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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Whatever Happened to Wednesday - Leif Garrett

Leif Garrett, another 70s Teen Idol!  
What happened to him??  
I don't really remember what he was in or what he sang, I only remembered him being on the cover of Tiger Beat Magazine!!!  
Well I posted his official website above, but Leif led one of those train wreck lives :(

Here is his bio on his official website that is posted above:
Leif Garrett burst onto the scene in 1966 at the early age of five. Garrett began a career in acting with his debut in the quintessential period film, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. He starred in over sixty hit television shows, such as being the semi-regular on the critically acclaimed hit television shows, The Waltons and Family. But it was his portrayal of a pony express rider in the television special, Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion that garnered Garrett the honor of being inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame. From then on he continued to do more tv and film including Walking Tall and the hit television series, Three for the Road. This family drama was Garrett’s launching pad for the recording phenomena that was to occur.

Having achieved success as an actor, Garrett took on the music industry. He became a multi-gold and platinum recording artist and one of the biggest teen idols of all time, gracing magazine covers all over the world. In 1977, Garrett released his self-titled debut album and climbed the music charts with his remakes of 'Runaround Sue' #13 and ‘Surfin’ USA’ #20.  In 1978 he recorded a second album entitled Feel The Need. The sophomore release quickly became a chart-topper with his hit, ‘I Was Made For Dancin” going all the way to the Top 10. Leif Garrett became an international star performing concerts for tens of thousands of fans.

After releasing three more albums, Garrett decided to turn his attentions to acting once again, co-starring in Francis Ford Coppola’s film classic, The Outsiders in 1983. He continued to choose other notable roles in the eighties in movies such as Thunder Alley and Shaker Run. In 1991, Garrett appeared with fellow former teen idol, David Cassidy, in the seventies spoof, Spirit of ’76. Audiences were amazed and impressed with Garrett’s comedic ability and talent.

It was in 1998 when the music arena became reacquainted with Leif Garrett on VH1’s highly acclaimed Behind The Music series. The response from the viewing public was sensational and it has become one of the highest rated episodes of “Behind The Music”. He later formed a few rock bands and toured across the USA.

These days Garrett is concentrating on his acting career, but still continues to write and record new music. He wrote, produced and performed the title track  for David Spade’s hit comedy, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, in which Garrett portrayed himself. During 2006 and 2007 he was part of the Original Idols Tour and performed across America. His latest album, Three Sides Of…. was released in 2007 and includes originals, covers and a remake of his classic hit, ‘I Was Made For Dancin’’. In 2010 he was invited to perform several concerts in South Korea marking the first time he’s returned there in thirty years.

Personal live and what is going on now From Wikipedia  Leif Wikipedia 

Beginning in 1979 Garrett dated English actress Nicolette Sheridan; the two split six years later.[5] Two decades later Garrett credited Sheridan for helping him at the start of his career, and said of her "She's a special person in my life."[6]

In 1979, three days before his 18th birthday, Garrett crashed his car while under the influence of Quaaludes and alcohol.[7] The accident left his passenger and best friend Roland Winkler a paraplegic.[8] Although Garrett publicly promised to look after Winkler, the Winkler family filed a $25 million negligence lawsuit against him.[9] Garrett insisted that he did not have the money, and the suit was eventually settled out of court for $7.1 million,[9] leaving the friends estranged until Winkler was approached by VH1 to film a 1999 episode of the television series Behind The Music. The episode featured Garrett's reunion with an apology to Winkler.[9]

On January 14, 2006, Garrett was arrested on a Los Angeles subway platform for allegedly not having a ticket.[10] Authorities found heroin in his possession and held him without bail after discovering a warrant for his arrest for violating probation from a previous cocaine arrest.[10]

On May 11, 2006, Garrett was sentenced to three years' probation and a 90-day jail sentence after he failed to complete a court-ordered live-in drug rehabilitation program.[10]

On February 1, 2010, Garrett was arrested again for possession of narcotics. After denying having any drugs in his possession, he finally admitted to police that he had black tar heroin in his shoe.[7] He posted $10,000 bail and was charged with a felony count of heroin possession.[11] On October 18, 2010, Leif Garrett pleaded no contest to heroin possession in Los Angeles and entered a court-ordered rehab program.[12]

Oh Leif, why, why, why..you were such a cutie!
Have a great Wednesday!


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  3. LOL I used to love Leif. Had the posters on my wall! Goodness, he has definitely changed!

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  4. I was a high school hunk when Leif was a teen idol. Fortunately I'm still considered to be good looking but none of us can look as good as we did when we were teenagers.