When all my friends in the 6th grade were crushing on Leif Garrett and Shaun Cassidy I was swooning over Lance Kerwin who played James in James at 15. I’ve always preferred the Kevin Spaceys and Tommy Lee Joneses to the Brad Pitts and Tom Cruises.
I remember standing at the magazine stand while my mom did her grocery shopping. I’d pick through every copy of Teen Beat and Tiger Beat looking for that rare pinup of Kerwin. Throughout the entirety of my crush, I only found two, both of which I tacked on the blue walls of my blue-rose themed bedroom.
So, I’ve been wondering lately whatever happened to him. I did a little research and it turns out he fell into drug addiction. He started smoking pot before the age of 10 and was doing crack in his 20s. But, today, Kerwin is involved in Christian ministry and has a powerful testimony. He leads the U Turn 4 Christ program in Hawaii, which helps others overcome drug addiction. What a blessing!
Did you have a teen/tween heartthrob?
In 1980, Kerwin starred in Children of Divorce, which highlighted the impact of divorce on Generation X.