Corey Feldman

Corey Feldman Headshot

Actor

Birth Name: Corey Scott Feldman

Birth Date: July 16, 1971

Age: 53 years old

Birth Place: Chatsworth, California

Spouses: Vanessa Marcil

One of the most popular child actors of the 1980s, Corey Feldman became a likable, smart-alecky lead in numerous kid-friendly films of the decade, including "Gremlins" (1984), "The Goonies" (1985), "Stand By Me" (1986), and "The Lost Boys" (1987). The latter film marked the beginning of a long and sometimes complex friendship with fellow teen idol Corey Haim, who Feldman would later support through some of his personal struggles.

Feldman continued to work in movies and TV, occasionally poking gentle fun at his own former teen idol status. Feldman eventually achieved a second career as himself - a former child star, with the scars to prove it - and appeared with Haim in the reality series "The Two Coreys" (A&E, 2007-08). Feldman's status as childhood favorite for so many '80s-era teens, as well as his ability to persevere where so many before him had struggled, ensured him Hollywood immortality as a childhood star who managed to maintain a career well beyond his adolescent years.

Born Corey Scott Feldman in Chatsworth, CA on July 16, 1971, he was one of five children raised by musician Bob Feldman and his wife, Sheila Goldstein, who later served as Feldman's manager in his childhood years. His onscreen life began at the age of three with an appearance in a television commercial for McDonald's that later earned a Clio; a reported 100 advertisements preceded guest shots on television series, then a stint as a series regular on the short-lived "Bad News Bears" sitcom (CBS, 1979-1980).

His feature film debut came in 1979's "Time After Time" as a boy who meets Malcolm McDowell's H.G. Wells in a museum; however, features would remain a rarity during Feldman's adolescent years, save for a voiceover turn as the young fox, Copper, in the animated Disney classic, "The Fox and the Hound" (1981). The majority of his work came via episodic television and harmless TV movies like "Still the Beaver" (CBS, 1983), which cast him as the son of the now-adult Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver (Jerry Mathers). Off-screen, however, Feldman's life was less than Cleaver-esque. In interviews conducted in 2003, he alleged physical abuse by his parents, and was legally emancipated from them when he turned 15.

Feldman's fortunes changed in the mid-1980s with a string of notable supporting roles in popular, teen-oriented features like "Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter" (1984), which cast him as the likely successor to maniac Jason Voorhees' killing spree, and "Gremlins" (1984), where he unwittingly unleashes a horde of monsters with an accidental drop of water on the film's lovable critter, Gizmo. The chief arrows in his acting quiver - unconventional good looks and a knack for playing teens too clever for their own good - helped to put him on the teen idol map, and by 1985, Feldman was riding high with significant roles in such hits as the Steven Spielberg-produced adventure, "Goonies" (1985).

But it was in Rob Reiner's 1986 classic "Stand by Me" that Feldman showed the promise of real acting talent by holding his own with a young River Phoenix, playing an emotionally troubled young man on a quest with friends to see a dead body. The following year, however, he was a bonafide movie star thanks to "The Lost Boys" (1987), Joel Schumacher's clever and stylish horror film about teen vampires plaguing a small California coastal town. Feldman's character - a grave, comic book-loving vampire hunter - solidified his status as an offbeat comic presence, but it was the presence of a co-star, fellow teen star Corey Haim, that made the film significant in both the best and worst of ways.

Like Feldman, the Canadian-born Haim was a child star who had experienced critical and box office acclaim at an early age thanks to the Gen-X favorite, "Lucas" (1986), and the success of "The Lost Boys" placed him and Feldman at the top of the teen idol heap. Their chemistry in the Schumacher film was palpable, and with gossip magazines making the most of their off-screen friendship, it seemed only logical that they should continue the partnership in more films.

The first of these, "License to Drive" (1989), set the template for most of their subsequent joint projects: Haim or Feldman alternately playing a hapless, lovelorn adolescent who turns to his streetwise pal (again, either Haim or Feldman) to help him out of a particular jam - in the case of "Drive," how to romance popular girl Heather Graham without the benefit of a driver's license. A modest hit with The Coreys' young female audience, it was followed by the light fantasy "Dream a Little Dream" (1989), a body-swapping comedy with Jason Robards and Piper Laurie in which Feldman finally had the lead.

The duo had their share of detractors - critics and pundits lambasted the films and the performers themselves as promising actors-now turned-featherweights - but for the tail end of the 1980s, Feldman and Haim were riding high as the fabled "Coreys." In fact, no other teen idols of that time even came close, with teen girls (even some boys) forever debating which "Corey" was the better of the two. Feldman was seen as edgier; Haim the sweeter pretty boy.

