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A former child star who, toward the end of his short career, was arguably better known for his public struggles with drug and alcohol abuse than he was for his body of work, Brad Renfro was born July 25, 1982, in Knoxville, Tenn. After being spotted by talent scouts at age 10, the young actor began his film career just two years later in the high-profile legal thriller The Client (1994) alongside Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones.

Touted as a rising star in the media, Renfro nabbed lead roles in Tom and Huck (1995), Sleepers (1996) and Apt Pupil (1998). But as the actor moved from adolescence into adulthood, he gravitated toward supporting roles in more independent fare such as Ghost World (2001).

Renfro died on Jan. 15, 2008, at the age of 25, during the filming of The Informers (2008). His death was somewhat overshadowed by fellow actor Heath Ledger's demise exactly one week later.

Brad Renfro in Ghost World

Ghost World

2001 R

Mopey high schooler Enid and her equally disaffected friend Rebecca play a prank on a lonely middle-aged man. But when Enid strikes a connection with their victim, her growing fascination with him begins to test the girls' friendship and future.

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  • Brad Renfro in The Cure The Cure
  • Brad Renfro in Sleepers Sleepers
  • Brad Renfro in The Jacket The Jacket
  • Brad Renfro in Tom and Huck Tom and Huck
  • Brad Renfro in The Informers The Informers
  • Brad Renfro in 10th & Wolf 10th & Wolf
  • Brad Renfro in Bully Bully
  • Brad Renfro in Skipped Parts Skipped Parts
  • Brad Renfro in Deuces Wild Deuces Wild
  • Brad Renfro in The Job The Job
  • Brad Renfro in The Mummy an' the Armadillo The Mummy an' the Armadillo
  • Brad Renfro in Tart Tart
  • Brad Renfro in Theory of the Leisure Class Theory of the Leisure Class
  • Brad Renfro in Happy Campers Happy Campers
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