Corey Haim would be celebrating his 47th birthday today. The actor and teen icon passed away back in March 2010. Though, his legacy has never been forgotten by his friends, family and all of the fans that still love him quite dearly. Today, Corey Feldman paid loving tribute to his best friend and frequent collaborator. The pair starred in a number of iconic 80s movies together, and will forever be remembered as one of the great screen pairs of any generation. Feldman found an old autographed photo of Haim from the movie Lucas, sharing the memory with everyone. Feldman had this to say about his friend on his birthday.
Corey Haim caught everyone's attention when he took the lead in the 1986 coming-of-age teen comedy Lucas, starring opposite Charlie Sheen and Winona Ryder. At the same time, Corey Feldman was making his own name for himself, starring in the Stephen King adaptation Stand By Me that same year. It wasn't until the following year, in 1987, that the pair would collaborate for the first time in the classic vampire teen comedy The Lost Boys, which is more popular today than it has ever been.
The Lost Boys helped form the long standing comedy team-up known as the Two Coreys. The pair wouldn't waste anytime appearing together in what would be their next project, License to Drive, which came out the following summer in 1988. They would take a small break from working with each other, as Feldman moved onto the cult classic The Burbs starring Tom Hanks, and Haim would hook up with a hyper-intelligent Golden Retriever to battle a mutated monster in Watchers.
For the third consecutive year, The Two Corey's would appear in their third movie together, the very weird and wild switcheroo comedy Dream a Little Dream, which gave the lead to Feldman with Haim only having a supporting role that was mostly improvised. After Dream a Little Dream hit theaters, and wasn't necessarily considered a hit by any stretch of the imagination, the two would decided to end their on-screen relationship for a short time. Sadly, drugs and partying began to take its toll, and both actors slipped away from blockbuster status.
Four years would pass before they teamed up together again, this time in the HBO original movie Blown Away, which was much different than anything they'd previously collaborated on. The 1993 hard-edged thriller was one of their most well received and reviews projects together. Things looked promising yet again for the actors, but Corey Haim's dug problems were not allowing him to get good Hollywood roles, and the pair's next project together was a real stinker called National Lampoon's Last Resort, which isn't quite their worst movie as a comedy duo, but it comes close.
For the third consecutive year, Corey Feldman and Corey Haim would appear in their sixth movie together, 1995's Dream a Little Dream 2, a sequel to their 1989 movie, which was even weirder than the first, this time with a story about a pair of magical sunglasses set against cardboard sets that certainly didn't help the situation. Their output at this point was turning downright grim. They would take a couple years off working together before both appearing in the 1997 comedy Busted, which Feldman directed, and only featured Haim in a glorified cameo, though he now gets top billing alongside Feldman if you ever run across the doomed project in a discount bin. This would be their final movie billed as a comedic duo.
The pair did both show up in the 2003 David Spade comedy Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, playing themselves. At the time, Haim was in pretty bad shape, looking overweight and not all together. He almost didn't appear in the movie at all. In 2008, Warner Bros. would revive The Lost Boys franchise with a pair of straight-to-video sequels. Haim would have an emotional break down on set, which was well chronicled in the hit A&E reality series The Two Coreys, which followed their plight as former teen stars struggling to make it in modern Hollywood. Haim was relegated to a post-credit scene.
2010's The Lost Boys: The Thirst, the third and so far final movie in The Lost Boys movie series, was supposed to feature Haim in a starring role as it paired his Sam Emerson up with both of the Frog Brothers, played by Feldman and Jamison Newlander. But Corey Haim passed away that same year, with a tribute to the Sam character included in the movie.
Corey Haim died from pneumonia, which was blamed on his deteriorating health due to years of drug abuse. He struggled to get himself clean and was making some big strides in his final years. He was attempting to make a true Hollywood comeback, garnering a lot of love from his appearance on The Two Coreys, which lasted for two seasons. He made his true big screen Hollywood comeback in the 2009 Jason Statham sequel Crank 2: High Voltage, and won praise for his role. He appeared in a number of smaller independent movies in his last years, most of which came out following his death.
The actor was planning to make a sequel to License to Drive around the time of his death called License to Fly, which Feldman was completely on board with. Haim was also an accomplished painter in his later years, with some of his pieces fetching big bucks 8 years after his death. The actor will always be remembered as one of the great 80s teen icons. Happy Birthday, Corey. RIP.