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Titanic child actor, now 30, reveals he STILL receives royalty checks for film

The child actor who portrayed the ‘Irish little boy’ in Titantic has revealed he still makes money from the film 25 years later.

Reece Thompson, 30, appeared in the beloved movie when he was just five-years-old, playing a third-class passenger who died alongside his mother when the Titanic hit an iceberg.

In a scene from the film, the boy, his mother and sister were among many passengers waiting for the third-class gates to open.

Role: The child actor who portrayed the 'Irish little boy' in Titantic has revealed he still makes money from the film 25 years later

Role: The child actor who portrayed the 'Irish little boy' in Titantic has revealed he still makes money from the film 25 years later

Role: The child actor who portrayed the ‘Irish little boy’ in Titantic has revealed he still makes money from the film 25 years later

However, the family never made it to the life boats and were later seen in their cabin where they tragically died.

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Reece now works as a digital marketing director at Brian Head Resort, a skiing resort in Utah. 

He started out as a child model when he was signed with a talent agent after winning a contest.

The agent gave Reece’s mother the choice of him starring in a petrol ad or appearing in a small role in Titanic.   

Now: Reece Thompson, 30, appeared in the beloved movie when he was just five-years-old, playing a third-class passenger who died alongside his mother when the Titanic hit an iceberg

Now: Reece Thompson, 30, appeared in the beloved movie when he was just five-years-old, playing a third-class passenger who died alongside his mother when the Titanic hit an iceberg

Now: Reece Thompson, 30, appeared in the beloved movie when he was just five-years-old, playing a third-class passenger who died alongside his mother when the Titanic hit an iceberg

Speaking to Business Insider, he said: ‘My mom was like: “Let’s just do it. It’ll be cool. Even if the movie sucks, we’ll see it.” Obviously, it ended up exploding, so that wasn’t a bad decision on her part, that’s for sure.’

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It ended up being a good decision as the former actor still receives royalty checks for his appearance in the blockbuster.

He said: ‘It’s weird because it’s not present in my mind anymore. It’s not like, “Oh, when am I going to get a new ‘Titanic’ check?’ When it happens, it’s like, ‘Oh, cool, an extra $100.”

Film: In a scene from the film, the boy, his mother and sister were among many passengers waiting for the third-class gates to open

Film: In a scene from the film, the boy, his mother and sister were among many passengers waiting for the third-class gates to open

Film: In a scene from the film, the boy, his mother and sister were among many passengers waiting for the third-class gates to open

‘There have been a couple of times where it’s been like: “Oh, wow, that’s a $250 check.” This movie’s 12 years old. That’s pretty bizarre. But hopefully, they keep playing it a lot because that means more money for me.’

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Titanic was released in 1997 and starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the leading roles.

It won 11 Oscars and was the first film to gross over $1billion at the box office and remained the highest grossing film of all time until Avatar in 2010. 

Classic: Titanic was released in 1997 and starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the leading roles

Classic: Titanic was released in 1997 and starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the leading roles

Classic: Titanic was released in 1997 and starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the leading roles

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