Tommy Kirk

Highest Rated: 100% Old Yeller (1957)
Lowest Rated: 0% Mars Needs Women (1966)
Birthday: Dec 10, 1941
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
American actor Tommy Kirk tried out as a youngster for the Pasadena Playhouse, the result of a dare made by Kirk's older brother. After a few minor TV roles, Kirk was signed by Walt Disney, who cast the teenager as one-half of "The Hardy Boys" on that popular daily segment of The Mickey Mouse Club. Young Kirk was promoted to the leading juvenile role in Disney's Old Yeller (1957), a three-handkerchief classic that made Kirk a star and a stalwart of the fan club set. In 1959, Kirk was the hirsute protagonist of The Shaggy Dog, one of Disney's biggest money-making films. When asked in later years, Kirk had fond memories of Disney but was not so politely inclined to his Shaggy Dog co-star Fred MacMurray. It was MacMurray who gave Kirk "the biggest dressing down of my life" on the set of Disney's Bon Voyage (1962). Kirk would confess that he fully deserved the scolding; at the time of the shooting, Kirk was addicted to amphetamines, and his resultant behavior was both erratic and obstructive. Whatever MacMurray told Kirk on the Bon Voyage set was quickly forgotten, however, for the young actor was fired from the 1965 John Wayne vehicle Sons of Katie Elder because of his being busted for marijuana use. As a consequence of crossing the "Duke," Kirk was effectively shut out of the big studios, and was forced to settle for silly leading roles in the American-International Beach Party films, and in such low-grade farragoes as Mars Needs Women (1968). Compelled to take menial jobs after his movie career ended, Kirk attempted a theatrical comeback in the early '70s, but he had been forgotten by all but Disney buffs. Whatever the case, Tommy Kirk has overcome his drug problems in recent years and has become a favorite all over again on the nostalgia convention-circuit.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Blood of Ghastly Horror Actor 2001
No Score Yet Billy Frankenstein Blind Monk 1999
No Score Yet Little Miss Magic Mr. Kenner 1998
No Score Yet Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold Passenger 1995
No Score Yet It's Alive Wayne 1968
No Score Yet It's a Bikini World Mike/Herbert Samson 1967
No Score Yet Psycho a Go-Go Actor 1967
No Score Yet Catalina Caper Don 1967
No Score Yet Ghost in the Invisible Bikini Chuck Phillips 1966
0% Mars Needs Women Dop - Martian Fellow #1 / Mr. Fast - Seattle Sun Reporter 1966
No Score Yet Unkissed Bride Ted 1966
No Score Yet The Monkey's Uncle Merlin Jones 1965
0% Village of the Giants Mike 1965
No Score Yet Psycho a Go-Go Actor 1965
33% Pajama Party Go Go 1964
No Score Yet The Misadventures of Merlin Jones Merlin Jones 1964
50% Savage Sam Travis 1963
86% Son of Flubber Biff Hawk 1963
No Score Yet Bon Voyage! Elliot Willard 1962
No Score Yet Moon Pilot Walter Talbot 1962
No Score Yet Escapade in Florence Actor 1962
36% Babes in Toyland Grumio 1961
82% The Absent-Minded Professor Biff 1961
No Score Yet The Horsemasters Danny 1961
80% Swiss Family Robinson Ernst 1960
67% The Shaggy Dog Wilby Daniels 1959
100% Old Yeller Travis Coates 1957

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Jerry
  • 1956

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