RIP: Apt Pupil

January 16, 2008 | By Clint Froehlich | Creative

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Brad Renfro, once a budding teen star in the mid-90s, was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Tuesday, January 15. The puppy-faced, talented young actor of “The Client”, “Bully”, and “Apt Pupil” fame was only 25 years old. The cause of death has not yet been revealed. Renfro battled drugs and alcohol for much of his young life.

This is sad news. Renfro was looking like he had his life back on track after some legal wranglings in 2006, and had just finished (reportedly) filming on the Bret Easton Ellis adaptation The Informers with Winona Ryder. Renfro had a charming, charismatic presence on screen – helped by his knee-weakening, boyish looks – and never got the chance to fulfill his potential. We’ll miss you Brad.

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