Leif Garrett
American actor and singer
Leif Garrett
Leif Garrett is an American singer, actor and television personality. He became famous in the late 1970s as a teen idol, but received much publicity in later life for his drug abuse and legal troubles.
Biography
Leif Garrett's personal information overview.
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18 Vintage Celebrity Photos That Will Make You Want To Party Like It's 1979
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Betty White was still the coolest, rock stars played sports together and The Beatles hung out with The Rolling Stones. Here are 18 images that will take you back to the days of sex, drugs and rock and roll. Can you dig it? Clint Eastwood and Ethel Kennedy during 6th Annual RFK Tennis Tournament at Forest Hills in New York City, 1977. David Bowie and Cher perform a duet on the music/variety television show, 1975. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton Arrive at Heathrow Airport, 1970. Elton John poses for a portrait with the rock band 'Kiss' in full regalia, 1977. Musicians Leif Garrett, Joan Jett, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson attend First Annual Rock and Roll Celebrity Sports Classic, 1977. Paul and Linda McCartney backstage with Mick Jagger and Bill Wyman at a Rolling Stones concert at The Palladium, 1978. Ike Turner and Tina Turner at a party in Copenhagen, Denmark, 1972. Dustin Hoffman and mother during "Kramer vs. Kramer" New York City Premiere, 1979. John Travo ...
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Leif Garrett to Bieber: 'Every scum bag' wants you
USA Today - over 3 years
The '70s teen idol has some words of warning for his '10s counterpart.
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Leif Garrett to Justin Bieber: Been there, done that, watch out
LATimes - over 3 years
Leif Garrett, an elder statesman of bubblegum-pop rockers, kinda-sorta had a few words for Justin Bieber in an interview published Monday.
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“SNL” recap: Justin Bieber sexts Hillary Clinton for Valentine’s Day
Salon.com - about 4 years
It's always a risk having a musical guest take on hosting duties — not everyone has the gift for sketch comedy — but so far, "SNL" has been lucky, with Justin Timberlake over the years, Bruno Mars earlier this season, and  now the 18-year-old teen heartthrob. Does the Bieb have Timberlake comic chops? Not quite. But the kid was game for anything, and after reportedly being waylaid by food poisoning during rehearsals this week, he demonstrated himself to be a real trouper, letting the cast and writers make fun of his homeboy posturing, naïveté, lack of textbook smarts, recent weed "scandal (for which he apologized, in a Miley Cyrus sketch), his barely pubescent presence (does he shave yet? That face is smooove) and the throngs of girls (and women) who worship him because or in spite of it.  I finally sort of see the appeal — not of his music (oh God, it's bad), but of him. He's the Leif Garrett of the 21st century, an aspiring badass pinup — albeit one with a sweet face and killer eyebr ...
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Justin Bieber Drives Worst Than He Sings - TMR Zoo
Google News - over 5 years
Justin should call Leif Garrett; Leif will show him how to really wreck a sports car. If Leif can't do it Vince Neil from Motley Crue is always available. No the pic above isnt a picture of Justin's Ferrari. It is just a picture of what we were hoping
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Action acquires four new programs from truTV plus new seasons of edgy ... - Channel Canada
Google News - over 5 years
Danny Bonaduce, Leif Garrett, Judy Gold and other stars add comical commentary to the most amazingly stupid, real-life videos featuring dumb criminals, reckless drivers and partiers-gone-wild.Smoking Gun Presentspremieres Wednesday, August 31 at 11 pm
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Hair Band Fans Suffer a Huge Loss but Leif Garrett Still Alive at 49 - TMR Zoo
Google News - over 5 years
With the death yesterday of Warrant lead singer Jani Lane once again we needed to check in on Leif Garrett. And yes Leif is unbelievably not only still alive but still sober. As we reported earlier in the
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Joe Dirt Quotes - Screen Junkies
Google News - over 5 years
Come on, back then you were listenin' to Leif Garrett.” - Zander Kelly Joe Dirt gets a job as a janitor at a radio station, and when Dennis Miller's hotshot DJ character takes an interest in him, Dirt's notoriety soars. Some of the best “Joe Dirt”
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Ashton Kutcher Opens 2011 Teen Choice Awards With Katy Perry 'Teenage Dream ... - PopCrush (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Kutcher showed his age by comparing himself to singer Leif Garrett before he dispensed some advice to the teenagers in the audience. His words of wisdom? To never use a credit card if you don't have the cash to pay it off. After he was finished acting
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Jason Wahler Reaches Out To Lauren Conrad After 1 Year of Sobriety - StyleBistro
