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Corey Haim's TV Legacy: 'The Two Coreys'?

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 10th 2010 11:25AM
The Two CoreysFormer child star Corey Haim, who rose to fame in the '80s with such big screen hits as 'The Lost Boys' and 'Lucas,' was found dead this morning of an apparent drug overdose. He was 38.

The news, which was first reported by Fox's Los Angeles affiliate KTLA and has been confirmed by the LAPD, brings to a sad close the life and career of what was once one of Hollywood's most promising young actors. While Haim is best remembered for his film collaborations with best bud and fellow-'Lost Boys' star Corey Feldman, his talent first became apparent on two now-forgotten TV shows, 'The Edison Twins' and 'Roomies,' both of which starred Haim as a regular cast member.

But for most television viewers, the lasting image of Haim will not be one of youthful promise, but instead of a burnt-out actor trying desperately to salvage his career and put his life back on track in A&E's 'The Two Coreys.' The reality show, which profiled Haim and Feldman discussing their lives and frequently arguing over Haim's substance abuse, debuted in 2007 and was subsequently canceled after two seasons.The Two CoreysFormer child star Corey Haim, who rose to fame in the '80s with such big screen hits as 'The Lost Boys' and 'Lucas,' was found dead this morning of an apparent drug overdose. He was 38.

The news, which was first reported by Fox's Los Angeles affiliate KTLA and has been confirmed by the LAPD, brings to a sad close the life and career of what was once one of Hollywood's most promising young actors. While Haim is best remembered for his film collaborations with best bud and fellow-'Lost Boys' star Corey Feldman, his talent first became apparent on two now-forgotten TV shows, 'The Edison Twins' and 'Roomies,' both of which starred Haim as a regular cast member.

But for most television viewers, the lasting image of Haim will not be one of youthful promise, but instead of a burnt-out actor trying desperately to salvage his career and put his life back on track in A&E's 'The Two Coreys.' The reality show, which profiled Haim and Feldman discussing their lives and frequently arguing over Haim's substance abuse, debuted in 2007 and was subsequently canceled after two seasons.

For many viewers, the show was an eye opener, as it revealed the inner turmoil and psychological problems that Haim was dealing with. Besides the fallout from his years of drug abuse, Haim revealed himself to be the victim of sexual abuse, a situation he said he dealt with by cutting himself. But while Haim received support from Feldman (who, though faced with similar issues, has seemingly conquered his personal demons), the series eventually led to a rift in their friendship, with Feldman telling PEOPLE, "As a friend and somebody that cares deeply about the guy, I'm not going to watch him destroy himself." This was a concern echoed by critics, who wondered if the fish bowl atmosphere of a reality series was a healthy environment for recovery or simply another case of televised exploitation.



Now, the answer seems clear, and like Anna Nicole Smith and 'The Anna Nicole Show' before him, 'The Two Coreys' serves as a final, sad legacy for Haim. Though he had planned to use the series to springboard himself back into the public consciousness in order to revive his career -- a move that worked surprisingly well, as IMDB reports that the actor was involved in no fewer than nine projects at the time of his death -- it's an ironic truth that for a generation of viewers too young to remember his '80s heyday, the depressingly desperate figure he played on 'The Two Coreys' is the only character he will be remembered for.


For more on the death of Corey Haim, visit PopEater.

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