Skye McCole Bartusiak

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Skye McCole Bartusiak
Born (1992-09-28)September 28, 1992
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Died July 19, 2014(2014-07-19) (aged 21)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1999–2014
Website
Official website

Skye McCole Bartusiak (September 28, 1992 – July 19, 2014) was an American film and television actress. She was best known for her roles in The Patriot (2000), Don't Say a Word (2001), as Rose Wilder in Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder (2002), Boogeyman (2005) and Kill Your Darlings (2006).

Early life[edit]

Skye McCole Bartusiak was born in Houston, Texas, where she lived until her death with her parents Donald and Helen Bartusiak (née McCole).[1]

Career[edit]

McCole Bartusiak first starred in The Patriot, starring Mel Gibson, in 2000.[2] She played the young Marilyn Monroe in the TV miniseries Blonde, and the psychiatrist's daughter in Don't Say a Word alongside Michael Douglas and Brittany Murphy, both in 2001.[2] She also played the young Charlie McGee in the sequel to Firestarter, Firestarter 2: Rekindled and Megan Matheson during season two of the television series 24 (2002–2003).[2][3]

McCole Bartusiak made an appearance in the short film The Vest in 2003 and played the part of The Girl in Once Not Far from Home in 2005. She also tried her hand at theatre, playing in The Miracle Worker alongside Hilary Swank, which had a two-week run at the Charlotte Theatre in North Carolina.

In 2003, McCole Bartusiak returned to period drama with Love Comes Softly, and a year later she played the young Jackie in Against the Ropes alongside Meg Ryan.[3] In 2005, she had main billing for her role as Franny Roberts in the hit horror film Boogeyman.[3] She starred in the "Kids" episode of the hospital drama series House, and took a lead role as Sunshine in the film Kill Your Darlings, about a troubled teen who goes to extreme measures to gain the attention of her psychiatrist father.

Death[edit]

On July 19, 2014, McCole Bartusiak was found dead in her apartment behind her parents' Houston home. Her mother told CNN and the Associated Press that the actress was found by her boyfriend, sitting up in her bed; she began CPR on her daughter before the arrival of paramedics, who then worked "for 45 minutes" to no avail. Helen McCole Bartusiak said Skye "had been healthy and did not drink or do drugs", and had recently been suffering from epileptic seizures and that this likely played a role in her death.[2][4] A memorial service was held in Houston six days later; her brother Stephen told mourners, "if you want to know what makes Skye happy, go out and plant a tree."[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Cider House Rules[2] Hazel
1999 Witness Protection Suzie Batton TV film
2000 The Prophet's Game Adele Highsmith (child)
2000 The Patriot Susan Martin
2000 The Darkling Casey Obold TV film
2001 Blonde Young Norma Jeane Baker TV film
2001 Don't Say a Word Jessie Conrad
2001 Riding in Cars with Boys Amelia - Age 8
2001 The Affair of the Necklace Dove Scenes deleted
2002 Flashpoint Lizzie
2002 Firestarter: Rekindled Young Charlie McGee TV film
2002 Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder Rose Wilder TV film
2003 The Vest Sara Short
2003 Love Comes Softly Missie Davis TV film
2004 Against the Ropes Little Jackie
2005 Boogeyman Franny
2006 Kill Your Darlings Sunshine
2006 Once Not Far from Home The Little Girl Short
2006 Razor Sharp Isis/Ice-6 Short
2008 A Fix Natalie Coleman Short
2008 Pineapple Alex
2009 Wild About Harry Daisy Goodhart
2011 Good Day for It Rachel
2011 University of Penn Relay Carnival N/A Director
2012 Twelve Hungry Men Jesse Short
2012 Dr. Oscar Griffith: Hollywood Psychiatrist The Pop Star/Rachel Short
2012 Sick Boy[2] Lucy
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Storm of the Century[2] Pippa Hatcher 4 episodes
1999 JAG Rachel Sherkston 1 episode: "Shakedown"
1999 Judging Amy Marcy Noble 1 episode: "Presumed Innocent"
2000 Providence Jessie 1 episode: "Taking a Chance on Love"
2000 Frasier Girl with Drawing 1 episode: "The Three Faces of Frasier"
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jennifer 1 episode: "Legacy"
2001 Touched by an Angel Sarah 1 episode: "The Birthday Present"
2002–2003 24 Megan Matheson 8 episodes
2004 George Lopez L'il Bit 2 episodes
2005 House Mary Carroll 1 episode: "Kids"
2005 Lost Young Kate (voice) 1 episode: "Born to Run"; uncredited
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Susan Lester 1 episode: "Bite Me"
2007 Close to Home Amber 1 episode: "Fall from Grace"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Work Result
2001 Young Artist Awards Best Ensemble in a Feature Film (shared with cast) The Patriot Nominated
2002 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film: Young Actress Age Ten or Under Riding in Cars with Boys Nominated
2002 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama): Young Actress Age 10 or Under Touched by an Angel Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Patriot Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak Dies at Age 21". Yahoo. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Bartusiak, actress from 'The Patriot,' dies at 21". Associated Press via Stamford Advocate. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Eggertsen, Chris. "'The Patriot' and '24' actress Skye McCole Bartusiak dead at age 21". Hitfix. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "‘Patriot’ Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak Dead at 21". CNN. July 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ Malec, Brett (July 28, 2014). "Late Patriot Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak Remembered at Houston Memorial Service". E! News. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 

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