Corey Haim, who died Wednesday morning, is being remembered more for his drug abuse and his stint on reality TV than for his acting.

But for many from Generation X, including me, he will always be the kid from “Lucas,” “The Lost Boys” and “License to Drive.”

Haim was 38 years old when he died, according to the Los Angeles Times.

When it comes to teen films from the 1980s, most of my generation still acknowledges the John Hughes movies like “The Breakfast Club” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Only a few movies are remembered, but in those days there was a new teen comedy out every other weekend. Just outside the canon of classic teen films from that era are what we called “The Coreys.”

Adolescent actors Corey Haim and Corey Feldman starred together in a short list of movies, forming a partnership that could not honestly be compared to Martin and Lewis. But I think that’s what they were going for.

The one that people still admit to watching was “The Lost Boys,” a vampire movie where Haim and Feldman teamed up. Feldman played a comic book store nerd who knew the secret to slaying members of the fang gang. They did ludicrous things like filling squirt guns with holy water and poisoning pizza with garlic, while Kiefer Sutherland interpreted vampirism as being the lost member of INXS. None of us noticed that it was silly because the soundtrack was wicked awesome, dude.

Few people will admit to having watched or liked “Dream a Little Dream,” where it was Haim’s turn to look like a lost member of a rock band while Feldman channeled (I am not making this up) Michael Jackson. It really wasn’t cool at the time, but Jackson hadn’t completely weirded us all out by that point, if I remember correctly.

“License to Drive” was, in my opinion, the quintessential and best Coreys movie.

Haim was the teen version of the everyman in that movie. He flunked his driver’s test the first time around, but still decided to take a joyride in his grandfather’s Cadillac that night because he had a date with a very young Heather Graham.

I haven’t seen the movie in about 20 years, but at the time it was great. Haim and Feldman had found their comedic niche. The dad’s conniption fit at the end of the film was classic. Haim had made the transition from boy to man the night before, venturing out of the nest into his own adventures. His father realized he no longer had any real power over him, but raged impotently anyway if only to vent his frustrations. At least that’s my interpretation, and I’m sure it gives a fluffy teen flick too much credit.

Perhaps Haim would have been better off if he hadn’t become one of the Coreys at all. His performance in “Lucas,” where he starred as a nerdy late bloomer starting high school, was probably his best. (Be on the lookout for a young Charlie Sheen and Winona Ryder in that one.)

Looking at what becomes of most child stars, I think they all would be better off without the early acting career and the fame.

For many years in the 1990s and later on, I completely forgot about Haim. He was off my radar. I happened to catch something on cable about him one day, and saw the wreckage that he had become. He seemed burned out, and I learned upon reading about his death that he had actually had a stroke. He admitted to having problems with drug addiction.

I suppose there were those who enjoyed his reality show. I simply changed the channel and looked away. To me, it was a sad spectacle.

I was sorry to hear about his death and the loss of possibilities that his life represented.

Haim had told a reporter at one point that he wanted to be a screen legend, according to the Los Angeles Times. He fell far short of that. Too bad he couldn’t have been satisfied with a quiet life outside of acting when his short run in the limelight had ended.

The news of his death came only a short time after the reports that Andrew Koenig had died at the age of 41. Koenig, the son of the actor who played Chekov on “Star Trek,” was famous in the 1980s as Boner on the show “Growing Pains.” I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit I not only watched the show, but could sing its theme song right now if asked to.

The Associated Press reported of his life, “From 1985 to 1989 Mr. Koenig played the recurring role of Boner, a friend of the character played by Kirk Cameron, on the hit sitcom ‘Growing Pains.’ He also appeared on ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ and other series, worked as a film editor, and wrote and directed short films.”

He was a guy who worked at his craft, not merely a punchline. The reports were that he suffered from depression.

These guys were like most everyone I know. They had dreams, and their lives didn’t quite live up to the expectations they’d had.

Perhaps we cannot honestly remember them as great artists or national treasures.

But they must have contributed something to be remembered at all.