“I enjoy playing people that are totally different than me. It's a challenge to get inside these people's heads and wonder why they would have these beliefs.” Edward Furlong
American actor Edward Furlong was launched to prominence playing John Connor on the hit film “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1992), from which he took home a MTV Movie Award and a Saturn Award. Once included on the list of VH1's “100 Greatest Kid Stars” (#69), Furlong continued to show his acting capabilities in such films as “American Heart” (1992), “Pet Cemetery Two” (1992), “A Home of Our Own” (1993) and “American History X” (1998), where he earned an Independent Spirit nomination, a Saturn nomination, a Young Artist Award and a Young Artist nomination for his performances, respectively. Despite a memorable performance in “Animal Factory” (2000), the California native was relatively quiet in the early 2000s, but gained notoriety for his trouble with the law and substance abuse. His more recent and upcoming film credits include “The Crow: Wicked Prayer” (2005), “Jimmy and Judy” (2006), “The Visitation” (2006), “Living & Dying” (2007), “Dark Reel” (2008), “Night of the Demons” (2009), “Darfur” (2009), “Kingshighway” (2010), “The Mortician” (2010), “Remnants” (2010), “The Green Hornet” (2011) and “Tequila” (2011). On the small screen, Furlong had a recurring role on “CSI: NY” (4 episodes, 2006-2010).
Furlong has had a long struggle with alcohol and drugs. In April 2001, he was rushed to the hospital for a suspected drug overdose. He was released from the hospital two days later. Later that same year, he was arrested for driving without a license and driving while intoxicated. Also in 2001, he checked in to a rehab center in Malibu, California. Furlong was arrested again in 2004, this time for public drunkenness after he tried to free live lobsters from a grocery store water tank. He was bailed out by the directors of the film he was shooting, “Jimmy & Judy.” Furlong is a longtime animal rights activist and supports PETA and other animal groups.
“I've always liked women but I don't want somebody who likes me because I'm famous. I like girls who are intelligent and who are kind of quiet like me.” Edward Furlong
As for his romantic life, Furlong lived with Jacqueline Louise Domac, who is 13 years his senior, from 1993 to 1998. They met on the set of “Terminator 2,” where she worked as his stand-in for the film. She became his private tutor in September 1992 before becoming his manager and then his fiancée. After they separated, she filed a lawsuit against him for physical abuse and failure of contract. Furlong next dated actress Natasha Lyonne, his costar in “Detroit Rock City,” but the relationship ended in 2000. Shortly thereafter, he dated Paris Hilton. He was also once linked to “Star Trek: Enterprise” actress Jolene Blalock. Furlong has one son, Ethan Page Furlong (born in 2006), with actress Rachael Bella, whom he married on April 19, 2006. His wife filed for divorce in September 2009.
Childhood and Family:
Born on August 2, 1977, in Glendale, California, Edward Walter Furlong, nicknamed Eddie, is the son of Eleanor Tafoya Torres, a youth-center employee, and an unknown father. His mother married Moises Torres when he was young and they welcomed a son, Bobby Torres, to the family. Edward lived with his mother after she separated from his stepfather in 1989, but moved in with his aunt Nancy Tafoya, the sister of Edward's mom, and his uncle Sean Furlong in summer 1990. Feeling that Edward was too much responsibility for her sister, Nancy sued for custody and won guardianship of Edward in September 1991. The intense custody battle continued and his mother eventually won custody back in August 1993. Edward attended Elliot Junior High School in Glendale and South Pasadena Junior High School in South Pasadena. He quit school at age 15 to pursue acting.
After having a string of relationships, Edward married actress Rachael Bella (born on March 13, 1984) on April 19, 2006. They first met on the set of “Jimmy and Judy” (2005), where the two starred as the title characters. Their son, Ethan Page Furlong, was born on September 21, 2006. After three years of marriage, Bella filed for divorce in July 2009 citing irreconcilable differences. Two months later, she was granted a temporary restraining order against him after she complained about the violent effect his drug use had towards her.
