The Wylie Draper Memorial Thread "Gone too soon."
Have you seen the movie based on the Jackson family called, "The Jacksons: An American Dream"? Well, in the second part of the movie, "The Success Years," a young man named Wylie Draper played Michael. And he did it quite brilliantly actually, putting on a wonderful performance of Billie Jean in the movie as Michael on Motown 25. He wowed fans the world over including the King Of Pop himself.
Sadly just after the movie's release and after being a dancer in MJ's Remember the Time music video Wylie was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukaemia. Just one year later on December 20th 1993 Wylie lost his struggle and died, aged just 24.
If you have seen Wylie's magnificent role as Michael in the movie, and appreciate him and feel for his soul, which was taken so soon, please leave your comments.
He's gone too soon and now along with Michael they are dancing in heaven side by side and smiling down on us who love them both.
WYLIE IN THE JACKSONS - AN AMERICAN DREAM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9POJ9z8iDQ0&feature=fvw
WYLIE WITH THE REAL JACKSON FAMILY - http://media.macon.com/smedia/2009/07/07/22/873-WylieDraper.standalone.p...
WYLIE PICTURED AS MICHAEL - http://storage.koinup.com/090722x174522/174522-6.jpg
BIOGRAPHY - Wylie Hughes Draper Jr. was born May 5 1969 in West Virginia. He seemed destined for stardom from the very start, at the age of ten Wylie's brother Desmond would throw parties at a local skating rink where Wylie would dance like Michael Jackson often becoming the main attraction at the party! Even as a child many people noted the strong resemblance between Wylie and Michael Jackson, but as Wylie grew his focus from the arts shifted and as a teen he became a football player at Northside high school, but he changed his focus again back to the arts his Sophomore year, his drama teacher recalls him as a "Consummate student" and said he "Would teach forever if I had a class full of Wylies". After graduating Wylie attended Point Park College to hone his craft even more, during summers he worked as lead dancer at Disney World and lead entertainer on Norwegian cruise lines. Around this time Wylie auditioned and won the role as adult Michael Jackson in the television film "The Jacksons an American dream". A local hairstylist has recalled Wylie as being extremely calm and humble about his audition for the role of Michael Jackson, as he styled Wylie's hair to look more like Michael Jackson's he remembers the young man sitting in the chair listening to comedy tapes laughing! Not much is known about Wylie's life after his role as Michael Jackson, but it is apparent that his stellar performance did not lead to more lucrative film offers. He had a small role in another television film "The disappearance of Christina", was a dancer in Michael Jackson's video "Remember the time" and another dancer in the cable show "The Red Shoe Diaries", which aired after his death. Around 1993 Wylie was diagnosed as having a rare form of Leukemia, it is not known how long he battled illness or how he battled the disease, but what is known is that Wylie a talented young man with a bright future ahead of him was taken way too soon, he died December 20th 1993 in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 24, with very little media fanfare.
Wylie's final resting place is at Parkway Memorial Gardens, Houston County, Georgia, USA.
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