Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by agalisgv, Mar 10, 2010.
They're saying drug overdose
Sad, but no surprise. He's been circling the drain for some time now. Too bad, he was so young.
He was so troubled, this wasn't unexpected, but it's so sad.
There always seems to be so many people around when these kid stars are making coin, but once they get into trouble, no one seems to be around...IIRC he was on True Hollywood Story a few years back, and his parents had pretty much written him off.
Drugs are bad, mmkay?
I know this was not unexpected. But there are so many young celebrities out there who are in similar situations. How many really talented young people have died tragically, from accidental overdoses, in the last several months/years? This is incredibly sad, and sadder still because we can probably expect others to die in the same manner. I know that "show business" is a tough industry and life, but isn't anyone paying attention to these young, vulnerable people? I also know this happens to "ordinary" people as well, and we just don't hear about it. Is it me, or is dying from drug overdoses becoming more common? Is it that it was covered up in the past? It's just so senseless and sad. Are we fooling ourselves with D.A.R.E. programs? Probably . What does it take to really teach kids about drugs? How do we make them understand that it's not always something you can just try or do occasionally? There are even new reports out about marijuana use. That frequent use can cause chronic psychosis. As in paranoia so intense that it looks like what John Nash experienced.
Hopefully now he is at peace. Thanks for the memories. R.I.P.
It's really hard, being a former child star. A friend of mine is a former child star - he'd worked under an assumed name, so he's able to just be himself now. He was big back in the 1980s, though. Kind of a tiny heartthrob. He was actually kind of lucky - his career was longer than that of most kids, as he worked until he was around age 19, transitioning from child star to teen heartthrob.
He's told me that it was really, really hard, when that "transition" time came. It's not that he didn't want to keep acting - its that he was no longer offered the roles, because he wasn't that cute boy-turned hot teen any longer. And it's not that he doesn't have the chops - he does. He's seriously good. But... really, by the time he was of a certain age, his career was over. He did, in his 20's, change his acting name to his real name, and he did work in theater as any journeyman actor might, but he never got back to what he had as a kid in film and tv. He's now retired from acting, doing other things, but to be honest, he's kind of messed up. He's a great guy, sweet as heck, but he's troubled.
He's told me that growing up on film and tv, drugs were *everywhere*. He was exposed to stuff that most of us have never even heard of until we're nearly adults, and he saw it as normal by age 8, because on set, it *was* normal. IMO, it'd take one extremely involved and grounded parent to keep a kid on track through all that, and a very supportive, sane, and grounded group of actors and etc. around him. The likelihood of having all that fall into place...
(((your friend))). I understand what you're saying, and know it's all true. What is really awful is that it's accepted. And aren't the terms "grounded parent" and "child star parent", by definition a contradiction? The "stage" parents I dealt with, when I worked in advertising, would give you nightmares. And it's not just "show business", I've seen it in modeling, skating, other sports, many fields where your career is over as a teen. It seems that society eats them up and spits them out when they are no longer what they want.
This is so sad, but as others have said, not unexpected. I just hate to hear it. When you have someone who is so obviously troubled, you are rooting for them to overcome their problems and when you hear that they've passed away, it's so disappointing. Maybe I'm too optimistic, but I always keep hoping for the best for people like Corey, and sometimes it happens, but most often it doesn't. Such a tragically short life. He was about my age, and it makes me get all morbid and wonder how much time I have left.
Thanks for the memories. R.I.P. Corey.
(((((((((((Lucas))))))))))) I loved that movie.
At that point, who could blame them?
There is problem with the expectations of that generation . . . my generation . . . so sad
I still remember him from Lucas.
oh my gosh!! That is horrible!!
My thoughts are with his family right now and i hope he has peace where he is now. I know from reading and watching the reality show that he had many problems.
Well, considering that he wouldn't have had stardom (and the problems that came from it) at an early age without their involvement or at least consent, probably a lot of people.
I'm sad to hear he lost his battle with drug addiction, if it is what is being reported.
Its unfortunate, but I barbtoob, I think drug addiction just doesn't effect our generation. It effects all generations. My grandparent's generations, they died of drug overdoses too. Its a personality and probably a genetic issue. Some people's personality and maybe genetic makeup are more prone to addiction than others.
OMG, I forgot he was Lucas! I remember that movie well. Awww...
Yep. I said to a friend just the other day that they should change our name from Generation X to Generation Effed.
License to Drive is one of my fave movies.
sad. and totally not unexpected, which to me sort of makes it sadder. if even non-famous people sort of saw this one coming, you would think someone out there would have tried to reach out to him. maybe they did though, who knows?
I watched a few episodes of "The Two Corey's" where he was living with Corey Feldman and his wife, and it seemed like Feldman did plenty of reaching out. The unfortunate thing is that you can't help someone who doesn't want to be helped.
