Oh, Leif! He had such promise, don’t you think? I have to confess that I was not a huge Leif fan back in the day. He had a sister named Dawn Lyn who was on the TV show My Three Sons, and he had numerous few roles on TV and in movies that you may have seen but have most certainly forgotten about. One thing I didn’t know is that he took a turn as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Leif is a cautionary tale about what can go wrong in the life of a former child star. In fact, he’s kind of the living illustration for the Murphy’s Law of teen idols. Drug abuse? Check. Trouble with the law? Check. Failed attempts to regain some popularity? Check. If trouble was available it always seemed to find Leif.
We could probably trace his downfall to a car crash back in 1979 in which he was the driver and which left his friend Roland a paraplegic. Roland’s family eventually filed suit, and it may be that the trauma and guilt helped to launch Leif into some dangerous habits. Whatever the cause, it’s sad to see someone who once rode so high sink so low. I do hope that one day he can get it together. I’d much rather see him in the news for making a viable comeback than for yet another DUI arrest.