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Brad Renfro Snubbed By Oscars' Montage

February 25th, 2008 3:10pm EST
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Tragic actor Brad Renfro was snubbed at Sunday's Academy Awards when organizers left him out of a montage of stars who died in the past year. Renfro was found dead from a drug overdose in Los Angeles in January, aged just 25.

But he was overlooked on a list of 98 movie industry people, that included everyone from actors and directors to public relations people.

A statement from the Motion Picture Academy of America claims, "It is simply not possible to include everyone in that segment."

But a friend of the late star of The Client, Apt Pupil and Sleepers tells TMZ.com, "It's u...

Brad Renfro Had Secret Son

January 22nd, 2008 3:18pm EST
Brad Renfro
Late actor Brad Renfro had a secret son who lived in Japan with his mother. The Apt Pupil star, 25, was found dead at his Los Angeles apartment last week.

And now his family have confirmed that Renfro had a child - who he spent time with in his native Tennessee before his tragic death - but have refused to name the boy or reveal any further details in order to protect his privacy.

And Renfro's step-mother Kim is determined to shield her grandson from any press intrusion.

She tells TMZ.com, "We did expect this (level of media attention) because people didn't know he had a son....

Ian McKellen Pays Tribute To Brad Renfro

January 18th, 2008 10:11am EST
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Acting legend Ian McKellen has paid tribute to Brad Renfro, his co-star in 1998 film Apt Pupil, who died on Tuesday aged just 25. The young star was just 15 when he was cast alongside the British Oscar nominee in the movie, about a teenager who befriends a hiding Nazi war criminal.

After learning of Renfro's death from a suspected drug overdose, McKellen wrote on his blog, "I first caught sight of Brad Renfro when he was kicking a football around with Bryan Singer on the half-built set of Apt Pupil in Hollywood. He was a kid having fun and that's how I shall always remember him.


Actor Brad Renfro Dead At 25

January 15th, 2008 10:34pm EST
Brad Renfro
Troubled movie star Brad Renfro has died, according to reports. The 25-year-old actor was found dead at his home in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning, according to TMZ.com. The cause of death has not been determined, however, Renfro has had a history of drug abuse.

Renfro, whose first role was that of a young boy who witnessed a murder in The Client, had been working to stay clean and sober after a string of drug offenses, including attempted heroin possession.

The actor was accused of violating his probation after failing to enrol in a drug treatment program, following his convictio...

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