Brad Renfro, 25, is dead

TMZ is reporting that Brad Renfro, 25, was found dead at his Los Angeles home this morning. No cause determined, but it’s well known that the poor guy had grappled with drug problems (smack being one of the substances) for a long while. The report says Renfro “had been working valiantly to stay clean, especially since [last] summer.”

Renfro had recently completed filming The Informers, a Gregor Jordan film based on a Brett Easton Ellis novel set in the ’80s. His costars were/are Winona Ryder, Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke and Brandon Routh.
Renfro “has had a rough time personally since moving from Tennessee to Los Angeles,” the report says. “His parents split, and we’re told he did not have real guidance from adults as he tried navigating the treacherous movie industry.”
Renfro first splash was in Joel Schumacher‘s The Client (’94), but his breakout role — performance-wise — was in Bryan Singer‘s Apt Pupil (’98), which he shot when he was 15 or thereabouts. His last decent film was Terry Zwigoff‘s Ghost World, which was released six years ago.

  • Nightswimmer

    Renfro told friends that Larry Clark had introduced him to heroin, as VanSant did for Phoenix. Nice.

  • PastePotPete

    “His costars were/are Winona Ryder, Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke and Brandon Routh.”
    Sounds like box office gold.
    Sorry to be flippant btw. I thought Renfro was very talented, I quite liked him in Telling Lies in America. It’s a shame.

  • http://actionman-nickspix.blogspot.com/ actionman

    Renfro’s breakout role was The Client. He got lucky as a result of Joel Schumacher finding him. Apt Pupil was his follow up, and I remember him being quite good in the film. He was also good in Bully. Sad shit…this is what happens out here.

  • D.Z.

    Nightswimmer: Was the heroin before or after Clark molested him?

  • http://reno-rambler.blogspot.com/ renorambler

    It happens everywhere. It just so happens he was famous. Sad news. What a waste.

  • Mike Ock

    It’s hard to feel sorry for a kid like him. He had every opportunity in the world. Young, good looking, talented.
    A shame he had to get mixed up with drugs, but nobody forced him.

  • rocco

    Big break was the awful ‘Apt Pupil’?…not turns opposite Susan Sarandon and Brad Pitt/Robert DeNiro/Kevin Bacon in ‘The Client’ and ‘Sleepers,’ respectively?…
    Sad story.

  • rocco

    ok, nevermind, *breakout* role, not big break…big difference.
    …and what Mike Ock said.

  • quitstaringatme

    My sister always said she was going to marry Brad Renfro, even after I made her watch Bully. This is going to bum her out.
    Anyway, very tragic news, but isn’t The Informers a collection of short stories? Is this movie going to be like an anthology thing or did they pick one story but liked the title?

  • erniesouchak

    Wells, I have to wonder whether you’d be sympathetic to Renfro and Avary if they were 100 pounds overweight. How is drug or alcohol abuse any less of a choice than overeating?

  • http://actionman-nickspix.blogspot.com/ actionman

    That’s right, he was in Sleepers, he was good in that too.

  • Craptastic

    This happening just reminded me of something… wasn’t Singer accused of taking pictures of Renfro and the other boys in the shower during “Apt Pupil”?
    Whatever happened with that?

  • http://www.therecshow.com Ray

    Renfro was terrific in THE CURE as well. What an utter shame.
    http://www.therecshow.com

  • MilkMan

    Ernie Souchak: Only eat half of your sandwich. Ritz 100 Calorie Snack Packs are the perfect midday treat. As an alternative to ice cream, I suggest trying Weight Watchers English Toffee bars because they are only 120 cals per bar. Eat at least two apples a day and plenty of water. Try and walk vigorously, bringing up your heartrate to a steady pace, for at least an hour. Do this for six months and don’t cheat one time and I promise you you’ll lose thirty pounds.
    Brad Renfro: Later dude.

  • Brigadier Pudding

    My reaction to this when my girlfriend told me: “Sad, but inevitable.”
    RIP.

  • Noah

    “Renfro told friends that Larry Clark had introduced him to heroin, as VanSant did for Phoenix. Nice.”
    “Was the heroin before or after Clark molested him?”
    Two of the dumbest posts ever based on nothing but convenient urban legends.

  • Wrecktum

    “His costars were/are Winona Ryder, Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke and Brandon Routh.”
    Imagine all the therapists and counselors on that set. Must have been crowded.

