Tuesday, December 08, 2009

You Don't Want To Be Brian Bonsall's Friend


Do you remember Brian Bonsall? He is one of the poster children for what happens to child actors. He played the youngest brother on Family Ties which of course is the show which made Michael J. Fox a star and gave us Courteney Cox, Justine Bateman and probably Jason Bateman after watching all the fun things his sister got to do on set. It also gave us that guy who played Skippy but that is for another day.

Anyway, Brain has been wanted for about a year by Boulder Colorado for failing to appear in a court hearing related to his 2007 beat down of his girlfriend. You would think they should have asked his friends considering he was with his former best friend at the time he got arrested Saturday night.

I say former because Brian was arrested for hitting his best friend in the face with a broken bar stool. Makes me think of Dionne Warwick and Elton John and the song that's what friends are for.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Probably will get some community service and to attend Anger Management.

MontanaMarriott said...

Ugh look at those tats on his neck, he just looks nuts

Sporky said...

Holy crap. I used to think he was such a cute little kid on that show.

shakey said...

He was a cute little kid on that show. See kids? Hollywood at a young age is very, very bad for you.

ItsJustMe said...

Yeah, whatever happened to that guy who played Skippy?

That's sad - very few child actors who make it out unscathed.

Mango said...

He was an adorable kid. He looks like a human train wreck now.

Pookie said...

he was the consummate cutie, wth happened?!

jax said...

"Alex is keen!"

i heard that Dog was after him in Boulder but that they couldn't film it so they went back to Hawaii. damn! when reality meets...reality.

sunnyside1213 said...

Ah....the United Republic of Boulder. A country unlike any other.

RocketQueen said...

Wow - I can still see him as a kid in that mug shot. Ah well.

JJ said...

Very sad. That tattoo must have hurt.

Merlin D. Bear said...

What's the excuse? Parents took the money and blew it?
Parents didn't take the money, kept it safe for him until he turned 18 and then he blew it?
He was a failed one shot actor.
Period.
Just because you were on a hit show when you were a child and your character aged 4 years between seasons does not make you a "child star".
Especially if you don't follow up that one shot deal with anything else.
Just sayin'.
However the evils of Hollywood will take the blame for this one too..."he had stars in his eyes but never realized he was looking up from the gutter"

GladysKravitz said...

Meth, meth, who's got the meth?

ellie said...

Skippy was great! Just checked imdb and no recent info on him. Gee, a lot of the family ties gang has been in the news, lately. What a great show it was!

figgy said...

True Skippy story!

He was in Chicago, yeeeaaarrrs ago, doing stand-up. My roommate (very cute but very dumb) hooked up with him. They went back to his hotel room, where they kissed but then he proceeded to lie on the bed naked with her and jack off. Then he fell asleep. In the morning, same thing: he laid there and jacked off, never touched her. She's just sittin' there like, oookay, not posing or anything.

Then the calls started. He'd call her, wouldn't give his name and deny it was even him, but want to talk dirty with her. Even *she* wasn't dumb to go for that. But he kept calling for weeks.

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RocketQueen said...

On a separate note - can you imagine what that tattoo will look like when he's in his 80's? Ew. Unrecognizable.

lutefisk said...

Wow!--first Uncle Jesse & now Skippy?? I don't know how much more of this I can take.

Wil said...

Here .. to take the heat off "Family Ties" .. he was also Worf's son Alexander on "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

Looks like he has turned into a methhead freak .. sad.

Julie said...

Yeah, I was gonna make a comment about him being on Star Trek, and that movie (that my kids love) Blank Check...Plus, I remember he was in a band that I heard was actually ok "promising intent" or something? idk.

Man, to be a product of the televised 80's...

Julie said...

oh yeah, and i forgot to say something about hearing he was obsessed with the Bouncing Souls (I was as a teen, too) I guess he still is?
Is his tattoo of them too!? Jeebus!

Leah said...

Oh, sad.
I LOVED him in blank check.
Preston Waters was my girlhood crush.

nunaurbiz said...

Jax, I was just wondering if Dog was called out on him, since it was in Colorado. Damn! Would have loved to have seen Dog collar him!!!!

Miss X said...

Sunny123 too funny! I've also heard Boulder referred to as "30 square miles surrounded by reality". (I used to live in Denver).

R. said...

Hey, Skippy was also in most awesome metal movie Trick or Treat!!

RQ, no WAY will this dude live to be in his 80's.

Merlin D. Bear said...

To one and all I apologize for calling Brian Bonsall a failed one shot actor.

The Cocoanut Grove said...

Thanks for sharing that story about Skippy jacking off. I didn't really feel like dinner tonight, anyway.

RocketQueen said...

@R - good point.

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