Remember this guy? He's was the guy who got Patrick Swayze's dance partner pregnant in Dirty Dancing.
His story is pretty interesting. I never realized he was a journalist as well. I hope that my newfound obsession with addiction doesn't lead me to start using. I already have thought of it...maybe I should try heroin and see what it's all about. I never really liked opiates. Well, there was the one notable moment when I drank and drank the liquid hydrocodone my grandmother had for her cancer pain. God, what a loser I was. She couldn't take the medicine, but still.
Here's the Wikipedia entry on Max Cantor.
Michael 'Max' Cantor (c.1959 - 3 October 1991) was an American journalist and actor in films such as Dirty Dancing (1987) and Fear, Anxiety and Depression (1989). He was a 1982 graduate of Harvard University, where he lived in Adams House and starred in several productions by the then-student director Peter Sellars. His writings for The Village Voice on ibogaine as a cure for heroin addiction, and his interest in the cult surrounding East Village cannibal murderer Daniel Rakowitz may have led to his premature death of a heroin overdose. He became an addict while researching addicts in New York and died of an undiluted shot of pure heroin at the age of 32.