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Brandon Novak (born December 10, 1978) is a skateboarder and friend of Bam Margera from Baltimoremarker, Marylandmarker and is a prominent member of the CKY Crew. Novak is referred to many nicknames in the CKY works, including Dreamseller (which is tattooed on his back), for "selling dreams left and right," referring to his reputation for being extremely promiscuous. Novak's first child was born on December 5, 2005.

Career

Novak makes appearances in the CKY videos, Bam's film Haggard, Viva La Bam, Jackass Number Two, and Bam's Unholy Union. In Haggard, Novak plays a friendly drug dealer named Dooli, which was the real nickname of Novak's dealer in northwest Baltimore.

He appears regularly on the SIRIUS Satellite Radio show, Radio Bam on Faction 28. One notable readio appearance was on December 26, 2005, Novak arranged to engage in sexual activities with two prostitutes from Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamarker on Bam's SIRIUS Satellite Radio show Radio Bam. The show was cut off just as the act was starting.

In 2008, Novak appeared in Bam Margera Presents: Where the #$&% Is Santa?, which featured Novak and several other cast members trying to find Santa Claus. That same year, Novak appeared in a pornographic film by Gina Lynn called The Fantasstic Whores 4 with Margera who has had a "prominent, non-sex role".

Dreamseller

Brandon has finished working on a book called Dreamseller which is based on his life and experiences with heroin in Baltimore. The book was co-written with Joseph Frantz. On the December 17, 2007 episode of Radio Bam, it was announced that he had signed a book deal and that it will be released within a year. A movie of the same name was supposed to be in-production in early 2007, but was stopped when Novak began using heroin again. Also on the December 17 episode, it was announced that the movie may be completed in the near future and Brandon's friend Bam Margera plays him in the movie.

Battles with drug abuse

When Novak was 14 he was offered a skating contract by Tony Hawk, but lost his opportunity due to what he says was a long bout with psychoactive substance abuse. Novak has admitted to being a former heroin user and was clean for almost four years from 2003 to 2007. His best-friend Bam Margera recently claimed on Radio Bam that Novak relapsed in March 2007 and was seeking treatment in a rehabilitation clinic. As seen in the bonus features in Haggard he has a tattoo on his stomach that says "No More Fucking Heroin."

Novak was absent from the January 23, 2006 episode of Radio Bam on SIRIUS Satellite Radio while he attended rehab for addiction to pills. On February 26, 2007, Novak admitted on Radio Bam that while he had quit using heroin, he still regularly abused cocaine and pain medication and frequently drank alcohol. Bam Margera announced on the April 3, 2007 episode of Radio Bam that Novak had a relapse with his addiction to heroin and was back in rehab. On the July 30, 2007 episode of Radio Bam, Bam Margera and Chad I. Ginsburg were discussing heroin and announced that Novak's addiction was "the worst [Bam] had ever seen" and that Novak was just killing himself now. He was kicked out of rehab in Scranton, Pennsylvaniamarker, after heroin pills were found in his bag. Novak claimed that the pills were "planted" on him. On a Radio Bam episode in November, Novak stated that he had attempted suicide three weeks before the radio show, as from a result from a heroin binge, but survived it.

On the December 17, 2007 episode of Radio Bam, Novak was asked to leave Margera's house again when he lied on air about not having pills and about being clean. He had recently been released from a psychiatric ward he had been in for 12 days because of suicidal thoughts and drug use. The crew found multiple bars of Xanax on Novak, which he claimed had been prescribed to him. Frantz and the Margeras (Bam and Missy) exiled Novak as a result. On the March 3 episode of Radio Bam Novak stated that he was 33 days clean, and would appear in Bam's new MTV show, and was still clean on the March 17 episode of Radio Bam.

In March 2009, co-author Joe Franz had a phone conversation with Novak about his attempted suicide and mental health issues that resulted in him being institutionalized. On March 9, 2009 Novak appeared on Radio Bam discussed getting out of the mental institution, his drug use, and the delusions that led to the problems.

HIM lead singer Ville Valo has stated that the song "Killing Loneliness" was inspired by Novak's claim that his heroin addiction was caused by a need to "kill the loneliness."

TV, film, and bibliography

TV Movies Books
  • Brandon Novak, Dreamseller. (Citadel Press, 2008) (Hardcover) ISBN 0806530030
  • Brandon Novak, Dreamseller. (Citadel Press, 2009) (Paperback)


References

  1. Brandon Novak institutionalized Joe Franz's youtube account, March 03, 2009
  2. May 11, 2006 episode of Loveline


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