American History X
The object of a custody battle between his aunt and mother, Edward Furlong experienced a change in life when he was spotted by a casting agent for the film “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” while attending a club in Pasadena. Released on July 3, 1991, with Furlong making his debut as 10 year old John Connor, the science fiction film, which was directed, co-written and co-produced by James Cameron, performed well at the box office and won four Oscars, among other nominations and honors. Made for approximately $102 million, the film grossed over $500 million worldwide and became the highest grossing film of 1991. As for Furlong, he held his own against such notable stars as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton and was handed a 1992 MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance and a 1992 Saturn for Best Performance by a Younger Actor for his performance.
After his success on “Terminator 2,” Furlong was cast as the son of Jeff Bridges and Nick Kelson in the Martin Bell directed drama “American Heart” (1992), in which he was nominated for an Independent Spirit for Best Supporting Male for his performance. He then starred as Jeff Matthews, Anthony Edwards' son, on “Pet Cemetery Two” (1992), a sequel to the 1989 film “Pet Cemetery,” which was adapted from the novel of the same name by Stephen King. The latter film brought the young actor a Saturn nomination for Best Performance by a Younger Actor. The same year, Furlong also provided the voice of John Connor on the video game version of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” was a guest on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and became a presenter on “1992 MTV Movie Awards,” where he emerged as one of the winners of the annual award ceremony.
“Terminator 2” also gained Furlong a degree of popularity in Japan. Following the film's victory, he appeared in advertisements for various Japanese products and established a successful music career there. His single, “Hold On Tight,” released from the 1992 album of the same name, rose to the No. 1 spot on the Japanese charts. He also recorded a cover of The Doors' “People Are Strange” for his album. He released a spoken word album called “The Happy Prince And My Grandfather's Favorite Poems” in 1993.
Back in front of the cameras as an actor, Furlong appeared in the music video “Living on the Edge” (1993) by Aerosmith and played Shayne Lacey in the dramatic feature “A Home of Our Own” (1993), the story of a single mother (played by Kathy Bates) and her six children attempting to build a home in a small town in Idaho in 1962. For his good acting job, he picked up a Young Artist Award in the category of Best Youth Actor Leading Role in a Motion Picture Drama and a nomination for Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Motion Picture, which he shared with costars Miles Feulner, Clarissa Lassig, Amy Sakasitz and Sarah Schaub. The next year, he starred with Frank Langella in the John Flynn directed horror feature “Brainscan” and earned critical success for his portrayed of Reuben, the younger brother of Tim Roth, in “Little Odessa,” a crime movie written and directed by James Gray. He next worked with Piper Laurie, Sissy Spacek and Walter Matthau in Charles Matthau's “The Grass Harp” (1995), reprised his role of Jon Connor on “T2 3-D: Battle Across Time” (1996), a mini sequel to “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” that reunited him with director James Cameron and the main cast of the movie, and portrayed the son of Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson in the movie adaptation of Rosellen Brown's “Before and After” (1996), directed and co-produced by Barbet Schroeder. 1996 also found Furlong modeling for Calvin Klein print advertisements. He later modeled for The Gap.
In 1998, Furlong starred as a young photographer in the John Waters comedy “Pecker” (1998), portrayed the younger brother of Edward Norton, Danny, in director Tony Kaye's drama “American History X” (1998), from which he nabbed a Young Artist nomination in the category of Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor, and costarred with Sam Huntington, Giuseppe Andrews and James DeBello in the cult film “Detroit Rock City” (1999), helmed by Adam Rifkin. In the latter film, Furlong, who portrayed a dedicated KISS fan, performed the song “Rock And Roll All Night” for the soundtrack.