  • siamesecat

    Craptastic: Singer and his assistant directors were accused of bullying some teenage extras into stripping completely nude for the scene, rather than wearing the customary modesty patches or flesh-colored bikini briefs. The extras apparently were not informed at the point of hire that full nudity was required, in violation of standard industry procedure. The boys and their parents accused Singer and co. of sexual harassment, but I’m not sure how it was finally settled.
    Renfro was never involved in the controversy, since as the star he was never asked to remove his briefs.

  • http://www.pen15club.net Rob

    How depressing. I remember seeing The Client and thinking, “Wow, that kid is good.”

  • EOTW

    Such a tragedy! Especially since i just saw his profile on DateAMillionaire.com!!!
    (too soon?)

  • Lee

    “Such a tragedy! Especially since i just saw his profile on DateAMillionaire.com!!!”
    top or bottom?

  • lazarus

    There’s a joke opportunity here about a sequel to Ghost World but I don’t have the energy to phrase it correctly.

  • corey3rd

    Anyone see how Ed Furlong is doing?

  • scooterzz

    corey — actually laughed out loud at your post…. that was the first thing i said when my office called with the news this afternoon…….

  • delbomber

    Big break was the awful ‘Apt Pupil’?…not turns opposite Susan Sarandon and Brad Pitt/Robert DeNiro/Kevin Bacon in ‘The Client’ and ‘Sleepers,’ respectively?…

    Sad story.

  • delbomber

    ok, nevermind, *breakout* role, not big break…big difference.

    …and what Mike Ock said.

  • Don Murphy

    nightswimmer
    In the real world you would be sued penniless then thrown in Jail. Larry Clark actually spent three months helping Brad get clean so he could do BULLY. You are an asshole. This is just the internets but really.

  • rocco

    Can Wells verify that this actually Don Murphy? I just don’t see anyone who thinks the phrase “the internets” is witty as being capable of tying their own show laces, let alone producing a major motion picture…

  • Don Murphy

    delbomber
    hahahahahahh you’re so witty
    a talented kid is dead but you still have time for pithy comments
    Your priorities are straight.

  • rocco

    Nice, a guy who uses someone else’s death as an excuse to defend his own ego…
    Yes, I still have time for pithy comments…I’m ALIVE and WELL…my mother raised me properly…I haven’t thrown my life away to peer pressure and reliance issues.
    As I mentioned upthread, it’s a sad story because not everyone has the mettle to resist such sordid influences…this was someone with an opportunity which 99.99999999999999% of all people who have ever lived would kill for…a kid paid millions to *pretend for a living* while are there are 2 billion people alive today who don’t even have running fucking water and we’re supposed to shed more than a single tear for someone who couldn’t keep that in perspective?
    So, yeah, it’s a sad story, but not a very personal one…it’s sad not because he was a good actor, but because he was a lost soul and there are lot of people in pain because of his death…but I’m not one of them and flippancy was directed at YOU not him…but since you brought it up, we might as well be honest…
    150,000 other people died yesterday who weren’t drug addicts, so forgive me if I have less pity for someone who was complicit in their own death. By your logic, we should never joke, ever, we should all be in a constant state of mourning…

  • Don Murphy

    delbomber
    If you weren’t just noise on my screen I’d pity you.
    Did you know that Brad’s mom was a crack addict who shot up the whole time she was pregnant? That his parents didn’t want him and that it was his grandma who tried to raise him? That by the time he was ten he had already been in trouble with the law? That he felt no adult love his entire childhood? That Joel Schumacher both saved and destroyed him by giving him something to do (act) but without the guidance and love he needed to survive doing it?
    You don’t know shit kiddo. You cite your facts about the rest of the world while you don’t do a damn thing for ANY of them. I am not asking you to shed a tear for anyone but yourself you narcissistic ass. I am simply saying that this IS a very real, very sad Hollywood tragedy- one that is all too familiar. And that somebody who babbles under a fake name about a mom who allegedly raised him properly when you have no feelings, sense or honor is not somebody worth listening to. If you still have a mom who will even speak to you, go and hug her right now. It’s all over too soon and NOBODY deserves the childhood that Brad Renfro drew.

  • MilkMan

    I don’t know why it took me so long to figure out that the person claiming to be Don Murphy is really not Don Murphy? You want to know why it took me so long? Because I don’t really know who the fuck Don Murphy is, what he looks like, or what he sounds like. Hey, Don Murphy, time to come up with a different persona. May I suggest Dale Crover? I think you’ll be able to get away with speaking as Dale Crover. Otherwise the people here on The Internets have figured your shit out.

  • Sean

    Hey Don –
    Well said.

