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Larry Simms



A child model from age two, Larry Simms was discovered by a Hollywood talent scout when he appeared in a 1937 Saturday Evening Post advertisement. The three-year-old, curly haired Simms made his screen debut as the infant son of Jimmy Stewart and Rose Stradner in MGM's The Last Gangster. He was then hired by Columbia to play Baby Dumpling in the 1938 cinemadaptation of Chic Young's comic strip Blondie. Simms remained with the Blondie series until its cessation in 1950, billed onscreen as Baby Dumpling until his character name was formalized as Alexander Bumstead. During this period, he also made a few "outside" appearances in films like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and Madame Bovary (1949). Though his career as a child star was a pleasant experience (and, at 750 dollars per week, a lucrative one), Simms wasn't all that interested in acting; the technical end of moviemaking was more fascinating to him. In 1950, he quit show business to join the Navy, then studied aeronautical engineering at California Polytech. Larry Simms was then hired as an engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, where he remained until his retirement.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
96% Trouble the Water
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Beware of Blondie
  • Alexander Bumstead
1950
No Score Yet Blondie's Hero
  • Alexander Bumstead
1950
No Score Yet Blondie Hits the Jackpot
  • Alexander
1949
No Score Yet Madame Bovary
  • Justin
1949
No Score Yet Blondie's Secret
  • Alexander Bumstead
1948
No Score Yet Blondie's Reward
  • Alexander Bumstead
1948
No Score Yet Blondie in the Dough
  • Alexander Bumstead
1947
No Score Yet Golden Earrings
  • Page Boy
1947
No Score Yet Blondie's Holiday
  • Alexander Bumstead
1947
No Score Yet Blondie's Big Moment
  • Alexander Bumstead
1947
No Score Yet Blondie's Anniversary
  • Alexander Bumstead
1947
94% It's a Wonderful Life
  • Pete
1946
No Score Yet Blondie Knows Best
  • Baby Dumpling
1946
No Score Yet Blondie's Lucky Day
  • Alexander Bumstead
1946
No Score Yet Life with Blondie
  • Alexander Bumstead
1945
No Score Yet Leave It to Blondie
  • Alexander
1945
No Score Yet It's a Great Life
  • Alexander Bumstead / Baby Dumpling
1943
No Score Yet Footlight Glamour
  • Alexander Bumstead
1943
No Score Yet Blondie for Victory
  • Baby Dumpling
1942
No Score Yet The Gay Sisters
  • Austin
1942
No Score Yet Blondie Goes to College
  • Baby Dumpling
1942
No Score Yet Blondie's Blessed Event
  • Baby Dumpling (Alexander) Bumstead
1942
No Score Yet Blondie in Society
  • Baby Dumpling
1941
No Score Yet Blondie Goes Latin
  • Baby Dumpling Bumstead
1941
No Score Yet Blondie Plays Cupid
  • Alexander 'Baby Dumpling' Bumstead
1940
No Score Yet Blondie Has Servant Trouble
  • Baby Dumpling Bumstead
1940
No Score Yet Blondie on a Budget
  • Baby Dumpling Bumstead
1940
No Score Yet Blondie
  • Baby Dumpling Bumstead
1939
94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Hopper Boy
1939
No Score Yet Blondie Takes a Vacation
  • Baby Dumpling Bumstead
1939
No Score Yet Blondie Meets the Boss
  • Baby Dumpling
1939
No Score Yet The Last Gangster
  • Jo Krozac
1937

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