It was sadly inevitable. I wonder if the Oscars will snub him too. RIP Corey, I had a monster crush on you when I was 12.
I'm sad to hear this. I knew he was a child actor but only saw him on "Thirtysomething" where he played Melissa's younger (but adult) boyfriend.
Such a well-made movie. I can watch it over and over.
I couldn't even watch that Two Coreys. The clips I saw just looked too tragic.
Poor Corey. Such a sad life
ITA. There were just different drugs, and also there wasn't the same help/recognition for addiction problems that there is now (and while that isn't even close to being enough, at least it exists). So in some ways things were even worse.
May he RIP....
Addition is such a terrible thing to beat.
I'm pretty sure that was Corey Parker, no?
The name is familiar but those movie titles and shows don't ring a bell. But then again I wasn't in the country in the 80s. Anything that he'd done in the 90s that was famous?
As a parent you walk a difficult tightrope. Where is support and where is "gotta do it yourself" lines? Drugs and addictions are horrible to fight. For the most part parents try the best that they can to help someone who is addicted, but when the rubber meets the road, the person has to work on it themselves.
but those who provide them drugs at an early age - never see the harm in it. That's the real problem, providing them, starting them down that path to begin with and never owning up to their involvement
Yes, that's the entertainment business. The trick is not to let their rejections define you as a person, but it's so difficult for a child because they haven't figured out who they are yet. It's hard enough figuring that out when you're a regular kid in middle/high school, let alone a kid whose entire world is defined by the acceptance of outsiders.
Oops! Then I don't know who Cory Haim was.
He was in Lucas and The Lost Boys . Ring a bell, yet?
Allegedly both suffered from sexual abuse while they were teens, according to starpulse.com. If THAT is the case, this is heartbreaking . Lots of sexual abuse victims turn to drugs and booze.
Another one gone. It's very sad but ITA Rex, it's not surprising.
I completely agree with you, that parents have an impossible task in trying to deal with a child (of any age) who is addicted. The child's denial, the parent's denial, the fact that if the child is over 18 the parents have no rights to try and force them to get help. And I do believe that there are biological factors involved with addiction and associated psychological disorders. But, you have to wonder about the choices some stage parents make. On some level, they have to know their child is going to be surrounded by this behavior. Are they looking out for the signs that something has gone horribly wrong, or are they basking in the reflected glory? There were times when we were casting kids for commercials, where I wanted to smack the mother or father. The way some of them treated their kids was pure abuse. When those types came in, I usually didn't let the child read, I told the parent that we would not tolerate that kind of abuse and told them to leave.
Drug overdoses have been going on in Hollywood since the 1920s.
Where there is celebrity and money, drug - toting hangers on are inevitable.
You have to wonder where these stars' wranglers / minders are sometimes for this to happen. They're just children.
This could so easily happen in the skating world.
It does, but drug testing helps.
Corey Haim's IMDB page
Lucas is a wonderful little coming-of-age movie about friendship, fitting in or being an outcast at high school, the joys and pains of first crushes, the angst of rejection, jealousy, and insecurity, the lengths to which one will go to "win" another's love, and the consequences that can occur. From events that take place in the movie, there comes a deeper understanding (from the POV of adolescents) of what friendship, love, dedication, and respect mean as well as the beginnings of understanding of what is truly important in life.
Although the description sounds really trite and the characters and plot are riddled with clichés, the movie has an innocence and a sweetness that are charming, something that was rare in 80s teen movies before John Hughes completely re-invented the genre. Although John Hughes tackled many of the same subjects, Lucas did not have the brooding angst, the angry resentment of parents or authority figures, or the comedic sense of the absurd that were the trademarks of the his movies. This one was more or less life as it would play out in the real world, which is part of what I found to be a lot of its appeal.
Corey Haim was brilliant in the lead role, and it is a shame that his talent was never fully developed and that he never reached his potential as an actor.
It was filmed in 1984 but released in 1986, and it is loaded with now-famous actors when they were virtual unknowns. In addition to Haim, the cast included a very young and wholesome Charlie Sheen, Kerri Greene (better known from The Goonies), Courtney Thorne-Smith (years before Melrose Place, but she damn sure honed her skills as a mega-bitch in this ), Jeremy Piven (from Entourage), Winona Ryder (Lucas was her first movie role), and Tom Hodges, a recognizable L.A. 'stock actor' who's done a ton of bit parts in several TV shows and minor parts in movies. If you've seen Steel Magnolias, he (Hodges) portrays Louie, Truvy's "charming" son who gives the father-to-be-Easter-Bunny a ride to the hospital on the back of his motorcycle.
Hmmm....that last sentence may be one of the most bizarre I've ever typed .
Sorry for the long ramble....thinking about this kind of took me down memory lane for a bit.
How sad that this thread is so short
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