  • rocco

    I didn’t know crack addicts shot up…that’s a new one…
    …you chastise me for not knowing anything about his background, then go on to make assumptions about my own…you completely overlook the sympathy laced throughout my comments while focusing only on the objective comments. You’re living in a shell.
    …and you forgot to talk about the part where people held him down and injected him with heroin against his will…
    …I’ve experienced a lot of pain in my life, and I haven’t resorted to drugs to ease it. This doesn’t make me a narcissist, it just makes me a stronger person…not better, but stronger. I don’t know him, I feel bad for anyone touched by his loss, but as a human being I am not capable of absorbing the pain of every death around the world…unlike you, I don’t pretend to try.
    YOU are the one who’s ego was bruised and hijacked Renfro’s death to defend YOURself…talk about narcissism…
    And again with the “fake name”…if this board was full of people like christian, cjkennedy, mgmax, jeffmcm, and others with whom one can normally engage in a civil discussion I would gladly use my name, but then there are loons all throughout the internets who pretend to be movie producers and it’s just not worth it.

  • Sean

    I didn’t know
    you chastise me
    about my own
    throughout my comments
    I’ve experienced
    I haven’t resorted
    make me a narcissist
    me a stronger person
    I don’t
    I feel bad
    I am not
    I don’t
    I would gladly use my name
    Renfro’s death
    talk about narcissism…

  • MilkMan

    You don’t have me on your list of people you can engage if convo with, delbomber? Does that mean I’m one of the loons? I don’t want to sound like a loon, but this is the voice they gave me.
    Sean is Don Murphy.

  • Sean

    “YOU are the one who’s ego was bruised and hijacked Renfro’s death to defend YOURself”
    Just to point out what should be obvious to anybody who knows English, Murphy has yet to say a word about himself.

  • Sean

    “Sean is Don Murphy.”
    Anybody who’s been around long enough to remember the Polanski conversations should find that comment hilarious.

  • Don Murphy

    delbomber
    I am not sure what I have to defend myself about. The truth is that a person who was well brought up by his mother felt the need to join a conversation about a poor dead kid and repeatedly say “I don’t care I am too cool to be a drug addict.” Except to say that “there but for the grace of God go you” there isn’t much to say about you really. I pretend nothing. I probably should have tried to help the kid out a bit more…but he robbed from everyone who did in order to get the drugs. There was no helping Brad which is the tragedy.
    You call yourself a human being, and should be ashamed to do so.

  • rocco

    Sean, I made a minor comment about Murphy’s use of a stupid phrase after having expressed a minor amount of sympathy upthread, never said a bad word about Renfro, and Don turned it into an attack on the memory of Brad Renfro. He made it about Renfro so he could pontificate and proselytize…if that’s not about ego, I don’t know what is.
    I’m finished here…one comment about an idiotic phrase not related to the deceased and all this fuss…

  • MilkMan

    No one remembers anything you have ever said, Sean. And you’re calling other people narcissistic?

  • Don Murphy

    Milky
    He was just pointing out (and reminding me) that he vehemently disagreed over my defense of Roman in an earlier thread.
    We established days ago you were a worthless douche so why are you here?

  • rocco

    you make these logical leaps…I said “internets” was dumb and you call me scum…
    …I hate getting personal but somehow I always find myself doing it…my sister’s brother is living with us for few months now…drug addict, multiple suicide attempts, and stole thousands from us when we took him in four years ago…he told me the other day that no one besides my wife and I have ever been so loving and understanding.
    You ignore things like “as I mentioned upthread, it’s a sad story because not everyone has the mettle to resist such sordid influences” and “sad not because he was a good actor, but because he was a lost soul and there are lot of people in pain because of his death”…those are inhuman statements?
    While arguing makes it appear otherwise, it’s not really important to me what you think…I’m comfortable with my worth as a human being and if that is somehow overshadowed on an internet message board by a quip about the idiotic “internets”, then so be it.

  • rocco

    …you are right about one thing, Don, I should have said “I was lucky enough to have a mother who raised me properly”…that’s what I meant, but that’s not what I said, so, score one for Don…

  • Mjs

    “my sister’s brother is living with us for few months now”
    Aren’t you your sister’s brother?
    Carry on.

  • MilkMan

    Don: I’m here because this is where the worthless douches hang out. So that must mean that you like to troll for worthless douches. Either that, or no one wants to return your phone calls anymore and you don’t have a significant other to smack around anymore. At least, that’s what I heard, Don Murphy. That you like to beat up women. So I guess, in a way, it’s good thing you’re sitting at your computer, because that means one less woman with a black eye and a split lip. Try some tenderness, Don Murphy. I mean it.

