Corey Haim, another dead child actor

Corey Haim, 2008.

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Corey Haim is dead, Los Angeles Police confirmed to TV station KTLA. He was 38.

Police say it is believed the actor, who had a long history of substance-abuse problems, perished from an accidental overdose at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

via Corey Haim, 38, Found Dead – Tributes, Corey Haim : People.com.

I’ve written about child actors before and my reluctance of letting my own gregarious child enjoy the spotlight. Stories like this only confirm my irrational (?) fear of the child actor curse. I’ve been trying to come up with a list of “normal” adults that got their start as children to compare to the tragedies. The lists are not looking so hot.

In the healthy column –

Jason Bateman

Justine Bateman (can we thank their parents for this?)

Fred Savage

Danica McKellar (something about the wholesomeness of the Wonder Years?)

Alicia Silverstone

In the cautionary tale column –

Judy Garland

Brittany Murphy

Dana Plato

Todd Bridges

Gary Coleman

Danny Bonaduce

Mackenzie Phillips

River Phoenix

Lindsay Lohan

Brad Renfro

Michael Jackson

Britney Spears

Coreys Feldman and Haim weren’t doing so hot before today’s news, but sadly Haim is now a permanent member of the club with zero chance for redemption.

Anyone in the healthy column I missed? Let’s hear some good news about this demographic for a change. Tell me who else made it to functional adulthood in comments.

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10 Responses to Corey Haim, another dead child actor

  1. Matthew Greenberg says:

    Neil Patrick Harris is practically the poster child for healthy, well-adjusted, happy and successful former-child star. The Batemans are right behind him.

  2. Well, Ron Howard, obviously. Will Wheaton. Anthony Michael Hall (“The Breakfast Club”) seemed to do pretty well for himself. Does Elijah Wood count as a “child star”? Sean Aston was in the Goonies, so he must count.

  3. Michael Hastings says:

    Kurt Russell, Natalie Portman, Kirsten Dunst…And Christian Bale is TBD?

    • April Peveteaux says:

      Christian Bale is totally TBD.

      And I feel like I heard mixed results on Anthony Michael Hall (steroids, aggro)?

      Great lists!

  4. inmyhumbleopinion says:

    Healthy column:

    Jodie Foster
    Natalie Portman
    Ron Howard
    Jeff Bridges
    Neil Patrick Harris
    Christina Ricci (I’d put an asterisk next to her; I’d say she’s got eating disorder issues, but I don’t know that for a fact.)

    • dreamking says:

      Check out “The Little Girl Who Lived Down the Lane”. There’s no way little Jodie Foster survived filming that unscathed. 🙂

  5. dreamking says:

    I thought Justine Bateman had an eating disorder…

    • April Peveteaux says:

      I did think something was hanky with Justine, but her Arrested Development performance made me put her in the plus column.

  6. Matthew Greenberg says:

    Rick “Don’t Call Me ‘Ricky'” Schroeder…

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