The unfortunate reality behind the glittery image of Feldman and Haim's lives was that both young men were in considerable turmoil. Both actors were from broken homes and were struggling with increased drug usage. Worst of all the two shared the dark secret - though this would not become known for 20 years - of reported molestations perpetrated by members of their inner circle.

Matters were made worse by fickle tastes in teen audiences; the usual seismic shift that occurs among young female consumers was pushing attention away from Haim and Feldman and towards other performers. Despite a likable performance in Joe Dante's "The 'burbs" in 1989, Feldman was finding it difficult to land roles as he exited the 1980s.

The year 1990 saw the beginning of the end for Feldman's star status. A routine traffic stop by police that year led to the discovery of heroin in his possession, which led to a string of arrests for drugs. Feldman's finances were in disarray as well - in later interviews, he alleged that his parents had spent much of the fortune he amassed during his career. A stint in rehab followed in 1991, and for the next few years, Feldman did his best to pick himself out of the debris of his life and career. First to go was his marriage to actress Vanessa Marcil, whom he had wed in 1989; the union was dissolved in 1993.

To pay his legal fees and make ends meet, Feldman took any role that was offered to him; the most significant of these was as the voice of Donatello, one of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (1990), but most of his work during this period was in direct-to-video dreck like "Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever" (1991) and "Meatballs 4" (1992). Many of these were team-ups with Haim, whose career had also nosedived, and who had endured his own string of drug-related problems. Despite the hardships, Feldman shouldered the constant catcalls about his "Two Coreys" past with remarkable good humor, and experimented with a music career that yielded minor success.

As the 1990s wore on, Feldman made occasional returns to the mainstream; there was a short-lived sitcom for CBS called "Dweebs" (1995), and a featured role in "Tales from the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood" (1995), which did not live up to the box office returns of its predecessor, "Demon Knight" (1996). He also worked steadily on a music career, with a debut solo album, Love Left in 1994, and a follow-up, Still Searching for Soul, which he recorded with his band Truth Movement, in 1999.

Feldman took the band on tour in 2001. His love of music may have been one of the factors which had caused Feldman to gravitate toward Michael Jackson's inner circle when he was still a child. Certainly both could relate to one another on a kid star basis. Throughout the 1990s, Feldman was becoming known less for his film career and more for his idolization of and close friendship with the King of Pop - insofar as he also began emulating MJ's military-inspired jackets and other fashion quirks, long past the point of any of it being en vogue. In fact, Feldman was one of the few celebrities to stand by Jackson publicly through not one, but two child molestation charges; one in 1993 and the other in 2003. His loyalty to friends down-on-their-luck or ostracized from society for whatever reason continued to be one of his most admired qualities by even the most skeptical of observers.

The new millennium saw Feldman accepting his past with uncommon good cheer and humor; in 2002, he made a guest appearance on "The Surreal Life" (The WB/VH1, 2003-06), which brought together faded celebrities in a "Big Brother" (CBS, 2000- ) living situation. On that episode, Feldman married his second wife, wannabe model Susie Sprague, who would join him in numerous future projects.

The following year, he contributed a cameo to the David Spade comedy "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star," which featured a number of ex-A-listers poking fun at their past, including best friend Haim. He also released a third solo album, appropriately titled Former Child Actor in 2002. By all intents and purposes, Feldman was accepting of his status and worked hard to rectify the "has-been" perception; his friend Haim was unable to follow suit, due to a continuous and aggressive drug addiction which often tested the duo's longtime friendship, as Feldman had been clean for years.

The actor received some of the best notices of his career for "Fatal Attraction, a Greek Tragedy," an off-Broadway musical based on the 1987 thriller of the same name. And if his film career remained firmly entrenched in B-grade genre pictures like "Evil Obsession" (1997) and "Storm Trooper" (1998), he was working consistently, and adding voiceover artist to his list of talents.

In 1999, he began contributing character vocals to the animated series "Sonic Underground" (UPN, 1999-2000), and followed it with "Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce!" (ABC Family, 2004-06) and the fanboy favorite, "Robot Chicken" (Adult Swim, 2006- ).

With his career and life in apparent stability, there seemed to be only one loose end to sew up for Feldman: his relationship with Haim. The situation was addressed with "The Two Coreys," a curious blend of reality show and scripted series, executive produced by both men, which saw them reunite and attempt to resolve their painful past by living together in a rented home they shared with Feldman's wife.

The result was at times exploitative - Feldman shepherds Sprague through a shoot for Playboy - and at others, uncomfortably personal, with both men revealing the torment of their sexual abuse, career failure, and struggles with drugs. The crux of the first season saw Feldman attempt to give Haim's acting a boost by getting him a cameo in "The Lost Boys: The Tribe" (2008), a low-budget sequel to the 1987 film that put them both on the map, with Feldman reprising his role of Edgar Frog.

