His real name is Edward Furlong, but many people still think of him as John Connor, the kid destined to save mankind in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” Furlong made his film debut at the age of 13 in that iconic James Cameron action flick. While those who kept track of the actor — or just monitor movie news in general — may know what happened to Furlong after that, others may be fuzzier on the details. So with Christian Bale set to become the adult version of John Connor in “Terminator Salvation,” now seems as good a time as any to find out … whatever happened to Edward Furlong?
This is one Rich or Rehab installment that, unfortunately, actually does involve some rehab. But first things first … after his life-changing role in “T2,” Furlong continued acting, scoring prominent roles in such films as “Little Odessa,” “Pecker,” “American History X” and “Detroit Rock City.” But the kid was troubled.
For starters, he was tugged in multiple directions during ongoing custody battles between his mom and his aunt and uncle, who acted as his guardians for several years in the early ’90s. He later was involved in a romantic relationship with his tutor, who sued him for some of his earnings after they split. Along the way, he developed addictions to drugs and alcohol, became a regular on the party circuit and even dated the Party Queen herself, Paris Hilton, for a while. He bounced in and out of rehab, and even managed to get arrested for DUI and, in a separate incident, attempting to free lobsters from a grocery store. (You gotta admit, he was creative.)
These days, Furlong seems to have straightened himself out. He married actress Rachael Bella in 2006 and is now the father of a two-year-old son named Ethan. He’s also still working steadily even if his movie projects aren’t exactly high-profile. He has recently starred in “Kingshighway” and several horror flicks, including “Night of the Demons” and the reportedly soon-to-shoot “Forever,” opposite Dennis Hopper. Hopefully these are all signs that he’ll stay on the right track.
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