Google News - over 5 years
Wahler's Celebrity Rehab costars Janice Dickinson, Jeremy London, Jason Davis and Leif Garrett showed their support and attended the party, which was sponsored by Sober is Sexy and Body Armor. His new girlfriend of a few weeks, Ashley Slack,
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TRIVIA: What's with teens and their Twitter, Gaga, Bieber, Glee? - STLtoday.com
Google News - over 5 years
If Twitter had been around in the late '70s, Shaun Cassidy, Scott Baio and Leif Garrett might have been among the trending topics. Instead, they shared a cover on Tiger Beat magazine. Tiger Beat is still around. It's online too. At this moment, Bieber,
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Californian concerts and comedy listings for July 28-Aug. 3 - North County Times
Google News - over 5 years
The Tubes ---- With host Leif Garrett; 8 pm July 23; Wiens Family Cellars, 35055 Via Del Ponte, Temecula; 951-658-2411, goldencrownproductions.com. Warren Hill ---- Part of the Sunset Jazz in the vines 2011 concert series; 7:30 pm July 23; Wilson Creek
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Who sent our hearts aflutter? Teen idols Shaun Cassidy, Rex Smith, Leif ... - Plain Dealer
Google News - over 5 years
Artistry doesn't matter when it comes to teen idols -- Leif Garrett and his satin disco pants are proof of that. Fans adore them anyway. It's more than adoration. It's shriek-provoking, near-delusional devotion. Even by teenage-idol standards,
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Exclusive Interview: Phil Varone Talks Sex Tapes, Politics and Rock n Roll - Disarray Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
My last show here I had Leif Garrett and Matt Kramer. It really is just good fun like a ninety minute show with a little bit of everything. A “one-stop shock” as I like to say. Disarray: Well I have to ask, you claim to have been with 3000 women
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Leif Garrett
    FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 51
    He embarked on another tour of the country in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Garrett was a cast member in the fourth season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, which documented Garrett's struggle with addiction to heroin. The season premiered December 1, 2010. Garrett's mother, Carolyn Stellar, who was battling Stage 4 lung cancer, appeared in Episode 7, which was filmed during Family Day, when the recovering addicts were visited by their loved ones to discuss how their addiction affected their family relationship. In the early 2010s, Garrett began collaborating with punk rock artist and songwriter Craig Else. Garrett has released two singles on the Internet, sharing Else's credits, "Everything" (released in 2010) and "Help You, Make You" (released in 2012). The two have also recorded a cover of Neil Young's "Old Man".
  • 2012
    Age 50
    In a 2012 interview, Garrett stated, "At 16 I always used to say that I never want to have a kid because I don’t want to bring it into this world.
    More Details Hide Details And I’ve kind of kept to that — but my paternal instincts have become very strong." He also expressed his wishes to adopt a child.
  • FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 48
    Garrett toured South Korea in May 2010, with shows in Seoul and Busan.
    More Details Hide Details This marked the 30th anniversary of Garrett's first performance in Korea in June 1980.
    On October 18, 2010, Garrett pleaded no contest to heroin possession in Los Angeles and entered a court-ordered rehabilitation program.
    More Details Hide Details Garrett has also sung on releases by The Melvins (The Crybaby), The Crush Ups ("Betty Ford for X-Mas") and Liberty n' Justice ("Sight Unseen" on Soundtrack of a Soul), among others.
    On February 1, 2010, Garrett was arrested again for possession of narcotics.
    More Details Hide Details After denying having any drugs in his possession, he finally admitted to police that he had black tar heroin in his shoe. He posted $10,000 bail and was charged with a felony count of heroin possession.
    In a 2010 episode, Garrett reenacted his most recent arrest with two actors, including Todd Bridges, another show regular, portraying police officers.
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  • 2008
    Age 46
    In 2008, the producers of TruTV's The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest added Garrett to their cast, which features comedic commentary from celebrities like Garrett who have had brushes with the law.
    More Details Hide Details Garrett has frequently spoofed his troubled past and participates in a wide variety of sketches and skits written specially for him by the show's producers.
  • 2007
    Age 45
    In November 2007, Garrett released the album Three Sides of, which constituted songs he recorded with his current band F8 and his 1990s band Godspeed as well as some new songs.
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    In August 2007, Country Music Television (CMT) cast Garrett in the short-lived Ty Murray’s Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge, among nine celebrities appearing on the show.
