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Corey Haim ( 1971 - 2010 )  Category ( Actor_Actress ) [suggest a correction]
 

Corey HaimCorey Haim was a Canadian television and film actor who entered show business almost by accident. Born to a middle class family, Haim was raised in the Jewish faith and had an older sister and a younger half-brother. He was a shy and withdrawn child. Concerned, his mother enrolled him in drama classes, where he learned a variety of acting approaches, including improvisation and mime.

During childhood,he was never particularly interested in acting as a career, even after he began working in the business. His sister, Carol, was interested in becoming an actress and her little brother often tagged along to her auditions. Haim was much more interested in typical boyish activities, such as collecting comic books and playing music. He also was quite keen for ice hockey, and excelled at a level that led to the AA Thunderbirds expressing serious interest. While at one of his sister's auditions he attracted the notice of those doing the hiring. Haim figured, why not give it a try, and so, almost as a lark, he began his acting career.

By the time he was a student at Zion Heights Junior High he had already made a name for himself as an actor. His first major role was in a Canadian television sitcom. His first film role was Firstborn, a thriller from 1984. He met, worked with, and became friends with a number of child actors of the 80s, some of whom went on to successful adult acting careers. He counted Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey, Jr. among his earliest acting friends.

Not only was Haim obtaining regular work -- always a rare and positive sign of acting success -- he began to receive critical acclaim as well. He was particularly notable in a role he played in the film, Stand By Me. As a teen actor, he was often paired up with fellow child actor, Corey Feldman. They played opposite one another so often, and won so many young female fans, that they became known as "the two Coreys."

He continued to enjoy box office and financial success throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s, but in 1996 he was sued for failing to disclose a drug addiction. Bankruptcy soon followed, and he was no longer being offered film roles. His drug problem worsened. As he reported in 2004, at one point he was taking 85 Valium a day, "I'm not talking about the other pills I went through."

Haim desperately wanted to recover from drug addiction. He entered rehab fifteen times, but always returned to his old ways. He sometimes was taken to hospital, ill from drugs or in a coma state. During one brief period when he managed to stay "clean," he tried to resurrect his career, and accepted small, but significant film roles. Despite his travails and financial problems, his mother stayed by his side. The two often lived together, sharing expenses. By 2008, Haim's personal and financial situation hit a new low. He lost everything and became homeless. Friends continued to try and help him, even finding him small parts to play in films and television. During 2009, he was quoted as stating "I'm broke and I'm homeless and I didn't expect myself to be in this situation -- ever." However, he continued to try and pick up the pieces of his life and begin again.

In early 2010 he was said to be involved in upcoming feature films. His personal life was nearly as unstable as his professional career. He never married or had children. He dated a number of Hollywood film stars and actresses. The relationships never lasted, with a number of former girlfriends expressing grave concern for his mental and emotional health, as well as his drug addiction. On March 10,2010, his mother, who was suffering from breast cancer and living with her son in his apartment, called 9-1-1, and paramedics took him to the hospital, where he died from what appeared to be an accidental drug overdose. Haim held prescriptions for all the drugs found in his system. His old friend, Corey Feldman, said on the day of Haim's death, "He was his own enemy."


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