Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Blind Item #13

I wrote about this a couple days ago, but nobody has guessed both people correctly yet.

This is about an evil man and one of his victims.  Many of you were introduced to this evil man by a certain film.  He has destroyed far more lives than is generally known. 

About 4 decades ago, he set up managing child actors in another state. One of many child actors whom this evil man groomed, raped, and passed around to his friends in the entertainment business died before the age of 30, about 3 decades ago.  In the years before his death, this actor worked steadily, in mostly television bit parts.   

57 comments:

Brayson87 said...

So the victim was someone in their 20's who died about 30 years ago, mostly tv bit parts.

sandybrook said...

Marty Weiss is the POS?

timebob said...

A bit actor died 30 years ago before 30, not.vague.at.all.

sandybrook said...

Marty may be too young to fit this one..the actors guessed were Merritt Butrick mostly and Timothy Patrick Murphy..

Smalls said...

Christopher Pettiet could fit. Died in 2000 at the age of 24.
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0678645/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Jon said...

This should be easy. Why is it not?

gauloise said...

The movie was prob An Open Secret that introduced us to the evil man.

gauloise said...
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gauloise said...

Someone who died around 1988, in their 20s. This would have made them a child actor in the 1960s or 70s

Alf Landon said...

Jon Eric Hexum?

j7145 said...


Love the site but seldom gues but

Brad Renfro for the actor.

ThingsIToldYou said...

Jon Eric Hexum was GORGEOUS!!

Melidie said...

Joel Schumacher or Larry Clark

Deskfan said...

River Phoenix?

Unknown said...

If it's about 3 decades ago, that puts the death around the early 90's/late 80's. I don't think Franklyn Seales works as he was in his early 20's when he started acting, nor David Rappenport. I thought of River Phoenix but he's not mostly television at all. Brandon Lee did all movies so not him either. Merritt Butrick was in his 20's for his first movie so I dont think it's him. John Erik Hexum was 26 when he died and didn't start acting until he was around 22 or so, so no dice there.

The only one I can see possibly working is Timothy Patrick Murphy. Died in 1988 (age 29 at death).

If Enty is being vague on the whole "30 years ago/3 decades ago" thing, then I could see Jonathan Landis possibly working?



Jon said...

Timothy Patrick Murphy did not act until he was about 19-20 ish.

Unknown said...

Ugh, then this whole thing makes zero sense. Unless we have to look beyond 30 years, that's all that really fits I think around that time frame. :(

Dman85 said...

Heather O Rourke

MDAnderson said...

If it’s Open Secret then it could be Michael Harrah who was the head of SAG young performers committe and a manager of child actors. SAG sued Amy Berg to remove all reference of SAG and Harrah. The previous blind says the guy is protected by a union.

notthisagain said...

@MD

+1111111 Michael Harrah w/SAG protecting him

My.answer.is.xyz said...

Michael Carmine maybe for the victim? Still looking.

My.answer.is.xyz said...

I do like Merritt B. guess

My.answer.is.xyz said...

Michael Harrah and Merritt +1

Brayson87 said...

SAG always protects its pedo members

Trak512 said...

River Phoenix is the actor who died (at 23).
Evil man..very obvious ...look at "Stand by Me".

Kevin Connolly said...

River Phoenix was a movie star, not just a steadily working actor in mostly television bit parts.

James Howlett said...

Frank Seals was 37.

gauloise said...

"About 4 decades ago, he set up managing child actors in another state"

Maybe the actor was a only a child actor in local theater or local commercials, and came to hollywood to act on TV in his 20s. So he didn't act on a national level until older?


MeliticusBee said...

Previous blind implied actor died of AIDS.
Likely born between 1958 and 68.
Would have been around 1988...so really early in AIDS news.
Rock Hudson was one of first to die of AIDS in 1985 and it was shocking for both reasons, gay and HIV.
This death was likely not well publicized and not a “known” aids death.

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MeliticusBee said...

Pretty sure this is TPM. He looked to be in line to make it.
But
That means we don’t know, havent id’d the talent manager.

Jane Hanoi said...

Dack rambo - or was he too old?

gauloise said...

