It was a tragic fall of grace for former Australian movie star Yahoo Serious, who is being kicked out of his Sydney home after falling behind more than $ 27,500 in rent payments.
In his prime, Serious – born Greg Gomez Pead – saw much acclaim and success for his role in the 1988 comedy film Young Einstein, which even bolstered his star status in Hollywood.
However, the 66-year-old disappeared from the spotlight after receiving lukewarm reviews for his third movie in 2000, Mr Accident, which was released twelve years after his impressive debut.
Yahoo has since gone through a challenging two decades, unsuccessfully filing a lawsuit against search engine Yahoo! for trademark infringement and enduring a difficult breakup with his wife, Lulu Pinkus, after twenty years of marriage.
In the final blow to the retired star, he is now struggling to make ends meet and has been ordered to leave his three-bedroom rental home in Avalon Beach after not paying his five-month rent.
Struggle: It’s a tragic fall out of favor for former Australian movie star Yahoo Serious, who faces eviction from his Sydney home after falling behind more than $ 27,500 on rent payments [(pictured in Young Einstein -1988]
After the release of his 2000 movie, Mr. Accident, Yahoo took a tumultuous turn when he filed a lawsuit against search engine Yahoo! for trademark infringement.
The case was later dismissed after the actor was unable to prove that he was selling products or services under the Yahoo name – and therefore failed to demonstrate that his career had been damaged or confused by the popular search engine.
Yahoo experienced his last breakthrough in stardom in 2007 after attending the Cannes Film Festival after his last on-screen role in the 2007 short documentary In The Cannes.
After disappearing for ten years, Yahoo suddenly surfaced in 2017 as he strolled the streets of Sydney.
In 2010, News Corp. reported that Yahoo was divorced from wife Lulu Pinkus in 2007 after nearly twenty years of marriage.
Former Movie Star: In his prime, Serious – born Greg Gomez Pead – saw much acclaim and success for his role in the 1988 comedy film Young Einstein [pictured], which even reinforced his star status in Hollywood
Stuck movie career: However, the 66-year-old disappeared from the spotlight after receiving lukewarm reviews for his third movie in 2000, Mr Accident – which was released twelve years after his impressive debut
The rarely seen former actor would now live alone.
Yahoo’s withdrawn lifestyle is far from the fame and admiration he earned in the late 1980s after he became famous in Young Einstein, in which he acted, directed, co-produced, and co-wrote.
At the time of its release, the film was the second most successful Australian film in box office history, behind Crocodile Dundee, which eventually grossed $ 33 million worldwide.
The film’s success also brought Yahoo, then 34, on the cover of TIME and MAD magazines, as well as The Yahoo Serious Show on MTV, when he became a popular entertainer in the United States.
Yahoo followed up Young Einstein with another crazy comedy, Reckless Kelly, in 1993, another local blockbuster.
He has now gone through hard times with the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, which ordered him to pay his landlords $ 15,000 and leave his three-bedroom rental home in Avalon Beach.
Problems: Yahoo has since gone through a challenging two decades, unsuccessfully filing a lawsuit against search engine Yahoo! for trademark infringement [Pictured 1993]
Flying Solo: Yahoo has also endured a major break from his wife, Lulu Pinkus [Pictured together in 2006], after twenty years of marriage
The landlords, Tanya and Andrew Barlow, wanted their housing lease terminated after Serious was more than $ 27,500 in rent arrears.
The 66-year-old and his production company Serious Productions Pty Ltd started renting the property in March 2017 for $ 1350 a week.
The tribunal found that he was late in payments in November 2019 and had not paid any money since February 25 of this year.
Serious argued that his income was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, like most who work in the artistic and creative industries.
“The pandemic that transformed the film industry into home entertainment has affected the project the first tenant was working on,” the tribunal said in its judgment Thursday.
However, bank statements filed during the proceedings provided no evidence that he had any income prior to the global coronavirus pandemic.
Rare sighting: After disappearing for ten years, Yahoo suddenly surfaced in 2017 [pictured] when he snapped strolling the streets of Sydney
Rise to Fame: Yahoo’s reclusive lifestyle is far from the fame and admiration he earned in the late 1980s after becoming famous in Young Einstein [Pictured with co-star Odile Le Clezio] , in which he acted, directed, co-produced and co-wrote
“The tenants say their income was already compromised in March, but the simple fact is that the Tribunal has no evidence of pre-pandemic income for the tenants,” the tribunal said.
Under changes to the housing rental law, which has been enacted to protect people whose livelihoods have been compromised by the coronavirus, tenants can apply to renegotiate rents and are covered by a moratorium on evictions.
However, they are only eligible if they can prove that their income has been cut by 25 percent or more.
Serious signed up to stay in the property and pay rent arrears with the promise that he could catch up on payments at the end of December.
However, he was instructed to return the keys on August 13 and pay an occupancy rate of $ 192 per day until then.
When asked if he had applied for rent assistance, Serious said he had gone to Centrelink and was advised to apply for retirement pension when he was about to turn 67.
Pay: He has now struggled with the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and orders him to pay his landlords $ 15,000 and leave his three-bedroom rented house in Avalon Beach