Previously Known For: The Mighty Ducks, Heavyweights and Pee Wee’s Playhouse
|Currently Known For: Arrests for Theft and Drug Possession|
“Shaun hopes jail will help him. Maybe while he is in jail, he will write something. Hopefully, when he gets out he will go to rehab so he can stay sober.” Joining the ranks of child actors who have fallen from grace in Hollywood, Shaun Weiss seemed to have everything going for him in the late 1980s and early 1990s as he made his mark as a television and film actor. With credits in Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Charles in Charge, Webster, and The Cosby Show, Weiss was at the top of his game in the early 1990s when he starred as Greg Goldberg in the hockey flick, The Mighty Ducks. Reprising his role in D2: The Mighty Ducks and D3: The Mighty Ducks, Weiss made sporadic appearances on television until the mid-2000s when he stepped out of the spotlight and ended up behind bars with multiple arrests for theft and drug possession. With his most recent arrest coming in August 2017, let’s take a look at Weiss’s journey to Hollywood and the demise of what was once a promising career!
The youngest of five children, Shaun Weiss was born on August 27, 1978 in Montvale, New Jersey where his knack for performing started at an early age as he entertained his family and friends. Getting his start in commercials, Weiss was eight years old when he made his acting debut as Elvis in three episodes of Pee Wee’s Playhouse. Two years later, he returned bigger than ever with cameos in popular television series like Charles in Charge, Webster, Empty Nest and The Cosby Show before snagging a recurring role as William in the 1992 television series, Here and Now. Luckily, the good news kept coming when the 13-year-old Weiss was cast as the loveable goalie, Greg “The Great Rabbino” Goldberg, in the family-friendly hockey flick, The Mighty Ducks.
With Emilio Estevez taking the lead as Coach Gordon Bombay, The Mighty Ducks was a huge hit for Disney and made Weiss a star as he reprised his role in the 1994 sequel D2: The Mighty Ducks and the 1996 sequel, D3: The Mighty Ducks. Along the way, he cashed in on his stardom and appeared in the 1995 made-for-television film Crazy for a Kiss before joining Ben Stiller in Heavyweights. Following up with appearances in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Saved By The Bell: The New Class, things seemed to be going incredibly well for Weiss especially by the mid-1990s when he snagged the recurring role of Jake in the Mr. Rhodes television series.
Rounding out the decade with guest appearances on The Tony Danza Show, Boy Meets World and The King of Queens, Weiss’s popularity took a sharp turn for the worse in the new millennium as he barely scratched the surface of his talent. He appeared in four episodes of Freaks and Geeks and City Guys with his biggest credit coming in 2008 as the bus driver in the comedy film, Drillbit Taylor. By then, trouble was on the horizon for Weiss as he spent most of his time doing commercial work for brands like Captain Morgan and Verizon Wireless.
Still recognized as Goldberg from The Mighty Ducks, Weiss was desperate to rekindle his stardom and even said as much when he told reporters that he hoped a fourth Mighty Ducks film was in the works. “I feel like a fourth film should happen,” Weiss said. “And if there was space for any of the original kids to come back and have a role, I would be surprised if anybody didn’t want to do it. The next generation should have its own version. Not that we need to come back as adults.”
Despite his interest in a fourth film, Weiss’s popularity continued to fade as he fell out of the spotlight with rumors running wild about his personal life, which is exactly what brought him back into the headlines in 2013 when his ex-girlfriend filed a restraining order against him. As tabloids reported, “The request stemmed from a particularly brutal and bizarre argument in April 2013 between Shaun and his girlfriend at the time, Sonja Dimitrievska. She alleged he came home drunk and threatened to pull her eyes out. She let him cool off, but returned to find Shaun holding a machete. She said he punched her and followed her into the bathroom to pee on her while saying, ‘this is all you’re worth.’”
By 2014, Weiss seemed to have put the incident behind him as he announced his plans to venture into the realm of comedy and screenwriting with the release of his YouTube video, Why Not Weiss? Despite his best intentions and grand promises to his fans, Weiss’s lack of experience in comedy didn’t help matters as he struggled to jumpstart his stand-up career. Later turning to his fans for support, he launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a national comedy tour that he hoped would eventually be picked up by Netflix. Needless to say, Netflix didn’t take the bait nor did Weiss’s fans who didn’t believe he could keep his promise to introduce them to former costars like Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller and Emilio Estevez.
With his comedy tour never taking off, Weiss retreated to his home in Sherman Oaks, California and picked up gigs as a television commercial star with over 30 commercials to his name before trouble found him once again in July 2017 when he was arrested for stealing over $150 in merchandise from Fry’s Electronics store. Sentenced to 150 days in the Los Angeles County Jail, Weiss let his manager, Don Gibble, speak on his behalf saying, “Shaun hopes jail with help him. Maybe while he is in jail he will write something. Hopefully, when he gets out he will go to rehab so he can stay sober.”
Serving only 12 days of his 150-day sentence, Weiss didn’t stay out of trouble for long and was arrested just five days later in August 2017 for possession of methamphetamine. Weiss’s arrest came one afternoon when police received a tip that a suspicious person was stumbling around the area near the Warner Bros. studio. Upon arrival, cops found Weiss, arrested him for possession of meth, and set a $20,000 bond. With his manager yet to release a statement, the 38-year-old Weiss seems to be laying low since his last arrest, which leaves us to wonder what’s next for the former Mighty Ducks star.