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Blake Heron
Born (1982-01-11)January 11, 1982
Died September 8, 2017(2017-09-08) (aged 35)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–2017
Awards Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film (1998)

Blake Christopher Heron (January 11, 1982 – September 8, 2017) was an American actor. He is best known for his starring role as Marty Preston in the 1996 film Shiloh.

Early life

Heron was born in Rockville Centre, New York on January 11, 1982. After his parents divorced, he moved with his mother to Atlanta, then to New York City, and finally to Burbank, California, where he began his acting career.


He made his film debut for the Disney film Tom and Huck (1995) and the television series Reality Check. When the series did not last, Heron starred in several television movies, including Trilogy of Terror II (1996). Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher (1996) was his biggest role at the age of 14. He played the flirtatious jock, Jordan. In 1997, he played the lead role of Marty Preston in the Warner Bros. film Shiloh.

After graduating from high school in 2000, Heron avoided child roles and took on more serious adult roles. In the HBO movie Cheaters (2000) he played a conspiring dark teen, then had the same type of role in Blast (2000). After appearing in television hits such as Boston Public (2000), Family Law (1999) and The Guardian, he took on the role of Specialist Galen Bungum in We Were Soldiers (2002). He also appeared in Dandelion (2004). He recently appeared in the movie A Thousand Junkies, which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, and was Heron's final film role before his death.


On September 8, 2017, Heron was found unresponsive by his girlfriend in his Los Angeles home. He was pronounced dead, aged 35.


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Tom and Huck Ben Rodgers
1996 Shiloh Marty Preston
1996 Cybill Dylan
2000 Blast Jonesy
2000 Wind River Nick Wilson - Yagaichi
2002 We Were Soldiers Sp4 Galen Bungum
2003 11:14 Aaron
2004 Dandelion Eddie
2015 No Solicitors
2015 Benjamin Troubles Mugger
2017 A Thousand Junkies Blake
2018 Dirt Robbie
2019 Slayer: The Repentless Killogy Gunman Henchman (final film role)
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