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Corey Haim

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Corey Ian Haim, who was born on December 23, 1971, and lost his life on March 10, 2010, was a Canadian actor, widely recognized as a 1980s teen sensation.

Haim appeared in a number of popular features including:  Silver Bullet, Murphy’s Romance, Lucas, and Lost Boys.

He also appeared in the A&E reality show The Two Coreys.

Haim was plagued with the child actor curse in which he had problems finding adult roles.  There were also stories of drug abuse throughout his adult life and many in the entertainment industry considered him as troubled.

Pneumonia took his life on March 10, 2010.

The 80s

During the 1980s, Haim began his acting career at the age of ten.  He played the role of Larry in the Canadian family-oriented comedy television series The Edison Twins.

corey-haim-youngHe made his feature film debut in the 1984 thriller Firstborn, starring alongside Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey, Jr.

Haim who played opposite Peter Weller would later say, on his first day of shooting with Weller, he went up to compliment the older actor on his performance.

Weller grabbed Haim by the collar,  throwing him up against a wall to warn him not to speak to him after a take.

It took three assistants to separate them. Haim later admitted that he was terrified by the experience.

Parker remembered Haim staying over many times with her and her then boyfriend Downey Jr, who taught him how to apply hair mousse, saying:

He was naturally gifted and a real charmer – I adored him.  Haim also recalled:

I was ten, and I’ll never forget we went to like a crew party and my mom and dad were like dancing with other people and it was rocky; and I just started crying, whatever, and I remember Sarah pulling me outside with Robert.

And Robert said, you’re comin’ to live with me. And the next thing I remember I was in their car and we were walking.

We went back to their place, and in their bedroom upstairs in this New York loft, they just cleaned everything out and put a blue lightbulb in there for me and a mattress and everything.

I lived there for a month and a half two months, with him and Sarah.

By the mid 1980s, Haim began to gain industry recognition, earning his first Young Artist award as an Exceptional Young Actor starring in a Television Movie of the Week for the NBC titled, A Time to Live, where he played Liza Minnelli’s dying son.

During rehearsals Minnelli taught Haim how to walk like someone with muscular dystrophy.

Haim’s breakout role came in 1986, when he starred alongside Charlie Sheen and Winona Ryder, in Lucas.  Haim had fallen in love with his eighteen year-old co-star Kerri Green, which helped inspire his on-screen performance and scenes with Green.

Corey Haim Lost Boys

In 1987, Haim was featured in the Joel Schumacher vehicle The Lost Boys.  He played Sam Emerson, the younger of two brothers, a comic-reading teen turned vampire hunter.

Though he had seen Lucas, Schumacher was not initially sold on casting Haim however the director became convinced by their first meeting.

While on The Lost Boys set, Haim played musical instruments with his co-stars between sets and had bonded with Corey Feldman as they stayed in the hotel watching movies and would visit the local arcade.

Side note:  Both Coreys auditioned for the role of Mouth in The Goonies, which Feldman secured. 

The Lost Boys was well-received by most critics, made over $32M at the U.S. box office, and is regarded as an 80s classic cult film.

Haim and Feldman capitalized on their fanbase in a slew of buddy films, becoming an A-list duo to be reckoned with.

Next up for Haim was the 20th Century Fox release, License to Drive co-starring Feldman and Heather Graham.

Director Greg Beeman said that Haim and Feldman:

…would disappear sometimes, but they always showed up for work.

In the lead-up to the License To Drive premiere, Haim was receiving 2,000 fan letters a week, and spent his time trying to avoid the teenage girls besieging the house he had bought downstairs from his mother.

Regarding the onslaught of female attention, Haim would later tell People Magazine in 1988, in was:

…a little frightening.

The film won Haim his second Young Artist award (tying Feldman for the Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Fantasy award.)  The movie grossed $22M domestically.

Trouble in Paradise

Riding high, Haim became heavily involved in the 1980s young Hollywood party scene.

Haim was already drinking beer in his early teens on the set of Lucas in 1985, and a year later, he tried marijuana on the set of The Lost Boys.

He also did cocaine which later led to crack.  When he filmed License to Drive, he was officially a drug addict.

