to the late Corey Haim
According to reports out of Los Angeles, Calif., Corey Haim has died at age 38. According to the LAPD, the Canadian actor was found unresponsive in his apartment in Oakwood, Calif., early this morning and was pronounced dead at a Burbank hospital.
The Toronto-born Haim started taking acting classes as a child because his mother, a computer operator, hoped the training would help her young son overcome his shyness. Impish and clean-cut, the baby-faced kid radiated a kind of innate geeky sweetness -- all qualities that were in high demand during the vogue for preppy youth-oriented movies in the mid-'80s.
His first role was in the earnest (but awesome) Canadian-made series The Edison Twins, which aired between 1982 and '86. Not too long after that, Haim got his big break when he starred in the now-cult film Lucas, a sweet dramedy about a socially awkward nerd who goes to great lengths to impress the object of his affections.
The Lost Boys:
Haim's lauded performance in Lucas brought him to the attention of mainstream Hollywood and helped him land a string of roles in teen-friendly films, including Joel Schumacher's popular vampires-at-the-fair flick The Lost Boys (1987) and the broad comedy License to Drive (1988).
License to Drive:
Both of those films also starred Corey Feldman, who'd become Haim's frequent costar and best friend; the two were dubbed "the Two Coreys" and became pinup fodder for legions of boy-crazy tween girls in the late '80s.
Dream a Little Dream:
Sadly, Haim's star faded as he grew older. By the '90s, the former child star was battling substance abuse problems and spent time in rehab. He claimed to have overcome his addiction issues by 2004, and made several attempts to revitalize his career, including the unintentionally tragic A&E reality series The Two Coreys, which also starred his old pal Corey Feldman. But Haim's drug and alcohol use drove a wedge between the two Coreys and the show was cancelled in 2008.
The Two Coreys:
Rest in peace, Lost Boy.
What are your fondest memories of Corey Haim?
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