Missing 'Terminator 3' Star May Be Latest in Movie's Tragic 'Curse'

Actor Nick Stahl, the 32-year-old who starred in Terminator 3has gone missing. This is worrisome news, and we can only hope for his safe return. Strangely, though, Stahl's disappearance isn't the first stroke of bad "luck" to hit a Terminator star and may be the latest in a string of unfortunate "John Connor" incidents.

The so-called "John Connor curse" refers to the character in the Terminator movies, played in 1991 by Edward Furlong. Furlong, as you may remember, was hospitalized in 2001 for a suspected heroin overdose, and went on to be arrested for a number of unhappy drug and alcohol related incidents, in addition to violating a restraining order from his estranged wife. Christian Bale then played John Connor in Terminator Salvation and was subsequently caught on tape going ballistic on set during an INSANE expletive-laden rant at a crew member. Thomas Dekker, who played Connor in the Terminator TV series, was busted for a DUI in 2009.

Stahl has been reported missing by his wife, Rose Murphy, who told police that she last saw him on May 9. According to TMZ, Stahl had been spending a lot of time in Los Angeles' Skid Row lately, and there are concerns he may have found himself in serious trouble.

Stahl's definitely been going through rough times lately: he was arrested in March for not being able to pay a cabbie an $84 fee, despite reportedly making $500,000 in 2011. A month before that, his wife filed papers to prevent him from seeing their daughter without "proof of a negative result for a test for drugs and alcohol within the 24 hours prior to his scheduled visitation time." She claimed she was fearful for her daughter's safety, and asked that his visitation be limited to just 8 hours a week and that all visits be supervised.

So, I'm not saying there really is a John Connor curse, but isn't it bizarre how many actors have had trouble since playing the character? I mean, I guess I wouldn't categorize Bale's on-set freakout the same as the other folks' addiction issues, but still ... it makes you wonder.

Stahl's had a pretty decent career in the past, having appeared not only in Terminator 3, but also in The Man Without a Face, Disturbing Behavior, The Thin Red Line, and the HBO series Carnivale. Any disappearance would be scary, but given his history of drug use, this story doesn't seem like it's heading toward a happy ending. Here's hoping he's found soon, alive and well, and that whatever demons he's battling can be overcome.

What do you think about the John Connor curse? Just a weird coincidence?


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Jenni... JenniferZiemba

I don't really see much of a coincidence at all.  There are a lot of actors that have/ had drug addictions that did not play John Connor. 

nonmember avatar skipper

I don't know about a John Connor curse but there was a curse tied to the movie Poltergeist that involved directors, crew and the actors. It was really strange. Google it, it is pretty interesting if you are interested in this kind of thing. The John Connor curse just sounds like typical Hollywood stuff though.

Meg Lawson

There have been stranger coincidences (i.e. Jack Nicholson, who played the Joker in the 1989 Batman, saying that the role would "kill" Heath Ledger...then out of the blue, that poor young man died)...but it is rather odd that most of the men who have played John Connor have had troubles. And what about the man who originally portrayed Connor? It was a small role, so he is largely left out, but it would be interesting to know what kind of history he has.

Having said that, keep in mind that many, many actors have problems on and off set. Christian Bale has a famous temper, and if you look at statistics, it would be interesting to see the number of actors/actresses who have some underlying issue with alcohol or drug use, because it seems to me that the numbers would be rather high. Some people chalk it up to the stars' easy access to drugs and the means to procure them as the reason behind this, but in a lot of cases I think it's more about the individual's mental state than the state of their bank account. Through my work, I've found that a person who is under a lot of stress and who is unhappy will generally be much more likely to turn to drugs than a person who is content. From what this article says, it would appear that Stahl had some very serious problems.

I really do hope they locate Stahl soon, and that he is okay. I'm sure his family and friends are worried sick about him.

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