Christopher Pettiet

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Christopher Pettiet
Born Christopher Lee Pettiet
(1976-02-12)February 12, 1976
Plano, Texas, U.S.
Died April 12, 2000(2000-04-12) (aged 24)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Drug overdose
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990–2000

Christopher Lee Pettiet (February 12, 1976 – April 12, 2000) was an American television and film actor best known for his role as Jesse James in the Western TV series The Young Riders and as Zach Crandell in the cult comedy film Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991).


Pettiet began his career as a child actor making appearances in television series such as seaQuest DSV, Star Trek: The Next Generation, L.A. Law, Empty Nest, Picket Fences and Undressed. In 1991 he played Christina Applegate's younger brother in the comedy film Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead. He had small roles in films such as Point Break (1991) and Boys (1996).

From 1991 to 1992 he played the role of a young Jesse James on the TV series The Young Riders. From the rest of his career, he played small roles in television series. He made his last onscreen appearance in a 1999 episode of Judging Amy.


Pettiet died of an accidental drug overdose on April 12, 2000, in Los Angeles at the age of 24.[1] After his death, his acting coach, Kevin McDermott, founded a scholarship fund in his name to help young actors attend Center Stage LA where he had trained.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1990 An Enemy of the People Morton Stockman Television film
1990 Star Trek: The Next Generation Boy Episode: "The High Ground"
1990 Doogie Howser, M.D Gregory Pelzman Episode: "Revenge of the Teenage Dead"
1990 The Dreamer of Oz Teenage Frank, Jr. Television film
1991 Fatal Exposure Drew Television film
1991 L.A. Law Corey Walker Episode: "On the Toad Again"
1991 Empty Nest Little Harry Episode: "The Way We Are"
1991 My Life and Times Michael Miller Episode: "The Collapse of '98"
1991 Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Zach Crandell
1991 Point Break 15
1991–1992 The Young Riders Jesse James 21 episodes
1992 Sandman Jesse
1992 Danger Island Brian Television film
1992 Baywatch Hawaii Beaver Episode: "Tequila Bay"
1993 The Goodbye Bird Francis "Frank" Phillips
1993 seaQuest DSV Zachery Thomas Episode: "Brothers and Sisters"
1994 Horses and Champions Joe
1994 Relentless IV: Ashes to Ashes Cory Dietz
1995 Picket Fences Michael Hynes Episode: "The Song of Rome"
1996 Carried Away Robert Henson
1997 Against the Law Tommy
1996 Boys Jon Heinz
1997 Touched by an Angel Luke Brewer Episode: "Crisis of Faith"
1998 Chicago Hope Kevin Dicker Episode: "Viagra-Vated Assault"
1999 Undressed Dean 6 episodes
1999 Judging Amy Paul Dexter Episode: "An Impartial Bias"


Year Award Category Title of work Result Ref.
1991 Young Artist Award Best Young Actor Guest Starring in a Television Series Doogie Howser, M.D. Won [3]
1992 Young Artist Award Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
(Shared with cast)
Nominated [4]
Young Artist Award Best Young Actor Co-starring in a Television Series The Young Riders Nominated


  1. ^ Screen World 2001 By John Willis, Barry Monush. Hal Leonard Corporation. p.45
  2. ^ "In Memory of Christopher Pettiet". The Actor's Circle. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ "12th Annual Youth In Film Awards". Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  4. ^ "13th Annual Youth In Film Awards". Retrieved March 31, 2011. 

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