Brad Renfro was an American musician and actor. He made his debut in the industry at a young age eleven in the main role of Mark Sway in the movie The Client, moving on to star in 21 fiction films, numerous short films, and two television episodes. However, his career declined rapidly due to alcoholism and addiction. He died from an unexpected heroin overdose at the age of 25. Renfro was born in Tennessee. He was the offspring of Mark Renfro, who was a factory machinist and Angela Denise. He was taken care from the age of five by his parental grandmother, Joanne Renfro, who worked as a church administrator. At the age of ten, Renfro was created by Mali Finn, a casting filmmaker for
. Ge was cast in the lead role for Schumacher's movie The Client.
He was paired alongside Tommy Lee Jones and Susan Sarandon. The film was based on the bestselling novel by John Grisham, and it became one of the maximum grossing movies of the year 1994. In 1995, he gained Hollywood Reporter's Young Star Award and was chosen as one of People's Top 30 Under 30. That year, he performed Huckleberry Huck Finn in Tom and Huck along with Jonathan Taylor Thomas. He also got his second Young Star award, as well as the Young Artist Award, for his work in The Cure. In 1995, Renfro was a part of Sleepers, based on the book by Lorenzo Carcaterra. The movie was directed by Barry Levinson and also featured Robert Kevin Bacon, De Niro, Ron Eldard, Dustin Hoffman, and Brad Pitt.
In 1998, he was seen along with Ian McKellen in Apt Pupil, by Bryan Singer. The numerous movies that happened earned little attention, the bulk going through to the video. He acted Leon S. Kennedy in a live-action advertisement for Resident Evil 2, which was televised in Japan. Renfro went on to perform in other movies, including Ghost World and Bully, Confessions of an American Girl, and The Jacket. He also performed in a scene of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and finished shooting on the flick The Informers, featuring Winona Ryder, Mickey Rourke, and Billy Bob Thornton. Renfro was the relative of Jesse Hasek, main singer of the musical band 10 Years, and featured in the initial version of the music video for their number Wasteland.
He also was seen in the video for N*E*R*D number Provider, playing the role of a petty drug trafficker. Renfro fathered a son, Yamato Renfro, who was born in 2003. His name and age were initially kept in Renfro's announcement, which noted him as Y. Renfro, out of his family's companies for privacy. The presence of Yamato was not recognized by the common public until after his father's death. He was brought up solely to Japan by his mom. Renfro recorded a musical album supporting the name Frodad Band which played all over Los Angeles and made debuts at the Sundance Film Festival. In 1998, Renfro, when he was 15 and his cousin who was 19 were detained and accused of drug possession. He was taking two small bags of cocaine in a smoke box and a bag of weed in his stocking.
He withdrew trial by admitting to being selected randomly for drugs. In 2000, Renfro and his colleague Harold Bond attempted to remove a 45-foot boat from Fort Lauderdale dock. They were held on the same night, and Renfro was filled with grand burglary and criminal mischief. In January 2001, Renfro was confined to the punishment of two years and commanded to pay repair expenses of the ship to its master and investigative prices to Lauderdale Police Department. In May 2001 he was caught for minor drinking, which disrupted his punishment. In 2002, Renfro broke his ordeal again and was jailed on charges of public drunkenness and driving without a valid permit in Knoxville. In 2005, Renfro was again detained by LAPD officers when a secret drug sweep of Skid Row was happening and was accused of attempted ownership of heroin.
A photo revealing the actor in handcuffs made the headlines of the Los Angeles Times. Renfro was seen dead on January 15, 2008, at his Los Angeles residence. On 8th February 2008, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department ruled that Renfro's death was unexpected, connecting it to acute heroin drunkenness. His body was passed to Tennessee, where he was defeated at Red House Cemetery in the small town of Blaine. Seventeen days after Renfro's death, his grandma Joanne who had brought him daily during his early acting career passed way at her home. Local officials declared that she died of natural conditions.