‘Shiloh’ Star Blake Heron Dies at 35

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Blake Heron, who gained fame as a teen actor during the 1990s, has died at his home in La Crescenta, Calif. He was 35.

The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner and his former manager confirmed his death. Heron was found unresponsive at his residence on Friday morning. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. His cause of death has not been determined yet.

Heron was discovered by a friend who told authorities that he had been sick with the flu for the last few days.

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Heron, a native of Sherman Oaks, Calif., made his film debut in the 1995 Disney movie “Tom and Huck,” playing Ben Rodgers, and in the TV series “Reality Check” as Bud McNeight. In 1996, he starred in the Warner Bros. family drama “Shiloh,” portraying an adolescent who rescues an abused hunting dog in a small town. Michael Moriarty, Ann Dowd, and Scott Wilson co-starred in the pic. The film was based on Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s book by the same name.

Heron starred in several mid-1990s television movies, including “Trilogy of Terror II” and “Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher.” He appeared in the HBO movie “Cheaters” in 2000, and had credits on the TV series “Boston Public,” “Family Law,” and “The Guardian.”

He appeared as Specialist Galen Bungum in Mel Gibson’s “We Were Soldiers” in 2002 and also had a role in “Dandelion.”

Heron portrayed a heroin addict in Tommy Swerdlow’s dark comedy “A Thousand Junkies” that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. At the time, he also discussed his experiences with drug addiction.

Funeral services are pending.

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  1. Matthew says:

    Geez, that TOM & HUCK movie must have been cursed. I don’t recall it being a top-tier Mark Twain adaptation, but him dying the same way as Brad Renfro is just sad and scary.

  2. Melissa Bly says:

    Too many young actors die from drugs so sad

  3. Antoinette Hartdegen says:

    Blake Heron a very talented actor and a had a heart ❤ with Beagle name Shilo movie 🎥 I’m going to miss him and so will the cast of Shiloh and other folks as well rest in peace ✌ ✌ Blake Heron.

  4. Antoinette Hartdegen says:

    My Prayers are with The Blake Heron and he’s family and friends from Shiloh.

  5. Schnitt says:

    I’m gonna say cause of death was an overdose.
    Either what a shame to be so young and now deceased.

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