January 16, 2008
Brad Renfro, 1982 - 2008.Brad Renfro, the former child star who played a witness to a mob lawyer's suicide in the 1994 legal thriller The Client and a suburban youth tutored in evil by an elderly Nazi war criminal in the 1998 film Apt Pupil, was found dead Tuesday morning in his Los Angeles home. He was 25.... His career was short, but busy and varied.... Mr Renfro carved out a niche playing inarticulate, vulnerable, alienated youths in everything from glossy Hollywood blockbusters to hardscrabble independent dramas. His acting was naturalistic and emotionally transparent; he played humiliation and frustration with disarming and sometimes upsetting frankness. Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times. See also: Bernard Weinraub's 1994 profile for the NYT and the Wikipedia entry. Update, 1/18: "He longed to belong in the alien world which perhaps in the end overwhelmed him," writes Ian McKellen at his site. "He was only 25 and it is dreadful we shan't see all that he might have achieved."
Posted by dwhudson at January 16, 2008 4:51 AM