Rodney Harvey

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Rodney Harvey
Rodney Harvey.jpg
BornRodney Michael Harvey
(1967-07-31)July 31, 1967
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedApril 11, 1998(1998-04-11) (aged 30)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of deathDrug overdose
Resting placeSaints Peter and Paul Cemetery
OccupationModel, actor
Years active1985–1996
 
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Rodney Harvey
Rodney Harvey.jpg
BornRodney Michael Harvey
(1967-07-31)July 31, 1967
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedApril 11, 1998(1998-04-11) (aged 30)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of deathDrug overdose
Resting placeSaints Peter and Paul Cemetery
OccupationModel, actor
Years active1985–1996

Rodney Michael Harvey (July 31, 1967 – April 11, 1998) was an American actor and model.

Career[edit source | edit]

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Harvey was discovered by director Paul Morrissey in 1984. Morrissey cast Harvey in two of his films Mixed Blood (1985) and Spike of Bensonhurst (1988).[1] After signing with an agent, Harvey moved to Los Angeles where he continued acting and also began modeling. He appeared in a layout for Life magazine featuring Madonna photographed by Bruce Weber, and worked for Calvin Klein.[2]

In 1990, he landed the role of Sodapop Curtis in the Fox series The Outsiders. After the series ended after one season, Harvey guest starred on Twin Peaks, followed by a role in the Gus Van Sant film My Own Private Idaho. He made his last onscreen appearance in 1996 with a role in drama God's Lonely Man

Death[edit source | edit]

During the making of My Own Private Idaho, Harvey began using heroin.[3] After several stints in jail and attempts to get clean, he died of a heroin and cocaine overdose on April 10, 1998 at the Hotel Barbizon in Los Angeles.[4][5]

After his death, photos of him in the depths of heroin addiction appeared in an Office of Drug Control Policy (Partnership for a Drug-Free America) public service announcement.[6]

Filmography[edit source | edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1985Delivery BoysFast Action
1985Mixed BloodJoseAlternative title: Cocaïne
1987InitiationDanny MolloyAlternative title: Zoomstone
1987Five CornersCastro
1988SalsaKen
1988Spike of BensonhurstFrankieAlternative titles: The Mafia Kid
Throw Back!
1990Silent LoveGiulioAlternative title: La bocca
1990Twin PeaksBiker ScottyEpisode: Pilot
1990The OutsidersSodapop Curtis13 episodes
1991My Own Private IdahoGary
1992GuncrazyTom
1996God's Lonely ManGlen

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ Yacowar, Maurice (1993). The Films of Paul Morrissey. Cambridge University Press. pp. 108, 110. ISBN 0-521-38993-3. 
  2. ^ Millea, Holly. "Shooting Star". Premiere: 124. 
  3. ^ Millea, Holly. "Shooting Star". Premiere: 140. 
  4. ^ Millea, Holly. "Shooting Star". Premiere: 144, 123, 125. 
  5. ^ Kristen, Baldwin (1998-05-01). "Monitor". ew.com. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  6. ^ "Rodney Harvey - Actor who tragically died from overdose". Youtube. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 

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