Corey Ian Haim (December 23, 1971 March 10, 2010) was a Canadian actor best known for his teen roles in the 1980s. He was born in Toronto, Ontario, and later grew up in Willowdale, where his mother enrolled him in drama classes in improvisation and mime to help him overcome his shyness.
He broke into acting at the age of ten, playing the character of Larry in The Edison Twins, and later made his feature film debut in the 1984 thriller Firstborn. His breakout role came in 1986 when he starred as the title character in Lucas. From there, his status as a teen heartthrob only blossomed, leading to a lot of roles across film genres throughout the 1980s.
Unfortunately, most of his professional career was marred by drug and alcohol addiction and periods in and out of rehab, and later in his life his acting career petered out, leading to bankruptcy. He attempted to revitalize his acting career in 2000, with mixed results.
Haim ultimately died of pneumonia on March 10, 2010. He never married or had any children, but he was involved at various times with Alyssa Milano, Lala Sloatman, Nicole Eggert, Holly Fields, and Tiffany Shepis.
- Former Child Star: The bulk of Haims career was as a teen heartthrob, though his career petered out afterwards for a series of overlapping reasons.
- Pretty Boy: In his teen and young adult years, Corey Haim was considered one of America's leading male heartthrobs.
- Riches to Rags: He nearly went broke after he pulled out of the film Paradise Bar in 1996. He was sued by Lloyd's of London for $375,000 for failing to disclose his drug addiction as a pre-existing medical condition on the insurance form. Haim filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July 1997. He ended up living back home with his mother. He died with very little money, and his mother initially announced that the cost of his funeral would be covered by public funds provided by the city of Toronto as is customary in destitute cases.
- Those Two Actors: With Corey Feldman.