Published October 21, 2013
Although he’s known for successful comedies, 80’s child actor Corey Feldman’s own story reads like a tragedy.
In the new memoir, “Coreyography,” Feldman weaves a harrowing Hollywood tale of sex, drugs and profound loneliness on his road to stardom. Feldman’s book covers parental abuse, twisted friendships and devastating drug abuse, according to a report in The New York Post. He also reveals details of his relationships with co-star Corey Haim and pop star pal Michael Jackson.
As his star began to rise in hit movies like “Stand By Me,” “The Lost Boys,” “Gremlins” and “The Goonies” — Feldman had no guidance or support from his parents. His mother -- a former Playboy model who suffered from depression and drug problems -- tortured her son about his weight and, at one point, force-fed him diet pills. He says his father was a musician who routinely encouraged Feldman to get high with him.
By age 7, Feldman was a successful commercial actor and the main breadwinner of the family. His mother forbade him from riding a bike, saying he couldn’t afford to get injured. At work, Feldman started acting out and earning a reputation as a brat. When he was fired from a movie, she chased after him with a stick, screaming obscenities.
“She’s bent at the waist, ramming the pole under the cotton eyelet dust ruffle . . . jabbing at my ribs, my arms, my face,” he writes. “My skin is raw and bleeding. I think that, maybe, she is serious. She really does want to kill me.”
Feldman found refuge on Hollywood sets and yearned for adult role models and supporters. While director Steven Spielberg became a trusted friend, many adults let him down.
His father hired an assistant in his early 20s who Feldman calls “Ron.” The two became inseparable, with Ron providing Feldman with various drugs and eventually coercing him into sex. Feldman says he was “petrified,” and “revolted” the first time Ron abused him, but their twisted friendship lasted for years.
Ron wasn’t the only pedophile Feldman encountered in his search for stable adult relationships. “Slowly, over a period of many years,” he writes, “I would begin to realize that many of the people I had surrounded myself with were monsters.”
One person he felt safe with was Michael Jackson. He calls the singer's world his “happy place” and said Jackson brought him back to his innocence. Feldman says Jackson never touched him sexually or even attempted to during their friendship. Their relationship ended abruptly in 2001, when Jackson heard a rumor that Feldman was planning to trash him in a book. Although Feldman tried to convince Jackson the rumor wasn’t true, Jackson shut him out, and they never spoke again.
Feldman documents his excessive drug use, which began when he discovered his mother’s stash. At a low point, he admits to snorting an eight ball of cocaine (an eighth of an ounce) every two days, and smoking piles of pot, sometimes with comedy party monster Sam Kinison. Ron introduced him to heroin and crack, which cost him $300 a day and ended in several arrests.
The actor tried many times to get clean, but reports that since a severe but short relapse in 1995, he “never had another hard drug again.”
Feldman still acts and performs music with his band, Truth Movement. He has a 9-year-old son named Zen from his second marriage, to Playboy model Susie Sprague, which ended in 2009.
One of the messages of the book is for parents who choose to put their kids in show business. “My only advice, honestly, is to get these kids out of Hollywood and let them lead normal lives.”