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Actor Brad Renfro, Jan. 15

Actor Brad Renfro, Jan. 15 Brad Renfro, an actor best known for his roles in the movies The Client and Ghost World, was found dead in his Los Angeles-area apartment on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008. He was 25. Renfro, who had a history of drug abuse, was declared dead by paramedics. A native of Tennessee, Renfro began acting in skits for the anti-drug group DARE at his school. He got his big break when producers of The Client conducted a national search to find a fresh face to play the lead role of a boy who encounters danger after he overhears a conversation about a murder. Renfro appeared opposite Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones in that 1994 movie. In 1998, Renfro won the lead role opposite Ian McKellen in Apt Pupil. He appeared as a convenience store clerk with Scarlett Johansson and Steve Buscemi in 2001's Ghost World. Despite the promising start to his acting career, Renfro was known for his legal troubles: In the late 1990s he was arrested for trying to steal a yacht in Fort Lauderdale and in December 2005, he was picked up by LAPD officers during an undercover drug sweep of downtown's skid row.
AP/ Jennifer Graylock, file
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