Corey Haim was a Canadian actor, known for a 1980s Hollywood career as a teen idol. He starred in a number of films, such as Lucas, Silver Bullet, Murphy’s Romance, License to Drive, Dream a Little Dream and Snowboard Academy (Nope, me neither. Not one.) His best-known role, though, was alongside Corey Feldman in The Lost Boys, which made Haim a household name.
The duo became 1980s icons and appeared together in seven movies, later starring in an American TV show wittily entitled “The Two Coreys”. Every week, Haim would sit in a darkened room and relate an anecdote to camera as a pre-amble to telling a joke that the show’s producer had told him earlier. Spoonerisms and word play were a big part of their schtick and the two would often perform impromptu skits and sketches, their favourite being one about a misunderstanding in a hardware store when a customer wanted to buy some fork handles but was given four candles instead. Hilarity ensued. (Are you sure you’re not getting a bit confused here? – The Editor)
In 1995, Haim dated Victoria Adams, who went on to become slightly better known as Victoria Beckham. Just think what we would have been spared if that relationship had worked out. “Out of Your Mind” by True Steppers & Dane Bowers featuring Victoria Beckham for a start. And if you’re unfamiliar with that song: yes, it’s every bit as awful as it sounds.
Haim’s early success led to money and fame, but he had difficulties breaking away from his experience as a teen star, and battled his addiction to drugs throughout his later life. He died of drug-induced pneumonia on March 10, 2010.
He was in no way related, as far as I can tell from the brief bit of research I’ve done for this, to the three sisters in the critically-acclaimed band Haim with whom he shares a surname.
Do try and pay attention, The Thrills, I just told you.
More to the point, whatever happened to The Thrills?