The Lost Boy
“I was famous before I knew my own name.” Corey Feldman
Having appeared in over 100 commercials since age 3, Corey Feldman became a leading teen actor in the 1980s, sharing the highest paid teen star status with another king of the teen box office of the era, Corey Haim, with whom he was dubbed “The two Coreys.” Feldman, who ranked #8 in VH1's list of the “100 Greatest Kid Stars,” has starred in "Friday the 13th" films "The Final Chapter" (1984) and "A New Beginning" (1985; both as Tommy Jarvis), as well as in "Gremlins" (1984), "The Goonies" (1985), "Stand by Me" (1986), "The Lost Boys" (1987), "License to Drive" (1988), "Dream a Little Dream" (1989), "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (1990) and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III" (1993; voice of Donatello), and "Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV" (2000). He will star in the upcoming films "Hooking Up," "Lucky Fritz," and "The Bloke Goes to Hollywood," which he also directed.
On television, Feldman starred as Regi Tower on the CBS TV series version of the 1976 baseball movie, "The Bad News Bears" (1979-1980), Buzzy on the syndicated sitcom "Madame's Place" (1982-1983), and Vic on the short-lived CBS sitcom "Dweebs" (1995). He also voiced S.P.R.X. 77, the red monkey, on the animated series "Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!" (2004-2006).
“I'm more than an actor. I'm an icon, an industry.” Corey Feldman
The 5' 8'' player, sometimes credited as Kinky Finkelstein, was married to actress Vanessa Marcil from 1989 to 1991. He is now happily married to Susie Sprague, whom he married in 2002. He and his wife have one son.
Childhood and Family:
"I'm very opposed to child stardom. I think it's a big mistake that young people are made superstars and they are not given the opportunity to live a normal life when they finally figure out what that is." Corey Feldman
Son of former songwriter/record producer Bob Feldman and former cocktail waitress and Playboy playmate Sheila Feldman, Corey Scott Feldman, nicknamed “Core” or “Feldog,” was born on July 16, 1971, in Chatsworth, California. The second of five children, Feldman has one older sister, Mindy Feldman (actress; born on July 4, 1968) and three younger siblings, Brittnie, Eden Feldman (born in November 1979), and Devin Feldman (born in January 1981).
At the tender age of three, Feldman became the breadwinner of his family by acting in TV commercials. Feldman, who divorced his parents when he was a teenager (allegedly abuse), was kicked out of the apartment he shared with his father when he was just 14 after he told his dad he didn't want him to manage him anymore.
From August 6, 1989 to 1991, Feldman was married to actress Vanessa Marcil (born October 15, 1969), but they never moved in together. He is currently the husband of Susie Sprague, whom he married on October 30, 2002. They have one son, Zen Scott Feldman (born August 7, 2004).
About how he met his wife, Feldman revealed, “I met my wife by breaking two of my rules: never date a girl seriously that you meet at a nightclub and never date a fan.”
He also said about his son and wife, “My greatest gifts are my son and wife. I will bust my back to give them a solid life, one with everything I never had.”
Feldman is a vegetarian and an animal rights and environmental activist. He is a spokesperson for PETA, Farm Sanctuary, The Humane Society, MoveOn, and Greenpeace. Recently, he starred with his wife in a new PETA ad, "Give Peas a Chance," to promote vegetarianism. He was also awarded the Paws of Fame Award by the Wildlife Way Station for his dedication to animal rights.
At the tender age of three, Corey Feldman landed his first acting role in a commercial for McDonalds Gift Certificates and has since appeared in over 100 commercials. At age six, he became the youngest member of the new Mickey Mouse Club in the '70s and made his TV series debut as a regular at age 8 on the CBS TV series version of the 1976 baseball movie, "The Bad News Bears" (1979-1980; alongside Jack Warden and Catherine Hicks).
Corey made his film debut with a small role in Nicholas Meyer's film adaptation of Karl Alexander's novel, "Time After Time" (1979; starring Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen, David Warner, and Charles Cioffi), and his TV movie debut in "Willa" (1979), alongside Deborah Raffin, Clu Gulager, and Diane Ladd. He also guest starred in two episodes of ABC’s sitcom "The Love Boat," for which he received a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Young Actor, Guest on a Series.
In the early '80s, Feldman became a regular on the syndicated sitcom "Madame's Place" (1982-1983) and played a next-generation Cleaver in the comedic CBS TV-movie "Still the Beaver" (1983). He was also nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor, Guest in a Television Series for his guest performance in a September 1983 episode of ABC’s "Lottery!"
