Former child star Todd Bridges was so desperate to make cash when hit TV show “Diff’rent Strokes” ended that he became a Hollywood drug dealer.
The actor was 22, out of work and in debt to tune of $300,000, and so he opted for desperate measures to pay off what he owed and get rich quick.
Promoting his new book, “Killing Willis,” Bridges tells “Access Hollywood,” “I worked four different hotels and I had five girls that worked on the streets.”
But he couldn’t stop using what he sold — and quickly became a drug addict.
This is what he told Fox&Friends:
“When the show got canceled is when my whole life fell apart because everything caught up with me,” he explains. “At 12 years old I was molested by my publicist and my father took my publicist’s side.”
Bridges said it was after the successful ‘70s sitcom ended its eight-season run that the drug addiction ensued.
“People don’t realize that during the process of the show, I was always very professional, so that kind of kept me together,” he said.
A lot of people don’t feel like they have a problem and that’s one of the biggest problems,” said Bridges. “One of the biggest things with Corey Haim was [that he] thought that he was just taking prescription medication, which if you take it according to what the doctor tells you, you’re going to be okay. But if you take it the way an addict is going to take it – take a bunch of them and don’t listen to what the prescription bottle says – that’s what happened.”
“For me, 17 years ago, I woke up one day and decided things had to be a little different,” says the 44-year-old. After pleading guilty to drug possession in 1993, the judge gave Bridges two options: jail or rehab.
“I chose to go to rehab,” he says. “I still wasn’t quite ready at that moment. So when I got in there I got really angry and I got really mad at the hospital [staff]. And they strapped me at four points and I was in there for three days.”
That was his wake up call.
“When you’re in your 20’s and you have a big diaper on and you were on a hit show, there has to be a change in your life,” he says.