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DiedJanuary 15, 2008, Los Angeles, California, United States
FactA proficient guitar player who listed Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page as his idol.

Brad Renfro was born on July 25, 1982 in Knoxville, Tennessee. His parents, Angela Denise (née Oliver) and Mark Renfro, divorced when he was two. His mother worked as a waitress and his father was a factory worker. Renfro had a troubled childhood and was expelled from several schools. He began using drugs and alcohol at an early age, and was arrested for DUI when he was ten years old.

Renfro’s career began when he was cast in the lead role of The Client (1994), opposite Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones. He received critical acclaim for his performance, and went on to star in films such as Tom and Huck (1995), The Cure (1995), Apt Pupil (1998), and Bully (2001).

In the early 2000s, Renfro’s career began to decline due to his drug addiction. He was arrested several times for drug-related offenses, and his roles in films became increasingly small. In 2006, he appeared in the film Black Snake Moan, which was his last major film role.

Renfro died of an accidental heroin overdose on January 15, 2008. He was 25 years old.

At the time of his death, Renfro had a net worth of $2 million.

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Full NameBrad Renfro
DiedJanuary 15, 2008, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height1.73 m
EducationFountain City Elementary School


ChildrenYamato Renfro
ParentsMark Renfro, Angela Olsen
SiblingsHaley Rose Olsen, Dane Hoffmeister


MoviesThe Client, Apt Pupil, Sleepers, Bully, Ghost World, Tom and Huck, The Cure, The Informers, The Jacket, Deuces Wild, Telling Lies in America, 10th & Wolf, Skipped Parts, Happy Campers, Tart, Hollywood Flies, American Girl, The Mummy an' the Armadillo, Theory of the Leisure Class, The Job, 2 Little, ...
TV ShowsRecess

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1The advice I have for people wanting to get into acting ... I would say, stay the hell away from the party scene. Anything you put in front of your goal, and especially something like that, whether it's too much gambling, too much food, too much (sic) cold beers on the weekend - anything that you put in front of the prize is going to end up getting in the way and hurting you in the end. Unfortunately, a lot of people are not lucky enough to traverse through things like that and come out of things on the other side. A lot of people don't make it. They don't live through it. (2007)
2I choose films for their artistic value. I don't need a mansion or a Jaguar. When I leave this Earth, I won't take any money with me. All I will leave behind will be my art.
3[a plea to his fans] If you've never tried drugs, DON'T. And if you have, pray.
4Everybody thinks I'm, like, a bad boy. I've had my day, but I just sit at home and play the blues mostly.


1Two days before his death he had "Fuck All Y'All" tattooed on his back.
2He was originally cast as Will Rollins in Freddy vs. Jason (2003), but was replaced by Jason Ritter less than a week before filming began.
3Once roomed with Mark Foster, founding member of the band Foster the People.
4Started playing guitar when he was 6 years old.
5His favorite of his own movies was Bully (2001).
6Favorite actor was Steve McQueen.
7Ex-girlfriend Anne Bergstedt established a memorial fund after Renfro's January 15, 2008, death from an overdose.
8He was discovered by casting director Mali Finn for the leading role in The Client (1994) when he was ten.
9His grandmother, who had taken care of Brad from an early age, died February 1, 2008, of natural causes. She was 76 years old.
10Auditioned for the part of Gabriel Martin in The Patriot (2000), which eventually went to Heath Ledger, who died from an overdose of prescription drugs on January 22, 2008, exactly one week after Brad's death.
11His family revealed a few days after his death that he had a son with an unknown woman. The mother and the child lived in Japan.
12Had not acted for a year at the time of his arrest for attempting to buy heroin.
13On December 22, 2005, he was arrested, together with 14 other suspects, during a random drug-sting operation in downtown Los Angeles while allegedly trying to buy heroin.
14Cousin of Jesse Hasek, singer for the band 10 Years from Knoxville, Tennessee.
15Raised by his grandmother, he was discovered by casting director Mali Finn, who was conducting a search for a kid to star in The Client (1994). Brad and his grandmother were flown to Hollywood for a screen test. Brad had never flown on a plane or stayed in a hotel before.
16Won the "Hollywood Reporter's Young Star Award" in 1995.
17Until he was discovered and cast in The Client (1994), he attended Fountain City Elementary School in Knoxville, Tennesee.
18Ordered back to jail for remainder of probation by a Florida judge due to his drunk-driving arrest in January. [February 2002]
19In Knoxville, Tennessee, was arrested and charged with public intoxication and driving without a license. He was stopped after a traffic violation near his house. [January 2002]
20While on probation in Florida, arrested May 16, 2001, for underage drinking as car was pulled over. Released from jail after $500 bond posted. [May 2001]
21Sentenced to two years' probation and ordered to pay more than $4,000 for repairs on a yacht that he tried to steal in Fort Lauderdale. [January 2001]
22Arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on a grand-theft charge for allegedly trying to steal a 45-foot yacht. He and a companion failed to untie the boat from the dock, causing damage to both the boat and the dock. [August 2000]
23He was arrested in his hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, when police pulled him over and allegedly found cocaine and marijuana in his pants and socks. [June 1998]
24Knoxville, Tennessee: He struck a plea bargain on cocaine and marijuana charges and agreed to undergo random drug screening. [July 1998]
25Played in a school production sponsored by DARE, a program in which young people learn about the danger of drugs.
26The Official Brad Renfro Fan Club 322 Foxboro Dr. Walnut, CA 91789-2032 USA.
27A proficient guitar player who listed Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page as his idol.
28Mother: Angela.
29His father, Mark, a factory worker, split from his wife while Brad was a toddler.
30Half-sister: Haley Rose Olsen.




