Actor Corey Haim in this undated photo provided by A&E. Fans are trying to get the late actor a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. — Photo by The Canadian Press
A group of Corey Haim fans is hoping the late teen idol will be included when the newest crop of inductees to Canada’s Walk of Fame is announced Today.
Philadelphia web designer Jennifer Shirley has spent the last few months urging fans to nominate the Toronto native for the honour.
“I really wanted to give justice to the person that he was, and how he really respected the art of film,” said Shirley, founder of the “Give Corey a Star” campaign.
Haim — best known for a string of 1980s films including “The Lost Boys” and “Lucas” — battled drug addiction and died of pneumonia in 2010 at age 38.
Shirley, 21, became a fan through the 2007-08 reality TV show “The Two Coreys,” which followed Haim and “Lost Boys” co-star Corey Feldman.
“I saw his fight to get back to the person he used to be,” said Shirley. “This was a guy who was flesh and blood. He had real struggles like everyone else, and had real demons, real hopes, and real dreams.”
Shirley joined a small but passionate international community of fans, who interact regularly online and speak often with Haim’s family.
In March, the fans sent white roses — Haim’s favourite flowers — to his gravesite, and Shirley took charge of a petition to get Haim immortalized with a star.
Initially, the petition pushed for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and attracted 1,300 signatures — including Feldman and singer Debbie Gibson.
When the Walk of Fame informed her that there was a five-year waiting period for posthumous nominations, she turned her eye to the Canadian Walk of Fame.
Each year, the Walk of Fame only inducts one Canadian posthumously.
“It would be a huge honour for him to be on that,” she said. “He loved and cherished those days when he was a teen idol. It was so much more than a job to him — he lived for acting. “The Lost Boys,” the fandom: that was his place.”
Haim’s family has supported the petition, blasting out the message through social media.
“Personally, I’d love to see his star on the Canadian Walk,” the actor’s sister, Cari Haim, said in an e-mail. “My brother was a true hockey-playing, skating-in-the-backyard Canadian kid. It would be awesome. If not this year, then I hope he’ll be on the ballot in coming years.”
Shirley is hoping that Haim gets his due. She said the fact that Haim was not featured in the “in memoriam” montage at the Oscars and Screen Actors Guild award ceremonies when he passed away was “an insult.”
“This was a guy who entertained people for almost 30 years, and it’s just a shame that his later years scrapped him from all that.”
Fan campaigns have worked before in Canadian Walk of Fame inductions. Comedian and TV star Phil Hartman, who died in 1998, got his star after three years of efforts from supporters and his brother, Paul.
Shirley is confident Haim will have his day, whether it’s this year or in the years to come.
“For the fans, it would mean dreams do come true. It’s his friends and family coming together to make this happen.”
Since 1998, the Canadian Walk of Fame has honoured Canadians who have excelled in music, sport, film, television, as well as the literary, visual, performing arts, science and innovation. Stars are displayed along King Street West and Simcoe Street in Toronto.
The 2013 Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards will take place September 21, at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre.