Wed 10 Mar, 2010 07:34 am
Corey Ian Haim (December 23, 1971 - March 10, 2010) was a Canadian actor, known for a 1980s Hollywood career as a teen idol. He starred or co-starred in a number of films such as Lucas, Murphy's Romance, The Lost Boys, License to Drive and Dream a Little Dream. Most notably, he collaborated numerous times with Corey Feldman, the pair being dubbed "The Two Coreys." Haim and Feldman starred in a TV 'reality' show titled The Two Coreys, which aired on the A&E Network from 2007 to 2008.
Early life and career
Haim was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the son of Judy, an Israeli-born computer operator, and Bernie Haim, who worked in sales. Haim is Jewish. He was enrolled in acting lessons by his mother in an attempt to help him overcome his shyness. Haim, not particularly fascinated by acting, participated in other activities, such as ice hockey, playing music on his keyboard and collecting comic books.
Haim first broke into mainstream acting playing the role of Larry in the Canadian family oriented comedy television series, The Edison Twins, which ran from 1982 through until 1986. Haim made his first cinematic appearance in the 1984 feature film, Firstborn, which starred Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Jr. In 1985, Haim appeared in minor roles in Secret Admirer and Murphy's Romance and starred in the leading role in a feature film version of Stephen King's novella, Silver Bullet, playing a paraplegic boy alongside Gary Busey. Haim started to make a name for himself in the industry, notably by earning his first Young Artist Award as an Exceptional Young Actor Starring in a Television Special or Movie of the Week for the television movie A Time to Live.
Haim's major break was in 1986, billed as the main star alongside Kerri Green, Charlie Sheen, and Winona Ryder in the popular movie Lucas. Haim would receive a nomination for an Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor Starring in a Feature Film - Comedy or Drama at the Young Artist Awards for his role as the title character. Film critic Roger Ebert gave Haim good reviews. Following the success of Lucas, Haim starred in the 1987 television series, Roomies.
In 1987, Haim had a featured role in Joel Schumacher's vampire film, The Lost Boys, alongside Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland. The film was well received by most reviewers. Besides gaining Haim more renown, the film began his famous partnership with Feldman. The performance earned him another Young Artist Award nomination as Best Young Male Superstar in a Motion Picture. In 1988, Haim starred in two more widely released films: License to Drive, a financially successful teen comedy co-starring Feldman, and the horror film Watchers. Haim won his second Young Artist Award, tying Feldman for the Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Fantasy award for License to Drive.
Haim and Feldman appeared in the film Dream a Little Dream. The film spawned the Billboard Hot 100 number one single Rock On for Michael Damian, with the pair appearing in the song's music video. That year Haim released a self-promotional video documentary entitled Corey Haim: Me, Myself, and I.
Haim's first film after the Me, Myself and I documentary was The Dream Machine, a direct-to-video film released in 1990. Haim co-starred with Patricia Arquette in Prayer of the Rollerboys. He continued starring in direct-to-video films, including Blown Away, The Double 0 Kid and Oh, What a Night. In 1993, he starred in a full motion video game called Double Switch, which was released for the Sega CD and later for the Sega Saturn, as well as for the home computer. Over the next two years, Haim would release sequels to two of his older films; in 1994, Fast Getaway II was released along with National Lampoon's Last Resort. The following year, Life 101 and another sequel, Dream a Little Dream 2, with Feldman, were released.
In 1996, Haim starred in four more direct-to-video films: Snowboard Academy, Busted with Feldman, Demolition High, and Fever Lake. He had a minor role in a television version of Merlin. After releasing both Never Too Late and the sequel to Demolition High, Demolition University (which he produced), he filed for bankruptcy in 1997.
Haim attempted to return to the industry in 2000 with another direct-to-video film, Without Malice, with Jennifer Beals and Craig Sheffer. He spent time in rehab. Haim says, "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".
The next year, Haim appeared in The Back Lot Murders alongside Priscilla Barnes. He became the subject of an E! True Hollywood Story in 2001. He made a cameo role appearance in Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, a film about a former child star who did not live a normal childhood; it featured a range of other former child stars, including Feldman.
In 2002, he guest starred as himself in an episode of the Canadian television series Big Wolf on Campus.
By 2004, Haim appeared to have finally overcome his drug habit, after resettling in Toronto. In response to an investigation by The Sun newspaper into what exactly had happened to Haim, he responded saying that: "I'm clean, sober, humble and happy." In 2006, he was ranked #8 on VH1's Greatest Teen Stars.
On December 4, 2006, Haim began taping an improv/reality show with Feldman titled The Two Coreys. The show premiered on the A&E Network on July 29, 2007. Haim and Feldman signed on for a second season of the show, which aired starting June 22, 2008.
Haim was nominated for a Viewer's Choice Award at the 22nd Annual Gemini Awards in Canada for his role in The Two Coreys. He was voted #8 in the category of "Favourite Canadian" on a TV Series (not eligible for a Gemini) for his role in the A&E show.
On February 7, 2008, Haim ran a paid ad in a Hollywood trade publication, Variety, stating "This is not a stunt. I'm back. I'm ready to work. I'm ready to make amends."
In February 2008, filming resumed in Vancouver for Lost Boys: The Tribe to include several scenes with Haim reprising his role as Sam Emerson. Haim reversed his previous decision to not appear in the film. Haim did not appear in Lost Boys: The Tribe until the closing credits.
Feldman stated his refusal to have further contacts with Haim until he recovered from his addiction. A & E decided against a third season of The Two Coreys and canceled it in July 2008. Amid their estrangement, there were unconfirmed reports that Warner Brothers plans to release a Lost Boys 3--with both of their characters facing off. In that scenario, Jamison Newlander would join the cast. Feldman is confirmed to star in, and executive produce, Lost Boys: The Thirst.
In 2008, Haim joined the cast of Shark City, which filmed in Toronto with Vivica Fox, Carlo Rota, David Phillips, and Jefferson Brown, and premiered in 2009. Haim is reported to be in two films scheduled for a 2010 release: The Pick Up and SAD (Standard American Diet).
On March 10, 2010 KABC-TV in Los Angeles report that Corey Haim passed away due to what is believed to be an accidental drug overdose.
Aw, poor kid.
Always preferred him to the other Corey. One year younger than me. <sigh>
LAPD: 80s Teen Idol Corey Haim Dead at 38
KTLA News March 10, 2010 | 5:38 a.m.
LOS ANGELES -- Actor Corey Haim has died at the age of 38, the Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed to KTLA.
Haim died at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday of an apparent accidental overdose, police said.
He was found unresponsive at an Oakwood apartment, near Burbank, police said.
His mother was at the home at the time.
The actor, who has struggled with drug addiction, was pronounced dead Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center in Burbank, police said.
Haim was a teen heartthrob in the 80s and appeared in several movies, including "The Lost Boys" along with fellow teen idol Corey Feldman.
You wonder what happened to these kids way back when. Maybe something. Maybe nothing. But you wonder.
I preferred him to the other Corey too. Really liked The Lost Boys. Too bad. RIP.
I really like Corey Haim in The Lost Boys as well. Had to go to the archives to remember Corey Feldman, and I do remember him in Stand By Me (based on Stephen King's novella, The Body.)
I really miss River Phoenix as well.
Here's the trailer.
This makes me sad. RIP Corey.
I remember him most as Sally Field's young son in "Murphy's Romance". Such a sweet face and very good in his role.
Loved the Lost Boys too and him in it.
Just so sad how many of these young actors end up.