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Edward Furlong
Born Edward Walter Furlong
August 2, 1977 (1977-08-02) (age 32)
Glendale, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991 – present
Spouse(s) Rachael Bella
(2006–2009) 1 child

Edward Walter Furlong[1] (born August 2, 1977) is an American actor whose best known film roles include John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Daniel Vinyard in American History X. He is a two-time Saturn Award nominee, winning the 1992 Best Performance by a Younger Actor award for his performance in Terminator 2. He also won the 1992 MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance for his work in the film.


Early life

Furlong was born in Glendale, California, near Burbank, the son of Danielle (née Tafoya), a youth-center worker, and an unknown father. He is of Mexican descent on his mother's side,[2] and also has Russian and possibly Native American ancestry.[3] Furlong has a younger half-brother, Bobby Torres, from his mother's marriage to Moises Torres. Furlong moved in with his aunt and uncle, Nancy Tafoya and Sean Furlong, in 1990; the two gained legal guardianship of Furlong in September 1991 and subsequently lost it to his mother in August 1993.[4] Furlong attended Charles W. Eliot Middle School in Altadena, and South Pasadena Junior High School in South Pasadena, California.


Terminator 2

Furlong began his film career as John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a role that earned him an MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Role and a Saturn Award for best young actor. He was discovered for the part by casting director Mali Finn while visiting the Pasadena Boys and Girls Club. Furlong had no acting ambitions. He has stated, "I fell into [acting], it wasn't something that I planned".[5]

Later Career

He followed this role with a string of moderately successful films and indies, sharing screen with Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson in Before and After, Tim Roth in Little Odessa, and Anthony Edwards in Pet Sematary Two.

In 1993, Furlong was featured in Aerosmith's music video for "Livin' on the Edge". This was also the only major Aerosmith video from Get a Grip not to feature Alicia Silverstone. In 1994, he played the lead role of 'Michael Brower', a horror and videogame - obsessed teen in the film Brainscan. In 1995, he starred in the film adaptation of Truman Capote's The Grass Harp.

In 1998, he starred in American History X alongside Edward Norton, and appeared in his first comedy role in Pecker, directed by John Waters. Of the role, he stated, "It's true most of the characters that I've played so far are kind of like suicidal. Really dark roles, which I like. But I wanted to do something different and John gave me a chance to do that."[6]

In 1999, he starred in the film Detroit Rock City. During filming he met Natasha Lyonne.[7]

Recent work

In 2000, Furlong played a young inmate in Steve Buscemi's film Animal Factory. The following year, he took a role in I Cavalieri che fecero l'impresa aka The Knights of the Quest, a film by Italian filmmaker Pupa Avati. Furlong worked steadily over the next few years, acting in five other films between 2003 and 2005.

In 2003, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines was released. Despite having played the role of John Connor in Terminator 2, Furlong was not cast to reprise the role. Instead the part was played by Nick Stahl. Furlong later stated, "It just wasn't the time. I was going through my own thing at the point in my life – whatever, it just wasn't meant to be".[8]

That same year, he appeared in a music video for Metallica's "The Unnamed Feeling".[9]

In 2005, Furlong played the lead in the fourth film in The Crow series, The Crow: Wicked Prayer, alongside David Boreanaz and Tara Reid. The film was planned for a theatrical release, but eventually went straight to DVD. Despite this, Furlong was optimistic, stating, "I feel through word of mouth people will find it. There's a huge base for Crow fans. Just from what I've seen on the Internet, people are really excited about it. Personally, I say it's the best one since the first one".[5]

In 2006, Furlong appeared as a guest star on two episodes of the television program CSI: NY as character Shane Cacey. He starred as Jimmy in Jimmy & Judy that same year, during which time he met Rachael Bella. The two became romantically involved and later married.

He will appear in the film Kingshighway, which is due to be released 2010.[10]

Furlong is also slated to appear in the 2010 remake of the 1988 horror classic "Night of the Demons" shooting in New Orleans and stars in Mortician 3D alongside Method Man.[11] He also plays the role of Ravi in the psychological thriller "Crave," which was filmed in Detroit, Michigan.

Other work

Furlong achieved popularity in Japan following Terminator 2, and appeared in advertisements for various Japanese products.[12] He also released an album in Japan called Hold on Tight, which included a cover of The Doors song "People Are Strange".[13] Furlong would later claim that the music was "the exact opposite of rock" and "a bad mistake".[14]

In 1996, Furlong modeled for Calvin Klein.[15] He also modeled for The Gap in 1999.

Personal life

Furlong had a string of relationships, beginning with a romance with Jacqueline Domac. The pair met on the set of Terminator 2 and became an item when she was his tutor on A Home of Our Own. The relationship lasted for several years, but the pair split acrimoniously, with Domac suing Furlong for part of his earnings.[16]

Furlong was also involved with Natasha Lyonne,[7] Jolene Blalock,[17] and Paris Hilton.[7][18]

Furlong married Rachael Bella on April 19, 2006. The couple's son, Ethan Page Furlong, was born on September 21, 2006.[19] Furlong described the birth as "trippy".[20] On July 8, 2009, Rachael Bella filed for divorce after three years of marriage [21] citing irreconcilable differences[22].

