Corey Feldman has lived almost his entire life in the public eye. While the actor’s earliest work may have been in commercials and TV appearances, his career really took off with roles in Stand By Me and The Goonies. The roles would catapult him to another level of fame and ultimately the trappings that accompany it.
As a young adult, Feldman began to have his own problems with drug addiction. After facing the situation head-on, he would go forward with new options including trying his hand at a music career. It would become more of a side project as his attention turned to becoming a presence in reality TV as well as an advocate for victims of molestation. All the while, he would find time to build a family from three marriages, a son, siblings, and parents with their own connections to Hollywood. Today, Corey Feldman is releasing a documentary that he says will expose the names of people who molested him. In 2013, he wrote a memoir where he said powerful Hollywood men had abused him and co-star Corey Haim.
Here’s what you need to know about Corey Feldman’s family:
1. Feldman Has Been Married Several Times & He’s Happily Married Now to Courtney Anne Mitchell
Feldman is married to Courtney Anne Mitchell. She plays keyboard in Feldman’s band, Corey Feldman & the Angels. The couple dated for over four years before finally tying the knot in Las Vegas. It was a whirlwind engagement with only a few days passing before Feldman proposed and the ceremony occurred.
Here’s an Instagram photo that Mitchell shared of her and Feldman for Valentine’s Day 2020. She wrote: “Happy Valentines Day to my love @cdogg22 !! So nice to be with you and spending this Valentine’s together. Such an exciting time for us and it was nice to take a forest bath in nature today. Pictures are from Lynn Canyon in Vancouver, such a beautiful and majestic place!! Love you babe!!❤️??????. Thank you for all that you do, ur an amazing person, I love you!!!”
Feldman said that he and Mitchell had both been against the idea of marrying, but she was Canadian and after Donald Trump was elected, he wanted to make sure that immigration laws didn’t separate them, CinemaBlend reported. They were married in 2016.
Feldman was first married to Vanessa Marcil from August 1989 until 1993. Marcil came to prominence by playing the role of Brenda Barrett on General Hospital. At the height of her popularity, she would go on to appear in Beverly Hills 90210 and the series Las Vegas.
Susie Sprague, Feldman’s second wife, is a model. The couple was married on the series The Surreal Life; the decision to have the ceremony filmed for the VH1 was reportedly made by producers. MC Hammer proceeded over the ceremony. Sprague and Feldman would go on to have a son before divorcing in 2009.
2. His Only Child, Zen Feldman, Was Born in 2004
The actor’s only child, Zen Scott Feldman, was born on August 7,2004. His son’s mother, Susie Sprague, filed for custody of Zen when she asked for a divorce in 2009. Despite their split, the couple both continued to be a presence in his life.
On August 2019, he wrote a happy birthday message on Instagram to his son. You can see the message below.
Unlike his own childhood, Feldman tried to keep his son out of the spotlight. It was a decision he spoke about when promoting The Two Coreys. “That was not my call actually. That was between the production company and the network. I never wanted Zen to be a part of the show. Susie and my feelings are that we want to keep him as far away from the entertainment business as possible; certainly, until he’s old enough to make those decisions for himself. Our feeling was, obviously, we’re mom and dad, and we’ve got to have him there with us,” the actor told PR.
When he came forward with allegations of abuse, the actor was also worried about his son. According to Newsweek, Feldman relayed his fears, “nerves are shot…I’m living in fear, not a good place to be.” These fears would come up several times as he began a personal quest to expose those in the industry that he felt were responsible for crimes against children.
3. The Actor’s Father Was a Successful Musician
Corey Feldman’s dad, Robert (Bob) Feldman had success in the ’60s with The Strangeloves, The Morning Call reported. Interestingly, not many publications report on his father being with the Strangeloves. The Guardian referred to Feldman’s dad as being a “largely absent musician father.”
The band was was created by Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, and Richard Gottehrer and produced hits like “I Want Candy.” At one point, the band pretended that its musicians were brothers from Australia in order to match a trend of people liking foreign groups. They couldn’t quite match a British accent, but felt they could pass for Australians. Before that, they helmed hits like “My Boyfriend’s Back” for The Angels.
Bob Feldman’s most well-known contribution may be on the song “I Want Candy.” Remade by numerous artists, the song has been given a life of its own that spans decades.
Speaking to The Morning Call, Corey Feldman reflected on where his journey had led him and how his surrounding influences (including family) shaped him. “I am quite proud of the person that I’ve become. I think I’m a pretty good father, I’m a decent husband, and I’m a good businessman as well as a fairly decent entertainer. So I feel that I’ve earned what I have. I have never gotten things handed to me, it’s never been easy, and I’ve worked for everything that I’ve ever attained. And I think that, in due time, things will go the way they’re supposed to,” he said.
Corey’s dad, Bob Feldman, cared for his dying wife for seven years and didn’t write any music during that time, AP reported in 1998.
Corey referred to his mom as a stage mom who really pushed him to perform, The Morning Call reported. He first acted at the age of three.
4. He Has Two Brothers and Two Sisters
While the actor may have one child, his family is full of siblings. Mindy may be the best known of his brothers and sisters. The actress’s first credited appearance was as a member of The New Mickey Mouse Club in 1977. After that, she gained a few roles in films such as Say Anything.
Eden Feldman appeared with his brother on Marriage Boot Camp. Outside of being on reality TV, he has a credit as a producer on the short film Daymare.
In the Marriage Boot Camp finale, Corey failed a lie detector about respecting his brother, Eden. Corey later claimed that Eden had a dark side.
Siblings Brittnie and Devin are more of a mystery. While their higher-profile brother has been amassing credits and projects, they seem to be quieter. Feldman’s only mention of Devin occurs around his birth in 1981. According to the actor, it was a difficult time for the family.
5. He Gained Emancipation From His Parents at Age 15
1987 was an important year for Corey Feldman; just a year earlier he would appear in the cult classic The Lost Boys. In an interview with Bankrate, Feldman said his parents abused their financial responsibility when he was young, so he became legally emancipated at 15. Feldman said: “I had earned a million dollars by the time I was 13 or 14. But when I went to my bank accounts to see what my parents had put away for my future, there was $40,000 left. My father was my manager, so he controlled my money.”
He told Bankrate that once when he was at an LA nightclub for a live broadcast with Howard Stern, his dad got on stage and told everyone he was a great father and loved Corey. “The whole thing was a disgrace,” Feldman said.
Speaking about his parents and the situation that caused his quest for emancipation, Feldman was honest about his reasoning. He told the Hollywood Reporter, “my parents were both very abusive and very selfish and were more interested in what was happening with themselves than what was happening with my life.” In the same interview, he elaborated that a broken relationship meant he could not report any sexual abuse to them.
Going further on the issues of his parents making him work, the actor was candid on the subject. “I was basically a slave child,” he said in an interview with People. “I started working at 3 years old, and it wasn’t my choice,” the actor said.