A tweaked-out Haim botched the appearance, which lead to further conflict. Before any sort of resolution could be reached between Feldman and Haim, the show was canceled in the middle of its second season, with Feldman publicly expressing his refusal to see or speak to Haim again until he got clean.

On March 10, 2010, the poignant tale of "The Coreys" came to a tragic end with Haim's death by what LAPD suspected was an accidental prescription drug overdose at the age of 38. Feldman, who was in the middle of a very public breakup with Sprague, as well as a custody battle for their son, Zen, issued a heartfelt statement regarding Haim, whom he always considered a brother and with whom he had reconciled after the A&E show was canceled.

He took to "Larry King" that night to defend his friend's honor - from asking the public not to assume it was an overdose to demanding to know where all these people expressing condolences were for the last 20 years of the often down-on-his-luck actor's life. Even those most critical of Feldman were impressed by the passion and eloquence he put forth with his message of respecting and caring for former child stars.

In the end, two months after the actor's shocking death, Feldman and Haim's mother Judy were proven correct when toxicology results revealed the actor had died of natural causes, brought on by a genetically bad heart and fluid in the lungs from pneumonia. Despite receiving the shock of his life up to that point with the passing of his fabled other half, Feldman soldiered on with more low-budget features and television work, including a second "Lost Boys" sequel," "The Thirst" (2010) and a country-wide tour with his band.

Credits

Family Film and TV Awards

Self
Awards
2024

Only You: An Animated Shorts Collection

Actor
Artist/ Creature
Show
2023

Suicide for Beginners

Actor
Randy
Movie
2022

13 FanboyStream

Actor
Mike Merryman
Movie
2021

Age of Stone and Sky: The Sorcerer Beast

Executive Producer
Movie
2021

Age of Stone and Sky: The Sorcerer Beast

Voice
Sorcerer Beast
Movie
2021

Teenage Girl: First Wheels

Actor
Cliff
Movie
2020

Teenage Girl: First Wheels

Executive Producer
Movie
2020

Superhuman: The Invisible Made Visible

Self
Movie
2020

My Truth: The Rape of Two Coreys

Self
Movie
2020

Corey Feldman: Moment of Truth

Actor
Show
2018

A Tale of Two Coreys

Executive Producer
Movie
2018

Corbin Nash

Actor
Queeny
Movie
2018

I Am Sam Kinison

Actor
Show
2017

Access

Guest
Show
2017

Megyn Kelly Today

Guest
Talk
2017

Daily Blast Live

Guest
Show
2017

Today's Take

Music Performer
Show
2016

Hollywood Medium With Tyler HenryStream

Guest Star
Reality
2016

Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars: Extras

Actor
Show
2015

Body High

Actor
Apparition
Movie
2015

Marriage Boot Camp: Reality StarsStream

Self
Reality
2014

Corey Feldman Live

Actor
Show
2014

The M Word

Actor
Benny Becker
Movie
2014

Intrusion: Disconnected

Actor
Nolan
Movie
2014

Turbo F.A.S.T.

Guest Voice
Torquer
Show
2013

The Birthday BoysStream

Guest Star
Series
2013
100%

Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th

Narrator
Show
2013

The Zombie King

Actor
Kalfu
Movie
2013

Zombex

Actor
Dr. Jamison
Movie
2013

Exposure

Actor
Seth Black
Movie
2013

Border Security: Canada's Front Line

Actor
Reality
2012

Border Security: Canada's Front Line

Self
Reality
2012

Celebrity Wife SwapStream

Guest
Reality
2012

Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever

Self
Movie
2012

An Affair of the Heart

Actor
Movie
2012

6 Degrees of Hell

Actor
Kyle Brenner
Movie
2012

Worth: The Testimony of Johnny St. James

Actor
Chad
Movie
2012

Operation Belvis Bash

Actor
Samuel Stilman
Movie
2011

The TalkStream

Guest
Talk
2010

Access Hollywood Live

Guest
Show
2010

The Making of a Cult Classic - The Unauthorized Story of The Goonies

Actor
Show
2010

Lost Boys: The Thirst

Actor
Edgar Frog
Movie
2010

The Dr. Oz Show

Guest
Talk
2009

Hooking Up

Actor
Ryan Thompson
Movie
2009

The Wendy Williams Show

Guest
Talk
2008

Free Radio

Guest Star
Show
2008

Lost Boys: The Tribe

Actor
Edgar Frog
Movie
2008

Terror Inside

Actor
Allen
Movie
2008

Ticket gagnant

Actor
Movie
2008

The Two Coreys

Executive Producer
Show
2007

The Two Coreys

Self
Show
2007

Entertainment Tonight Canada

Guest
Show
2005

Robot ChickenStream

Guest Voice
Series
2005

American DadStream

Guest Voice
Announcer
Series
2005

Space Daze

Self
Movie
2005

Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!

