|Justin Charles Pierce|
|Born||Justin Charles Pierce
March 21, 1975
|Died||July 10, 2000
Las Vegas, Nevada
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Spouse(s)||Gina Rizzo (m. 1999–2000)|
Justin Charles Pierce (March 21, 1975 – July 10, 2000) was a British actor and skateboarder who grew up in the US. He is best known for his roles as Casper in the 1995 film Kids and as Roach in the 2000 film Next Friday. On July 10, 2000, Pierce committed suicide in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pierce was born in London, England to a Welsh mother and an Australian father, Pierce was brought up in the Marble Hill section of New York City. Pierce's mother and adoptive father divorced when he was 15.
After his parents' divorce, he began stealing cigarettes and food and skipping school in favor of skateboarding. Pierce soon quit school and moved out, staying in a "warren of rooms" in a basement of a building on 176th street, that was "teeming" with fellow skaters. Pierce was later arrested for the possession of marijuana and heroin under his pants in a police road search.
While skateboarding in Washington Square Park, Pierce was discovered by film director Larry Clark, who cast him in his controversial 1995 film Kids. After the success of Kids, Pierce won an Independent Spirit Award for his portrayal of Casper, the profane and drug-addicted skateboarder friend of Telly (Leo Fitzpatrick), and relocated to Los Angeles.
He would go on to appear in the 1997 film A Brother's Kiss as the young Nick Chinlund. Pierce also appeared in television movies including 1997's First Time Felon, and the sitcom Malcolm in the Middle. He also starred alongside Ice Cube and Mike Epps in the film Next Friday as Roach. Pierce's last on screen appearance was in the 2002 film Looking for Leonard, which was released after his death. The film was dedicated to his memory.
On July 10, 2000, Pierce was discovered hanging in his room at the Bellagio Hotel by hotel security. His death was determined to be a suicide. The following day, a Catholic memorial service for Pierce was held at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in Manhattan's Little Italy.
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|1997||A Brother's Kiss||Young Lex|
|1997||First Time Felon||Eddie||Television film|
|1998||Wild Horses||Rookie||Alternative title: Lunch Time Special|
|1998||Freak Weather||Pizza Guy|
|1998||Zoo York Mix Tape||Justin Pierce|
|1999||Out in Fifty||Freddy|
|1999||The Big Tease||Skateboard Kid|
|2000||This Is How the World Ends||Zombie||Television film|
|2000||Malcolm in the Middle||Justin||2 episodes|
|2000||King of the Jungle||Lil' Mafia|
|2000||BlackMale||Luther Wright||Alternative title: Blackmail|
|2002||Looking for Leonard||Chevy||Released posthumously|
|Year||Award||Category||Title of work||Result|
|1996||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Debut Performance||Kids||Won|
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- Davis, Peter (October 1, 2000). "Justin Pierce: The Lost Boy". papermag.com. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
- "‘Kids,’ Then and Now". New York Times. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
- "Justin Pierce". Yahoo!. Retrieved December 26, 2010.
- "Where Are They Now? The Cast of Kids". Unreality Magazine. Retrieved 22 September 2015.