Corey Feldman has a lot to be thankful for on his 45th birthday.
The former child star, who turned 45 on Saturday, recently released a new double-album titled Angelic 2 the Core, which had been in the works for over a decade.
“I feel very grateful and very lucky to be alive still, to have any kind of semblance of normal life,” he tells the AP. “I am blessed to have a beautiful child, a beautiful home, a beautiful girlfriend and a beautiful career … I don’t take any of it for granted.”
This is the fifth album Feldman has released under his recording moniker, Corey Feldman’s Truth Movement. He wrote or cowrote all but one of the double-album’s 22 tracks, and played a large part in its fundraising by spearheading an Indiegogo crowdsourcing campaign.
Feldman created much of the mixed-genre album in his home recording studio and plays multiple instruments on many of the tracks, in addition to providing lead vocals. He also enlisted the help of other famous artists like Snoop Dogg and Fred Durst to appear in guest spots.
“There’s something for everyone,” Feldman tells the AP, explaining that the first half of the album is all dance music and dedicated to his late friend Michael Jackson, while the second half is rock-based and dedicated to another late friend, Corey Haim.
Haim and Feldman became known as “The Two Coreys” after they appeared together in 1987’s The Lost Boys. Already famous from their respective youth films in the 80s, Feldman and Haim went on to star together in a string of hits, including 1987’s License to Drive and 1989’s Dream a Little Dream.
But the Corey’s fame and success was bellied by a dark secret. As described in his 2013 memoir, Coreyography, Feldman was abused by his mother and molested by men in the entertainment industry for years. The abuse gave way to drug addiction and a sad public breakdown that ultimately stunted his career.
Now sober for over 25 years, and with his new album in stores, what better time for a look back at some of Feldman’s greatest hits?
His First McJob
As a kid, Feldman appeared over 100 commercials. This Clio Award-winning McDonald’s ad was his first ever television appearance at the age of 3.
One of Feldman’s earliest big screen projects, 1981’s The Fox and the Hound, just celebrated its 35th anniversary.
While Mickey Rooney and Kurt Russell voiced the adult fox and hound characters, Feldman and fellow child star Keith Coogan were brought on to voice their childhood counterparts in the animated Disney classic.
Coogan responded to an Entertainment Weekly tweet on July 10 in celebration of the film’s anniversary, and Feldman later retweeted the pictures.
Hey You Guys!
One of the most beloved – and quotable – kid’s movies of all time, 1985’s The Goonies has inspired generations of young fans to dream up their own adventures with neighborhood friends.
Directed by Richard Donner and written by Steven Spielberg, the film featured a host of future stars, including Josh Brolin and Sean Astin.
Stand by Me
Another coming of age adventure tale jam-packed with future A-listers, 1986’s Stand by Me was an instant classic.
Based off a novella by Steven King and directed by Rob Reiner, the film starred the likes of Richard Dreyfus, John Cusack, River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton and Jerry O’Connell.
Asked to explain the film’s success, Wheaton told NPR in 2011 that each actor was cast perfectly for his role, including Feldman, who played an eccentric and physically scarred young boy.
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“I was awkward and nerdy and shy and uncomfortable in my own skin and really, really sensitive, and River was cool and really smart and passionate and even at that age kind of like a father figure to some of us,” Wheaton explained.
“Jerry was one of the funniest people I had ever seen in my life, either before or since, and Corey was unbelievably angry and in an incredible amount of pain and had an absolutely terrible relationship with his parents.”
The Lost Boys
Joel Schumacher’s 1987 cult horror hit The Lost Boys is where Feldman first met Corey Haim when they were both 14 and preparing to work together on the project.
Feldman reprised his role as Edgar Frog in later sequels to the movie, 2008’s Lost Boys: The Tribe and 2010’s Lost Boys: The Thirst.