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Corey Haim

Corey Haim is a Canadian actor and producer, born December 23, 1971 in Toronto (Ontario) and died March 10, 2010 in Burbank (California).

He became a star in his teens, notably in the films Lucas and Lost Generation. His career declined in the 1990s, while his private life was affected by his use of narcotics. From 2007 to 2008, he appeared in a reality show alongside another former child actor, Corey Feldman.

Youth

Corey Ian Haim was born on December 23, 1971 in Toronto, Ontario (Canada). Her mother, Judy, is an Israeli-born computer operator and her father, Bernie Haim, a salesperson. His mother enrolls him in an acting class so he can overcome his shyness. Not being particularly motivated by acting, he practices ice hockey, plays music on his keyboard or collects comics.

 

Career

First Successes

In 1982, Corey Haim began his career, appearing in the television series Paul and the Twins (The Edison Twins), until 1986.

In 1984, he made his first appearance on the big screen in the thriller Firstborn, which also starred Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Jr..

In 1985, he appeared in a minor role in Secret Admirer and Murphy's Romance. The same year, he played the main role in the feature film Peur bleue (Silver Bullet), adapted from the short story by Stephen King, where he played a paraplegic alongside Gary Busey. He began to make a name for himself in the film industry by winning his first Young Artist Award for his role in the television movie A Time to Live.

In 1986, he landed his biggest role, alongside Kerri Green, Charlie Sheen and Winona Ryder, in the film Lucas. For this role, he received a Best Performance in a Feature Film nomination at the Young Artist Award. Film critic Roger Ebert gives it good reviews.

In 1987, after the success of Lucas, he starred in the television series Roomies.

Late 1980's

In 1987, Corey Haim played a role in the vampire film Generation Lost (The Lost Boys) by Joel Schumacher, alongside Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland. The film was well received by critics. In addition to increasing his fame, the film marks the beginning of the famous collaboration with Corey Feldman. His performance earned him another Young Artist Award nomination in the category of "Best Young Male Superstar in a Motion Picture".

In 1988, he starred in two more widely released films: Full Pot (License to Drive), a teen comedy that was a commercial success, with co-actor Corey Feldman and young actress Heather Graham, and the film Horror Watchers, based on the short story by Dean Koontz. He won his second Young Artist Award, beating Feldman in the category "Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Fantasy" for License to Drive.

In 1989, the two Coreys became popular for their collaboration after two successful films: they reformed in the film Dream a Little Dream. The single Rock On (en), Michael Damian's version, went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The two Coreys appeared in the music video taken from the single. That same year, Corey Haim made a self-promotional video titled Corey Haim: Me, Myself, and I. In the video, he is seen taking part in family activities and discussing his career and ambitions.

1990's

In 1990, after Corey Haim: Me, Myself, and I, Corey Haim made his first video, The Dream Machine. He plays, with Patricia Arquette, in Prayer of the Rollerboys. He continues to play in video films such as Belle et Dangereuse (in which Feldman also plays), The Double 0 Kid (alongside Brigitte Nielsen) and Oh, What a Night.

In 1993, he starred in a video game titled Double Switch, produced for the Mega-CD and later for the Sega Saturn, and for PC. Over the next two years, Haim licensed sequels to two of his older films: in 1994, Fast Getaway II was released alongside National Lampoon's Last Resort. The following year released Life 101 and another sequel Dream a Little Dream 2, in which he starred with Feldman.

In 1996, he played in four video films: Snowboard Academy (where he reunited with Brigitte Nielsen), Busted with Corey Feldman, Demolition High, and Fever Lake. He plays a minor role in the television version of Merlin. After directing Never Too Late and the sequel to Demolition High, Demolition University (for which he is also the producer), he went bankrupt in 1997.

2000's

In 2000, Corey Haim attempted a comeback in the film industry with another video film Without Malice, with Jennifer Beals and Craig Sheffer. He spends time in detox: “I started with tranquilizers, because I was a ball of nerves. But one leads to two, two to four, four to eight, until I finally took 85 a day — the doctors couldn't believe I took that many. And again, it was just for the Valium — I didn't talk about the other pills I was swallowing”.

In 2001, he appeared in The Backlot Murders alongside Priscilla Barnes. He becomes the subject of E! True Hollywood Story. He made a cameo in Dickie Roberts: ex-child star, a film about a child actor who did not have a normal childhood, he distinguished several child stars, including Corey Feldman.

In 2002, he played himself in an episode of the Canadian television series Le Loup-garou du campus.

In 2004, he seems to have overcome his drug problem after moving to Toronto. In response to an investigation by The Sun newspaper into what had really happened to him: "I am clean, sober, humble and happy".

In 2006, he was ranked as the eighth biggest teen star on VH1.

Back to Reality TV

On December 4, 2006, Corey Haim began recording a reality show, titled The Two Coreys, which he co-starred with Corey Feldman. The show first aired on A&E Network on July 29, 2007. The two Coreys signed on for a second season, which began airing June 22, 2008. He was nominated for the Viewers' Choice Award at the Annual Gemini Awards in Canada for his role in The Two Coreys. He is eighth in the "favorite Canadian" category in a TV series (not eligible for a Gemini) for his role in the A&E show.

On February 7, 2008, he paid for an ad in Variety magazine, saying, "It's not a joke. I'm back. I am ready to work. I am ready to make amends”. The same month, we [Who?] started filming some scenes of Lost Generation 2 (Lost Boys: The Tribe) to include him, reprising his role as Sam Emerson. He reconsiders his decision not to appear in a sequel. He does not appear in the Lost Generation 2 storyline until the end credits. His appearances are visible only in the "deleted scenes" of the DVD.

Before the future of The Two Coreys is known, Corey Feldman declares that he refuses to have any further contact with Corey Haim until the latter has rid himself of his addiction to drugs. A&E decided against a third season and ended the show in July 2008.

In 2009, he appeared in the action film Hyper Tension 2 (Crank 2: High Voltage) by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor.

Corey Haim

Death

On March 10, 2010, at the age of 38, Corey Haim died in Burbank.

According to Szilva Vecserdy, the media made unfair and false comments about the actor. He didn't die of an overdose, but of pneumonia and an enlarged heart. According to Corey Feldman, his friend's drug addiction was due to child molestation he suffered as a child.

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