Skye McCole Bartusiak
|Skye McCole Bartusiak|
Bartusiak in an undated portfolio image
September 28, 1992|
Houston, Texas, U.S.
|Died||July 19, 2014
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Cause of death
|Accidental drug overdose|
|Parents||Donald Bartusiak (father)
Helen McCole-Bartusiak (mother)
|Family||Stephen Bartusiak (brother)|
Skye McCole Bartusiak (September 28, 1992 – July 19, 2014) was an American film and television actress. She appeared 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), 24 (2002-2003), Boogeyman (2005) and Kill Your Darlings (2006). She died at age 21 of an accidental drug overdose.
McCole Bartusiak first starred in Stephen King's Storm of the Century as young Pippa Hatcher. She then starred in The Patriot, starring Mel Gibson, in 2000. 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. She also played young Charlie McGee in Firestarter: Rekindled and Megan Matheson during season two of the television series 24 (2002–2003).
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. In 2005, she had main billing for her role as Franny Roberts in the hit horror film Boogeyman. 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.
On July 19, 2014, McCole Bartusiak died in her apartment behind her parents' Houston home. Her mother told CNN and the Associated Press that Skye's boyfriend found the actress 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", but had recently been suffering from epileptic seizures; she believed that this fact had likely played a role in her daughter's death. 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."
The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences ruled in October 2014 that McCole Bartusiak's death was an accident. The "combined toxic effects of hydrocodone and difluoroethane with carisoprodol" were listed as the main cause of death.
|1999||The Cider House Rules||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||Firestarter: Rekindled||Young Charlie McGee||TV film|
|2002||Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder||Rose Wilder||TV film|
|2003||Love Comes Softly||Missie Davis||TV film|
|2004||Against the Ropes||Little Jackie|
|2006||Kill Your Darlings||Sunshine|
|2006||Once Not Far from Home||The Little Girl||Short|
|2008||A Fix||Natalie Coleman||Short|
|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|
|1999||Storm of the Century||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
|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|
- "The Patriot Actress Died of an Accidental Drug Overdose". Fox News. October 13, 2014. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
- "Patriot Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak Dies at Age 21". Yahoo. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
- "Bartusiak, actress from 'The Patriot,' dies at 21". Associated Press via Stamford Advocate. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
- Eggertsen, Chris. "'The Patriot' and '24' actress Skye McCole Bartusiak dead at age 21". Hitfix. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
- "‘Patriot’ Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak Dead at 21". CNN. July 20, 2014.
- Malec, Brett (July 28, 2014). "Late Patriot Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak Remembered at Houston Memorial Service". E! News. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
- Official website
- Skye McCole Bartusiak at the Internet Movie Database
- Skye McCole Bartusiak at AllMovie