The Shocking Truth About What Happened To Sixth Sense Star Haley Joel Osment
He became a household name almost overnight when he whispered what was to become one of the most quoted lines in the history of cinema, but Haley Joel Osment’s confession to Bruce Willis about being able to see dead people wasn’t the only memorable revelation in the life of this former child actor.
So he could follow in the footsteps of his father Michael Eugene Osment, who worked as an actor both on the stage and in feature films, Haley Joel Osment’s parents signed up with a talent scout when he was just four years of age.
His very first screen appearance was in a Pizza Hut Commercial, but it wasn’t long before young Haley won a role in a major TV sitcom.
Thunder Alley may have been cancelled after just two seasons, but Osment’s career continued to skyrocket, leading to him being cast as Tom Hank’s son in the Academy Award winning 1994 film Forrest Gump.
Further appearances in a number of TV shows and films kept Osment’s Hollywood profile sky high, and in 1999 he landed the role that he will likely always be remembered for.
His amazing performance in the Sixth Sense saw Osment nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and his career continued to move from strength to strength, with memorable roles in Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence and the feel good drama Pay It Forward.
The Sixth Sense of course contains one of the most talked about movie endings of all time, and Osment’s personal life has also had its own fair share of dramatic twists and turns.
Osment’s fortunes took a sudden and dramatic nosedive in 2006, when his car overturned after he drove it into a mailbox near his home.
The star suffered a number of serious injuries that led to an extended stay in hospital, including a broken rib and a fractured shoulder.
It transpired that Osment was well over the legal alcohol limit when the accident occurred, and he was also found to be in possession of illegal substances.
The former Hollywood A-Lister pleaded guilty to both driving under the influence of alcohol and drug possession, at which point his long road to recovery was able to start.
He was sentenced to three years probation in addition to a $1500 fine, an enforced stay in rehab and six months of mandatory Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
But we’re extremely thankful not to have to end on a sour note, because Osment has really managed to turn his life around since his personal struggles became public knowledge a decade and a half ago.
Osment appeared in a handful of TV shows after his automobile indiscretion, including notable guest appearances in Silicon Valley, The X-Files and The Boys.
His TV work has also been sprinkled with a handful of film roles, as well as voice over performances in the Kingdom Hearts series of video games.
A fit and healthy 33 year old Haley Joel Osment currently lives in New York City, where in 2011 he graduated from the city’s Tisch School of the Arts.
The rehabilitated star, who has learnt to play both guitar and piano, is currently shooting a romantic comedy film called Somebody I Used to Know.
We know him best for playing a young boy called Cole who could see dead people, but we’re delighted to learn that Osment overcame his own demons in order to continue doing what he does best.
We’re sure you’ll all join us in wishing this undeniably talented actor all the best for wherever his future takes him.