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."


  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

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

  3. 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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  5. 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.

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

  7. 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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