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Real Name: Brad Renfro
Birthday: Birth: July 25, 1982
Place of Birth: Knoxville, TN
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Eyes: Brown

 

Brad Renfro got his start as a child performer when he was discovered by Joel Schumacher and cast as the central character in the film variation of John Grisham's legal adventure movie "The Client" (1994) with Susan Sarandon. Charming and enchanting onscreen, with an attractive combination of know-how and helplessness, the sad looking, brown haired actor was chosen based on his background (an real disadvantaged and street-smart Southern teen boy) and his performing simplicity. He held his own weight in the movie, alongside such heavy hitters as Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones. 

In 1995, the young actor took a co-starring role in "The Cure", a kindhearted family movie starring Joseph Mazzello as Dexter, a young boy who contracts the AIDS virus through a infected blood transfusion. Town panic leads to the child's unpopular life until he meets Erik, a neighborhood tough who buddies up with Dexter and ultimately accompanies the sick boy on his brave quest for the supposed cure. A stand-out in parts that used his innate young bad boy charm, he was a brilliant choice to play Huckleberry Finn in Disney's "Tom and Huck" (1995). 

While the onscreen teaming of Brad and television star Jonathan Taylor Thomas was the things teen magazine dreams are made of, the young actor was not happy with the production, believing it to be disappointing and dull and lacking "edge".

The same could certainly not be said for 1996's courageous drama "Sleepers" with Robert De Niro, in which he had a role as the young incarnation of Brad Pitt's character Michael, one of a group of young teen boys harshly mistreated at the hands of a evil guard (Kevin Bacon) while in juvenile detention. A starring role as a young Hungarian immigrant teen boy who trains himself to be a money hungry radio DJ teamed him again with Kevin Bacon the following year, the two acting in Joe Eszterhas' autobiographical movie in Guy Ferland's applauded "Telling Lies in America" with Calista Flockhart. Renfro's perverse role in "Apt Pupil" played him as a young school boy whose attraction with Nazism and finding that his aged neighbor Kurt Dussander (Ian McKellen) was in fact a concentration camp guard living unnoticed. Through blackmail, the young boy forces the older man to recount his wicked first hand stories of the Holocaust, and the two develop a mutually grasping relationship. 

While at one point the desire of the young teen boy genre (due to his menacing good looks and cool charisma), of his six films released in the 1990s, only "Tom and Huck" and "The Cure" hit acclaim with that fan base, while the R rating given to "Sleepers" and "Apt Pupil" excluded many of his followers. 

The rousing and different role choices continued through his career. Only seventeen in the middle of the 1999 young teen film boom, with a familiar name and status for exceptional work, he didn't take advantage of his fortunate position, but instead continued on his odd career path. He gave a commanding performance as a troubled Florida teen who turns on his cruel best friend in "Bully" with Nick Stahl (2001), directed by Larry Clark. When he took his first teen comedy role, it was in the notably odd and distinctly dark "Happy Campers" (screened at Sundance in 2001).  Also that year was the comedy "2 Little, 2 Late" (2000), which was a flurry of stories about different students at a local high school after racial tensions erupt. 

Other roles included a co-starring part in "Skipped Parts" (also 2001) with actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mischa Barton and Drew Barrymore, a 1960' story of a oddball mother and her young teen son, relegated to a isolated town by the woman's rich and egotistical father and a featured turn in "Tart" (filmed 1999) appearing again alongside Mischa Barton, a drama following the fast living 1980's movie about a group of upper east side teenagers that combined the actor with "Happy Campers" co-star Dominique Swain. Rounding out the year, Brad appeared in the comedy-drama "Ghost World" (2001), with Scarlett Johansson about Enid and Rebecca who are social outsiders who, after graduating from high school, play a mean prank on a middle-aged geek. 

Starting the next year off on a good note, he was cast and hired for the crime drama "Deuces Wild" (2002), about two brothers, Leon and Bobby who are members of the street gang in Brooklyn known as the deuces. Next up was the independent comedy "American Girl" (2002), about a pregnant teenager is determined to leave her trailer park home with the hope of living a happy family life. Moving into more of the crime drama and action adventure genre, he starred along side Daryl Hannah in another independent release "The Job" (2003) with the tag-line, "Sometimes the best hitman is a woman." 

The tires actor then took a couple of years off from the grind of cranking out movies and trying to overcome the "young teen boy" roles he feared were all Hollywood thought him capable of. His first grown-up role was in the science fiction thriller "The Jacket" (2005) starring his old friends Keira Knightley, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Adrien Brody, about a military veteran who goes on a journey into the future, where he can foresee his death and is left with questions that could save his life and those he loves. He also appeared in a film short in 2005 called "Coat Pockets" (2005), about a boy Kenny, who is tired of a life of petty crime, has decided to go straight. He meets with longtime friend and mentor, Sarah (Margaret Avery), to say goodbye. After some persuasion, Sarah convinces Kenny to help on one last job before they part ways. Propelled by the prospect of a big score, and helping the only person who's ever cared for him, Kenny sets out for one last pickup before leaving it all behind.

After his performance in "Coat Pockets" he was cast as Vincent in the mystery crime-drama "10th & Wolf" (2005), starring James Marsden in this story of a former street tough who returns to his Philadelphia home after a stint in the military. Back on his home turf, he once again finds himself tangling with the mob boss who was instrumental in his going off to be a soldier. 

Although sadly, 2008 turned out to be the talented celebrities last current call as he passed away from a drug overdose that many suspect was suicide. At the time of his death, he was in post-production of the crime-thriller "The Informers" (2008), starring with Winona Ryder, Kim Basinger, Billy Bob Thornton and Amber Heard. A drama based on Bret Easton Ellis' novel set in 1983 Los Angeles, where movie executives, rock stars, a vampire, and other morally challenged character mix and commingle in a world of debauchery, voicing the motto, "Greed is good. Sex is easy. Youth is forever." 

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