Christopher Lee Pettiet
6' 1" (1.85 m)
Born in Dallas, Texas, Christopher Pettiet began career as a child actor making appearances in television series, made-for-television movies and films. He starred in two hit flicks, Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead and Point Break, and then joined the cast of the Western TV series The Young Riders as a young Jesse James. After the cancellation of The Young Riders, his acting career began to wane. According to his manager, Bob Villard, Chris was just about "impoverished", living on "small residual check(s)". He went to a couple of AA meetings and never admitted to a drug problem. Sadly, he died of an accidental drug overdose, just two months after his 24th birthday.
Was in the Junior Olympics for snow skiing.
Loved surfing and had seven different boards, one for each day of the week.
He was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea off of Topanga Canyon Road in Santa Monica, California.
After his death from an accidental drug overdose, his mother Helen started the Christopher Pettiet Scholarship Fund to help other young actors train in the arts at Center Stage in Los Angeles, California.
Was very good friends with Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio.
During his childhood, his parents left their native Texas and moved around the country. He lived in Colorado and different parts of California.
In 1992, he was attended to three different charities events at the 2nd Annual Sega Star Kids Challenge at Universal Studios, Hollywood in Los Angeles, California, a Variety Club Telethon in Des Moines, Iowa and a Special Olympics Celebrity Basketball in Santa Rosa, California.
He once had three dogs, a lovable mutt, Buzz and two rat terriers, Waxer and Killer.
Went to Gold Arrow Camp in the California Sierra Mountains as a child.
Before appearing in The Young Riders (1989), he was attending a private school in Los Angeles with actor Balthazar Getty. They used to grab Chinese food together during their lunch breaks.
Was good friends with actress/ballerina, Carrie 'CeCe' Cline. She was devastated by his death.
He auditioned for the part of Luke Brower in the television series "Growing Pains".
Starred in an unsold Television Pilot for a Family Show together with actor Paul Sorvino.
Big bright blue eyes