Haley Joel Osment became a Hollywood sensation in 1999 when he starred in M. Night Shyamalan’s horror drama The Sixth Sense. Then only 11 years old, the young star picked up a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Academy Awards. However, only seven years after shooting to stardom, Osment had mostly disappeared from the big screen and experienced a particularly difficult moment in his personal life.
Child stardom can often be fraught with pitfalls, and many interviews that Osment’s parents have conducted speak to that. And following the release of The Sixth Sense, interviews have often centered around how they intended to keep their son safe and grounded. On that note, his father Michael Eugene Osment told The New York Times in 2007, “We do our best to try to be an average American family.”