Opening the new millennium, Furlong was cast as Ron Decker, a young man sent to jail, in the prison movie “Animal Factory” (2000), opposite Willem Dafoe, Danny Trejo, Mickey Rourke, Tom Arnold, Seymour Cassel, J.C. Quinn and Steve Buscemi, who also directed and served as a co-producer. An adaptation of Edward Bunker's novel, “The Animal Factory” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2000, and gained high praise at the festival. It was followed by a costarring role in the Italian/French production “I cavalieri che fecero l'impresa” (“The Knights Who Made the Enterprise,” 2001), which was written and directed by Pupi Avati.
Due to his personal trouble with the authorities, Furlong was replaced by Nick Stahl as John Connor in the installment “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” (2003). He returned to films two years later when he was cast as a young computer specialist named Thomas Cross in Mathias Ledoux's “3 Blind Mice” (2003). He, however, disappeared from the screen again throughout 2004, but made headlines with his arrest for public intoxication in September 2004.
Furlong resumed his acting career in 2005 by played the supporting role of Gary in Eric DelaBarre's “Venice Underground.” He then costarred with Cerina Vincent and Amber Benson in the horror film “Intermedio” and starred as the mentally unstable Phillip Markham on the horror movie “Cruel World,” helmed by Kelsey T. Howard. He next starred as Jimmy Cuervo/The Crow in “The Crow: Wicked Prayer,” opposite David Boreanaz, Tara Reid, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Tito Ortiz, Marcus Chong and Danny Trejo. “The Crow: Wicked Prayer” was panned by critics and received a video release after a one week theatrical premiere in Seattle, Washington. He next starred with future wife Rachael Bella in the indie film “Jimmy and Judy” (2006), which was co-written and directed by Randall Rubin and Jon Schroder, played Brandon Nichols in the direct to video “The Visitation” (2006), which was based on the novel of the same name by Frank Peretti, and worked with Jason Mewes, Lacey Chabert and Andy Dick in “High Hopes” (2006), a comedy film helmed by Joe Eckartdt. He also portrayed the husband of Chandra West in the horror film “Canes” (2006), which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2006, and was cast as the boyfriend of Ellen Furey in “Warriors of Terra” (2006). Still in 2006, Furlong made a rare television appearance on CBS' “CSI: NY.” He played Shane Cacey in the episodes “Hung Out to Dry” and “Raising Shane.” He would reprise the role in two more episodes in 2010 named “Redemption” and “Vacation Getaway.”
Furlong also starred opposite Michael Madsen, Bai Ling and Arnold Vosloo in “Living & Dying” (2007), an action thriller written and directed by Jon Keeyes, played Adam Waltz in the thriller “Dark Reel” (2008), alongside Tiffany Shepis, Lance Henriksen, Mercedes McNab, Alexandra Holden and Tony Todd, and worked with Shaun Sipos in the art house feature “Stoic” (2009), by Uwe Boll. He then costarred with Shannon Elizabeth in the horror film “Night of the Demons” (2009) and with Billy Zane, Kristanna Loken and David O'Hara in the drama “Darfur” (2009), which reunited him with Uwe Boll.
Furlong will play Smith in the upcoming film “Tequila,” which is scheduled to be released in Mexico on March 11, 2011. He has completed filming “Kingshighway,” a crime movie directed by and starring Clayne Crawford. The busy performer also has several post production films, including Gareth Maxwell Roberts' “The Mortician” (2010), Charles de Lauzirika's “Crave” (2010, starred Josh Lawson), Justin Thomas Ostensen's “Below Zero” (2010), Peter Engert's “Remnants” (2010, opposite Monica Keena and Andre Royo), Heather Hale's “Insecurity” (2011, with Grace Johnston) and Michel Gondry's “The Green Hornet” (2011, stars Seth Rogen) and a pre-production film project called “Bind” (2010, directed and written by Dan Walton). He is rumored to be playing Jason Starkweather in the independent film “The Beautiful Outsiders” (2010) for director Andrew Jones.
Young Artist: Best Youth Actor Leading Role in a Motion Picture Drama, “A Home of Our Own,” 1994
Saturn: Best Performance by a Younger Actor, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” 1992
MTV Movie: Best Breakthrough Performance, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” 1992Show Less