Haley Joel Osment now and then
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Haley Joel Osment, or better known as the boy who said, “I see dead people” to Bruce Willis in Manoj Night Shyamalan’s movie The Sixth Sense, celebrates his 26th birthday today. Born on April 10, 1988, the American actor is famous for playing the role of psychic child Cole Sear in the movie. Let’s take a look at some of the wackiest rumours that have been making the rounds about our all-time fave child star, Haley Joel Osment.

Death Hoax:

Rumours of The Sixth Sense child actor’s death had quickly gained speed after a ‘R.I.P. Haley Joel Osment’ Facebook page attracted nearly a million likes in 2010. As soon as this was out, hundreds of fans immediately started writing their condolences on the page, expressing sympathy.

Later in 2014, it was confirmed by the representatives of the actor that Haley Joel Osment was not dead and that he too had been a victim of celebrity death hoax like many others. “He’s still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet,” they said.

James Bond rumours:

It was reported that the producers of the James Bond movies were looking for a distinctive actor other than Daniel Craig to play the role of  Bond and that they might consider Haley Joel Osment as a perfect fit. As absurd as may it sound, he was characterised as being smooth, slick, handsome, rugged and charming for the role!

Later, however, people understood that the rumours were not true, as they were reported by a celebrity magazine parody website. They even reported him to be the highest paid actor of 2014! The readers were a little confused as they hadn’t seen Haley for quite some time on the big screen and it was true that he was having a tough time in his career. Which is exactly why he was reported to be on the first position of the People with Money’s top highest paid actors for 2014. It was mockery and the readers soon realised it.

Weirdest looking celebrity:

Haley has also been a victim of cruel criticisms and harsh remarks, some even calling him the ‘weirdest looking celebrity’, saying things like ‘Osment’s boyish charms have faded away with his movie career’. Many people have expressed their sadness at the little star growing up to become such an awkward adult!

Despite the above nonsensical rumours, we still love Haley Joel Osment. Seen in Steven Spileberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence, he has acted on TV and gives voiceovers for videogame series like the Kingdom Hearts. He is very much active on social networking sites Twitter (@HaleyJoelOsment) and Instagram (@hjosment).

We wish Haley Joel Osment a very happy 26th birthday and may his career be as bright as his big blue eyes for many more years to come!