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Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Jerry O’Connell, and Corey Feldman on the Set of ‘Stand By Me,’ 1985

Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Jerry O’Connell, and Corey Feldman on the Set of ‘Stand By Me,’ 1985

This photo taken on set during the summer of 1985 features the kids of the classic film ‘Stand By Me.’

Half of these child stars—as seems to be the percentage of child stars from the 80’s who were emotionally damaged by the Hollywood experience—exited the decade under troubling circumstances. River Phoenix died of a drug overdose in 1993 outside of The Viper Room and Corey Feldman achieved considerable fame but also endured many of the horrors of child stardom.

Alternatively, Wil Wheaton later starred in Star Trek TNG and is currently a notable host. And nobody knows what came of the chubby kid (we’re kidding, of course—he literally married a supermodel).

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