Former teen actress Sammi Kane Kraft, who was known for her role in the 2005 remake of “Bad News Bears,” died this week in a car accident in California.
Reports say 20-year-old Kraft was a passenger in a car that crashed into a truck on a Los Angeles freeway early Tuesday morning, and pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. California Highway Patrol told the paper that Kraft was a passenger in an Audi that was speeding down the 10 Freeway in LA at about 1:30 a.m., the audi rear-ended the large truck.
The Audi’s driver, Molly Kate Adams, 21, suffered only moderate injuries and was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, according to police. The driver of the big rig and the other car involved in the crash managed to escape without major injury.
Kraft, who had no acting experience before she landed the role in the hit remake seven years ago, played the role of Amanda Whurlitzer, the only girl member of a misfit baseball team.
Billy Bob Thornton played the role of Morris Buttermaker, a washed-up alcoholic minor-league baseball player who coached the Bears, a poor children’s baseball team who start winning games once Kraft’s character joins the team.
Tatum O’Neal the role of Amanda Whurlitzer in the original film in 1976.
Her brother, Frankie Kraft, told the LA Times that his sister didn’t care about an acting career, but simply enjoyed her time on set, and said, “She always wore a smile and was hilarious. She loved characters, did amazing Robert De Niro impressions and never took anything too seriously.”