Voice
Show
2004

No Witness

Actor
Mark Leiter
Movie
2004

Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys

Actor
Robert Toulon
Movie
2004

The Birthday

Actor
Norman Forrester
Movie
2004

The Surreal LifeStream

Self
Reality
2003

Dickie Roberts: Former Child StarStream

Actor
Himself
Movie
2003
22%

Dickie Roberts: Former Child StarStream

Self
Movie
2003
22%

Mayor of the Sunset Strip

Self
Movie
2003

Greg the BunnyStream

Guest Star
Series
2002

Bikini Bandits

Actor
Angel Gabriel
Movie
2002

The GuardianStream

Guest Star
Series
2001

Killer in the Dark

Actor
John
Movie
2001

Son of the Beach

Guest Star
Series
2000

Fortune Hunters

Actor
Charles
Movie
2000

The Scarecrow

Voice
Max
Movie
2000

Serial Killer

Actor
Store Clerk
Movie
1999

Legion

Actor
Siegal
Movie
1998

Born Bad

Actor
Marco
Movie
1998

She's Too Tall

Actor
Doug Beckwith
Movie
1998

The Thief and the Stripper

Actor
Movie
1998

The ViewStream

Guest
Talk
1997

Perseguida por la Noche

Actor
Movie
1997

Evil Obsession

Actor
Homer
Movie
1997

Storm Trooper

Actor
Roth
Movie
1997

Access Hollywood

Guest
News
1996

Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher

Guest Star
Show
1996

Línea Roja

Actor
Movie
1996

En la Línea de Fuego

Actor
Movie
1996

South Beach Academy

Actor
Billy Spencer
Movie
1996

Bordello of BloodStream

Actor
Caleb Verdoux
Movie
1996
14%

Red Line

Actor
Tony
Movie
1996

Busted

Actor
David
Movie
1996

Busted

Director
Movie
1996

Dweebs

Actor
Show
1995

SlidersStream

Guest Star
Series
1995

Vudú

Actor
Movie
1995

El Ministro del Vudu

Actor
Movie
1995

A Dangerous Place

Actor
Taylor
Movie
1995

Voodoo

Actor
Andy
Movie
1995

Burke's Law

Guest Star
Gerard Duke
Show
1994

The Lipstick Camera

Actor
Joule Iverson
Movie
1994

National Lampoon's Last Resort

Actor
Sam
Movie
1994

Dream a Little Dream 2

Actor
Bobby Keller
Movie
1994

The Magic Voyage

Voice
Pico
Movie
1994

National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1

Actor
Young Cop
Movie
1993

Blown Away

Actor
Wes
Movie
1993

Stepmonster

Actor
Phlegm
Movie
1993

Meatballs 4

Actor
Ricky Wade
Movie
1992

Round Trip to Heaven

Actor
Larry
Movie
1992

Al Filo del Peligro

Actor
Movie
1991

Guerreros de Fuego

Actor
Movie
1991

Edge of Honor

Actor
Butler
Movie
1991

Exilio

Actor
Movie
1990

Exile

Actor
Schenke
Movie
1990

Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesStream

Voice
Donatello
Movie
1990
42%

Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever

Actor
Jessie Davis
Movie
1990

Tales From the Crypt

Actor
Series
1989
82%

The 'Burbs

Actor
Ricky Butler
Movie
1989

Dream a Little Dream

Actor
Bobby Keller
Movie
1989

License to DriveStream

Actor
Dean
Movie
1988
24%

Married ... With ChildrenStream

Guest Star
Ralph
Series
1987

The Lost BoysStream

Actor
Edgar Frog
Movie
1987
77%

Stand By MeStream

Actor
Teddy Duchamp
Movie
1986
92%

Friday the 13th: A New BeginningStream

Actor
Tommy at 12
Movie
1985
18%

The GooniesStream

Actor
Clark "Mouth" Devereaux
Movie
1985
77%

Jason al Infierno

Actor
Movie
1984

Friday the 13th: The Final ChapterStream

Actor
Tommy Jarvis
Movie
1984
24%

GremlinsStream

Actor
Pete
Movie
1984
86%

The Fox and the HoundStream

Voice
Young Copper
Movie
1981
75%

The Bad News Bears

Actor
Regi Tower
Series
1979

Time After TimeStream

Actor
Boy at Museum
Movie
1979
88%

Mork & MindyStream

Guest Star
Series
1978
90%

Eight Is EnoughStream

Guest Star
Series
1977

AliceStream

Guest Star
Series
1976

One Day at a TimeStream

Guest Star
Series
1975

Good Morning America

Guest
News
1975

Today

Guest
News
1952

News aboutCorey Feldman