Corey Haim

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Corey Haim in his promotional video, Me, Myself and I

Corey Ian Haim (born December 23, 1971) is a Canadian who became famous as an actor in Hollywood during the 1980s. His friendship and on-screen collaboration with Corey Feldman was widely publicized during the late 80's, and they were dubbed The two Coreys. His fall from stardom is considered a textbook case of a child star losing their way when entering adulthood.

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Biography

In 1989, amid circulating rumours of a serious a drug problem, Haim released a self-promotional video documentary entitled Corey Haim: Me, Myself, and I. In the video he is shown taking part in wholesome family activities and discussing his career and ambitions. However, his incoherent ramblings on the video suggested he was heavily drugged during filming.

Haim dated several high profile actresses during the 1990s including Alyssa Milano, Nicole Eggert, Holly Fields, Victoria Beckham and Cindy Guyer. He was briefly engaged to both Eggert, Fields and Guyer. While he got a stable amount of low-budget work in the early to mid nineties, drug addiction was beginning to seriously impede his career.

In 1993, Haim was charged for pulling a fake handgun during a dispute with his business manager. The charges were later reduced from felony to misdemeanor. In 1996, he was sued by Lloyds of London for $375,000 after pulling out of the film Paradise Bar because of drug problems, which he had failed to mention on the insurance form. He filed for bankruptcy in 1997. According to the bankruptcy report, he had $100,000 outstanding to the IRS, $100,000 in debts, and his assets included $100 dollars cash, $750 dollars worth of clothing, a red 1987 BMW (as seen in Corey Haim: Me, Myself, and I), and a $31,000 pension fund. The movie roles dried up at this stage.

In 2001, he auctioned one of his teeth and clumps of his hair on eBay. eBay stopped the tooth auction, as it is against their regulations to sell body parts, but not before bidding had got to $150. He also stole the engagement ring of his ex-fiancee Cindy Guyer, and was caught selling it at a pawn shop in Los Angeles.

He was the subject of an E! True Hollywood Story in 2001, which detailed the extent of his drug addiction. Feldman, who had kicked his own drug habit, spoke of how he himself had tried an intervention with the troubled actor. At this stage, Haim was living with his mother in a sparsely furnished one-bedroom apartment over someone's garage in Santa Monica. In August 2001, Haim suffered a drug induced stroke, and was rushed to UCLA medical center, where he briefly fell into a coma. He had to leave the hospital early because he had no health insurance.

Having been in and out of rehab over 15 times, he appeared to have finally kicked his drug habit as of 2004, after resettling in Toronto. Haim was the subject of the single Whatever Happened to Corey Haim by The Thrills, released in September 2004. In response to an investigation by The Sun newspaper during the single's release, into what exactly had happened to Corey Haim, he responded I'm clean, sober, humble and happy. Presently, he is renting an apartment in Toronto, and works part-time at a record store. He does not appear to have anymore films in the pipeline as of January 2005.

Quotes

"I'm clean, sober, humble and happy" (The Sun, 2004)

Well, as far as my fans out there, being, and like 'help Corey,' you know, 'where's our Corey,' you know and the whole misconception thing, from the people out there. Um, you know, they have every right to feel the way they do and things are great with me, as you see, I'm very, good shape now and on the ball. Things are happening. (from the video Corey Haim: Me, Myself, and I, 1989)

There's no point in making bad movies. That is not my desire (1980s interview)

Career

One of his first appearances was in Lucas, alongside Charlie Sheen. His breakthrough role came in Joel Schumacher's 1987 hit film, The Lost Boys, where he and the other Corey battled teenage vampires. Then, in 1988, he made the movie License to Drive, where he undertook the main character and Feldman had a secondary role. For their next movie, 1989's Dream a Little Dream, they reversed roles, with Feldman on the lead and Haim as a secondary character. He and Feldman quickly became teen idols, and both got heavily involved in the late 1980s Hollywood party scene.

After the 1980s, his career began a downward trajectory. Dream a Little Dream was his last film with a major theatrical release, after which it was strictly low-budget straight-to-video fare, which included Dream Machine, Fast Getaway, Fast Getaway II, The Double O Kid, Blown Away, One of the Girls, Snowboard Academy, Demolition High, Demolition University and Busted. Many of these co-starred Corey Feldman, and often featured then girlfriend Nicole Eggert as the love interest.

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