  • Sean

    “Sean, I made a minor comment about Murphy’s use of a stupid phrase after having expressed a minor amount of sympathy upthread, never said a bad word about Renfro, and Don turned it into an attack on the memory of Brad Renfro. He made it about Renfro so he could pontificate and proselytize…if that’s not about ego, I don’t know what is.”
    Let’s put a different perspective on this for a moment; Don came in, in a fit of anger (as per usual), to attack somebody for attacking his young dead friend. *You* diverted the conversation to be about him, and he mocked you for it, after which you launched into a diatribe about why you not only had no sympathy for Renfro, but set it up as a moral issue about how, as long as there are starving people in the world, there is no reason to be sympathetic for him at all. All of your large posts here have been about *you* and your reaction to Renfro’s death. I have yet to see Murphy say a single thing about himself in this whole thread.

  • rocco

    uhh, wife’s brother, nice catch MJS

  • Sean

    “I’m here because this is where the worthless douches hang out.”
    MilkMan is a perfect example of somebody who throws an incredible amount of shit at the wall, and every day, something sticks. That one sentence fulfilled his quota for the day, so I wouldn’t expect anything else funny or worthwhile until tomorrow.

  • MilkMan

    Thank you and goodnight.

  • Don Murphy

    Milky
    If I knew who you were (other than a generic douchebag)I’d sue you for lies, defamation and treason. But since your fellow posters have sent me documentation that you actually rape underage girls I’ll just see you in hell.

  • MilkMan

    You’re always talking about litigation, Don Murphy. Are you a Scientologist? Or are you one of the “hobgoblins” you say you saw the other day. Oh, who cares. Let’s get it on, fingerfuck. Okay, I just smacked you across the face with a pair of white gloves. Now it’s your turn. Just like the end of the Chocolate War. Archie says Don gives Milkman a right cross to the jaw…Oh, and I’ll see you in hell, too. I’ll be the one fucking Miley Cyrus in the ass. You can find me on level 8, in the corner, right next to Pol Pot sharing a cigarette with G. Gordon Liddy.

  • Don Murphy

    Wow Milky. You are just insanely sad.

  • MilkMan

    Oh, drop the act, dude. Let’s play.

  • delbomber

    Can Wells verify that this actually Don Murphy? I just don’t see anyone who thinks the phrase “the internets” is witty as being capable of tying their own show laces, let alone producing a major motion picture…

  • Sean

    “You can find me on level 8, in the corner, right next to Pol Pot sharing a cigarette with G. Gordon Liddy.”
    Now *that* is narcissism.

  • MilkMan

    Sean, everyone knows that Level 8 houses the ass-rapers, ALL OF THEM. G. Gordon and Pol Pot are just waiting their turn until I’m done with Miley. The guy waiting in line after them is just some regular old schmuck like me.

  • Sean

    You have given too much thought to your fantasy about being in hell raping dudes, Milky.

  • MilkMan

    Who said anything about raping dudes? Don Murphy said I raped underage girls. Miley Cyrus is an underage girl, which is why G. Gordon is next in line. You want me to start making up fantasies about raping dudes? Fine. You obviously have some ideas who I should start with. Or, maybe I should just rape myself. But that fantasy is going to get all Miike and shit because I can’t rape myself without hacking off my arms and legs first for easier access.

  • Sean

    “Who said anything about raping dudes?”
    You’re right, it was stupid to infer that the anal sex you were fantasizing about was non-consensual. I assumed it was one of those “ass-rapers go to hell and get ass-raped” things. You know, logical, sensible, all that stuff I was foolish to assume you’d be.

  • delbomber

    Nice, a guy who uses someone else’s death as an excuse to defend his own ego…

    Yes, I still have time for pithy comments…I’m ALIVE and WELL…my mother raised me properly…I haven’t thrown my life away to peer pressure and reliance issues.

    As I mentioned upthread, it’s a sad story because not everyone has the mettle to resist such sordid influences…this was someone with an opportunity which 99.99999999999999% of all people who have ever lived would kill for…a kid paid millions to *pretend for a living* while are there are 2 billion people alive today who don’t even have running fucking water and we’re supposed to shed more than a single tear for someone who couldn’t keep that in perspective?

