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Rodney Harvey

Rodney Harvey

Rodney Michael Harvey (July 31, 1967 – April 11, 1998) was an American actor and dancer.

Rodney Harvey
Rodney Michael Harvey

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedApril 11, 1998(1998-04-11)(aged 30)
Cause of deathDrug overdose
Resting placeSaints Peter and Paul Cemetery
Years active1985–1996


Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Harvey was discovered by director Paul Morrissey in 1984. Morrissey cast Harvey in two of his films Mixed Blood (1985) and Spike of Bensonhurst (1988).[1] After signing with an agent, Harvey moved to Los Angeles where he continued acting and also began modeling. He appeared in a layout for Life magazine featuring Madonna photographed by Bruce Weber, and worked for Calvin Klein.[2]

In 1990, he landed the role of Sodapop Curtis in the Fox series The Outsiders. After the series ended after one season, Harvey guest starred on Twin Peaks, followed by a role in the Gus Van Sant film My Own Private Idaho. Harvey was also in 1988 film, Salsa along side Draco Rosa. He made his last onscreen appearance in 1996 with a role in drama God's Lonely Man.


During the making of My Own Private Idaho, Harvey began using heroin.[3] After several stints in jail and attempts to get clean, he died of a heroin and cocaine overdose on April 11, 1998 at the Hotel Barbizon in Los Angeles.[4][5]

After his death, photos of him in the depths of heroin addiction appeared in an Office of Drug Control Policy (Partnership for a Drug-Free America) public service announcement.[6]


1985Delivery BoysFast Action
1985Mixed BloodJoseAlternative title:Cocaïne
1986The Return of Billy JackUnfinished film
1987InitiationDanny MolloyAlternative title:Zoomstone
1987Five CornersCastro
1988Spike of BensonhurstFrankieAlternative titles:The Mafia KidThrow Back!
1990Silent LoveGiulioAlternative title:La bocca
1990Twin PeaksBiker ScottyEpisode:Pilot
1990The OutsidersSodapop Curtis13 episodes
1991My Own Private IdahoGary
1996God's Lonely ManGlen
1996Intimate CrimesCameronAlternative title:Delitti a Luce Rossa


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