Jerry Supiran, a child star who gained notoriety for his role in the hit TV series “Small Wonder” is going through a tough time. The actor says that a stripper he was dating robbed him of $500,000, a crooked money man looted his trust fund and now he is homeless and living under a bridge in California.
In “Small Wonder” Suprian played adorable preteen Jamie Lawson, who was the brother of his adopted sister, Vicki, a robot made by their dad. In addition to “Small Wonder,” Supiran has credits for “Little House on the Prairie,” “St. Elsewhere,” “Mr. Belvedere” and “Highway to Heaven.”
Suprian said to the National Enquirer,
“When I was 18, I dated a stripper and she took what was left of my trust fund — then one of my advisers stole a half-million dollars from me. I’ve worked at different steakhouses for the last 15 years,” he said. “But two years ago, I was laid off from a restaurant in Henderson, Nevada, due to the economy. I haven’t been able to find a job since. I had to move back to central California where my brother lives with his family. And while he helps me with hot meals and a shower, he doesn’t have the room for me to stay there. So I either sleep at the homeless shelter I volunteer at, or under a local bridge.”
The actress who played Vicki, Tiffany Michelle Brissette, 37, told The Post said she hasn’t seen Suprian since “Small” went off the air.
Brisette told the New York Post,
“I always remembered him as a fun kid, a fun guy. He had a lot of energy. He was crazy, but nothing unusual for a 10-, 11-year-old boy.”
Being a child actor has turned out to be a calamity for many children. The instant fame and money is too much responsibility for a child and often their parents are ill equipped also.
It’s a Small Wonder!