The Informers2008Jack
10th & Wolf2006Vincent
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2006TV SeriesDuane Winslow
Hollywood Flies2005Jamie
Coat Pockets2005ShortKenny
The Jacket2005The Stranger
Mummy an' the Armadillo2004Wyatte
The Job2003/ITroy Riverside
Citizen Tony2003TV MovieThoren (voice)
American Girl2002Jay Grubb
The Car Kid2002ShortVernon
Deuces Wild2002Bobby
Ghost World2001Josh
Bully2001Marty Puccio
Tart2001William Sellers
Happy Campers2001Wichita
The Theory of the Leisure Class2001Billy
Meter Man2000ShortSal
Skipped Parts2000Dothan Talbot
Herschel Hopper: New York Rabbit2000Tanner
Recess2000TV Series
2 Little, 2 Late1999Jimmy Walsh
The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter1998Video shortYoung Man
Apt Pupil1998Todd Bowden
Telling Lies in America1997Karchy 'Chucky' Jonas
Sleepers1996Young Michael
Tom and Huck1995Huck Finn
The Cure1995Erik
The Client1994Mark Sway


Danny Roane: First Time Director2006writer: "Two Legged Dope"
The Jacket2005writer: "Feel This Way"
The Job2003/Iperformer: "It's Our Fault", "Rise Up" / writer: "It's Our Fault", "Rise Up"


Meter Man2000Short


Bully2001associate producer


13 Steps2011Short in memory of
The Informers2008in memory of


Bully: On Location2003Video documentary shortHimself / Marty Puccio (uncredited)
Making of 'Ghost World'2002Video documentary shortHimself
Bully: Cast Interviews2001Video documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy2010Video documentaryHimself
Premio Donostia a Ian McKellen2009TV SpecialTodd Bowden (uncredited)
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2008TV Movie documentaryHimself - Memorial Tribute
14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2008TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
Cinema 32008TV SeriesMark Sway / Todd Bowden
Child Star Confidential2006TV Series documentaryHimself


Won Awards

2008Action on Film AwardAction on Film International Film Festival, USABest ActorCollector (2008)
2004Best of the FestBreckenridge Festival of FilmBest Ensemble CastMummy an' the Armadillo (2004)
2004Director's Choice AwardSedona International Film FestivalMost Spirited Rising Performance
1998Best Actor AwardTokyo International Film FestivalApt Pupil (1998)
1995Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance by a Young Actor Starring in a Motion PictureThe Client (1994)
1995YoungStar AwardYoungStar AwardsBest Performance by a Young Actor in a Drama FilmThe Cure (1995)

Nominated Awards

1999Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Performance by a Younger Actor/ActressApt Pupil (1998)
1997YoungStar AwardYoungStar AwardsBest Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy FilmTom and Huck (1995)
1997YoungStar AwardYoungStar AwardsBest Performance by a Young Actor in a Drama FilmSleepers (1996)
1996Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Leading Actor - Feature FilmThe Cure (1995)
1995CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsMost Promising ActorThe Client (1994)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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