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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Bobby Driscoll - pick number 5 as a Disney Legend

My fifth pick is one of the few tragic child actors tales from the classic Disney era. In today's world, many child actors and actresses seem to have tragic ends to their lives. In the golden era of the Disney Studios, however, most of these child stars grew into happy and well-adjusted adults (think Kevin Corcoran, Hayley Mills, Annette Funicello, Kurt Russell). Bobby Driscoll died before he turned 31 due to his sue of illegal drugs. 
This does not change the fact that in deed he was a big part of some highly successful and enduring Disney live action films. Here are his Disney career highlights:

  1. He played one of the leads, Johnny, in the innovative classic Song of the South.
  2. He is perhaps most remembered for his terrific performance as Jim Hawkins in one of my personal favorites, the 1950 version of Treasure IslandDriscoll's work in this film earned him a star at 1560 Vine Street on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
  3. He was Jeremiah Kincaid in one of Walt Disney's personal favorites - So Dear to My Heart.
  4. He was the voice actor and close-up model for none other than Peter Pan. Does this role in and of itself not warrant the legend honor?
  5. He appeared with Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers in the live-action teaser for the Pecos Bill segment of Disney's cartoon compilation Melody Time, which was released in 1948
  6. Driscoll won a special Juvenile Academy Award in March 1950 as the outstanding juvenile actor of 1949.
  7. He also voiced Goofy Jr., Goofy's son in two animated shorts, Fathers Are People and Father's Lion.

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