Heart attack brought on by liver failure and advanced arteriosclerosis. He died in 1936 at just 21 years old while undergoing surgery for a glandular condition. He signed on with MGM, but his busy career stalled after adolescence, and he eventually gave up showbiz. Bobby died penniless and alone in an abandoned New York tenement and is buried in Potter’s Field on nearby Hart Island. His most recent part was in the crime series Rizzoli & Isles from 2010 to 2013. When it was released in May 1949, it became a surprise hit. In May 2010, he was hospitalized after a fall in his home and suffered a brain hemorrhage from which he never recovered. We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. Pettiet almost managed a comeback in 1999 with the MTV series Undressed, but he was only on the series for six episodes. There is a problem with your email/password. (bio by: A.J. All photos appear on this tab and here you can update the sort order of photos on memorials you manage. No one knows why his grave is unmarked. "Unmarked Graves." We were unable to submit your feedback at this time. He also had smaller roles in movies such as Identity Unknown (1945) and Miss Susie Slagle's, From This Day Forward, and O.S.S. These young celebrities left the world far too soon, be it from succumbing to personal struggles or simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Actor George C. Scott commands the battlefield in a scene from the film 'Patton.' The Washington Post. According to the New York Daily News, the 29-year-old was found dead, with a gunshot wound in his head, on Aug. 19, 2013. "During one of Beckett's appearances in court, a judge told the former child star to 'grow up and start acting like a man,'" reported the Eugene-Register Guard. She'd been admitted for stomach pain, but doctors discovered she'd had intestinal stenosis (a bowel obstruction) since birth. After more than 20 years, the family still hasn't gotten a headstone for the late singer. GREAT NEWS! Cast with Charles Boyer, Marsha Hunt, Louis Jourdan, and Kurt Kasznar, he played the juvenile offspring of a patriarch in Quebec of the 1920s, the character upon whom the plot centered. In addition to his brief guest appearance in Walt Disney's first television Christmas show in 1950, One Hour in Wonderland, Driscoll lent his voice to Goofy, Jr. in the Disney cartoon shorts Fathers are People and Father's Lion, which were released in 1951 and 1952, respectively. The film turned Driscoll and his co-star Luana Patten into child stars, and they were discussed for a special Academy Award as the best child actors of the year but, for the year of its release, it was decided not to present any juvenile awards at all.[7]. Entertainment ... One of Hollywood's original child actors, Bobby Driscoll voiced the part of Pan, but was also acclaimed for his roles in classics "Treasure Island" and "The Window," among others. In an interview years later, he stated, "I was 17 when I first experimented with the stuff. "We both definitely enjoyed being on the show. You have chosen this person to be their own family member. They treated me as one apart. We have a volunteer within ten miles of your requested photo location. Robert Cletus Driscoll (March 3, 1937 – c. March 30, 1968) was an American child actor and artist, known for his film and TV performances from 1943 to 1960. At age 15, Michael Cuccione starred as Jason "Q.T." Plato's Diff'rent Strokes (1978-86) co-star Gary Coleman's life was never easy. Richard Trevithick was the inventor of the steam locomotive but he failed to profit from it. When Driscoll left Chino in early 1962, he was unable to find acting work. "Mystery of 'Mozart's skull' still unsolved. River Phoenix landed his breakout role on TV's Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in 1982, when he was just 11 years old. According to Glamour, he contracted hepatitis, which spread to his pancreas, and succumbed to pancreatitis on June 13, 1977, at age 21. Oops, some error occurred while uploading your photo(s). Becoming a Find a Grave member is fast, easy and FREE. Young Bobby Driscoll looks up at Arthur Kennedy in a scene from 'The Window.' Unidentified, he was buried in a potter's field (unmarked grave) on Hart Island. (July 7, 2014). Please note: You are asking volunteers to find and take a photo of the headstone. Thanks for using Find a Grave, if you have any feedback we would love to hear from you. He became addicted to narcotics and was sentenced to prison for illicit drug use. Mason, Jolene. John Belushi was originally buried beneath this headstone but vandalism from zealous fans caused the family to move his body a few feet away. His unclaimed body was buried in an unmarked pauper's grave in New York City's Potter's Field on Hart Island. Afterward, she landed bit parts for the next decade. [61][62][63], Driscoll received an Academy Juvenile Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the 22nd Academy Awards presentation in 1950. Through the son of their barber, William Kadel, Bobby was brought to a mass interview at the MGM studios and found himself with a small, uncredited role in Lost Angel (1943). Thanks for your help! June 1. Sammi Kane Kraft, whose only role was in the 2005 remake of Bad News Bears, died as a passenger in a car accident when she was 20 years old, according to the Los Angeles Times. A fight broke out, during which Stiltz shot and killed Switzer. He served as animation model and provided the voice for the title role in Peter Pan (1953). ', The British Library/Robana via Getty Images, BBC. A system error has occurred. "Roy Orbison's missing headstone a grave concern." Try again later. The story grows darker. "Internet Train Leads to John Wayne." 