    More Details Hide Details However, he quit after one episode, citing soreness and lack of desire to continue.
  • 2006
    Age 44
    On New Year's Eve 2006, Garrett first appeared in Las Vegas with retro act Original Idols Live!, hosted by Barry Williams.
    More Details Hide Details The show also featured the Bay City Rollers, Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods and The Cowsills, with selected appearances by Merrill Osmond, Tony DeFranco and Danny Bonaduce.
    In September 2006, Garrett appeared on the celebrity edition of Fear Factor.
    More Details Hide Details He won the grand prize of $50,000.
  • 2003
    Age 41
    In 2003, Garrett appeared as himself in the David Spade film Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star.
    More Details Hide Details He also co-wrote and sang "Former Child Star" for the film's soundtrack and was one of the singers of "Child Stars on Your Television", which played over the ending credits.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2001
    Age 39
    He also appeared in summer stock at The Barn Theatre's production of Old Timer in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, he voiced himself in the animated television series Family Guy episode "The Thin White Line".
  • 2000
    Age 38
    Garrett's stage work includes playing the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and, in late 2000, appearing in the National Theatre of the Deaf's production of A Child's Christmas In Wales.
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  • 1999
    Age 37
    On June 29, 1999, Los Angeles police arrested Garrett in the MacArthur Park area after he allegedly tried to buy cocaine and heroin from undercover officers.
    More Details Hide Details In March, 2001, a Los Angeles judge issued a warrant for his arrest when he failed to attend court for a progress report required by his 1999 conviction. Two days later, the judge lifted the warrant and dropped the 1999 charges after Garrett submitted evidence that he had completed a rehab program. He pleaded guilty in March, 2005 to attempted possession of cocaine-based narcotics and was placed on probation. When he failed to appear in court in December, 2005 for a status report, a warrant was issued for his arrest. On January 14, 2006, when Garrett was arrested on a Los Angeles Metro Rail platform for not having a ticket, police found heroin in his possession. Because of the outstanding warrant for violating probation in a cocaine-related arrest, he was held without bail. He agreed to join a strict drug-diversion program and his release from jail was ordered. He dropped out of the rehabilitation program and was taken into custody again on March 30 after a Superior Court commissioner determined he failed several drug tests while staying in a live-in drug diversion program. On May 11, after failing to complete court-ordered drug rehabilitation, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years probation.
    Garrett also dated celebrities such as his former Family co-star Kristy McNichol, Tatum O'Neal and Justine Bateman. In the 1990s, Garrett was also in a long-term relationship with actress Elaine Bilstad, who died in 1999 of a heart problem.
    More Details Hide Details Of Bilstad, Garrett said: "The person that I really wanted to spend the rest of my life with passed away and that one hurt real bad. She was an angel. She was amazing to me — that someone of that much beauty, not only physically, but also in her heart and in her soul could be taken from here so quickly." In October 2001 Garrett was in a personal bankruptcy proceeding in a federal court in Los Angeles. Court papers stated his only income was a $1,000 monthly gift from his mother. His only possessions were his clothes, some household goods and about $350 in cash. Garrett ran up a $76,198 debt in unpaid credit card bills over a four-year period.
    In 1999 he formed the band Godspeed with Christopher Wade Damerst and Michael Scott (The Distortions, Deadtime Stories).
    More Details Hide Details They recorded a three-song EP on Garrett's own label, Tongue and Groove Records, and debuted on The Rosie O'Donnell Show, but broke up after only a few performances.
  • 1998
    Age 36
    In 1998, a greatest hits compilation, The Leif Garrett Collection, was released.
    More Details Hide Details Garrett, however, has stated: "My former record label was bought out. The label was started by me … meaning my music started it, funded it. And then it was bought out by some company that released the Greatest Hits Collection. Not only have I not seen any royalties from that, but they wanted me to promote it — the compensation being a couple of CDs."
  • 1995
    Age 33
    In the mid-1990s, Garrett returned to acting and singing, appearing in the 1995 low-budget horror film Dominion, touring with The Melvins and recording vocals for their cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on The Crybaby (2000).
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1979
    Age 17
    On November 3, 1979, five days before his 18th birthday, Garrett crashed a Porsche 914 that was being leased to his mother after a midnight party while he was driving to buy more cocaine.