On his return from a family vacation to Hawaii in May 1989, Haim told the media that he had been clean for a month after going cold turkey without the help of a substance abuse program.

In October 1989, Haim appeared live on stage at Knott’s Berry Farm with DJ “Hollywood” Hamilton as part of a teen anti-drugs campaign. The thousand-strong audience of girls would not stop screaming and rushing the stage, so fire marshals had to escort Haim from the building amid fears for his safety.

The 90s

In 1990, Haim co-starred with Patricia Arquette in the sci-fi thriller PrayerPrayer of the Rollerboysof the Rollerboys

However as his problems with drugs continued, Haim began to lose his core audience.

His performances suffered, and his film career in the 1990s declined into direct-to-video releases.

In 1991, Haim starred in Dream Machine, which received a direct-to-video release, as did Oh, What a Night and The Double 0 Kid, in which the young Seth Green had a role. Green recalled his experiences working with Haim:

We started to shoot and he was complaining of stomach pains and eventually wound up leaving, we couldn’t shoot anything and I was really upset.

I was such a defender of him, then to have him act the way people were accusing him of was really disheartening.

Then they reset everything to shoot and he was just immeasurably professional that day. Just all over the place, working way above and beyond, busting his ass, knew all his lines, hittin’ his marks really sharp, and elevating it.  As much as you could elevate The Double O Kid, elevating it.

He was this duality of incredibly sweet and earnest professional who really loved performing, and this tortured drug addict that could be an entirely different person depending on where he was with his addiction.

Though, as committed to acting as Haims was, his fall from grace had begun.

In December 1992, Haim partnered in a lease-option on a 1922 Hancock Park mansion with his business manager, a party promoter named Michael Bass who had served two years in jail after a conviction for fraud.  The 7,000-square-foot house was valued at $1.35M.

According to Haim, Bass rushed through the purchasing deal in order to hold a fund-raiser at the house to buy toys for Russian children, which turned out to be a scam.  Haim lived at the house with Bass and his mother.

In February 1993, Bass reported to police that Haim had threatened him during an argument, and Haim was arrested.  According to Haim’s publicist at the time, he was shooting BB guns at a target in his backyard while trying to fire Bass, who refused to accept that he was being let go.

Initially investigated as a terrorist threat, which was considered a felony, Haim’s charge was downgraded to a misdemeanor.  Feldman posted Haim’s $250 bail.  Bass gave a statement asserting that Haim remained under contract to him for a further 18 months.

Over the next two years, Haim released sequels to two of his older films; 1994′s Fast Getaway II along with National Lampoon’s Last Resort and 1995′s Life 101 and another sequel, Dream a Little Dream 2, alongside Feldman.

In 1995, Haim unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of Robin in Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever.

Brooke McCarter would take over Haim’s career by the mid-90s, but, citing drug problems, eventually dropped him.

In 1996, Haim starred in four more direct-to-video films: Snowboard Academy, Demolition High, Fever Lake and Busted with Feldman, who also directed.

Feldman was forced to fire Haim after he refused to curtail his drug use and was inconsistent on set, later saying that it was one of the hardest things he ever had to do.

In 1999, Haim shot a low-budget film called Universal Groove in Montreal, using then-emerging digital technology.  Haim’s return to Canada was newsworthy, with the shoot garnering local press interest with requests from reporters to visit the set.

The film would experience over budget post-production problems, in addition to stolen footage was leaked on the internet. Over eight years later, the filmmakers finally self-released a reconstructed version of the film online.

A Decade Later – 2000 – and Still Struggling

Haim attempted to return to the industry in 2000 with the direct-to-video thriller, Without Malice, starring Jennifer Beals.

Crew members recalled Haim holding court in the town’s only bar until the early hours. Haim would reportedly halt production to call Toronto and check if his dog was dead, and sudden medical incidents required the filling of emergency prescriptions.

He spent time in rehab, where he was put on prescription medication, which he began to abuse.  Haim wound up entering rehab fifteen times for his drug addiction, which was so powerful it led to him suffering a drug-induced stroke and going into a brief coma.

