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
was awarded a special Academy Award for "outstanding juvenile"
of the year. A year later he starred in Disney's Treasure
in 1953 he provided the voice for Disney's Peter
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.
Bobby Driscoll Connie Stevens
The Party Crashers
Sunday Dinner for a Soldier
The Big Bonanza
From This Day Forward
Miss Susie Slagle's
So Goes My Love
Song of the South
If You Knew Suzie
So Dear to My Heart
When I Grow Up
The Happy Time
Peter Pan (voice only)
The Scarlet Coat