Actor Brad Renfro, Jan. 15

<B>Actor Brad Renfro, Jan. 15</B><BR> Brad Renfro, an actor best known for his roles in the movies <i>The Client</i> and <i>Ghost World</i>, 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  <i>The Client</i> 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 <i>Apt Pupil</i>. He appeared as a convenience store clerk with Scarlett Johansson and Steve Buscemi in 2001's <i>Ghost World</i>. 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 / January 21, 2008 )

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.

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