Teen Beat, Tiger Beat, 16, Bop: these tween rags introduced us to all our first crushes. Every Tuesday, we remember the dudes that decorated our photo binders. This week: badass boyfriend Eddie Furlong.
Claims to Fame: This kid first rose to fame as little John Connor in 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and he was such a little badass that he was cast as kids enrolled in the school of hard knocks for over a decade after. Notable roles include Danny Vinyard, the little brother of a skinhead, in American History X, Hawk in Detroit Rock City, the title character in Pecker, and Jimmy Cuervo in The Crow: Wicked Prayer.
Why We Loved Him: Eddie Furlong reminded us of kids we had crushes on at school — in many films, he played a punk kid making do with some pretty awful circumstances. He just happened to be cute on top of it all.
In many ways, he epitomized the stark, slightly-grimy, post-grunge look that we all gravitated to in the '90s, which is probably how he ended up being the face and body of Calvin Klein for a minute.
Eddie was often cast as a sort of antihero. He was never really a knight in shining armor — unless by "knight" you mean "someone you want to share a whole pack of cigarettes with behind the gym while talking about everything," and by "armor" you mean "a jacket from the Army Surplus store."
Remember in Detroit Rock City, when his character Hawk disguised himself as a pizza delivery boy and fed the priest at his friend's Catholic school magic mushrooms, then rescued Christine (Orange Is the New Black's Natasha Lyonne) from her stupid disco boyfriend? Detroit Rock City gives us a lot of feelings.
Because of the super-dark roles he was often cast in, Eddie also compelled us to just really want to give him a hug. It all started with Terminator 2, when he played the younger John Connor — a 10-year-old juvenile delinquent with a troubled past. If you were a kid yourself at the time, John was probably one of your earlier bad-boy crushes, because bad boys that save the day are the best kind of bad boys.
What’s He Up to Now: While Eddie still has a career, this isn't exactly a tale of triumph — at least, not yet. If you want to keep the crushy dream alive, you may want to stop here.
Eddie continues to find consistent screen work, including a couple of arcs on CSI: NY as damaged antagonist Shane Casey in both 2006 and 2010. Coming up soon, he'll be in the TV movie Star Trek: Renegades, and the thriller A Perfect Vacation, also starring Daryl Hannah and fellow '90s star Jason London.
Unfortunately, he's gotten himself into a fair amount of trouble since his glory days. His first arrest had noble intentions — he was arrested in September 2004 while attempting to liberate some lobsters from a tank of a Kentucky grocery store — but Eddie would later look back on the incident to People in 2006, saying, "I realized I was kind of turning into an E! True Hollywood Story."
Eddie said he eventually got clean — thanks, in part, to his wife at the time, Rachael Bella, and their son, Ethan Page. "I was a heroin and cocaine addict," he admitted. "It was really scary."
The scariness wasn't quite over in his life, though. After he and Rachael divorced in 2009, she'd claim that Eddie was back on drugs and getting violent with her. Although Eddie's rep denied the allegations, Rachael got a restraining order against him — which Eddie was found guilty of violating, twice, resulting in both probation and jail time.
That wasn't the end of Eddie's troubles with the law, though. In October 2012, he was arrested at LAX for felony domestic violence against his girlfriend — resulting in another restraining order, which he, again, violated, landing him with five years probation, a year of domestic violence counseling, and 90 days in a drug treatment program.
Did you crush on Eddie back in the day? Share your memories in the comments.