Corey Scott Feldman (born July 16, 1971) is an American film and television actor. To date, he has appeared in over 40 feature films, and became known during the 1980s, with roles in the Hollywood films The Goonies and Stand by Me.
Feldman, the second of five children, was born in Chatsworth, California to Sheila Goldstein, a cocktail waitress, and Bob Feldman, a rock producer and musician. His family is Jewish. Feldman has two brothers, Eden and Devin, as well as two sisters, Mindy and Brittnie. Mindy Feldman started her career at age six, as the youngest member of the new Mickey Mouse Club in the '70s.
He started his career at the age of three appearing in a McDonald's commercial. He debuted in the films Time After Time & The Fox and the Hound. Feldman starred in such blockbusters as Joe Dante's Gremlins (1984) and Richard Donner's The Goonies (1985), as well as Rob Reiner's Stand By Me (1986), alongside River Phoenix and Wil Wheaton. In 1987, Feldman appeared with Corey Haim in the cult hit The Lost Boys (1987). This film marked the first on-screen pairing of Feldman and Haim, who became known as "the two Coreys." The pair went on to star in a string of successful teen films including License to Drive (1988) and Dream a Little Dream (1989). Tired of the "Corey Mania", Feldman and Haim decided to part ways professionally and to focus on their personal careers, although they have remained close friends throughout the years.
In 1989, Feldman appeared in Joe Dante's The 'Burbs opposite Tom Hanks and Carrie Fisher, and provided the voice of Donatello for the first and the third Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films. Since Fieldman was entering rehab, he asked Adam Carl to fill in for him in the second film.
Feldman is a vegetarian and is an animal rights activists.
After a public battle with drugs, Feldman fought to re-establish his life and career by working with teens, starring in several lesser-known films, and branching out with an album. His first musical release, in 1993, was titled Love Left and featured a the moderately successful single "Honesty". He returned to the big screen with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III where he again did the voice of Donatello, re-teamed with Corey Haim in Blown Away, and starred in the Richard Donner/Robert Zemeckis/Joel Silver film Bordello of Blood, opposite Dennis Miller.
In the late 1990s Feldman starred in the CBS series Dweebs and then released his second album, Still Searching for Soul, with his band "Corey Feldman's Truth Movement". Ironically, record promoters were unable to move many copies because the album held little truth.
In 1989 he married Vanessa Marcil. They divorced in 1993. He later married Susie Sprague on October 30, 2002, officiated by M.C. Hammer, an ordained minister. They have one son, Zen Scott Feldman, born on August 7, 2004.
In 2002, Feldman released a solo album, Former Child Actor, and promoted it with a US tour. Also in 2002, he appeared in the first celebrity-driven reality series The Surreal Life on the VH1 network. On the show, he publicly married Susie Sprague (they welcomed their first child, Zen Scott Feldman, in 2004.) The next year, he made a cameo appearance in the movie Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star starring David Spade.
Feldman was once a friend of Michael Jackson until a visit to Manhattan, where Feldman claimed that Jackson abandoned him while he and his kids left the city. During the 2005 Jackson molestation trial, Feldman alleged in a 20/20 interview that Jackson had shown him nude photos. Corey was subpoenaed as a witness and placed under a gag order. He is quoted saying the following in reference to what occurred between him and Jackson:
"The book was focused on venereal diseases and the genitalia and he sat down with me and he explained it to me, showed me some different pictures and discussed what those meant. I was kind of grossed out by it. I didn't think of it as a big deal and for all these years, I probably never thought twice about it".
In 2005, Feldman had his stage debut in the positively reviewed off-Broadway play Fatal Attraction, a Greek Tragedy, a parody of the seminal 1987 film Fatal Attraction directed by Timothy Haskell. Feldman played the lead character named "Michael Douglas" (as opposed to the "Dan Gallagher", the name of the character played by Douglas in the original film). Feldman recently appeared in the theatrical release My Date with Drew and is currently the voice of "Sparx-77" in the Toon Disney / ABC Family series Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!.
He was awarded with the Paws of Fame award by the Wildlife Way Station for his dedication to animal rights. Feldman has landed his first major film role in a long time. He stars alongside Chris Franklin in "The Bloke Goes to Hollywood", based on Franklin's popular beer-guzzling mullet-haired 'Bloke' doppelganger. In 2007, Feldman will star in the indie horror film "Terror Inside" from Minott Lenders Motion Pictures. It is filming in Monte Verde, Florida which is located just outside of Orlando. The film, which is a joint venture with Valencia Community College, will also star Tanya Memme (of A&E's "Sell this House"), Chad Jamian Williams, Juliet Reeves, and Mike Hart.
Also in 2007, Feldman and Corey Haim have a scripted reality TV show lined up entitled, "The Coreys: Return of The Lost Boys", on the A&E Network.