Both Timothy Patrick Murphy and Merritt Butrick died of AIDS in 88 and 89 both at age 29

Timothy Patrick Murphy started acting as an adolescent in commercials, then moved onto TV

Butrick didnt start acting til an adult, but he did attend the California Institute of the Arts for acting, but was dismissed from the school, so he may have had a manager as a teen.

They both fit.

I am not sure what "He never got to see the project that would have given him his big break." refers to for either of them, though.

Acerbia said...

Marcelino Sanchez (The Warriors) — Died of AIDS-related cancer in 1986 at age 28, did a lot of tv roles in years up to his death. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0845062/

Unknown said...

Sanchez fits the time line and info. I am beginning to wonder if the "child actor" thing is a red herring? I don't think starting out at 20 is considered a child actor, unless Enty is implying that that's they were trying to get into the field well before but maybe did gigs that were non "credit-worthy" according to IMDB?

Jon said...

I thought this as well.

MiamiMimi said...

Chad Allen

Sekrit said...



My first thought was a casting director and I couldn't remember the previous blind (also, didn't feel like going back to find it), but I do think the Timothy Patrick Murphy guess has to be close, if not it, "Murphy started his acting career as an adolescent (technically a child actor) in several television commercials", I don't know if Harrah managed kids in Connecticut.

Sd Auntie said...

Oh my I remember Jon Eric Hexum!!!

IDon’tKnowHer said...

Merritt was HIV positive. He fits.

No Name said...

If they’re dead just name drop Enty. Or at least give initials.

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GreenAroma said...

Rock Hudson?

GreenAroma said...

Freddy Mercury...AAAwww ...My Mom says the Gal from Gun smoke,

BRAD PITT said...


being sexually abused destroys you mentally

I'm 32 and I've never had a GF

i will die alone

Bonby Haud said...

Seems to be the best fit

Bonby Haud said...

It is constantly mentioned how he shared a manager with John Travolta. Could that be the link?

Bonby Haud said...

Travolta was big the decade before this guy was 28, and he also is likely gay and would be into a dude that looked like this guy

Dustin Lane said...

It's sad how these stories repeat through the years. SB local & kid actor Scott Drynovich or something like that, died of AIDS in '97 & was raped by Gary Goddard! Another POS who molested & raper boys and teens!

Totto_ said...

It can't be River Phoenix since he died 25 years ago, it isn't Brad Renfo either since he died like ten years ago? Must be someone who died in the 80s, this one is a tough guess.

OriginalKK said...

Trent Lehman for the child actor?

weezie said...

Corey Haim

Sd Auntie said...

Gary Goddard is still free despite that expose in the LA times? Disgusting

Hamid said...

I just looked up Timothy Patrick Murphy, as I'd never heard of him. Jesus, talk about a cursed family. He died of AIDS and his younger brother died in the 9/11 attacks.

Adrastia said...

If he was in bit TV parts his face might actually be well know. There are many "that guy" types on TV that you see everywhere in bit parts but don't know the name of. Watch this be a super familiar face who most people can't attach a name to because he was a "that guy".

Unknown, I think it really is a child actor.I actually thought well maybe he was still playing a teen. but then he's technically not a child actor is he? Yeah. It's a tad confusing if you think f it that way. Like Ian Ziering wasn't a child actor on 90210. But he played an underage teen. People complain about that. But hey, it wouldn't have been the same Steve Sanders otherwise.

It could indeed be a red herring. And "about three decades ago" could imply it's as little as 25. It's kind of vague that way. But I think the blind is meant to be clearer than how some are seeing it.

gauloise, do you think it might be someone who had a bit part on Little House on the Prairie? Because a lot of kids were featured on the show and classmates of Mary and Laura and as general townies. If he had bit parts in the 70s I bet he may have appeared on that show like so many other bit part kids did.

Sd Auntie said...

Did you see how like 3 others on Dallas died of HIV. What a coincidence!

Xanadu said...

I can't follow this blind... but it did make me think of Alison Arngrim (Nellie on Little House)'s brother Stefan Arngrim.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stefan_Arngrim

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