In the late 90s, Shaun Weiss, who is best known for his roles in Mighty Ducks and Heavyweight, was one of the most famous young actors, but after some time, he was still known, but this time not for good reasons.
The mugshot of this once beloved artist after being detained in California in 2020 on burglary charges went viral all over internet. The shared pictures were telling the before and after state of this artist. Once he was a cute little boy, but now is a person with criminal record.
According to the former child star, he has been sober for just over three years.
“I’ll just let you know, when they take your mug shot, they’re not using any Instagram filters down at the station,” he told NewsNation of his previous arrest.
January next year will mark four years of sobriety for the actor, who is also now working at Quest 2 Recovery as a coach.
“That’s really the thing I’m proudest of,” Weiss explained. “I’ve had a lot of accomplishments, but this recovery thing is really my proudest accomplishment.”
He added: “Being able to look at the trauma, I went through the lens of trying to be creative, and to do comedy has just been a game changer. And people find my story inspiring so I just kind of tell my story, and I try to do that — in a funny way, though. It’s fulfilling for me.”
The 45-year-old also opened up about other people who could be struggling because a loved one is suffering heroin addiction.
“As drug addicts, we tend to burn our bridges and burn people that are close to us in our life,” Weiss said. “But really, as a result of not really having family and things like that to pull me back — that’s how I became unbothered and ended up on the street.
“It’s a very difficult thing, this drug addiction, and when we feel alone, it makes it even that much worse.”
I don’t know about you, but watching someone transform their lives in the manner that Shaun has does my heart good. I adored him in Mighty Ducks, and his heroic recovery from near-death experience is truly motivational.