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Claude Jarman, Jr.

Claude Jarman Jr
from the trailer for the film The Yearling (1946)
Personal information
Birth dateSeptember 27, 1934(age 82)
Place of birthNashville, Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationActor
SpouseVirginia Jarman (1959-1968) (divorced) 3 children
Mary Ann Jarman (1968-1983) (divorced) 2 children
Katherine Jarman (1985-present) 2 children
ChildrenWith Mary Ann: Natalie & Vanessa
With Virginia: Elizabeth, Claude Jarman III & Murray
With Katherine: twins Charlotte and Sarah

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Claude Jarman, Jr. (born September 27, 1934, in Nashville, Tennessee) is an American former child actor.

Jarman was discovered in a nationwide talent search by MGM Studios, and was cast as the lead actor in the film The Yearling (1946). His performance received glowing reviews and he was awarded with an Academy Juvenile Award as a result. He continued his studies at the MGM studio school, but MGM was finding him increasingly difficult to cast, and by the time he reached his late teens his career was virtually over. Republic Studios cast him in a couple of B-movies, but discouraged, he moved back to Tennessee to finish high school. Following coursework in pre-law at Vanderbilt University, Jarman served three years in the U.S. Navy.

He returned to acting with a role in the television production Centennial (1978), and was a special guest as a past award winner at both the 1998 and 2003 Academy Awards Ceremonies. Later, he moved to working behind the scenes, and had success as a producer and film festival executive producer, as well as serving as Director of Cultural Affairs for the city of San Francisco. He fathered seven children with three wives, including two daughters with current wife Katherine.


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