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Bobby Driscoll

Bobby Driscoll
Bobby Driscoll, ca. 1949
Personal information
Birth nameRobert Cletus Driscoll
Birth dateMarch 3, 1937
Place of birthCedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Date of deathc. March 1968 (aged 31)
Death placeEast Village, Manhattan, New York City
Years active1943 - 60
SpouseMarylin Jean Rush (1956 - 57;1957 - 60)
AwardsAcademy Juvenile Award
1950 So Dear to My Heart; The Window

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Robert Cletus "Bobby" Driscoll (March 3, 1937 - c. March 1968) was an American child actor known for a large body of cinema and TV performances from 1943 to 1960. He starred in some of The Walt Disney Company's most popular live-action pictures of that period, such as Song of the South (1946), So Dear to My Heart (1948), and Treasure Island (1950). He served as animation model and provided the voice for the title role in Peter Pan (1953). In 1950, he received an Academy Juvenile Award for outstanding performance in feature films.

In the mid-1950s, Driscoll's career began to decline, turning primarily to guest appearances on anthology TV series. He became addicted to narcotics and was sentenced to prison for drug use. After his release he focused his attention on the avant-garde art scene. In ill health from his drug use, and his funds completely depleted, he died in March 1968.

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