Bobby Driscoll
1937-1968


 

The Hollywood history books are full of sad stories about popular child actors who couldn't make the transition to success in adult roles, but there is no sadder or more ironic story than that of Bobby Driscoll, who died in 1968 at the age of 31. He made his film debut in 1943 and not long after that he signed a long-term contract with Walt Disney and became one of the most successful child actors of the 1940s and early 1950s. In 1949, after appearing in Disney's So Dear to My Heart and the non-Disney thriller The Window, he was awarded a special Academy Award for "outstanding juvenile" of the year. A year later he starred in Disney's Treasure Island and in 1953 he provided the voice for Disney's Peter Pan, which for some of us was his signature role, although he wasn't actually seen in the film.

Peter Pan never had to grow up, but Bobby Driscoll did and by the time his teen years were over so was his film career. Then came drug addiction, hospitals, jail sentences and poverty. In March of 1968 his body was found in an abandoned tenement in New York City. The body was not even identified as Bobby Driscoll until the following year.

 

Peter Pan

Directors:
Hamilton Luske
Clyde Geronimi
Wilfred Jackson

1953

 

Bobby Driscoll    Connie Stevens

The Party Crashers

Director: Bernard Girard
1958


FILMS:

1943
Lost Angel

1944
The Sullivans
Sunday Dinner for a Soldier

1945
The Big Bonanza
Identity Unknown

1946
From This Day Forward
Miss Susie Slagle's
So Goes My Love
OSS
Song of the South

1948
If You Knew Suzie
Melody Time

1949
So Dear to My Heart
The Window

1950
Treasure Island

1951
When I Grow Up

1952
The Happy Time

1953
Peter Pan (voice only)

1955
The Scarlet Coat


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