Feldman went on to star in the first of two "Friday the 13th" movies, "Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter" (1984) and "Friday the 13th: A New Beginning" (1985), both of which he portrayed Tommy Jarvis. He recalled, "I didn't enjoy filming ‘A New Beginning’ at all. It was about 40 degrees out and they 'rained' freezing cold water on me. Plus, they made me keep my eyes open during the downpour. Danny Steinmann, who was one tough director, kept yelling at me, saying I couldn't act!"
Meanwhile, he appeared in the commercially successful Steven Spielberg-produced dark comedy horror movie "Gremlins" (1984), which earned him a Saturn Award nomination for Best Performance by a Younger Actor and a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Young Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Musical, Comedy, Adventure or Drama. Feldman also co-starred with Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, and Robert Davi in the Steven Spielberg-written adventure-comedy film "The Goonies" (1985), in which he played Clark "Mouth" Devereaux, an obnoxious, smart-mouthed Goonie who loves to talk and tends to be a bit of a trickster. His work in the film earned him another Young Artist Award nomination, this time for Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor - Motion Picture. He also appeared in Cyndi Lauper music video "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough."
"It was a great experience for a kid because it was a bunch of kids playing on pirate ships and water slides, so looking back on it, it was the fondest experience of my childhood." Corey Feldman (about working on “The Goonies,” 1985)
Afterward, Feldman co-starred with Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, and Jerry O'Connell in Rob Reiner's adventure-drama film based on the novella "The Body" by Stephen King, "Stand by Me" (1986). In the following year, he made his first movie with Corey Haim, playing a relatively inept teenage vampire hunter named Edgar Frog, in director Joel Schumacher's comedy-horror film "The Lost Boys" (1987; also starring Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland), which won him a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Horror Motion Picture.
In 1989, Feldman won a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Fantasy for his role of Corey Haim's friend Dean, who joins him in a joyride, in Greg Beeman's directorial debut, the hit teen comedy/adventure movie "License to Drive" (1989). That same year, he choreographed Marc Rocco's teen film "Dream a Little Dream," which also stars Corey Haim.
"It did not feel like something that was going to take over my life and destroy it. It felt like a subtle flower instead of a manipulative demon. That's the mystery of heroin." Corey Feldman
While in the height of his career, Feldman was arrested in 1990 with heroin in his car. Afterward, he bounced back and provided the voice of Picco the woodworm in the animated movie “The Magic Voyage” (1992). He also auditioned for the role of Dick Grayson/Robin in “Batman Forever” (1995), which eventually went to Chris O'Donnell, and co-starred as Vic on the short-lived CBS sitcom "Dweebs" (1995). Additionally, he had a featured role in The Sci-Fi Channel film "Legion" (1998).
Entering the new millennium, Feldman appeared as a gynecologist in the Troma Pictures sequel "Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV," under the name Kinky Finkelstein. He was then cast on the WB/VH1 reality series "The Surreal Life" (2003).
In 2004, Feldman was awarded a Young Artist Award for Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award. The following year, he portrayed Michael Douglas' role in the stage version of "Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy" in New York City. He also voiced S.P.R.X. 77 on the animated series "Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!" (2004-2006).
Feldman won an Eyegore Award in 2007 and starred in Joe G. Lenders' thriller film "Terror Inside" (2007). He also reprised his role of Edgar Frog in the direct-to-video released sequel "Lost Boys: The Tribe" (2008, with Autumn Reeser, Tad Hilgenbrink, and Angus Sutherland).
Corey has completed his new film, "Hooking Up," a drama/comedy by Vincent Scordia, and will soon wrap up Stephen Manuel's upcoming comedy movie, "Lucky Fritz," in which he plays the title character. Feldman is also directing a comedy feature titled "The Bloke Goes to Hollywood," which he also stars in.
Besides acting, Feldman, who once performed with a band called “Truth Movement,” released the hip hop single “Honesty” in 1993 to poor reviews. In 1994, he recorded a solo album, "Love Left," which he sells at memorabilia shows. He later released more albums, “Still Searching for Soul” (1999) and “Former Child Star” (2002) and appeared in the music videos of Michael Jackson's "Liberian Girl," a New Found Glory's "Hit or Miss" and Moby's "We Are All Made Out Of Stars" (2002).
Eyegore Award: 2007
Young Artist: Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award, 2004
Young Artist: Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Fantasy, "License to Drive," 1989
Young Artist: Best Young Actor in a Horror Motion Picture, "The Lost Boys," 1988
Young Artist: Jackie Coogan Award, 1988