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Bobby Driscoll

Bobby Driscoll was a natural-born actor. Discovered by chance at the age of five-and-a-half in a barber shop in Altadena, CA. and then convincing in anything he ever undertook on the movie screen and on television throughout his career spanning 17 years (1943-1960). Includes such notable movie screen appearances as The Sullivans (1944), Song of the South (1946), So Dear to My Heart (1948), and The Window (1949), which was not only the sleeper of 1949 but even earned him his Academy Award in March 1950 as the outstanding juvenile actor of 1949. For his role as Jim Hawkins in Walt Disney's Treasure Island (1950), he eventually received his Hollywood Star on 1560 Vine Street, and in 1954 he was chosen in a nation-wide poll for a Milky Way Gold Star Award (for his work on TV and radio). But all the more tragic, then, was his fruitless struggle to find a place in a pitiless adolescent world after severe acne had stalled his acting career at 16. When his face was no longer charming and his voice not smooth enough to be used for voice-over jobs, his last big movie hit was the voice of animated Peter Pan (1953), for which he was also the live-action model. When his contract with the Disney studios was prematurely terminated shortly after the release of Peter Pan (1953) in late March 1953, his mother additionally took him from the talent-supporting Hollywood Professional School, which he attended by then. On his new School, the public Westwood University High School, on which he graduated in 1955, all of a sudden his former stardom became more burden than advantage. He successfully continued acting on TV until 1957 and even managed to get two final screen roles; in The Scarlet Coat (1955) and opposite of Mark Damon and Connie Stevens in The Party Crashers (1958). His life became more and more a roller coaster ride that included several encounters with the law and his eventual sentencing as a drug addict in October 1961. Released in early 1962, rehabilitated and eager to make a comeback, Bobby was ignored by the very industry that once had raised and nurtured him, because of his record as a convict and former drug addict. First famous... now infamous. Hoping to revive his career on the stage after his parole had expired in 1964, he eventually traveled to New York, only to learn that his reputation had preceded him, and no one wanted to hire him there, either. After a final appearance in 'Piero Heliczer"s Underground short _Dirt_, in 1965 and a short art-period at Andy Warhol's so-called Factory, he disappeared into the underground, thoroughly dispirited, funds depleted. On March 30, 1968, two playing children found his dead body in an abandoned East Village tenement. Believed to be an unclaimed and homeless person, he was buried in an unmarked pauper's grave on Hart Island, where he remains.


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Родился:
May 3, 1937
Кино / ТВ Кредиты:
30
Впервые появился:
на movie The Big Bonanza 1944-12-30
Последний проект:
Кино Dirt 1965-01-01
Известный в фильмах
Poster of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
Poster of The Happy Time
Poster of The Window
Poster of Первая студия
Фильмография
Кино Dirt 1965-01-01
Кино The Party Crashers Josh Bickford 1958-09-01
Series M Squad Unknown 1957-09-20
Series Trackdown Unknown 1957-10-04
Series Театр Зейна Грея Unknown 1956-10-05
Series The Millionaire Unknown 1955-01-19
Series Navy Log Unknown 1955-09-20
Series Кульминация Unknown 1954-10-07
Series Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Unknown 1954-10-27
Series Letter to Loretta Unknown 1953-09-20
Кино Питер Пэн Peter Pan (voice) 1953-02-05
Series Церемония вручения премии «Оскар» Unknown 1953-03-18
Кино Father's Lion Goofy Jr. (voice) 1952-01-04
Кино The Happy Time Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard 1952-10-30
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Series Облава Unknown 1951-12-16
Кино Fathers are People Goofy Jr. 1951-10-21
Кино Treasure Island Jim Hawkins 1950-07-18
Series Люкс-видео театр Unknown 1950-10-02
Кино The Window Tommy Woodry 1949-08-06
Кино If You Knew Susie Junior 1948-02-07
Кино Время мелодий Bobby Driscoll 1948-05-27
Series Первая студия Unknown 1948-11-07
Кино So Dear to My Heart Jeremiah 'Jerry' Kincaid 1948-11-29
Кино So Goes My Love Percy Maxim 1946-05-01
Кино From This Day Forward Timmy Beesley 1946-03-02
Кино O.S.S. Gerard 1946-05-26
Кино Song of the South Johnny 1946-11-12
Кино Identity Unknown Toddy Loring 1945-04-02
Кино The Big Bonanza Spud Kilton 1944-12-30