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Johnny Sheffield



Child star Johnny Sheffield was the son of British actor Reginald Sheffield, himself a former juvenile performer (he played the title role in the 1913 cinemazation of David Copperfield). A wan, sickly infant, Johnny's health and physical stamina was beefed up by a strict exercise regimen supervised by his father. At age 7, Johnny co-starred in the original Broadway production of On Borrowed Time. This brought the young actor to the attention of the MGM casting department, which was looking for a suitably athletic child to play Boy in the studio's Tarzan pictures. Beginning with 1939's Tarzan Finds a Son, Sheffield played Boy in eight "Tarzan" programmers, remaining with the series when it shifted its base of operations from MGM to RKO. After a brief period of unemployment, the 17-year-old Sheffield was cast as the lead in Monogram's Bomba the Jungle Boy series, which endured for three years and twelve low-budget pictures. Sheffield decided to retire from acting in 1955. He sank his film earnings into real estate -- growing quite wealthy in the process -- and enrolled as a pre-med student at UCLA. When last heard from, Sheffield was living in happy retirement, overseeing his numerous real estate holdings. Johnny Sheffield's film credits should not be confused with those of British character actor John Sheffield.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Lord of the Jungle
  • Bomba
1955
No Score Yet Killer Leopard
  • Bomba
1954
No Score Yet Bomba and the Jungle Girl
  • Bomba
1952
No Score Yet That Forsyte Woman
  • Actor
1949
No Score Yet Bomba, the Jungle Boy
  • Bomba
1949
No Score Yet The Sun Comes Up
  • Music Lover
1949
No Score Yet Tarzan and the Huntress
  • Boy
1947
No Score Yet Tarzan and the Leopard Woman
  • Boy
1946
No Score Yet Tarzan and the Amazons
  • Boy
1945
No Score Yet Roughly Speaking
  • Frankie Age 9
1945
No Score Yet Tarzan's Desert Mystery
  • Boy
1944
No Score Yet Tarzan Triumphs
  • Boy
1943
100% Tarzan's New York Adventure
  • Boy
1942
No Score Yet Tarzan's Secret Treasure
  • Boy
1941
No Score Yet Million Dollar Baby
  • Alvie Grayson
1941
83% Knute Rockne---All American
  • Knute: age 7
1940
100% Babes in Arms
  • Bobs
1939
No Score Yet Tarzan Finds a Son!
  • Boy
1939

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