Thursday, March 11, 2010

Corey Haim: A Timeline Of The Late Actor's Career

The news that actor Corey Haim, 38, was found dead on Wednesday morning (March 10) of an apparent drug overdose has left the late Hollywood icon's family, friends and fans in mourning. Although Haim's career had been relatively quiet in recent years, the actor was a steady presence on the big screen throughout the 1980s, starring alongside talents such as Kiefer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen and longtime friend and collaborator Corey Feldman.

In memory of the late actor, MTV News has compiled a timeline of Corey Haim's career in Hollywood from his first roles in "Firstborn" and "Silver Bullet" to his final years as a reality television star alongside Feldman.

1984: Haim's first cinematic role came in the form of "Firstborn," in which he played Brian Livingston, a boy whose family is terrorized by his mother's abusive boyfriend. He starred opposite actors Robert Downey Jr., Sarah Jessica Parker and Peter Weller ("RoboCop").

1985: The actor's success in "Firstborn" brought numerous roles the following year, including smaller parts in "Secret Admirer" and "Murphy's Romance." Haim's most prominent role of the year, however, was "Silver Bullet," an adaptation of Stephen King's werewolf-centric novella.

1986: Haim's lone credit for the year was the title role in "Lucas," director David Seltzer's film about a socially ostracized youth who falls in love with the alluring new girl in school. He starred opposite Charlie Sheen, Winona Ryder, Jeremy Piven and Courtney Thorne-Smith.

1987: In what remains one of Haim's most frequently cited roles, "The Lost Boys" debuted to a surprising amount of commercial success and instantly earned its place as a cult classic amongst horror enthusiasts. Haim starred alongside fellow '80s icons Feldman, Kiefer Sutherland, Alex Winter and Jason Patric.

1988–1989: Following the success of "The Lost Boys," Haim landed leading roles in the more teen-oriented "License to Drive" (1988) and "Dream a Little Dream" (1989), as well as taking another horror movie role in the form of "Watchers" (1988). Alongside friend and colleague Feldman, Haim released a video documentary titled "Corey Haim: Me, Myself and I" (1989) that offered fans a glimpse into the actor's everyday life.

1991: At 20 years old, Haim took his first major adult role in "Prayer of the Rollerboys," a post-apocalyptic thriller in which he played a reluctant inline-skater-turned-undercover-agent in a violent gang. The actor received a Saturn Award nomination for his performance.

1992: Haim starred in "Blown Away," a direct-to-video movie co-starring Feldman. He also released two other direct-to-video movies, "The Double 0 Kid" and "Oh, What a Night."

1993: The actor added video-game star to his already substantial rйsumй in the form of "Double Switch," a full motion video game released for Sega CD, Sega Saturn and Mac computers. Haim provided the voice and likeness for Eddie, the game's protagonist.

1997: After a series of direct-to-video features that failed to win over audiences in the same way as his earlier successes, Haim was forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and faded from the public eye for some years.

2000–2003: Following stints in rehabilitation facilities for drug-related issues, Haim attempted a comeback in the form of "Without Malice," a direct-to-video release that struggled to find an audience. In 2001, Haim was the subject of an "E! True Hollywood Story" special highlighting the actor's personal troubles throughout his career. In 2003, the actor provided a humorous cameo as himself in David Spade's "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star."

2004: Having relocated to Toronto, Haim participated in an interview with The Sun to discuss his reported troubles and absence from Hollywood, stating, "I want people to ... know [that] I'm clean, sober, humble and happy."

2007: Troubles between Haim and Feldman emerged over Haim's decision not to participate in a sequel to "The Lost Boys." In an interview with MTV News, Haim said of Feldman, "I'm just tired of him, that's all."

2008: Feldman and Haim seemingly buried the hatchet in the form of "The Two Coreys," a reality television series that chronicled the actors' relationship with one another. In a March interview with MTV News, Feldman revealed that Haim had agreed to a small cameo appearance in "Lost Boys: The Tribe."

2009–2010: Following Haim's "Lost Boys" cameo and the cancellation of his and Feldman's reality series, Haim resumed his attempt to return to acting with roles in "Shark City" and "Crank: High Voltage." According to the late actor's IMDb page, Haim had several movies in production, including "The Throwaways," "The Science of Cool" and "A Detour in Life." At press time, there was no word on the status of those projects in light of Haim's death.

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