A couple of decades ago, a few producers tried to blackball two actors they thought should never work in Hollywood again.
For the most part, their efforts as far as television goes, worked.
The producers created a middling network show that probably should have kept running for a few more seasons. Instead, the show was abruptly halted and everyone sent on their way.
The reason was the network was told by the producers that two of the actors, including the lead were raping a teen boy almost every day of the filming.
The producers found out about it ten days before the show was shut down.
One of the actors involved had a pretty decent career going and to the outside world, it was a shock that he basically never worked again until the raped actor couldn’t speak up about what happened.
I always found that interesting.
No work and then the raped teen couldn’t speak any longer and it was almost as if the blackball lifted.
Because of his connections, the other blackball worked for television for the most part, but he just moved over to movies to continue his career which was based almost primarily upon others in his family putting forth good words and just constantly mentioning him to try and get work.
All of you know him, and it probably isn’t for his acting resume.
Show: Young Riders
Lead actor: Ty Miller (The Kid on The Young Riders)
Actor with family connections: Stephen Baldwin
Rape victim: Christopher Pettiet
Christopher Lee Pettiet was an American television and film actor best known for his role as Jesse James in the Western TV series The Young Riders and as Zach Crandell in the cult comedy film “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead”. He died in mysterious circumstances in 2000, at the age of 24.