On August 10, 2001, Haim’s mother found him unconscious at his Los Angeles bungalow after an overdose.  He was rushed to UCLA Medical Center where doctors managed to stabilize him, but a few hours later, he slipped into a coma for the remainder of the evening.

Unfortunately, he did not have health insurance, and to foot the medical bills, he attempted to support himself by selling batches of his hair and an extracted molar on eBay.  The tooth reached $150 before being pulled from the listings in line with eBay’s restrictions on the sale of body parts.

By 2001, a pawnbroker claimed that Haim begged him for $3 to buy a slice of pizza.  Feldman, himself now clean, moved Haim into his house in October 2001, in attempt to keep him clean.

At age 29, Haim spent four days at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, with Feldman.

In 2002, Haim guest-starred as ‘himself’ in an episode of the Canadian television series Big Wolf on Campus.  He was also the subject of a 2004 song by Irish band The Thrills called “Whatever Happened to Corey Haim?”

Haim accepted an interview on Larry King Live where he talked about his period out of the spotlight, stating that he did not leave his apartment for three and a half years, and had ballooned to 302 pounds.

Haim proclaimed that he would:

probably be a chronic relapser for the rest of my life.

The Final Years

By 2004, with the encouragement of his mother, Haim had moved back to Toronto.  He proclaimed he was clear and sober.

In 2006, he was ranked #8 on VH1′s Greatest Teen Stars.

The Two Coreys

The Two Coreys

In December 2006, Haim began taping a reality show titled The Two Coreys which reunited him with Feldman. Both were credited as executive producers, and had a measure of creative input.

The show premiered on the A&E Network on July 29, 2007, with a second season starting on June 22, 2008.

The show’s premise revolved around Haim living in Feldman’s house with him and his wife while trying to get his career back on track.   The show eventually took on a darker life of its own after Haim relapsed and his prescription drug abuse became apparent.

The disintegrating relationship between the former best friends garnered a six-month hiatus before the second season. Haim was nominated for a Viewer’s Choice Award at the 22nd Annual Gemini Awards in Canada for his role in the show, and voted #8 in the category of Favorite Canadian on a TV Series.

In 2007, Haim proclaimed:

I want to be the guy they talk about when they talk about comebacks. I want people to learn from me, see I’m human, and understand that I make mistakes just like they do, but it doesn’t have to consume you. You’ve got to walk through the raindrops, and that’s what I’m trying to do.

On February 7, 2008, Haim ran a paid ad in the Hollywood trade publication Variety alongside a full-page photo, stating:

This is not a stunt. I’m back. I’m ready to work. I’m ready to make amends.

In February 2008, filming began in Vancouver for Lost Boys: The Tribe, a direct-to-DVD sequel featuring few of the original cast.  Haim wept when he was told on-camera that there was not a role for him in the film.

He was later scheduled to film a cameo appearance, but turned up on the set inebriated and was unable to remember his lines.  His scene only appeared during the closing credits.

The Coreys had a falling out with Haim stating:

I will always love Corey Feldman, but I lost 105 percent respect for him and his wife.

A&E canceled The Two Coreys midway through its second season in July 2008.

Amid the duo’s well-publicized estrangement came unconfirmed reports that Warner Bros. planned to release a Lost Boys 3 — with their characters facing off.  Feldman was confirmed to star in, and produce Lost Boys: The Thirst.

In July 2008, Haim completed filming on the gambling comedy Shark City in Toronto starring Vivica A. Fox.

By late July, Haim had become homeless in Los Angeles.  He was taken in by singer-songwriter G Tom Mac, on songwriter for the original The Lost Boys soundtrack.

The two would collaborate on an idea for a reality show called Lost Boy Found, documenting Haim’s addiction and recovery through music at Mac’s studio, where he had been given a place to stay.  Unfortunately the show was not picked up.

In 2009, Haim appeared in the thriller Crank: High Voltage starring Jason Statham.

In 2010, Haim released two films:  American Sunset and DecisionsHaim was reportedly attached to several films scheduled to go into production in 2010.  He was also slated to direct two films: The Throwaways, and A Detour In Life.

Death of Corey Haim

corey-haim-funeral-3-17-10In his final days, Haim was working on The Dead SeaHe requested a “clean set” from producers to reduce temptation.  Haim even came to the set on his days off.

