LOS ANGELES (CAP) - Former '80s child actor and failed stand-up comedian Marc Price wants everyone to know that he's "doing okay" and any rumors to the contrary are "false and misleading and no cause for concern." Price is best known for his role as Keaton family friend Skippy Handleman on the sitcom Family Ties.
"You know, what with Lee [Thompson Young] all up and dying last year and so many kid actors dropping like flies these days, I figured a lot of people would be worried about me so I just wanted to make sure everyone knew I was okay," Price told CAP News during a recent sit-down interview. "And if you buy the Family Ties box set, I'll be doing even better."
Price, who camped himself outside the front door of the CAP News Los Angeles bureau until we agreed to let him come inside and interview him, saw his starlight fade fast after the conclusion of Family Ties in 1989. He followed that up with a brief hosting gig for a teen game show, a stand-up comedy tour with fellow former child actor Emmanuel Lewis, and a first-round bounce from Last Comic Standing.
"Yeah, sure, Webster gets adopted by Brad and Angelina and I'm stuck whoring myself out on HollywoodIsCalling.com," said Price after he returned from his third trip to the CAP News lunch buffet. "You have to, umm, click on the See More Celebrities button to find me and then scroll down the page. More. A little bit more.
"Right there, there I am," Price blurted out, along with a few bits of food onto the laptop screen. "No, wait, that's Brian Bonsall. Maybe I'm on page three."
Although Price didn't succumb to the evils of drugs and alcohol like so many of his fellow child stars, his low point came in the late 90's when friends confronted him that he had never let go of the 80's. Still dressed in stonewashed jeans and IZOD shirt with his hair feathered back, Price realized the '80s were keeping him from reaching his true potential. Then the '90s held him back. And eventually the first decade of 2000.
"Everyone's moved on except me," Price lamented over a cinammon roll. "I mean, Tina Yothers has her punk rock thing, Meredith Baxter is all gay now, Michael J Fox has the shakes - what have I got besides this pastry?
"Oh, coffee's a little sour, by the way," Price added. "Try a dash of salt in the grounds when you make a pot. Works wonders."
When asked about rumors that he and Family Ties co-star Justine Bateman were romantically involved toward the end of the show's run, Price nearly spit that sour coffee all over this reporter. He said the rumors stemmed from him admitting to Entertainment Tonight in 1990 that he had a poster of Mallory Keaton hanging on the ceiling above his bed.
"In fact, I still do," Price said. "But that was a long time ago. Have you seen her lately? I think she's a guy now."
After two more hours of rambling inanity, Price finally bid adieu to the CAP News staff when we told him we were all out of cinnamon rolls. He promised he would stay in touch, and we promised we would change the locks. Then he left and we broke open a new box of cinnamon rolls.
- CAP News Staff