Who was Brad Renfro?
Brad Renfro was an American actor best remembered for his lead role in the film ‘The Client’ in which he made his acting debut at the age of 11. He later on appeared in a number of other films, such as ‘Sleepers’, ‘Apt Pupil’, ‘Tom and Huck’, ‘Telling Lies in America’, ‘Skipped Parts’, ‘Happy Campers’, ‘Ghost World’ and ‘American Girl’ to name a few. The young actor then did several short films and also guest-starred in two television episodes His wonderful performances in the big screen projects brought him several awards and honours. The American star received the ‘Young Star Award’ in the category ‘Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Drama Film’ for ‘The Cure.’ His performance in the movie also made him win a ‘Young Artist Award’ for ‘Best Young Leading Actor in a Feature Film’. Besides these, Renfro was awarded with a Director's Choice Award at Sedona International Film Festival. His rising career however started fading after he fell into the clutches of alcoholism and drug abuse. Unfortunately, he died from heroin overdose when he was just 25. Despite his tragically short career, there is no doubt in the fact that Renfro was successful in impressing his audience through his acting skills.
Brad Renfro’s first big screen role was in the 1994 movie ‘The Client’. He then appeared in the films ‘The Cure’ and ‘Tom and Huck’. After this, he was cast in the movies ‘Sleepers’, ‘Telling Lies in America’ and ‘Apt Pupil’. From 2000 to 2005, Renfro did several big screen projects including ‘Skipped Parts’, ‘The Theory of the Leisure Class’, ‘Happy Campers’, ‘Tart’, ‘Bully’, ‘Ghost World’, ‘American Girl’, ‘The Job’, ‘The Jacket’ and ‘Mummy an' the Armadillo’.
In 2006, the actor appeared in an episode of ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’. The same year, he acted in the flick ‘10th and Wolf’. Two years later, Renfro played the role of Jack in the movie ‘The Informers’. That year, he also played his last role in the short film ‘Collector’.
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Substance Abuse & Criminal Record
In July 1998, a teenage Renfro was arrested along with his cousin for drug possession. On August 28, 2000, he tried to steal a 45-foot yacht from the Fort Lauderdale harbour. Due to this, the actor and his friend Harold Bond, who was also involved in the crime, were charged with grand theft and criminal mischief. The following year, Renfro was arrested for underage drinking.
Then on January 14, 2002, he was arrested again on charges of public intoxication as well as driving without a valid license. Three years later, the American actor was charged with an attempted possession of heroin. Renfro spent ten days in a jail for convictions of attempted heroin possession and driving while under the influence in May 2006.
Personal Life & Death
Brad Renfro was born as Brad Barron Renfro on July 25, 1982 in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States, to Angela Denise Olsen and Mark Renfro. He had a half-sister, named Haley Rose Olsen. His parents separated when he was a toddler and from the age of five, he was raised by his paternal grandmother. Renfro died on January 15, 2008 due to heroin overdose in Los Angeles, at the young age of 25.