Before his death, Haim had reconciled with Feldman off-camera.  The two were spending time together developing a sequel to License to Drive called License to Fly, a project of Haim’s conception.

Haim shared a rental at the Oakwood Apartments between in the Los Angeles area, along with his mother, was suffering from breast cancer.

Neighbors claimed that Haim, who did not own a car, sometimes could be seen wandering around the complex, looking for what was described as “friends” or “companionship.”

On March 10, 2010, Haim’s mother placed a 911 call.  Haim was taken from their home by paramedics to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, and pronounced dead at 2:15 a.m. He was 38 years old.

Los Angeles police stated that his death appeared to be an accidental overdose and that four bottles containing Vicodin, Soma, Valium, and Haloperidol were retrieved, which were all prescribed by a specialist.  No illegal drugs were found.

It was revealed that Haim had used aliases to secure 553 prescription pills in the 32 days prior to his death.  It was also revealed that he had seen different doctors and used seven pharmacies to obtain the supply, which included 195 Valium, 15 Xanax, 194 Soma and 149 Vicodin.

Haim had been ill with flu-like symptoms for two days before his death. A doctor called on him and took his temperature, but did not suspect serious problems. At one stage, Haim woke his mother and said:

Mom, can you please come and lie next to me, I’m not feeling very good.

After he attempted to walk around just after midnight, his mother saw him collapse.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office ruled that Haim’s death was due to pneumonia.  Prior to the official autopsy reports being made available publicly, Haim’s mother stated that the coroner had given her a “courtesy call” to state his preliminary findings that Haim died of pulmonary edema and was suffering from an enlarged heart and water in the lungs.

Haim’s primary doctor confirmed to Drug Enforcement Administration investigators that Haim was addicted to pain medication.

Haim left very little money, and his mother initially announced that the cost of his funeral would be covered by public funds provided by the city of Toronto as is customary in destitute cases.

A $20,000 contribution was made by a memorabilia site to which Haim had sold items over the years, but the company later canceled the check after it emerged that the funeral home had stepped in to cover the costs from the outset.

Haim’s personal belongings were put up for auction on eBay by a cast member from A Time To Live, whose listings claimed that the family had asked him to sell the items as they needed money for burial expenses.

A private Jewish funeral ceremony took place on March 16, 2010, at Steeles Memorial Chapel, in Thornhill.  Both his parents attended, along with 200 friends and family.  Feldman did not attend the services claiming he wanted to minimize publicity for the family, saying:

I always feared this day would come.

Haim was buried at Pardes Shalom Cemetery in Maple, Ontario.

Corey-Haim-AdultPersonal life

Haim who was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, was raised Jewish, and is the son of Judy, and Bernie Haim.

He had an older sister, Carol, and a younger half-brother, Daniel Lee, from his father’s second marriage.

After eighteen years of marriage, Haim was eleven when his parents divorced.

Growing up Haim was very shy, so in order to help him overcome his shyness, she enrolled him in improv and mime.

He inadvertently fell into the film industry after accompanying his sister, Carol to her auditions.

As a child, Haim enjoyed hockey, comic books and the keyboard.  Haim attended North York’s Zion Heights Junior High, which lasted until 8th Grade, by which point he had begun to make a name for himself as a child actor.

Lala Sloatman co-starred with Haim in Watchers and Dream a Little Dream, and they dated on and off for two years at the peak of his fame.

He was involved with actress Alyssa Milano from 1987 to 1990.  Milano’s parents tried unsuccessfully to get Haim help for his addiction.

He was engaged to Baywatch actress Nicole Eggert, with whom he starred in Blown Away and Just One of the Girls.

In 1995, he briefly dated Victoria Beckham, then of the Spice Girls.

Haim also had short engagements to Holly Fields in 1996 and model Cindy Guyer in 2000.  Haims proposed to Guyer two days after they met at a Chicago autograph show. She claimed that during their relationship, he allegedly threw her against a car, leaving her needing stitches on her chin.

Haim had a year-long relationship with Tiffany Shepis, beginning in October 2008 but the relationship eventually ended.

Haim never married.

Filmography listed HERE.