Substance abuse and legal problems

Furlong had a long battle with drugs and alcohol, at one point ending up in hospital with a suspected drug overdose.[23] In 2001, Furlong was arrested for two separate incidents involving driving without a license and DUI.[24][25] After being in and out of rehab,[18] Furlong said, "The first year of quitting (drugs) is the hardest thing I've ever had to do, physically and mentally.[26]

Furlong is a supporter of animal rights, and has campaigned for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. In 2004, he was arrested for trying to remove lobsters from a Meijer grocery store in Florence, Kentucky (in the Cincinnati area), where he was filming the independent film Jimmy and Judy.[27][28]


Year Film Role Notes
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day John Connor
1992 Pet Sematary Two Jeff Matthews
American Heart Nick Kelson
1993 A Home of Our Own Shayne Lacey
1994 Brainscan Michael Brower
Little Odessa Reuben Shapira
1995 The Grass Harp Collin Fenwick
1996 T2 3-D: Battle Across Time John Connor
Before and After Jacob Ryan
1998 Pecker Pecker
American History X Danny Vinyard
1999 Detroit Rock City Hawk
2000 Animal Factory Ron Decker
2001 The Knights of the Quest Simon di Clarendon
2003 3 Blind Mice Thomas Cross
2005 Venice Underground Gary
Intermedio Malik
Nice Guys Tye
The Crow: Wicked Prayer Jimmy Cuervo/The Crow
Cruel World Philip Markham
2006 Jimmy and Judy Jimmy Wright
The Visitation Brandon Nichols Premiered on DVD
The Covenant: Brotherhood of Evil David Goodman
Warriors of Terra Chris
Canes David Goodman Premiered in Cannes film festival. DVD elsewhere
2007 Living & Dying Sam
2008 Dark Reel Adam Waltz
2009 Stoic Harry Katish
Night of the Demons Colin Levy
Darfur Adrian Archer filming
Forever post production
2010 Kingshighway Dino Scarfino awaiting release
The Green Hornet Tupper filming
Crave Ravi post production
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Saturday Night Live John Connor Episode: Linda Hamilton/Mariah Carey
2006 CSI: NY Shane Casey Episode: Hung Out to Dry
Episode: Raising Shane

Awards and nominations

Saturn Awards

  • 1992: Won, "Best Performance by a Younger Actor" - Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • 1993: Nominated, " Best Performance by a Younger Actor" - Pet Sematary II

Independent Spirit Awards

  • 1994: Nominated, "Best Supporting Male" - American Heart

MTV Movie Awards

  • 1992: Won, "Best Breakthrough Performance" - Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Young Artist Awards

  • 1994: Nominated, "Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Motion Picture" - A Home of Our Own (shared w/co-stars)
  • 1994: Won, "Best Youth Actor Leading Role in a Motion Picture Drama" - A Home of Our Own
  • 1999: Nominated, "Best Supporting Young Actor Performance in a Feature Film" - American History X


  1. ^ ""Torres" is his step-father's last name; he was born under the surname "Furlong"' according to the State of California.". http://www.ancestry.com. 
  2. ^ Totty with talent | Sunday Herald, The | Find Articles at BNET.com
  3. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20080129134648/http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/feature/109
  4. ^ 905R-000-002 - Entertainment Weekly - A PATH TO DISASTER - 1994
  5. ^ a b Edward Furlong : Interview : Terminator 2 : : Movies : Entertainment : Web Wombat
  6. ^ Film Scouts Interviews
  7. ^ a b c Edward Furlong
  8. ^ www.webwombat.com.au/entertainment/movies/edward-furlong-int.htm
  9. ^ Metallica.com
  10. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1023339/
  11. ^ Method Man Gets His Tools for 'Mortician 3D'
  12. ^ Japander.com
  13. ^ The House of Diabolique vs. Edward Furlong
  14. ^ Edward Furlong - Profile, Latest News and Related Articles
  15. ^ Edward Furlong's Calvin Klein Ads
  16. ^ The House of Diabolique vs. Edward Furlong
  17. ^ Jolene Blalock - News
  18. ^ a b Furlong Still Partying After Rehab
  19. ^ http://people.aol.com/people/article/0,26334,1537647,00.html
  20. ^ Edward Furlong - Furlong Celebrates Sobriety With New Son
  21. ^ Eddie Furlong's Marriage Terminated
  22. ^ http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5jxSy8KT-GJ07MPCv7rXqqE0gY-3g
  23. ^ Edward Furlong Taken To Hospital
  24. ^ ClassicSciFi.com - Edward Furlong
  25. ^ Edward Furlong Nabbed By Police
  27. ^ "Actor arrested; lobsters OK". http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/09/18/loc_loc2furl.html. 
  28. ^ "Edward Furlong's Lobster Tale - September 17, 2004". http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0917041_edward_furlong_1.html. 

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