Renfro, Brad 1982–

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Renfro, Brad 1982–


Full name, Bradley Barron Renfro; born July 25, 1982, in Knoxville, TN (some sources say East Knoxville, TN); son of Mark (a factory worker) and Angela Renfro. Avocational Interests: Guitars and filmmaking.


Agent—William Morris Agency, One William Morris Place, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager—Nine Yards Entertainment, 8530 Wilshire Blvd., 5th Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.


Actor. Appeared in Japanese television commercials for Resident Evil 2 and Biohazard 2; member of the band 40/04.

Awards, Honors:

Young Artist Award, best performance by a young actor starring in a motion picture, 1995, for The Client; YoungStar Award, best performance by a young actor in a drama film, Hollywood Reporter, 1995, Young Artist Award nomination (with Joseph Mazzello), best young leading actor—feature film, 1996, both for The Cure; YoungStar Award nomination, best performance by a young actor in a drama film, 1996, for Sleepers; YoungStar Award nomination, best performance by an young actor in a comedy film, 1997, for Tom and Huck; Tokyo International Film Festival Award, best actor award, 1998, Saturn Award nomination, best performance by a younger actor or actress, Academy of Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy Films, 1999, both for Apt Pupil; Director's Choice Award, most spirited rising performance, Sedona International Film Festival, 2004.


Film Appearances:

Mark Sway, The Client, Warner Bros., 1994.

Erik, The Cure, Universal, 1995.

Huck Finn, Tom and Huck (also known as The Adventures of Tom and Huck and Tom Sawyer), Buena Vista, 1995.

Young Michael Sullivan, Sleepers, Warner Bros., 1996.

Karchy "Chucky" "Slick" Jonas, Telling Lies in America, Banner Entertainment, 1997.

Todd Bowden, Apt Pupil (also known as Un eleve doue—Ete de corruption and L'eve doue), Paramount, 1998.

Jimmy Walsh, 2 Little, 2 Late, 2000.

Wichita, Happy Campers, New Line Cinema, 2000.

Josh, Ghost World, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 2000.

Jules St. Clare, Delilah, 2000.

Tanner, Herschel Hopper: New York Rabbit, 2000.

Dothan Talbot, Skipped Parts (also known as The Wonder of Sex), Trimark, 2000.

Sal, Meter Man, 2000.

The Theory of the Leisure Class, The Asylum, 2001.

William Sellers, Tart (also known as Naive), Lions Gate Films, 2001.

Marty Puccio, Bully, Lions Gate Films, 2001.

Bobby, Deuces Wild (also known as Deuces Wild—Wild in den StraBen), Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 2002.

Jay Grubb, American Girl (also known as Confessions of an American Girl), 2002.

Himself, Making of "Ghost World" (documentary short), Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 2002.

Troy Riverside, The Job, Lions Gate Films, 2003.

The Car Kid (short), 2003.

Wyatte, Mummy an' the Armadillo, Hart Sharp Video, 2004.

The stranger, The Jacket, Warner Bros., 2005.

Kenny, Coat Pockets (short), 2005.

Vincent, 10th & Wolf, ThinkFilm, 2006.

Film Work:

Associate producer, Bully, 2001.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Jamie, Hollywood Flies, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Duane Wilson, "Watch," Law & Order: Criminal Intent (also known as Law & Order: CI), NBC, 2006.


Music Videos:

Appeared in N.E.R.D.'s "Provider."



Meter Man, 2000.



Entertainment Weekly, September 15, 2000, p. 14.

Interview, February, 2003, p. 136.

In Style, November, 1998, p. 299.

People Weekly, November 18, 1996, p. 97.

Renfro, Brad 1982-2008

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Renfro, Brad 1982-2008


Full name, Bradley Barron Renfro; born July 25, 1982, in Knoxville, TN; died of an accidental heroin overdose, January 15, 2008, in Los Angeles, CA. Actor. Renfro was only ten when he was picked to play the part of a gutsy witness against the Mafia alongside Susan Sarandon in the 1994 legal thriller The Client. Even with his lack of acting experience, Renfro won a Young Artist Award for his performance. Subsequent acting offers quickly came his way, and in 1995 Renfro won acclaim for his touching performances as best friend to a boy with AIDS in The Cure and for his comedic turn as Huck Finn in Tom and Huck. Renfro also won a Young-Star Award in 1996 for his role as the younger Michael Sullivan, Brad Pitt's revenge-seeking character in the crime drama Sleepers. In 1998 Renfro starred in Apt Pupil, a disturbing film adaptation of a Stephen King novel about a boy tutored in evil by an elderly Nazi war criminal. At the time of his death, Renfro had completed filming on The Informers with Winona Ryder and Billy Bob Thornton.


People Weekly, January 28, 2008.

New York Times, January 16, 2008.

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