February 9, 2023

The Mighty Ducks actor Shaun Weiss has spoken about his struggles in a rare TV interview two years after overcoming a serious drug addiction.

The former child star, who rose to fame in 1992 playing Greg Goldberg in The Mighty Ducks and as Josh Birnbaum in the 1995 movie Heavyweightswas addicted to methamphetamine and heroin for three years before finally getting sober in 2020.

Appears on Additional today on Thursday, the 44-year-old said he was thankful to have his life back, and thanked his former castmates for helping him through dark times.

The former child star rose to fame in 1992 playing Greg Goldberg in The Mighty Ducks (pictured)

The Mighty Ducks actor Shaun Weiss has spoken about his struggles in a rare TV interview two years after overcoming a serious drug addiction. (Pictured left on Channel Nine’s Today Extra on Thursdays, and right in 1992’s The Mighty Ducks)

“I feel better than I’ve felt in years and to be able to go back and do movies again is just a dream come true,” he told co-hosts Sylvia Jeffreys and David Campbell.

“I’ll be honest, when all that stuff was going on, I never thought I’d be in a place where I could look back at all that in my rearview mirror. So to be here now I feel like I’ve been given a second chance,” he added.

Weiss insisted that Hollywood, unlike other struggling child stars, was not responsible for his downward spiral into drugs.

Appearing on Today Extra on Thursday, the 44-year-old said he was grateful to have his life back, thanking his former castmates for helping him through dark times

Appearing on Today Extra on Thursday, the 44-year-old said he was grateful to have his life back, thanking his former castmates for helping him through dark times

“I think[my addiction]had less to do with Hollywood and a lot more to do with other things,” he said.

“My depression led to my drug addiction, and I figured that out after a thousand hours of therapy.”

Weiss also praised the cast and crew of The Mighty Ducks and Heavyweights for inspiring him to get sober, calling them his “real family.”

“That support really meant everything to me, because I just got to a point where I didn’t care about myself as much anymore. But I really didn’t want to disappoint all these people who were pulling before me,” he said.

Weiss praised The Mighty Ducks cast and crew for inspiring him to get sober, calling them his

Weiss praised The Mighty Ducks cast and crew for inspiring him to get sober, calling them his “real family.” Pictured: The cast of D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994)

He paid special tribute to fellow Mighty Ducks and Heavyweights star Aaron Swartz for putting together a video of the cast and crew of both films wishing him well.

“That video was really overwhelming and really blew me away. I really needed that at the time, so those guys were there when I needed them,” he added.

Fans were shocked in 2017 when Weiss’s feral and unrecognizable mug shot went viral after his arrest for petty theft.

Weiss (pictured in 2015) paid special tribute to fellow Mighty Ducks and Heavyweights star Aaron Swartz for putting together a video of the cast and crew of both films wishing him well

Weiss (pictured in 2015) paid special tribute to fellow Mighty Ducks and Heavyweights star Aaron Swartz for putting together a video of the cast and crew of both films wishing him well

At that point he was living on the streets due to his drug addiction and had turned to a life of crime.

He spent 12 days in jail before being released on overcrowding charges, only to be re-arrested just five days later and sentenced to 90 days in prison for meth possession.

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Weiss was arrested again in January 2020, this time for domestic burglary and being under the influence of methamphetamine.

Fans were shocked in 2017 when Weiss's feral and unrecognizable mug shot went viral after his arrest for petty theft.  He was living on the streets at the time because of his drug addiction

Fans were shocked in 2017 when Weiss’s feral and unrecognizable mug shot went viral after his arrest for petty theft. He was living on the streets at the time because of his drug addiction

Weiss was last seen on the big screen in the 2008 film Drillbit Taylor.

He is now set to return in the upcoming biopic Jesus Revolution, playing the role of a Vietnam veteran recovering from drug addiction.

If you or someone you know is struggling with drug addiction, call the National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline on 1800 250 015 for confidential advice or Lifeline on 13 11 14 for substance abuse help

Weiss was last seen on the big screen in the 2008 movie Drillbit Taylor. He's now set to return in the upcoming biopic Jesus Revolution, playing the role of a Vietnam veteran recovering from drug addiction ( pictured on set)

Weiss was last seen on the big screen in the 2008 movie Drillbit Taylor. He’s now set to return in the upcoming biopic Jesus Revolution, playing the role of a Vietnam veteran recovering from drug addiction ( pictured on set)