Leif Garrett: From Child Star to Teen Idol and Musician
Leif Garrett stole the hearts of millions of teens with his acting career before turning to music and becoming one of the most famous teenage stars of his time. Garrett’s career took off at just five years old when he appeared in the 1969 film “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,” which was the sixth highest-grossing film of the year. His performance was so impressive that everyone predicted a successful career for him.
Garrett went on to star in several films, including “Walking Tall” and its two sequels, and joined fellow teen sensations such as Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze, and Tom Cruise in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Outsiders” in 1983. He also appeared in TV series like “Family,” “The Odd Couple” (1974), “Wonder Woman” (1978), and “CHiPs” (1979).
As Garrett’s acting career skyrocketed, he decided to try his hand at music and was equally successful. His first album, “Leif Garrett,” released in 1977, garnered much attention, and he soon began touring. Garrett felt like he was on top of the world, with fans going to great lengths to see him. However, he faced challenges with his transition to adulthood and issues with his managers.
Garrett’s substance abuse and involvement in a car accident that left his friend paralyzed in 1979 further affected his career. He then began hanging out with famous names like the members of the band Queen and frontman Freddie Mercury, who introduced him to the world of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. In his book “Idol Truth,” Garrett revealed that he did not receive the parental guidance he needed during his teen years.
Garrett faced legal troubles and dropped in and out of rehab before being forced to participate in the VH1 reality show “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” which he later accused of causing him to relapse for drama. Today, at 61 years old, Garrett is sober and grateful to his fans for their unwavering support throughout his tumultuous journey.
Despite the ups and downs, Garrett’s fans continue to adore him. He has kept every photo or letter sent by fans over the years and remains grateful for their support. We are glad to see Garrett turn his life around and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.