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At 14 years of age, Corey Feldman has a list of credits that actors quite a bit his senior would be proud of. In the summer of 1985, he emerged as an audience favorite as the character, Mouth, in the Steven Spielberg production of "The Goonies." He now stars in Columbia Pictures' "Stand By Me" as Teddy Duchamp, along with Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Jerry O'Connell, Kiefer Sutherland and Richard Dreyfuss as The Writer.
The story of four boys who set out on a two-day adventure with dreams of becoming town heroes and find themselves tested in ways they had never imagined, the film was directed by Rob Reiner from a screenplay by Raynold Gideon and Bruce A. Evans. "Stand By Me" was based on the novella, "The Body," by Stephen King and produced by Andrew Scheinman with Evans and Gideon.
One of the more adventurous of the quartet, Teddy Duchamp has been abused by his father, whom he mysteriously still admires as a Normandy Beach war hero. Burdened with a disfigured ear that resulted from one of his father's rages and a pair of thick glasses, Teddy lives in a world of twisted daredeviltry, dodging trucks and trains to gain the respect, friendship and love he's never been given at home.
For several days, Teddy and the others have been following news reports about a 12-year-old boy who went hunting for blueberries in the woods and hasn't been seen since. One of the group has overheard his brother reveal that he and a friend have discovered the boy's body in the deep woods, alongside railroad tracks. Since the gruesome discovery was made while the youths were out joyriding in a stolen car, they have pacted to keep their find a secret. Teddy and his chums set out to locate the body.
Comments director Reiner about Feldman's selection to participate in "Stand By Me," "Corey was the only kid who could remotely play Teddy because he was the only kid that brought with him that kind of anger and pain Teddy has. Teddy was an abused child and when Corey came in and read the scene in the junkyard, where he faces off with the junkman, he was just incredible--he was perfect for the part."
Born in Los Angeles, Feldman was a precocious youngster who began his acting career at the age of 4 by appearing in commercials. Other assignments followed, and it wasn't long before the talented young actor was spotted by television producers who signed him to appear in network series including "Alice," "Eight Is Enough," "Gloria," "When the Whistle Blows" and "Mork and Mindy."
He appeared as a series regular in "The Bad News Bears" and then sequed to motion pictures as a character voice in the Disney animated feature, "The Fox and the Hound." His first real film acting experience came in "Time After Time," which he followed with "Born Again" and "Americathon." Feldman landed his first feature starring role in "Friday the 13th--The Final Chapter," which he followed with a starring role in "Gremlins" before becoming one of "The Goonies."
In addition to his film work, Feldman continued with his television roles. His credits include appearances on "The Love Boat," "Father Murphy," "I'm a Big Girl Now," "Open All Night," "Foul Play," "Semi-Tough," "Still the Beaver," "Love Natalie," "Cass Malloy," "The Bill Cosby Show," "I Love You, Paul Anka," "Letters" and "Cheers."
An animal lover and an avid student of wildlife when not before the cameras, Feldman makes his home with his family, including two brothers and a sister also now acting, in Woodland Hills, California. He is particularly proud of doing his own stunt work--once in "The Goonies" and again in "Stand By Me" when Feldman playfully dodges first a truck and then, in a taut bridge scene, a train.
Columbia Pictures presents an Act III Production of a Rob Reiner Film, "Stand By Me," starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell and Kiefer Sutherland, and also starring Richard Dreyfuss as The Writer. Directed by Rob Reiner from a screenplay by Reynold Gideon & Bruce A. Evans, based upon the novella, "The Body," by Stephen King, the film was produced by Andrew Scheinman, Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon. Music is by Jack Nitzsche.