Notes From a Darkened Theater: Corey Haim, of ‘Lucas’ and ‘The Lost Boys,’ Dead at 38


Corey Haim, who starred in popular teen comedies including Lucas (1986), License to Drive (1988) and Dream a Little Dream (1989), as well as Joel Schumacher’s 1987 cult hit The Lost Boys, has died at 38 of what is believed to be an accidental drug overdose.

The troubled actor revealed in a 2004 interview with the UK Sun the extent of his longtime battles with addiction. Frequent co-star Corey Feldman, who attempted a comeback of sorts with Haim on A&E’s short-lived (but never less than fascinating) reality series The Two Coreys, mourned the death of his “brother” as a tragic loss.

Haim, who had a small but memorable role in last year's Crank: High Voltage, will not be remembered as his generation's greatest living actor, but to kids who grew up in the 1980s, myself included, he was, for a brief time, wildly popular. He made his big-screen debut in Michael Apted's Firstborn (1984), starring opposite Teri Garr, Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Jr.

Arguably, Lucas remains his best and most widely beloved film, though Lost Boys has enduring as an enjoyably goofy spin on the vampire genre. His last movie, the upcoming thriller American Sunset, will be released this fall.


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