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Michael 'Max' Cantor (May 15, 1959 - October 3, 1991) was an American journalist and actor in films such as Dirty Dancing (1987) and Fear, Anxiety and Depression (1989).

His father was the theatrical producer Arthur Cantor. During Cantor's trips to London with his father, Vidal Sassoon personally cut his hair. He grew up in the famed Dakota Apartments on West 72nd Street in New York. Cantor attended the prestigious Collegiate School but graduated from the equally prestigious Buxton School in Williamstown, MA. He spent his summers until 14 at Camp Hillcroft in Billings, New York alongside fellow campers such as the children of Albert Shanker and Burt Lancaster. He won top roles in Winnie the Pooh and The Velveteen Rabbit. He was a 1982 graduate of Harvard University, where he lived in Adams House and starred in several productions by the then-student director Peter Sellars. He wrote for The Village Voice on ibogaine as a cure for heroin addiction, and took an interest in the cult surrounding East Village cannibal murderer Daniel Rakowitz.

He became a heroin addict while researching addicts in New York and died from a shot of pure heroin at the age of 32.

Selected filmography

Year Movie Role Other notes
1989 Fear, Anxiety & Depression Jack
1987 Dirty Dancing Robbie Gould

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