As a fan of 1980s pop culture, I wasÂ satisfied (I don’tÂ think delighted is the right word considering the circumstances) to seeÂ several of my beloved ’80s stars who we lost this year honored in the In Memoriam segment at the 62nd Annual Emmy Awards held on Sunday night, but most notablyÂ Corey Haim and Andrew Koenig.
(Watch video below for the In Memoriam segment from the 62nd Annual Emmy Awards.)
First of all, Corey Haim was more than just an ’80s child star to me. He was my teenage crush and I followed his career throughout the 1980s and beyond, even when his unfortunate drug use pretty much killed his career. I always held out hope that he would get his life back together and make a Hollywood comeback (as I’m sure Corey, his family, friends, and fans did, too), but I (we) never got that chance.Â
(Read my tribute to Corey Haim here: Corey Haim, â€˜Lucas Forever,â€™ A Fan Tribute)
Corey made a brief come back via television in 2007 with “The Two Coreys,” an A&E reality show about Haim and his fellow 1980s teen idol and best friend, Corey Feldman.Â He seemed to be doing well (I always try to be positive), but then his addiction shined through and even Feldman couldn’t get through to his best friend to straighten out his life.Â
But a few years later, Corey Haim was working on new projects and even re-connected with Feldman (Feldman said in an interview with Larry King after Haim died that they were working on ideas for sequels to their 1980s hit “License to Drive.”)Â It was short-lived, though, as Corey Haim passed away on March 10, 2010, at the age of 38.Â (And we’ll never get to see “License to Drive” characters Les and Dean-o as grown-ups … sigh.)
Hollywood had seemed to turn its back on Haim because of his problems. His drug use became problems on movie sets and nobody reportedly wanted to work with him.Â And add in the fact that most of his career was in movies, not television, I wasn’t sure if he would be included in the In Memoriam segment at this year’s Emmy Awards, which honors television.Â After all, there was an issue with the Oscars In Memoriam segment for not including the late Farrah Fawcett last year.Â
Fawcett’s family and fans thought she should have been included in the Academy Awards memorial segment, but the AcademyÂ stated that Fawcett’s career was mostly in television so they didn’t include her (to their defense, they have TONS of names to put on the screen for the memorial segment, but come on … Farrah Fawcett is an icon and should have been included for her movie work, even if it wasn’t as significant as her TV career.Â After all, they included Michael Jackson, who was known for his music … but his appearance in “The Wiz” made the cut for In Memoriam.)
So, you can see my concern with whether or not the Emmys would include and honor Corey Haim for the In Memoriam segment,Â since he wasn’t really known for his TV work. Haim had a brief television career, which included “The Edison Twins” and the short-lived “Roomies” in the 1980s, and of course his most recent stint on television with his reality show,Â “The Two Coreys.”Â
So when I saw his face on the screen during Sunday night’s Emmy Awards, I was relieved.Â He was not forgotten, nor was he shunned because of his bad attitude in Hollywood back in the day. He was honored for his work, right along with all of the other (TV) stars we lost this past year.Â Rest in peace, Corey, you were not (and will never be as far as I’m concerned) forgotten.
Another star whose appearance in the In Memoriam segment surprised me was Andrew Koenig. Koenig’s most recognizable role was as Richard “Boner” Stabone on “Growing Pains” in the 1980s.Â Boner was the best friend of Mike Seaver, played by teen idol Kirk Cameron.Â Koenig was a great character actor, but I don’t think he ever got the credit he deserved.Â And looking at his career on IMDB.com, he only had a few roles after his “Growing Pains” years.Â And I’m sure he had to live with the Boner typecasting forever.
Sadly, Koenig was reported missing by his family in February (read more about the disappearance and search for Andrew Koenig here) and they feared the worst as they said he was suffering from depression. And a few days later, he was found dead.Â Koenig committed suicide at the age of 41.Â His date of death is reported as February 14, 2010.
Since his TV career seemed so short (he did have a few other roles, and was more recently working behind the scenes; also worth noting, his father is “Star Trek” actor Walter Koenig), I thought he may not be remembered for the In Memoriam segment.Â But I am glad I was wrong. His name and photo were placed on the big screen along with all of the other talented actors we lost this year.
Among the other actors lost this yearÂ was another 1980s actor: Gary Coleman. But I knew he would be included as his television role as Arnold Jackson on “Diff’rent Strokes” was legendary.
Among the rest of the list of TV stars lost this year (there were so many)Â honored In Memoriam included a few more 1980s (and early 1990s) icons, such as “Golden Girl” Rue McClanahan and “Designing Women” star Dixie Carter.Â And lastly, Brittany Murphy, who like Haim was also mostly known for her movie career, but did some television work in the earlier years.
The In Memoriam segment on Sunday’s Emmys was accompanied by a beautiful performance by Jewel, who sang a song she said she wrote for a friend she lost, titled “The Shape of You.”Â It was a nice tribute to the television stars whom most of us grew up watching, and whose talent will be greatly missed.
Watch the video belowÂ to see the long list of TV stars we lost this year who were honored in theÂ In Memoriam tribute at the 62nd Annual Emmy Awards on Sunday night, and to hear the music of Jewel.
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