'Star Wars' Ewok Admits Cocaine, Alcohol Addiction

By McCarton Ackerman 07/22/14

After being caught on camera doing cocaine, actor Paul Grant has admitted to needing help for the addictions that caused him to lose everything.

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A 4’4” sci-fi actor best known for playing an Ewok in Return of the Jedi and a goblin in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone has admitted to a very real-life drug problem.

Pictures emerged last week of British actor Paul Grant snorting lines of cocaine and drinking cans of expired lager, leading him to publicly ask for help to address his addiction. “I’ve been on cocaine and it has just got worse. I’m drinking and smoking what I can get,” he said. “I had a family. I was married, now I’m divorced. I’ve lost everything.”

Grant had been working steadily as an actor since the mid-‘80s, but attributed the end of his marriage to his personal and professional collapse. He admitted to being responsible for the breakup by cheating on her multiple times and spending all of his money “on drugs and prostitutes.” Grant has also found himself in trouble with the law and was recently convicted of common assault.

Now 44, Grant's acting career has hit the skids and he has admitted to not having seen his manager in two years. Grant was even reduced to living on the streets until he was taken in by a mother-of-two and her boyfriend, both of whom took pity on him. However, it is unclear whether he is currently receiving any treatment for his addiction.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.