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I Know My First Name Is Steven 

The harrowing true account of Steven Stayner, who was kidnapped by a perverted pseudo-priest and his lackey during the 1970s. As he gets older, he realizes that he needs to try to make an escape and get back home.
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
...  Kay Stayner 2 episodes, 1989
...  Del Stayner 2 episodes, 1989
...  Dennis Parnell / ... 2 episodes, 1989
...  Steven Stayner (Age 7) 2 episodes, 1989
...  Irving Murphy 2 episodes, 1989
...  Bob Augustine 2 episodes, 1989
...  Officer Kean 2 episodes, 1989
...  Officer Scott 2 episodes, 1989
...  School Counselor 2 episodes, 1989
...  Cary Stayner (Age 11) 2 episodes, 1989
Stephanie Walski ...  Cindy Stayner (Age 9) 2 episodes, 1989
Sumer Stamper ...  Jody Stayner (Age 5) 2 episodes, 1989
Cassy Friel ...  Cory Stayner (Age 4) 2 episodes, 1989
Juney Ellis ...  Miss Rebecca 2 episodes, 1989
...  Victor (Age 7) 2 episodes, 1989
Jason Presson ...  Deke 2 episodes, 1989
...  Pete 2 episodes, 1989
...  Bruce 2 episodes, 1989
...  Officer Dickenson 2 episodes, 1989
...  Timmy White 2 episodes, 1989
...  Fred 2 episodes, 1989
...  Selfides 2 episodes, 1989
Shane McCabe ...  Fat Clerk 2 episodes, 1989
...  Customer 2 episodes, 1989
Brenda Hillhouse ...  Barbara 2 episodes, 1989
Robina Suwol ...  Checker 2 episodes, 1989
Kenneth Zavayna ...  Man 2 episodes, 1989
Lyla Graham ...  Lady 2 episodes, 1989
Nell Heller ...  Mrs. Alpha 2 episodes, 1989
Anne Faulkner ...  Mrs. Ditschman 2 episodes, 1989
...  Mrs. Beta 2 episodes, 1989
Lynnsey Ryan ...  Secretary 2 episodes, 1989
Kenny McMurphy ...  Punk #1 2 episodes, 1989
...  Punk #2 2 episodes, 1989
Karl Wiedergott ...  Punk #3 2 episodes, 1989
...  Nettie 2 episodes, 1989
Anne Convery ...  Female Officer 2 episodes, 1989
...  Jodie 2 episodes, 1989
...  Officer Warner 2 episodes, 1989
...  Pat Hallford 2 episodes, 1989
...  Chief Johnson 2 episodes, 1989
Todd Eric Andrews ...  Cary Stayner (Age 18) 2 episodes, 1989
Hilary Morse ...  Cindy Stayner (Age 16) 2 episodes, 1989
Shantell Stebbins ...  Jody Stayner (Age 12) 2 episodes, 1989
Marice Leeds ...  Cory Stayner (Age 11) 2 episodes, 1989
Harold Pruett ...  Birch 2 episodes, 1989
Jonathan Perpich ...  Officer Severeid 2 episodes, 1989
...  Judge Sabraw 2 episodes, 1989
...  George McLure 2 episodes, 1989
James Ingersoll ...  Joe Allen 2 episodes, 1989
...  Dan Smith 2 episodes, 1989
Billy Ray Sharkey ...  Sheriff Suggs 2 episodes, 1989
Shannon Holt ...  Angela White 2 episodes, 1989
...  Jim White 2 episodes, 1989
...  Don 2 episodes, 1989
Whitney Rydbeck ...  Mr. Craft 2 episodes, 1989
Natividad Vacío ...  Vicente 2 episodes, 1989
...  Rosanna 2 episodes, 1989
Ron Tank ...  TV Journalist 2 episodes, 1989
...  TV Reporter 2 episodes, 1989
Jeremy McCollum ...  Kleekie 2 episodes, 1989
...  Boots 2 episodes, 1989
Robert Balderson ...  P.E. Teacher 2 episodes, 1989
...  Victor (Age 14) 2 episodes, 1989
Wendy Gordon ...  TV Newscaster 2 episodes, 1989
...  Debbie 2 episodes, 1989
...  Cashier 2 episodes, 1989
...  Official 2 episodes, 1989
Dan Kelpine ...  Court Officer 2 episodes, 1989
...  Reporter #1 2 episodes, 1989
Kim Maxwell ...  Reporter #3 2 episodes, 1989
Jeff Olson ...  Reporter #4 2 episodes, 1989
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7-year old Steven Stayner is kidnapped a few days before Christmas by Kenneth Parnell. Under the belief that Parnell has been given legal custody of him, and that his family has moved away, he stays with Parnell for seven years, enduring repetitive sexual abuse the entire time. Finally, at fourteen, he returns home to his family. Written by Liz Jordan <c9310494@alinga.newcastle.edu.au>

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The real Steven was paid $30,000 for the movie. He died in a motorcycle accident shortly after this movie was released. He was 24, with a wife and two children. See more »

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Steven Gregory Stayner: I know my first name is Steven. I think my last name is Stayner.
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Heartbreaking
30 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

I read a book on Stevens ordeal and the author said that the Stayner's of Merced were as cursed as the Kennedys of Massachusetts. I cannot believe that so much horror could happen in one family. Steven was abducted for seven years and came home maimed mentally for life and died at 24 in a terrible accident. I think in a way death was kind to him and then in the last few years his brother Cary was convicted of murdering four women in Yosemite National Park. What got me is that Cary tried to use Stevens disappearance as an excuse. He said he was so traumatized by it.


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