Brooke McCARTER Jr.


McCARTER, Brooke Jr.

52, of Tampa, died Dec. 22, 2015 from the genetic liver disorder alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency.

Born in Bryn Mawr, PA, on April 22, 1963 to Maria and the late Brooke McCarter Sr., Brooke was a bundle of energy and rhythm who couldn't sit still. He enjoyed playing the drums from a young age, surfing at the Jersey shore, and playing soccer. He earned a racquetball scholarship to Memphis State University, and spent two years there and one year at Ohio University.

After winning a runway modeling contest he was signed to the Ford modeling agency and moved to New York City to pursue his dreams. Brooke's energy brought him to Los Angeles where he quickly landed a role in a classic skateboard movie called Thrashin' with a young Tony Hawk. He did national TV commercials for Chevrolet, Panasonic, Pepsi, Doritos and others. He had a variety of film and TV appearances and wore several hats in the entertainment industry including writer, talent manager, documentary producer, and music composer. Brooke is best known for his role in the 1987 cult vampire film The Lost Boys, directed by Joel Schumacher.

After leaving the entertainment business, Brooke relocated to Tampa to raise his daughter as a single dad. In recent years, he traveled to horror conventions throughout the U.S. with his Lost Boys co-stars. He was a convention favorite known for being easy going, fun to hang out with and thankful for his fans. He had begun acting in movies again and was touring various cities as a drummer. He could be seen in venues throughout the Tampa Bay area hand drumming with his djembe and bongos.

Brooke was coming full circle in his life when the symptoms of disease began to surface in early 2015. Brooke passed peacefully at home, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his mother, Maria McCarter; daughter, Kaitlin McCarter; stepdaughter, Danielle Cooper; brother and sister-in-law, Rob and Lisa McCarter; sister, Melissa McCarter; niece, Cassidy Dietz; and nephew, Sean Dietz. He was predeceased by his father, Brooke McCarter Sr. Funeral services will be private.

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Published in the Tampa Bay Times from Jan. 8 to Jan. 9, 2016