Christopher Pettiet

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Christopher Pettiet
BornChristopher Lee Pettiet
(1976-02-12)February 12, 1976
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
DiedApril 12, 2000(2000-04-12) (aged 24)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Drug overdose
OccupationActor
Years active1990–2000
 
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Christopher Pettiet
BornChristopher Lee Pettiet
(1976-02-12)February 12, 1976
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
DiedApril 12, 2000(2000-04-12) (aged 24)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Drug overdose
OccupationActor
Years active1990–2000

Christopher Lee Pettiet (February 12, 1976 – April 12, 2000) was an American television and film actor best known for his role as Jesse James in the Western TV series The Young Riders and as Zach Crandell in the cult comedy film Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991).

Career[edit]

Pettiet began his career as a child actor making appearances in television series such as seaQuest DSV, Star Trek: The Next Generation, L.A. Law, Empty Nest, Picket Fences and Undressed. In 1991 he played Christina Applegate's younger brother in the comedy film Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead. He had small roles in films such as Point Break (1991) and Boys (1996).

From 1991 to 1992 he played the role of a young Jesse James on the TV series The Young Riders. From the rest of his career, he played small roles in television series. He made his last onscreen appearance in a 1999 episode of Judging Amy.

Death[edit]

Pettiet died of an accidental drug overdose on April 12, 2000, in Los Angeles at the age of 24.[1] After his death, his acting coach, Kevin McDermott, founded a scholarship fund in his name to help young actors attend Center Stage LA where he had trained.[2]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1990An Enemy of the PeopleMorton StockmanTelevision film
1990Star Trek: The Next GenerationBoyEpisode: "The High Ground"
1990Doogie Howser, M.DGregory PelzmanEpisode: "Revenge of the Teenage Dead"
1990The Dreamer of OzTeenage Frank, Jr.Television film
1991Fatal ExposureDrewTelevision film
1991L.A. LawCorey WalkerEpisode: "On the Toad Again"
1991Empty NestLittle HarryEpisode: "The Way We Are"
1991My Life and TimesMichael MillerEpisode: "The Collapse of '98"
1991Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's DeadZach Crandell
1991Point Break15
1991–1992The Young RidersJesse James21 episodes
1992SandmanJesse
1992Danger IslandBrianTelevision film
1992Baywatch HawaiiBeaverEpisode: "Tequila Bay"
1993The Goodbye BirdFrancis "Frank" Phillips
1993seaQuest DSVZachery ThomasEpisode: "Brothers and Sisters"
1994Horses and ChampionsJoe
1994Relentless IV: Ashes to AshesCory Dietz
1995Picket FencesMichael HynesEpisode: "The Song of Rome"
1996Carried AwayRobert Henson
1997Against the LawTommy
1996BoysJon Heinz
1997Touched by an AngelLuke BrewerEpisode: "Crisis of Faith"
1998Chicago HopeKevin DickerEpisode: "Viagra-Vated Assault"
1999UndressedDean6 episodes
1999Judging AmyPaul DexterEpisode: "An Impartial Bias"

Accolades[edit]

YearAwardCategoryTitle of workResultRef.
1991Young Artist AwardBest Young Actor Guest Starring in a Television SeriesDoogie Howser, M.D.Won[3]
1992Young Artist AwardOutstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion PictureDon't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
(Shared with cast)
Nominated[4]
Young Artist AwardBest Young Actor Co-starring in a Television SeriesThe Young RidersNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Screen World 2001 By John Willis, Barry Monush. Hal Leonard Corporation. p.45
  2. ^ "In Memory of Christopher Pettiet". The Actor's Circle. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ "12th Annual Youth In Film Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  4. ^ "13th Annual Youth In Film Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Retrieved March 31, 2011. 

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