2014. Close this window, and upload the photo(s) again. The condition caused her to go into severe septic shock, which brought on cardiac and pulmonary arrest. (July 7, 2014) http://articles.latimes.com/2004/jan/05/local/me-peeled5, Robinson, Mary. Driscoll portrayed Robert "Bibi" Bonnard in Richard Fleischer's comedy The Happy Time (1952), which was based on a Broadway play of the same name by Samuel A. Taylor. Please check your email and click on the link to activate your account. The couple was later re-wed in a Los Angeles ceremony that took place in March 1957. Interred at: Potter's Field, Hart Island, New York City, NY (unmarked grave); Cenotaph at Eternal Hills Memorial Park in Oceanside, CA If it wasn't for the sinus problems of Bobby's father, the silver screen would have most likely never discovered him. Won a special Oscar for his starring roll in 1949’s “The Window.” Bobby Driscoll was the first child actor put under exclusive contract to Disney studios. Former child-star Bobby Driscoll dies at the age of 31 from advanced hardening of the arteries from prolonged drug abuse. 2014. Co-star Kathy Garver spoke to Fox News in 2015 about Jones' downward spiral. Jan. 5, 2004. Norman Chaney starred as Chubby in Our Gang from 1929, when he was 15, until 1931. It was determined that he had died from heart failure due to drug abuse. Though she never acted again, Kraft had reportedly shifted her focus to higher education and music, playing in a band called Scary Girls. [citation needed], After his release, he focused his attention on the avant-garde art scene. The actor was born with congenital health issues that stunted his growth to 4 feet 8 inches, as well as nephritis, causing him to get two kidney transplants by the time he was 14 years old. [55][56], In 1965, early in his tenure at the Factory, Driscoll gave his last known film performance, in experimental filmmaker Piero Heliczer's underground movie Dirt. In 1965, he moved to New York in an unsuccessful attempt to reboot his career on Broadway. You are only allowed to leave one flower per day for any given memorial. Bobby has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at 1560 Vine Street. We’ve updated the security on the site. On another series, Men of Annapolis, he appeared with John Smith, future second husband of Driscoll's Song of the South co-star, Luana Patten. GREAT NEWS! Los Angeles Times. In some special star-focusing series, Driscoll appeared with Loretta Young, Gloria Swanson, and Jane Wyman. Beginning in 1953 and for most of the next three years, the bulk of his work was on television, on such anthology and drama series as Fireside Theater, Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, Front Row Center, Navy Log, TV Reader's Digest, Climax!, Ford Theatre, Studio One, Dragnet, Medic, 'and Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre. In no time I was using whatever was available... mostly heroin, because I had the money to pay for it. We do not have any photo volunteers within fifty miles of your requested photo location. Sadly, Bobby became a drug addict. 2014. In 1965, a year after his parole expired, he relocated to New York, hoping to revive his career on the Broadway stage, but was unsuccessful. Interview via e-mail. He had several run-ins with the law, and was incarcerated in 1961. A court battle over his estate ensued, revealing that "Price had an open, romantic relationship with another man during part of the time she claimed that she was actually married to Coleman," according to Forbes. According to the Los Angeles Times, O'Rourke died on Feb. 1, 1988 on the operating table at the Children's Hospital of San Diego. The body was buried in an unmarked grave. Like Haim, Renfro was also also left out of the Oscars' "In Memoriam" segment that year. "Roy Orbison – Official Biography." "In 1969, about nineteen months after his death, Driscoll's mother sought the help of Disney Studio execs in finding her son in an attempt to reunite Bobby with his dying father. "Classic Hollywood: Cemeteries of the Stars." (bio by: A.J. [14][15], Driscoll was cast to play Jim Hawkins in Walt Disney's version of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island (1950), with British actor Robert Newton as Long John Silver, the studio's first all-live-action picture. Please complete the captcha to let us know you are a real person. Then shoot heroin to get a grip and come down enough to be able to carry on a conversation for a few minutes before you start the cycle again...River was obviously wasted and was as unsteady as a boxer who had taken one too many headshots during a fifteen-round bout." According to History, "On January 21, 1959, Switzer and a friend went to the Mission Hills home of Moses 'Bud' Stiltz, to collect a debt Switzer believed he was owed.