    More Details Hide Details His blood alcohol level was three times over today's legal limit, and he was high on quaaludes. The accident left his passenger and best friend, Roland Winkler, a paraplegic. Neither Garrett nor Winkler were wearing seatbelts. Garrett was later tried as a juvenile on drunk-driving charges; his driver's license was suspended for a year and he was placed on a year's probation. Winkler sued in January 1980, claiming Garrett was at fault in the accident. In December, 1984, Los Angeles Superior Court ordered Garrett's insurers, Transamerica Insurance Co., to pay $3.9 million to Winkler. Jurors assessed total damages in the civil negligence case at $4,215,500, but subtracted 8% of that amount, or $337,240, on the ground that Winkler contributed to his own injuries by agreeing to ride in a car with a driver who he knew was drunk. The panel ordered Garrett to pay $15,000 in punitive damages, which was not diminished by Winkler's partial responsibility. Winkler's attorney, Edward Steinbrecher, attributed the relatively small punitive damage award to Garrett's testimony that his net worth was only $50,000 to $100,000. In 1987 Winkler settled for $6 million with the Premier Insurance Co., which had insured the firm leasing the Porsche to Garrett's mother.
    Beginning in 1979, Garrett dated English actress Nicollette Sheridan; they split six years later.
    More Details Hide Details Two decades later, Garrett credited Sheridan for helping him at the start of his career, and said of her "She's a special person in my life." In 1986, Garrett joined the Church of Scientology and provided lead vocals to the song "The Way to Happiness", and backing vocals to the title track of the L. Ron Hubbard album The Road to Freedom. However, Garrett left the church in 1992 after becoming a qualified Scientologist.
  • 1978
    Age 16
    In mid-1978 he signed with Scotti Brothers Records and recorded his second album, Feel the Need.
    More Details Hide Details Its first single, "I Was Made For Dancin'", reached #10 on the US Hot 100 and #4 on the British chart in early-1979. It became his greatest hit in the US and the UK. However, subsequent singles failed to crack the Top 20 in either country. Nevertheless, Garrett continued to record, releasing the albums Same Goes For You (1979), Can't Explain (1980) and My Movie of You (1981) in quick succession. He mostly stopped recording music in the early 1980s and concentrated on acting for the rest of the decade.
  • 1977
    Age 15
    The album was released in July 1977, and his first four singles charted modestly on the US Billboard Hot 100.
    More Details Hide Details All of these hits were covers of late 1950s and early 1960s hits such as "Runaround Sue" and "The Wanderer."
  • 1976
    Age 14
    In autumn of 1976, Garrett signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records and recorded his first album early in 1977, Leif Garrett.
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  • 1975
    Age 13
    In the fall of 1975, Garrett, at 13, appeared in the role of Endy Karras in a 12-week CBS drama series Three for the Road, with Alex Rocco as his father, Peter Karras, and Vincent Van Patten as his older brother, John Karras.
    More Details Hide Details The story line is that of a father and two sons, grief-stricken over the death of their wife and mother sell their house, buy a recreational vehicle, and roam throughout the United States. Garrett’s appearance in the program triggered a response from teenage girls and led to his first appearances in teenage magazines, such as Tiger Beat. Garrett also played alongside Lee Van Cleef in two Spaghetti Westerns shot in Israel: God's Gun and. Garrett also starred in the film Skateboard. In the 1980s, Garrett returned to acting, appearing in a small role as Bob Sheldon in the 1983 Francis Ford Coppola film The Outsiders. In 1985 he starred in Shaker Run as a mechanic and in Thunder Alley as the lead singer of a pop band that is torn apart by drugs. Other notable Leif Garrett movies from the decade include Delta Fever and the horror film Cheerleader Camp.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Age 9
    In 1971, Garrett received a check in the mail incorrectly addressed to a "Leif Garrett".
    More Details Hide Details After Garrett and his mother undertook research on the name, they found that the name "Garrett" held connotations of strength, so the name stuck. Garrett and his sister Dawn Lyn worked a variety of small acting jobs. They co-starred in the horror movie Devil Times Five as juvenile mental patients who almost innocently go on a murder spree at an isolated ski resort. Dawn and Leif also guest-starred in an episode of Gunsmoke as well as Wonder Woman. Garrett's more notable performances include the breakthrough role of Jimmy Henderson in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969); the protagonist’s son Mike Pusser from the Walking Tall movies (1973, 1975, 1977) and the recurring role of Zack Russell on the ABC TV series Family. He also played the role of Leonard Unger, the son of Felix Unger (Tony Randall), on the ABC series The Odd Couple, a part that had been played by Willie Aames.
  • 1961
    Born
    Born on November 8, 1961.
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