This week I learned that once again, Garth Brooks was on to something when he saying about “Thank God for unanswered prayers.”
Barret Oliver was a kid actor who starred in some of the best movies of the 1980′s (the best movies I watched, anyway). He starred in NeverEnding Story, D.A.R.Y.L, and Cocoon. He guest starred on television on such hits as The Incredible Hulk, Knight Rider, and Highway to Heaven.
Some of the last movies he acted in in the late 80′s were Hallmark Hall of Fame’s The Secret Garden and Cocoon II. He was turning into a cute teenager. As a girl, he was one of the 200 possible celebrities I thought I could grow up and marry someday. I had his picture on the wall in my bedroom.
With a little free time on my hands this week, I searched the Internet until I found a current picture of him.
“He is only 3 years older than I. How different could he look?”
The answer put a damper on my whole day.
According to Wikipedia, after leaving acting he joined the Church of Scientology. He is now a photographer specializing in old processes. He even published a book called “A History of the Woodburytype”.
I hope he is happy with his career. I sure enjoyed watching him as a child actor. I just didn’t realize that he hated his 80′s typical boy haircut so much as to grow dreadlocks as an adult. I wonder if he grew the beard to stop being recognized years ago and now just keeps it.
Here is a link to a video about his photography on The Huntington Library’s website.
http://huntington.org/civilwar/making19thcenturyphotographs.htm (has artist commentary available)
http://vimeo.com/49454085 (no artist commentary)
I encourage you to turn on the artist commentary. There is no doubt that is the adult voice of the child I watched so many times on my television. Hurry, because this exhibition is almost over and they might remove this video.
Well, I’m off to watch The NeverEnding Story now. Still trying to figure out the name Bastian yells out the window into the rain. (Closed Captioning is no help.)