Thursday, April 19, 2012

Cursed: Dead Child Actors

Jonathan Brandis (1976-2003) "It." Died by hanging.




Jonathan had so much potential. You see him in "It" and he was Richard Thomas as a kid.


River Phoenix (1970-1993) "Stand By Me" Drug overdose.




River should have been nominated for "Stand By Me." Such raw talent, not pasteurized by over-training.


Dominique Dunne (1959-1982) Murder





Dominique was amazing in "Poltergeist" and I saw so much potential for her to be able to portray a wide range of characters with lots of hidden depths.


Heather O'Rourke (1975-1988) Bowel obstruction




Who didn't love Heather in "Poltergeist?" She was the embodiment of innocence and vulnerability.


Corey Haim (1971-2010) Pneumonia




Corey was a total blast in so many things he did. I adored him in "Lucas" and I laughed so hard in "Lost Boys."

8 comments:

  1. this is a sad but true list of cool kids taken in by the very thing that made them famous. Adding to your list; Brad Renfro, Rebecca Schaeffer, Anissa Jones, Brittany Murphy, Brent Chalem and Bridgette Andersen... Not sure if they might have been cursed, just sad

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  2. Heather O'Rourke , Dominique Dunne
    Cursed ?
    Naw !


    The rest of them named cursed ?
    Yes !
    With shitty irresponsible parents...
    and Hollywood sucking the life out of them all.
    Now one might call that being cursed.

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  3. So many young lives cut short. What is it with these damn child stars anyway?

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  4. I loved all these people.

    I didn't know Heather O'Rourke had died...
    Now I do.
    And I am sad.

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  6. It makes you wonder how their careers would have panned out if they had lived. We will never know. A couple of others cursed by drugs were John Belushi and Chris Farley. They were also young when they died.

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  7. So, Sharon, how are you? Hanging in there?

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  8. The saddest part is that none of these actors were close to their full potential . So much to live for .. having them dead is like a crime . It kills me sometimes , how people die .

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