    So, yeah, it’s a sad story, but not a very personal one…it’s sad not because he was a good actor, but because he was a lost soul and there are lot of people in pain because of his death…but I’m not one of them and flippancy was directed at YOU not him…but since you brought it up, we might as well be honest…

    150,000 other people died yesterday who weren’t drug addicts, so forgive me if I have less pity for someone who was complicit in their own death. By your logic, we should never joke, ever, we should all be in a constant state of mourning…

  • MilkMan

    Boo. You’re boring.

  • http://christiandivine.com christian

    Anyway.
    Just because one is living a life of PERCEIVED privilege doesn’t immune them from the world’s pain or cruelty (ask John Lennon). That’s what that skank Emily Gould tried to imply in Kimmel’s smackdown interview.
    I heard a lot of that in reference to Kurt Cobain’s suicide. Hey, he’s a rich rock star. What’s his problem? Well, a human body fettered with crippling stomach pain and a chemical imbalance is a severe problem. And no amount of cash or fame can cure that, wishful thinking aside. There’s a lesson there…somewhere.

  • MilkMan

    Kurt Cobain ate too much junk food and was a junkie. That’s why he killed himself. You mean you bought that stomach ailment bullshit? Read Nirvana by Everett True.

  • http://getmcneil.blogspot.com/ MickTravis

    Ahhh, yes, once again we see there’s nothing like the death of a real person to bring out the best in the H-E boards.

  • dixiedugan

    I didn’t see this news til mid-morning today, but oddly enough (coincedence?) I had watched a TCM doc yesterday afternoon featuring child stars.
    I’m so glad I had no inclination to push my child into acting.

  • Sean

    “Ahhh, yes, once again we see there’s nothing like the death of a real person to bring out the best in the H-E boards.”
    Just imagine the reaction if Don Murphy dies before this site does!

  • http://getmcneil.blogspot.com/ MickTravis

    Murphy will never die. He might *kill* somebody, but he ain’t gonna die.

  • delbomber

    I didn’t know crack addicts shot up…that’s a new one…

    …you chastise me for not knowing anything about his background, then go on to make assumptions about my own…you completely overlook the sympathy laced throughout my comments while focusing only on the objective comments. You’re living in a shell.

    …and you forgot to talk about the part where people held him down and injected him with heroin against his will…

    …I’ve experienced a lot of pain in my life, and I haven’t resorted to drugs to ease it. This doesn’t make me a narcissist, it just makes me a stronger person…not better, but stronger. I don’t know him, I feel bad for anyone touched by his loss, but as a human being I am not capable of absorbing the pain of every death around the world…unlike you, I don’t pretend to try.

    YOU are the one who’s ego was bruised and hijacked Renfro’s death to defend YOURself…talk about narcissism…

    And again with the “fake name”…if this board was full of people like christian, cjkennedy, mgmax, jeffmcm, and others with whom one can normally engage in a civil discussion I would gladly use my name, but then there are loons all throughout the internets who pretend to be movie producers and it’s just not worth it.

  • delbomber

    Sean, I made a minor comment about Murphy’s use of a stupid phrase after having expressed a minor amount of sympathy upthread, never said a bad word about Renfro, and Don turned it into an attack on the memory of Brad Renfro. He made it about Renfro so he could pontificate and proselytize…if that’s not about ego, I don’t know what is.

    I’m finished here…one comment about an idiotic phrase not related to the deceased and all this fuss…

  • delbomber

    you make these logical leaps…I said “internets” was dumb and you call me scum…

    …I hate getting personal but somehow I always find myself doing it…my sister’s brother is living with us for few months now…drug addict, multiple suicide attempts, and stole thousands from us when we took him in four years ago…he told me the other day that no one besides my wife and I have ever been so loving and understanding.

    You ignore things like “as I mentioned upthread, it’s a sad story because not everyone has the mettle to resist such sordid influences” and “sad not because he was a good actor, but because he was a lost soul and there are lot of people in pain because of his death”…those are inhuman statements?

    While arguing makes it appear otherwise, it’s not really important to me what you think…I’m comfortable with my worth as a human being and if that is somehow overshadowed on an internet message board by a quip about the idiotic “internets”, then so be it.

  • delbomber

    …you are right about one thing, Don, I should have said “I was lucky enough to have a mother who raised me properly”…that’s what I meant, but that’s not what I said, so, score one for Don…

  • delbomber

    uhh, wife’s brother, nice catch MJS

  • Dave Polands Gut

    A degenerate junkie. No big loss.

  • christian

    “A degenerate junkie. No big loss.”
    Aw, what if it had been your pal Rush Limbaugh?

  • PerfectTommy

    Class throughout. With a capital ‘K’.